OTW’s 7 Wonders membership drive to raise $70,000 by Oct 27 starts now. We need everyone’s help so find out more.
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN
Welcome back to the OTW’s yearly membership drive, the time of year when we all take a moment to look back at our collective fannish history and do our best to support the organization that has given us Archive of Our Own, Transformative Works and Cultures, Fanlore, and so much more.
It’s also a time to remember that it will cost the OTW will spend $75,000 in 2014 just to replace old servers and expand capacity. All of the OTW’s other projects aside, Archive of Our Own by itself will cost over $155,000 to maintain this year. AO3 is an incredible fandom resource, and as the site has expanded and grown it’s become easy to become accustomed to it being there for us. But any site that has 4,800 page views every minute isn’t going to be cheap to maintain, and right now it’s our turn to give back. (Please check out the OTW’s 2013 annual report, the OTW’s Hardware and Hosting costs, and AO3’s 2013 site stats for more information.)
Other than tumblr, I literally can’t think of a site that I use more frequently and consistently than AO3 — and it’s given to use entirely for free and with no gross advertising.
Even if it’s only $10, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE ORGANIZATION FOR TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS TODAY!
One of the things I am loving so much about Deep Space Nine - and Sisko in particular - it’s that they’re not afraid to point out how warped the Federation can be, even now. You could call me biased because of my attachment to Voyager, but how the Federation dealt with the Maquis never sat right with me. Cmdr Hudson was justified in everything he said about how the colonists had built their lives from nothing, with no help from the Federation, and couldn’t be expected to simply abandon their homes because of a treaty.
After watching The Next Generation, and even The Original Series, wax poetic about the greatness of the Federation, it feels great to hear the issues that have been nagging in the back of my mind brought forward onto the screen. I’m beginning to see why DS9 was such a controversial series for the fans and why, if he had still been alive, Gene would never have approved of it at all.
“So… I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all… I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again - I would.” - Captain Benjamin Sisko.
And this is why he’s my favorite captain and DS9 is my favorite Trek series. Sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette and Sisko realized this. Idealism is fine in it’s place, but sometimes, it’s not enough.