female crew

she’s all wit and wildness, all brilliance and beauty
she’s the type of kindness I want to be


because she smiles during rainstorms 
and screams at the stars


and her laughter is the sound that makes flower bloom
and her rage, oh, it’s the thing that burns empires


because she stands up and never keeps quiet
and she’s always there to hold my hand when things get terrifying 


she’s the sunrise after the winter solstice 
the thing that looks gone but just comes back even stronger


and she sometimes doesn’t realize that there’s no limits on her power
she is fireworks gleaming overhead, bursting and crackling in chaos

—  Invincible, that’s what she is by Abby S

me: i’m not gonna like lotor. i already don’t like the way fans are shipping him with paladins, and i bet he’s gonna be just like a gross creepy villain. i’m not looking forward to his introduction

lotor: is an interesting multi-dimensional villain, shows he doesn’t have the same tendency for cruelty and wanton violence that other galra generals have shown, has a crew of female half-galra generals that he isn’t creepy with at all, brilliant tactician, maybe some ulterior motives besides continuing his father’s legacy, nice face & voice

me:

BOOK REC (Sci-Fi with PoC and wlw)

Why you should read The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

  • IT HAS A HUGE EMPHASIS ON FOUND FAMILY and also on moving forward and how you sometimes need different people at different stages of your life
  • The alien cultures, man, they are like nothing I’ve ever seen before on this scale. It’s not just surface stuff, it’s down to the belief systems and social interactions and how they view things like motherhood and violence and even board games! Also, FEMALE ALIENS WITHOUT BREASTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED VERY ATTRACTIVE TO HUMANS CAN I GET A HELL YEAH
  • Gender and sexuality are definitely way more fluid, one of the crew members is a species that changes gender across their lifetime (plus there is a crew member that goes by they pronouns, though not exactly in a nb way, it’s hard to explain)
  • Imagine Firefly, except in a universe full of aliens like Guardians of the Galaxy, and the crew aren’t criminals (for the most part) and are just generally a bit nicer. And by nicer I mean, as someone else more eloquent than me said about this book “they’re not all good people, but most of them are trying to be”. They care about each other despite all the cultural differences that sometimes have them screaming
  • most of the humans on the crew are not white
  • TWO FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE CREW BECOME A COUPLE I’m not gonna say which because it totally took me by surprise and that was an incredible thing cos I already adored this book and then it gave me the one thing it was missing that I hadn’t dared hope for 
  • polyamory is discussed frequently and is a base part of one of the alien cultures and it’s very normalised and respected
  • seriously everyone does their hardest to be respectful of each other’s culture and all the differences and even though sometimes they fail or really struggle they really TRY and that’s what makes it so great
  • the book is genuinely hilarious (“What do your crazy speciests do?” “Live on gated farms and have private orgies.” “How is that any different than what the rest of you do?” “We don’t have gates and anybody can come to our orgies.”)
  • there’s plot but it’s very character driven in a way that works really well
  • Kizzy - my favourite character who is just a joy (imagine Kaylee Frye if she was Chinese, hyped up on extreme amounts of caffeine, and totally eccentric)
  • REALLY AMAZING PLATONIC MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS
  • like seriously every damn relationship in this book is so incredible and important and well done
  • I’ve never done a book rec on here before and the fact that I feel the need to do this should in itself say something about how amazing it is

In summary: 

  • SPACE GIRLFRIENDS NEED I SAY MORE
  • amazing and compelling alien cultures
  • a crew/found family that are so beautiful in their differences and how they do their best to respect and accommodate them
  • it’s really fucking funny
  • “Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.” “What causes the other ten percent?” “Natural disasters.”

I was told once that I’m half sunshine, half storm
that I can change the universe with my faith
that I can challenge the rules with my will


and the stars that I spend eons writing about
they don’t carry a fraction of what I can do


because I was born a miracle
and I was born a warrior 
and those parts of me still rest inside in my bones


so yes, I am made up of blood and of stories and most of all of courage
you will never be able to shackle me to the ground


because I
I was made to fly, I was made to conquer 
so that’s what I’ll do

—  And Kindness Will Always Run Through by Abby S
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ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopian Airlines is dispatching its first-ever flight operated by an all-female crew. The flight was scheduled to depart for Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday night. The airline says it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African girls to pursue aviation careers.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said attracting more women to aviation jobs is one of the reasons for hosting the female flight, together with empowering women.

