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Greetings, fellow disciples of Wonder!  In the spirit of the season, I present to you a special Christmas Edition of Wonder Woman Wednesday! ('Twas the Wednesday before Christmas, after all! Or is that 'twis? 'Twatever! You know what I mean.)

Welcome, Wonder Warriors, to another edition of Wonder Woman Friday! (Yes, I know it's Wonder Woman Wednesday . . . but it's the most wonderful time of the year, and the week got away from me! So, it's a few days late which makes sense, because I have always been a day late and a dollar short!) (Editor's Note: Michael's editor caused the article to be posted much later and shoulders full responsibility for its tardiness.)

“I am First Omet'iklan, and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We go into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember: victory is life.”
     -- First Omet’iklan


Great villains are inevitably living on borrowed time. I’m not talking about the oncoming train in the form of our hero, either heroically chopping off a hand, revoking diplomatic immunity, or covering himself in mud. I’m talking about the urge for the author to humanize them.

“Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis? We've never harmed you. And yet, we're constantly arrested and charged with terrorism. Starships chase us through the Badlands, and our supporters are harassed and ridiculed. Why? Because we've left the Federation, and that's the one thing you can't accept. Nobody leaves paradise. Everyone should want to be in the Federation! Hell, you even want the Cardassians to join. You're only sending them replicators, because, one day, they can take their rightful place on the Federation Council. You know, in some ways, you're even worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You're more insidious. You assimilate people and they don't even know it.”
     -- Lt. Commander Michael Eddington


Eddington was practically a Chekhov’s Gun in human form. When he was introduced in the beginning of Season 3, he was sort of a do-over for the late, entirely unlamented Lt. Primmin, addressing the very valid concern of would Starfleet really allow the security of an important outpost be entirely run by an official of a foreign government? The answer, of course, is no and having another foil for a character as prickly as Odo is bound to bear some fruit.

My fellow Amazons:

Welcome to another whiz bang week of Wonder Woman Wednesday!

“Someone once said, ‘Life is a search to find the peace that you once had when you were safe inside your mother.’”
     -- Lwaxana Troi


“Write what you know” is the most common piece of advice writers get. It’s also terrible advice, since it would completely eliminate a ton of genres a lot of people really like. It’s also part of the reason so many fictional characters are professional writers. Writers might not know what it’s like to be a cop in inner-city Detroit, or an architect in Zurich, or a masked vigilante in Hong Kong, but we have a pretty good idea of how a writer conducts their day-to-day. When I started, I promised myself I wouldn’t write about writers, but as my career as progressed, I’ve found it almost unavoidable.

The Dark Amazon strikes again!

Welcome to another fun-filled week of Wonder Woman Wednesday. This week's column could qualify as a Dark Knight III: The Master Race review, but since our beloved Wonder Woman plays such a major role, I think we can get away with it. That said, spoilers to follow.

“This time I will deal with the rebels myself.”
    -- Regent Worf


The defining question of science fiction is “What if?” Those two simple words are the springboard for all of the great (and for that matter terrible) sci-fi out there. Some of the questions veer toward the hard edges of the genre: how will nano-technology change human existence, what if aliens invaded in World War II. Sometimes, sci-fi wants to tackle the softer, deeper questions usually confined to drama, the fantastic elements in the world allowing confrontations to be played out in stark, literal terms.

Don't give me reasons, give me alibis . . .

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Amazons! Thank you for taking time away from your squabbling relatives and turkey comas to join us for another exciting installment of Wonder Woman Wednesday.

“Hello, Miles. Welcome to Hell.”
     -- Ee’char


What’s the purpose of the justice system? On the surface, it’s a pretty easy question. One of those everyone is certain they have an ironclad answer to. It probably goes something along the lines of, protecting the innocent members of society by segregating dangerous criminals, and at the same time discouraging those same criminals through the application of unpleasant punishments. Deprivation is the most common form of punishment, either in the form of property (fines), time (imprisonment), or life (duh).

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