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Metaphor I was not expecting [Jun. 20th, 2013|08:00 pm]

So I'm shelving and reshelving and flipping through books as part of the redecoration process (theoretically in the hopes of finding things I'm prepared to get rid of, which is...not really happening) and ran across this bit in Melinda Snodgrass's Tears of the Singers:

[Uhura] wanted a ship and a command of her own, and she thought she had a good chance of getting them--but it was going to cost. The price of a starship was ceaseless devotion to work and career. She had seen it with Captain Kirk. However much he might yearn there was only one lady in his life and her name was Enterprise.

But do I want to become a lesbian? she thought rebelliously. Devoting my life to a mass of circuits and metal that by some ironic quirk of phraseology has been designated a she?

Or did she want the comfort of home, husband and children? And was it possible she could have both? Or was that a foolish dream placed forever beyond the reach of a woman in Star Fleet?

'80s Star Trek novels: they really, really do not make them like that anymore. I never actually got around to reading this one (I bought it because, hey, Uhura novel) but now I'm morbidly curious what else is in here.

This entry was originally posted at http://greenygal.dreamwidth.org/88995.html.

[User Picture]From: marag
2013-06-21 02:16 am (UTC)
I know I've read that one because I adored Uhura as a kid/teen and I remember that I read it, but I don't have any memory of if it was any good. Because I was completely uncritical when it came to books about Uhura :)

I think I've still got it on the shelf downstairs...maybe I'll reread it at some point.
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[User Picture]From: greenygal
2013-06-23 12:08 am (UTC)
It apparently features a Uhura romance, lots of Klingons, and ultra-powerful psychic alien whales who weep crystal tears. Or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: marag
2013-06-23 12:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, that pretty much sounds right. And reading it at age, mmm, 14? I probably loved every single word of it :)
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[User Picture]From: caiusmajor
2013-06-21 04:14 am (UTC)
Wow. I. Wow.

Oh 80s!
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[User Picture]From: greenygal
2013-06-23 12:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, that pretty much sums up my reaction.
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[User Picture]From: fabrisse
2013-06-22 03:29 pm (UTC)
That's just... really disturbing.
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[User Picture]From: greenygal
2013-06-23 12:14 am (UTC)
And now you know why I was reading Uhura's Song instead!
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