What a way to start off the new year! The symbolism behind rewriting a ST&RS post for New Year’s is that at O-New, the new year’s going to bring upon us the same fate as ST&RS: a slow, painful death from neglect, disinterest, and creative stagnation!
Here’s a picture of Shirafune farting.
When you start anything, you always keep in mind three things:
a) what you’re writing about
b) whom you’re writing for
b) what you’re writing about
c) why you’re writing it
c) what you’re writing about
I never keep these three things in mind when I write O-New posts, which is why nobody reads our site. Neither does the author of ST&RS. At the beginning, disbelief-suspending alien messages aside, ST&RS was very hard science. Normal space operas skip the training scenes and daily life; ST&RS didn’t, emphasizing its down-to-earth realism.
Then magical shining lights came in. And then actual aliens. And then Shirafune somehow miraculously escaping a catastrophic faux pas from sheer luck alone. If you can’t even do the OK sign in some countries ON EARTH, how do you know a handshake doesn’t mean ‘fuck you’ to an ALIEN?! There’s a reason why unknown customs and behaviours are ALIEN.
More importantly, imagine yourself as them.
You’re on Mars.
You’re in a giant alien tower.
You find that the tower has normal earth pressure.
You have enough oxygen in your suit to last you ten days.
DO YOU TAKE YOUR HELMET OFF?
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