‘Star Trek’ writer pens an awesome response to critics of diversity

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Despite its long history of encouraging racial and gender diversity, Star Trek as a franchise has struggled for decades with how to create and give voice to LGBTQ characters. One landmark Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode notwithstanding, series writers, actors, and more recently director J.J. Abrams have all spoken about that particular lack of representation in Gene Roddenberry’s otherwise progressive future. However, that’s slowly changing; series scribe and author David Mack recently defended his own attempt to create that kind of diversity from a bigoted fan, and it really captures why the work is important.

Mack recently published Harbinger, a novel in the Star Trek Vanguard series that involves two women  — a Vulcan and a…

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