Click on D'Trex's pic to read (in eBook format) the first Starship Academy short story.
Click HERE for the PDF version
These tales by Layman Kingsford are meant to introduce you to some of the characters in the Prime Living Starship saga, but they are also something of a LANGUAGE EXPERIMENT.
Following in Gene Roddenberry's footsteps, the Living Starship setting depicts a galaxy that is "post-scarcity", meaning that its inhabitants are all ostensibly provided with what they need to live full lives - food, shelter, education, entertainment.
What we are also doing is depicting a society that is POST-GENDER. The use of language, most prominently pronouns, is altered to reflect the cultural lack of gendering.
Admittedly, it is a tad jarring to read and wrap your head around. Trust me, it's even more challenging to write. As an English major, there are SO many embedded rules of grammar and syntax that, even after proofreading multiple times, a "his" or a wrong subject-verb agreement still sneaks through.