“It’s going to be very inspiring for all the women all over the world, aviation women and particularly the African woman. Because, as you know, here in the continent of Africa, we are lagging behind in women empowerment. So this is going to inspire all the school girls in Africa that they have a very bright future in the 21st century,” Gebremariam said.

The flight is being handled by women in every aspect – from planning, to aircraft maintenance, and from the pilots to air traffic controllers. Even upon arrival in Bangkok, all customs and immigration officers will be female.

Ethiopian Airlines says about one third of its employees are women. But the number is smaller when it comes to positions such as pilots and technicians.

I met a girl whose smile powered the sun
who found beauty in the nights when the stars couldn’t be seen


she’s magic and mayhem and more


I met a girl who walked as though the very act meant she’d won a war
whose heart found the courage lurking behind the struggling souls


she’s beauty and brilliance and bravery

—  spine of steel, that’s what you’ve given me by Abby S
The Puzzle

Jesus, this is a lot. Ryan’s the second most important person in this AU, and he’s bringing a lot of new shit with him to the table, and somehow this ended up being over 5K. Fucken wild. Anyway, I hope you enjoy! 

Ryan wasn’t quite like the others.

Oh, he was immortal of course, and his immortality worked similarly to the rest of the crew’s. He would die, his body would appear back in the last place he slept, like the others did (after their initial death, of course). Except, he got there a bit differently.

As far as he could tell, the others had been born with their immortality. They would live, die, and be stuck at that age for the rest of time. He didn’t know why that happened to them, but that was how it was.

He, on the the other hand, wasn’t born with it.

He had been a champion gladiator at the height of the Roman Empire. He was the best there was, the people adored him, as did his employer.

And, also, apparently, Mars.

The god of war was impressed with his skills in battle, and offered him a deal. Eternal Life, in exchange for his services in war.

Who was he to say no?

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Science fiction movies and TV series often face the impossible but inevitable task of imaging the clothes of the future. One short-lived experiment in future fashion was Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Skant”.

Both male and female Starfleet officers and crew wore the garment, although it was seen more typically on background characters. It was a well-intentioned, if not always well-received, attempt to convey a 24th century where gender equality had progressed well beyond what was achieved in the late 1980s in which the show was produced.

By ST:TNG’s second season, sightings of the skant were, well, scant. Even then the garment was typically worn over a pair of trousers, most notably by Dr. Pulaski (Diana Muldaur).

Like a cloaking Romulan Warbird, the skant faded away and became little more than a footnote in the Fashion of the Final Frontier.

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In July of 1878, Vassar professor Maria Mitchell led a team of astronomers to the new state of Colorado to observe a total solar eclipse. In a field outside of Denver, they watched as the sun went dark and a feathery fan of bright tendrils — the solar corona — faded into view.

But the expedition wasn’t just about catching a rare and beautiful display.

Maria Mitchell was one of the earliest campaigners for equal pay. Her entire crew was female. They weren’t yet allowed to vote, but they were more than capable of adding to the scientific discourse.

Plus, there was patriotic pride on the line.

How Eclipses Changed History

Video: NPR’s Skunk Bear

to:
the first person I ever wrote about 
the one I thought I loved
I’m sorry I ever thought you were worthy of my words
all you did is look at them and laugh


to:
the people who left me stranded in the dark
the ones I thought would attend my wedding
I’m sorry that I ever included you in my best memories
all you did is leave me stabbed and bloody


to:
the girl who is my greatest what if
the one who’s picture still leaves me aching
I’m sorry my heart was a traitor, spilling the reason it beat back then
all that did was end the little bit I got of you


to:
the girls who I owe most of my strength to
the ones taught me that I have more power in my fingers than the stars
I’m not sorry that you walked in, that you breathed life back in me
all you did is teach me how to be half storm and half sunshine


to:
the person who will love me
the one that picks up a beaten heart, pieces it together and puts it back
I’m not sorry that I’ll need you to help me because I’ll help you as well
all you’ll do is give me a safe place to fall

—  Four People I’ve Written About and One I Can’t Wait To by Abby S
The Free

Jack had gone by many names in her time on this earth.

