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BYLEWISSTOCKHAM E venifyouarenotaStarTrekfanmostpeople arefamiliarwiththebasicidea.Humanityis unitedwehavesolvedallourproblemsand wearepartofanintergalacticcommunity.Weenjoy peacefulcoexistencewithmanyotherspeciesinthe nitedederationoflanetsoimaginehumanity proceedingdownamuchdifferentmuchdarker path.IntheMirrorUniverseorEvilUniversewe areimperialisticamoralcruelandviolentTerrans humansconquerotherspeciesthuscreatingtheTerran Empire.Theempiressymbolistheearthwithasword throughit. Ihavealwaysbeenfascinatedwithhumanitys darkerside.Sothemirroruniverseisfascinatingto me.TheTerransareruthlesspowerhungrylustful manipulativeandselfcentered.Forexampleitis totallypermissibletoassassinateyoursuperiorthen takehisplace.ItisaShakespeariantragedymeetsthe RomanEmpireinspace. hisuniverseasfirstintroducedintheoriginal seriesinanepisodecalledirrorirrorhatishy itisreferredtoastheMirrorUniverse.Atransporter accidentsendsKirkUharaMcCoyandScottytothe evilnterprisehefirstthingtheyseeispocitha beardandothercrewmembersusetheancientRoman salute.SimultaneouslybadKirkUharaMcCoyand ScottyaretransportedtothegoodEnterprise. eedlesstosayirandcompanygetbacood KirkasksgoodSpockhowheknewitwasnothim. pocsaysItismucheasierforcivilizedpeopleto behavelikebarbariansthanbarbarianstobehavelike civilizedpeopleItisorthmentioningithasbecome aoethatyourevilselfearsabeardsincevil pocdid AsImentionedthesymboloftheTerranEmpireis theEarthwithaswordthroughit.Tomeitrepresents anattitudeofcollectiveaggressionandimperialism. hesymbolisextremelyantihumanistIhavea collectioncalledAlternateRealitieswhichamong otherthingshaseverymirroruniverseepisodeever done.Bythewayitsagreatcollectiontoownforall youfansIwaswatchinginterviewswithsomeofthe writersandtheymadeaninterestingobservation.Itis funfortheactorsandactressestoplaybadversionsof thecharacter.Itallowsthemtocompletelyturnaknown characteronhisorherhead. IntheDeepSpaceNineepisodesbadSiscoisaself involvedselfcenteredpirateasopposedtogoodisco whoiskindcompassionateandintelligent.Inthe showEnterprisebadArcherissecondincommand ambitioustoafaulthostilecruelandpowerhungry. Hestagesacoupagainstthecaptainthenattempts toseizethethroneoftheempireasopposedtogood Archerwhoiscompassionatekindfriendlyandona missionofpeacefulexploration. IstartedthinkingwhatwouldIbelikeinthis universeIngeneralwhatwouldmyevilselfbelike Imagineembracingyoudarkersideorrunningfreewith yourbasedesiresItisgoodthatwehaveselfcontrol andrestraintbutitisinterestingtothinkabout. LastlyasastudentofhistoryIhaveimaginedhow historymusthavegonedifferentlyinthatearth.Didthe AxisPowerswinWorldWarIIGoingbackfurther maybetherewerenodemocraticrevolutionsandonlya handfullofkingdomsorempiresruletheworld.Most importantlyKhanmusthavewontheEugenicsWar thenheunitedEarthunderhisrulethuscreatingthe TerranEmpire. Wehavethecapacityforkindnessunderstanding andcompassion.Howeverwealsohavethecapacity forviolencecrueltyandhate.Ibelievethatisthe ideaGeneRoddenberryandtheotherwriterswanted toconvey.OnceagainStarTrekhelpsusexaminethe goodandbadsidesofourownhumanity.Itmakesyou thinasallgreatsciencefictionshould Ihavealwaysbelievedyoushouldwritewhatyou knowMypassionsandfascinationsincludehistory philosophymythologyandpsychology.Ilovetopeople watch.Igetmanyideasthatway.Iamanavidscience fictionfan.Sciencefictionisbasedinourimagination ourimaginationpropelshumanityforwardinallour endeavors. -LewisStockham 32 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015