Aug 15, 2019
Hot Klingon-on-Vulcan action is okay, as long as they’re not both girls
Do you enjoy reading the steamy bits in Star Trek novels? Then maybe you’d like some alone time with Harbinger by David Mack and its naughty subplot about a Klingon spy seducing a sexy Vulcan.
Not this fan! He totally lost his boner when said Klingon and Vulcan both turned out to female-type persons, so he immediately and one-handedly pounded out this condemnation to the abominable author:
David Mack will probable [sic] never read this email but I am writing it anyway. I purchased and started reading your book, Harbinger and stopped when I got to the part where the Vulcan was having a homosexual affair with the Klingon spy. I deleted the book from my E-reader and will never purchase another volume authored by David Mack. You can call me a homophobe or use any other excuse you choose to write me off but the truth is homosexually [sic] is not universally accepted and I get to decided [sic] what I read and I choose not to read any more of your work. And on top of that no Vulcan would consider the situation “logical”. You can’t just remold the Vulcan persona to suit yourself.
There! Try and argue with that logic, Mr. Mack!
Personally, I’m not really sure the big deal here. Since we all know aliens are bound for hell anyway, why shouldn’t they slut it up by rubbing their slutty girls parts all over other girls’ slutty girl parts?
But Mr. Mack took a different tack:
If he thinks the fear of alienating a few closed-minded readers is going to stop me from writing stories that feature and promote characters of diverse backgrounds—including LGBTQ characters, persons of color, and people who belong to ideological or philosophical minorities—he must be out of his mind. I’m a fucking Star Trek writer.
Most of my writing work to date has been for Star Trek. Although the various television series could have done more in their respective times to portray ethnic and gender diversity, those of us who write the licensed Trek fiction continue to do our best to depict a more progressive, enlightened, open, and harmonious future, not just for humanity but for all sentient beings. One in which love, equality, and compassion are the touchstones of civilized society.
I will never be made to feel shame for doing this. I am proud that we’ve been able to do this. I know we’ve still got more work to do, and we can do better at integrating more diverse viewpoints and characters into the ever-expanding universe of Star Trek.
Check out the full response. (Or don’t. Follow your arrow wherever it points.)