Originally, she was Jacqueline, a french noblewoman. After the revolution claimed the heads of her and her husband and Geoff (who, at the time, was still stumbling through immortality as a drunk after the traumatic death of his daughter Adelene) took her under his wing, she became Christiane. Follower of Christ. The highly cynical version of her that existed at the time thought it fitting, that her name should reflect God when her continued existence could only be attributed to the Devil.

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Air Less Traveled is a steampunk podcast set in a historically revisioned, mid-1800s America. In the beginning, it follows a Byron Crawford - the son of a local mayor - as he goes about his day: and he is the typical, spoiled rich kid you would expect. However, things take a turn when an all-female pirate crew - lead by Nettie Atkins - kidnaps him for a ransom. If you are at all interested in auditioning, information to do so is under the cut.

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There's not enough stuff about Midas!Gavin so I'm gonna add this:

Once upon a time, he had everything.

He had a rich kingdom, a luxurious life, and a beloved daughter who meant the world to him. He could’ve lived and died like everyone else in his kingdom a happy man, surrounded by his gold and with his daughter by his side to leave everything to, his late wife waiting for him with open arms beyond his final breath.

When a satyr bearing the insignia of Dionysius found himself in the royal garden, he invited him to stay until his master came for him. In gratitude, Dionysius granted him one wish, and he wished for everything he touched to turn to gold. And so began his curse.

He was elated with his gift, until he turned his beloved daughter to gold and discovered he could no longer eat or drink. He lay in his bed, heart heavy with guilt over his daughter, waiting to die of hunger and thirst.

One day.

Two days.

A month.

A year.

His death never came.

Dionysius explained to him in a dream that he would not die until he proved to the gods he had left his greed behind.

So he left his golden bed, and his golden castle, and his golden kingdom, and he never looked back at the wretched color his daughter had become.

Oh, how he hated gold.

He lived in pure agony for almost 1,000 years, always hungry but never able to eat, surrounded by the thing he hated most of all. When gloves were invented he nearly wept with the prospect of being able to eat and have control over what his golden touch.

His throat had gone dry from lack of water, his skin hung off his bones from lack of food. He took a knife to his wrists everyday, hoping against hope that the gods would finally find him worthy to die.

The first time he tasted a grape in a millennium he did actually cry, but only after he drank enough water to make himself sick.

He learned to speak again, he learned to eat again, he learned to live again. Gloves were the best thing that had ever happened to him, behind his daughter.

Around 600 years later he was in England, exploring the world while he tried to prove himself worthy. He came across a woman in the street. Her red hair reminded him of his own daughters copper locks that she had received from his mother. She was skin and bones as he had been. He couldn’t just leave her. He took off his gloves, pulled some coins out of his pockets, and gave her enough gold to last a lifetime.

He hadn’t counted in someone seeing it.

He and the girl burned together. She told him her name on her last breath: Gavinia.

In memory of her, he chose the name Gavin, and kept that name forever.

He met the fakes at the dawn of the 21st century. Geoff, who died in the 1200’s of disease. Jack, a noblewoman from the French Revolution who reminded him of his mother. Ryan, a gladiator from the Roman Empire. Ray, who died as an Aztec sacrifice. And Michael, who died in Scotland of the Black Plague. Gavin told them he died in the 1500’s in a witch burning, and became the little brother of the group.

He wondered what they’d say if they discovered he was the oldest of them all.

They thought he was young. They thought he loved gold enough to surround himself in it. They all assumed he was a germaphobe because of his gloves and hesitance to touch anyone.

Wrong on all accounts.

He became the hacker, never out in the field, helping from afar. As far away from the danger as he could possibly be, and in as little danger of being discovered as he could be.

They gave him golden presents, and he acted like he lived them all the while trying to figure out how to tell them he hated gold with everything he had in a way that made sense.

He was Midas, the Golden King.

He was Gavin, the Golden Heir.

Oh, how he hated gold.

