Category: Fiction

SGS: A Trip Through Europe

I missed the last two Seriously Geeky Sundays. Let’s just say those two weeks were chaotic, and I suppose that is the norm because it’s 2020. For starters, this was my Internet for one of the weekends:

Fiber cable snapped in half by a large truck

You know what I miss? Traveling. Hell, I miss everything. I keep thinking that there has got to be a better way to handle a pandemic than this. We’re twenty years into the new millennium for Pete’s sake! Even I am starting to fray at the seams, but you better believe I am fighting it. 😉

Before I derail this week’s post into a vent session about 2020, I’ll just jump right into today’s prompt, which is the first in a series!

27th September – Around the World in 8 Sundays – Western Europe

It’s World Tourism day and today I’m launching SGS’s first multi-part theme! With 21st Century tech we don’t need to take 80 days like Jules Verne to go around the world. Instead for the next 8 months, one Sunday will be dedicated to a continent (with Europe divided into two to give us our total of 8). That week will explore fandoms set only in countries in that continent. For the first week, I’ve started with what’s home base for me; Western Europe.

Who is your favourite British character?

I have to go with my current writing project’s protagonist and namesake, Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I have always been fascinated by her. She’s thrown into this strange world where normal physics and rules don’t apply. She is a character of discovery. 

My character Alice about to step into another world.
Who is your favourite character from the Western European mainland?

Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is a calm leader, but he isn’t without a certain level of strength and cunning. For starters, In the episode, The Ensigns of Command, he uses the bureaucratic Sheliak’s treaty against them. He out smarted them by using their own words. 

Jean-Luc Picard as a Psi Cop Admiral because he’s badass like that.
Who is your favourite Western European actor?

Ahem. *Drops pictures* 

What is your favourite film set in this region?

I absolutely LOVE WWII documentaries. One of my all time favorites is World War II in Colour on Netflix. If you are a history buff or interested in WWII, it is well worth a watch. 

Western Europe is filled with history; which historical event, era or character to be featured in fandom has been your favourite?

The alternate outcome of WWII featured in Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle. We don’t get to see much of Europe, but what little we saw of it (Berlin) fascinated me. I was hoping they’d show more of Europe and how the alternate outcome would have affected the continent. 

Choose one of your favourite fandoms to go on a trip to Western Europe; where do they go? What do they get up to? Is it business, pleasure or not by choice at all?

Since Smith, Joe, and others from High Castle have done that in the show, I’ll pick Babylon 5...and Alfred Bester of course! 

I can see him chasing a Blip (a telepath who refuses to join the Psi Corps or take the meds that deactivate their telepathic ability ) all across Europe, a game of cat and mouse. He weaves in and out of historical castles, cathedrals, and possibly The Black Forest in Germany on an epic chase that he will remember as his toughest!