G & T Show STLV 2015 Coverage – Ian Adams Interview
As Terry says, one of the great parts of the convention is about pitching stories. But we also ask about how people became fans. Ian was six years old in the eighties, before Star Trek: The Next Generation. So at the time, the only Trek was Star Trek: The Original Series. He grabbed a book off the shelf of the Star Trek Technical Manual. His father told him it was based on TOS, would you like to watch it? They watched it together, and the first episode Ian ever saw, was Mirror, Mirror. Oddly enough, he didn’t see it again for another fifteen years.
When he saw it again, it affected him more deeply. There was nostalgia for the show and the episode, but it was great to see it again as Star Trek was something he and his father had really bonded over.
Ian watched Star Trek: The Next Generation from the very beginning, and they watched Star Trek: Deep Space Nine together, and afterwards, he was grown up and had moved onto his own. Ian misses his father, who is not doing so well. For Ian, Star Trek is all about watching it with family. It is a family experience.
He remembers Star Trek 6 coming out and getting models, that he kind of gauges his life by the film and series calendars. He loves the models; they and the technical manual both make it more real for him.
His favorite series is DS9; his favorite characters are Jake and Ben Sisko. He loves their relationship, of the single father and his son, as that parallels Ian’s own life. The alien species he would like to be is a Bolian! He likes that they’re really friendly but also mysterious and look really cool. His ship would be called the USS Dorsive Reviev from Andy Weir’s The Martian.
If he could write a new storyline, he would follow a Jem’Hadar who crashes on a planet in a pre-Warp culture. How does the Dominion War affect the natives? It’ll be a foundry mission called For the Glory of the Founders. He is hoping to have it done by the end of this year or into 2016.
We thank Ian for his story and we wish Ian’s father comfort and improved health.
She's also a published author (Untrustworthy, published by Riverdale Avenue Books; QSF Discovery 2 Anthology, published by Mischief Corner Books; and The Longest Night Watch Anthology 1 & 2, published by Writers Colony Press), and a prolific fan fiction writer. You can find her adding her fanfiction to our forums, or live tweeting our show.
We understand that she can be bribed with pie.