The latest official Star Trek Magazine (#33) is on newsstands today. And we have an excerpt from the cover feature about the many ways members of Starfleet have made "The Ultimate Sacrifice", written by Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward. Check that out below plus images of both covers for the mag.
STAR TREK MAGAZINE ISSUE 33 EXCERPT
The Ultimate Sacrifice
In the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine, Dayton Ward examines the many ways in which members of Starfleet have made the Ultimate Sacrifice…
While selfless deeds have commonly been held in high regard throughout the history of civilization, a place of even greater veneration often is reserved for those who act with full knowledge that they are without doubt sacrificing their very lives. When soldiers die in the line of duty, they are said to have made "the ultimate sacrifice." President Abraham Lincoln referred to it as "the last full measure of devotion" during his famous Gettysburg Address speech in 1863. Beyond the ranks of the military, other such noble acts might come of fire fighters who race into burning buildings to rescue victims, or police officers who place themselves in the path of danger in order to protect others. And what about an ordinary citizen, such as an anonymous passerby who jumps into raging flood waters to pull a child to safety?
It is courage of this sort that we usually consider when it is displayed by individuals in times of crisis, though it also is not uncommon to observe such conduct as carried out in accordance with a societal belief. For some cultures, such as the Romulans or the Vorta, or even the Orions, ending one’s own life in order to prevent capture and exploitation by an enemy is considered to be well within the strict call of duty. Taking such a notion to an extreme were the warring planets Eminiar VII and Vendikar, people of which were born into a culture where the interplanetary conflict was waged as an abstraction via computers, allowing the worlds to "fight" for generations without suffering the effects of actual warfare. As a consequence, their citizens had been conditioned to surrender themselves for disintegration whenever they were designated as "casualties" by the very machines which acted to preserve their civilization. Only after their war computers are destroyed and faced with
the specter of resuming genuine conflict with real weapons does the leadership of Eminiar VII consider the unthinkable: peace (Star Trek, "A Taste of Armageddon"). The people of the planet Kaelon II, upon reaching an age equivalent to 60 Earth years, end their lives so that society is not burdened with their care as they become elderly. (Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Half a Life").
"Ultimate Sacrifice" article in STM #33
More in the Star Trek Magazine 33
You can read the above article in full and more in Star Trek Magazine #33, on sale from March 29, available from all good retailers and specialist comic stores (with a special cover).
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