Netflix is my Star Trek channel. I watch Star Trek when there is nothing else to watch, which is pretty much all the time. I have watched all the series multiple times, but I still think the original one is the best. I watched the episode A Piece of the Action last night, which is great comedy in my opinion.
A Federation ship had visited this planet a century before Enterprise, and left behind a book. The world Kirk, Spock, and McCoy came to looked like Chicago in the 1920’s with a full blown mafiawar. The reason was a book left behind 100 years earlier, Chicago Mobs of the Twenties. The Enterprise crew tried to straighten this out, and it was hilarious hearing Spock and Kirk trying to speak old gangster slang.
It made me think, what books would I want to live in? Quite a few. I read a lot of dystopia, but dystopia is pretty much current affairs these days, so I’m not dreaming of more of that. The Queen would have been screaming “off with his head” constantly, but Alice in Wonderland would have been a fascinating experience. One of my favourite girls from childhood was definitely Anne of Green Gables, not to forget the March sisters in Little Women.
When Goodreads ask this question, many answer their favourite book. Series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, and The Hunger Games are often high up on the list. Some answer Pride & Prejudice, which makes more sense, but in the real world none of the women in Jane Austen’s novels would have had good lives. I suppose the idea is to dream of something better than what we have, and in that context I wouldn’t mind owning Pemberley. Being a servant in those days of course wouldn’t have been the same. Now that I think about it, maybe it does make sense to want to live in a dystopic novel. After all, the cheracters in the book changed their world, while many today feel powerless.
It’s a ridiculus series and character, but I’ve always been fascinated by Wonko the Sane from the Douglas Adams book So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. Nothing makes sense anyway, so why not live in that totally bonkers world? Apart from that I really like some of the worlds and characters Ursula Le Guin, Sheri Tepper, Cynthia Voigt, Diana Wynne Jones, C. J. Cherryh, Joan Vinge, Andre Norton/Mercedes Lackey, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and many others have created. I’m not one of those you find on Twitter who constantly claim that the only interesting people are those who do nothing but read, but I do agree with them that life would be a lot less interesting without books. Life outside isn’t always that great, and I’d find it dystopic to be forced to cope without those other worlds. .
Finally, a comment regarding the photos. I grew up in a town with a lot of history, but there didn’t seem to be an interest in preserving anything. There are some very nice residential areas with houses from around 1900-1930, but nothing much older than that. The sound between my town and the island Karmøy was also at the centre of the development during Viking age that led to Norway becoming one kingdom. In fact, the name Norway comes from that sound, but there’s been no excavations, and nothing has been found. My point is that, although it was a very dystopic time, I find the past fascinating. I think back on the time my mother grew up in. She was born in 1940, and I’m about to create a character that was born 10-15 years earlier.
The bedroom at the museum, and the remnant of an old street, are probably from that time period. I can see myself living there a generation before I was born. It would have been nice to change history, also on a small scale.