Hannibal, Hannibal, Hannibal…all we ever talk about here is the man himself, and it’s high time the ladies got some love! In collaboration with @ladies-of-hannibal, we bring you #LadiesofHannibal appreciation week!

From May 22nd-28th, post ANYTHING featuring the ladies of our beloved show. Art, fic, gifs, meta, anything goes! Femslash is encouraged but not required- a buddy cop fic with Will and Bev, Abigail’s experiences at Hannibal’s house, a day in the life of Freddie Lounds- all of it is okay so long as a female character is heavily featured.

No time to make a new work? Repromoting one of your older works is fine too!

Whatever you post, tag it #LadiesofHannibal so it can get shared and loved properly.

Sunday, May 28th, we’ll all take to twitter with the hashtag #LadiesofHannibal to tweet Bryan, the actresses of Hannibal, and the female crew to tell them how much we appreciated their work on the set and thank them for creating a show with such powerful female characters.

Hope to see you there!

Also, a massive thank you to @carrioncrowned for the amazing art!

Mini Fic - The Effects of Pain Medication

Request: How about Jim asking Bones “Exactly what did you give her for pain control?” (stoned on pain meds reader)? (from star-trekkin-across-theuniverse) for your mini fics? - @jonanacoe

Word Count: 545

Warnings: mention of injury

Author’s Note: I mentioned this previously, but I’ve never been stoned/high, so I did my best, but if it doesn’t seem accurate whatsoever, I apologize. I hope I pulled it off decently for you guys :)


Shuttlecraft accidents weren’t unheard of, and during the last crew review in the field, your research mission ended in an emergency. It was by no real fault of anyone, but yet many of your friends felt it was their fault for not catching the weakness in the hull.

Now, it seemed the entire senior bridge crew was surrounding you. Ever since the shuttlecraft incident, people had been showing up in sickbay to apologize or check on you. Not that it was a particularly bad thing to have happen, but it was certainly disconcerting.

They all had very odd looks on their faces, as if something about you was different. You mostly felt fine, the medication in your system mostly just making you feel light and almost cloudlike.

“How are you feeling Lieutenant?” The Captain asks you as you struggle to sit up slightly on the biobed.

“Oh heyyyy Jim! I had a wonderful idea today! What if we added a bouncy castle to the Enterprise?”

“That’s certainly something to consider-” Jim starts, but gets cut off when you suddenly jolt up in your bed completely.

“Spockles! Are you letting your hair grow out? It looks kinda curly and cute and cuddly.”

“Lieutenant Y/L/N, I recommend that you lie back down. I believe your cognitive function may have been impaired by your injury,” the commander says with a slight tilt of the head.

“Spock! Don’t say things like that!” Leonard exclaims as he walks into the room.

“Bonesykinz, I have a question! Are my toes still, like, attached to my feet? They feel… weird,” you say while trying to kick the blanket down so you can look at your feet.

Everyone in the room glances at each other and then back at you.

“So, Bonesykinz, what exactly did you give her for pain control?” The Captain asks of the doctor.

Leonard glowers at Jim but answers, “It is a relatively new pain medication, it is one of Starfleet’s new additions to medical protocol. These side effects are completely temporary.”

“If I recall correctly, I was given this same drug a few weeks ago, but I don’t recall anything similar to this,” Uhura says with a small nod towards your direction.

“I’m just special,” you say with a smile.

“The Lieutenant isn’t wrong, something in her brain chemistry reacted to the painkillers in a particularly unique way,” Bones says as he scans you with a medical tricorder.

At this point the bridge crew vacated your room, leaving just the you and Bones. With fewer people crowding around your bed, you decided to take the opportunity to swing your legs over the side of the bed to stand up.

“Woah, woah, woah, where do you think you are going darlin’?” McCoy asks gently grabbing one of your arms to keep you on the bed.

“I thought you said I would be cleared to go back to my room, uh, today,” you say looking into Bones’ beautiful eyes and poking his chest.

“Sorry Y/N, with your reaction to the medication, I want to keep you here for observation a little longer.”

“Okay fine. But could I have some mashed potatoes and French fries? It’ll be like potato inception and I’m starving!”

“You are something else darlin’.”

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