Note: The following Stardate calculations are meant to express general trends across all episodes of each Star Trek series.
These calculations are not meant to be accurate for small time scales, such as hours or minutes within a single episode.
Because carving pumpkins can be a lot of fun but, let’s face it, after several hours of helping three little ones clean out pumpkin guts- NO carve ideas are sounding pretty good!
Since the Stardate systems used in various Star Trek episodes are meant to measure time in the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Centuries, the same Stardate system cannot be used to express contemporary dates (i.e., in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries).Like science fiction, comics have spent a long time keeping their distance from what is seen as the mainstream of literature: both disciplines have had their moments of self-consciousness and post-modern reflexivity, and have begun a cautious rapprochement with the mainstream. Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and Marcel Theroux are among the writers who have profited recently from the realisation in publishing that people will buy science fiction if you refrain from putting a spaceship on the cover.Comics, meanwhile, have profited from the canny coinage “graphic novel”, designed to imply an intellectual and narrative heft greater than that of simple strip cartoons, although most creators and fans disdain the term.But I know plenty who began as adults with George Herriman’s Krazy Kat strips, beloved of Picasso and E E Cummings, or who picked up Watchmen on special and found something, well, special.Like science fiction, this is a medium with its roots in pulp and the alternative: for every scholar who attempts to trace the history of sequential art back to pre-Columbian parchment or the Bayeux Tapestry, there will be 50 diehards who claim it all started with Superman.And there are agencies in Hollywood that specialise in pitching graphic novels to the film studios. I have several friends who will read anything as long as it’s a comic, and several who will read anything as long as it isn’t.