Review – Conversations with Heroes
As a part of the 2013 ficlet flashdance challenge, we were tasked with creating a posting every day of one week, with at least 1,000 words. I decided to tie the whole shebang together with a documentary filmmaker creating a work about the Xindi War.
It’s just after the war has ended, and independent filmmaker Carlos Castillo has an assignment to cover the Xindi War from the perspective of the people who fought it.
The prime universe Carlos comes to the NX-01, but he also tracks down crew members like Lili, who are off the ship (as is established in Everybody Knows This is Nowhere). He interviews the following crew members –
- Jonathan Archer – he discusses the turning point for this character, a Star Trek: Enterprise canon act where he forced an Ossarian pirate into an airlock.
- Maryam Haroun – Maryam’s Muslim faith is mentioned; she talks about the deaths of fellow crew members and feels that her failure to pray may have had a correlation with that.
- Lili O’Day – Lili relives killing She Who Almost Didn’t Breed in Time, which was originally outlined in Reversal and The Mess.
- Jennifer Crossman – her memory is of the canon act of deceiving Degra.
- Malcolm Reed – Malcolm talks about Jay‘s death.
The final piece is Carlos’s own statements about having met the Enterprise‘s crew, and how the assignment has personally affected him.
- Conversations With Heroes as it was originally written
- Conversations With Heroes on Fanfiction.net
- Conversations With Heroes on Fictionpad
- Conversations With Heroes on Wattpad
- Conversations With Heroes on the G & T Show forums
- Conversations With Heroes in context
The story is Rated K.
The story was well-received. I also loved the pressure creativity aspect of it. This story also has the third-highest number of reviews of any story of mine (only Reversal and Revved Up have clocked more).
I can’t wait to do this kind of story again.