Ohio. Richard Daniels‘s second Star Trek: Enterprise adventure in time was put together fairly early and fairly quickly. I loved the idea of a bullet’s changing its trajectory and, as a result, significantly altering history.
I also loved the idea of showing the time period, everything from protesting to drug abuse to even free love. The music was another draw, and the discovery that Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders really had been at Kent State at the time sealed the deal for me.
It was an irresistible combination, and the story was relatively easy to write.
First of all, as the Temporal Integrity Commission begins hiring new travelers, the first one brought in is a specialist in ancient computer systems, Sheilagh Bernstein. Sheilagh tries to decide whether to take the job, and the first part of the book deals with some of her doubts as it provides exposition. In addition, the military expert, Thomas Grant, is brought in, plus a traveling doctor, Marisol Castillo. All three receive various physical enhancements in order to make it possible for them to perform their jobs at all.
Furthermore, they all then go on training missions. Tom goes, with Kevin O’Connor, to the start of World War III (this mission is further expanded in Multiverse II). Carmen takes Marisol to the canon TOS Captain Kirk era crossover to the Mirror Universe. And finally, Rick takes Sheilagh to Kent State.
For Rick, it is open season on the honeys.
First of all, he ditches Sheilagh and hooks up with Annette Bradley, a student, who calls herself Windy. He behaves more or less despicably, whereas Sheiligh just tries to blend in on campus. However, the party stops when the shooting starts, and Sheilagh’s screams of terror cause a National Guardsman to change the angle of his aim slightly. As a result, instead of Allison B. Krause dying, it’s Chrissie Hynde.
Hence this, and a small incident at the start of the Third World War, throws history into a tizzy. Everything must be fixed, and Sheilagh makes the biggest mistake any professional time traveler can make. She falls in love with the alternate timeline and the good it seems to have done for some people.
Music defines the entire HG Wells series, and very much so in Ohio as the new victim is, of course, a singer. Hence these songs weave throughout the story as follows:
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Ohio
- Shocking Blue – Venus
- John Lennon – Instant Karma
- Freda Payne – Band of Gold
- The Jackson Five – The Love You Save
- Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders – Kid
- Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders – Talk of the Town
- Bobbie Gentry – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
- Ohio on Ad Astra
- Ohio on Fanfiction.net
- In addition, Ohio on Wattpad
- Ohio in Times of the HG Wells context
The story is rated T.
Overall, some areas could have used better exposition. In addition, the look and feel of the campus should have been better explored. Furthermore, some things, for sure, happened too quickly. At some point, I’ll probably expand it. It’s on my radar of things to do/fix.
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