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Workbees!

I’ve just written a scene in Forgotten History that was a lot of fun to write.  It was an action scene, but the kind of action scene I like, that’s more about clever problem-solving and finding imaginative ways to do things with available physical and technological resources than it is about shooting things.  And all the Mission: Impossible I’ve been watching lately had an influence on it as well.

But a lot of why it was fun is because I got to use workbees!  Workbees are cool.  They’re these little yellow maintenance vehicles — designed by Andrew Probert — that fly around ships in drydock, and they can be connected to grabber sleds or cargo trains or any number of other specialized attachments, like little one-person truck cabs that can be outfitted as various different types of truck.  But in space.  They’re one of those ideas introduced in the brilliantly conceived and designed world of Star Trek: The Motion Picture that unfortunately fell by the wayside in later Trek, even though the production and FX teams loved them and even managed to slip one into the Deep Space Nine main titles.  One of the things I’ve tried to do in my post-TMP fiction — Ex Machina, The Darkness Drops Again, and now this — is to use all those nifty designs and aliens and ideas that were glimpsed in that movie and never again.  One cool thing about getting to return to that milieu is the opportunity to reference things I didn’t get around to using in ExM or TDDA, like the observation lounge glimpsed only in miniature when Spock’s shuttle docked.  Or the workbees, which are just so darn cute.

I also like writing about workbees because I like saying the word “workbees.”  Go ahead.  Try it.  “Workbees.”

Workbees!

Moose!

(Yes, I managed to write a post that has tags for Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Freakazoid! all at once.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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