I'm Ali, a proud geek based in Cambridge, UK. I have a background in science and now work in education. No doubt you 'orrible Americans will have your work cut out copyediting my contributions because they're littered with British spelling and punctuation conventions... sorry, force of habit!
Most of my contributions have been, and probably will be, related to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine... I'm a DS9 geek and proud of it. While I do like the other Trek shows, DS9 has the depth and substance to keep me watching and re-watching, make me think and question, and motivate me to write about it.
DS9 Season Guides - episode-by-episode summaries for all seven seasons of DS9 that avoid as many spoilers as possible, indicate which episodes are important for the arcs and character development, and indicate the "gold stars" and the "skip episodes" for each season (great for DS9 first-timers watching on DVD)
Pooh Borg - what do you give as a birthday present to a friend obsessed with the Borg and Pooh Bear? Easy! Just combine the two and assimilate Pooh!
This many edits and counting. Click here for a list of my recent contributions.
Sadly, I don't get as much time as I would like to spend on Memory Alpha, but I do try to make contributions whenever I can. I've made a few significant contributions, and I'm proud of the articles on Quark's, the Promenade and DS9: "Rapture", all of which are now featured articles!
How I wish I could get away with editing the first paragraph of the article on Nog to read:
"Vortex" - The first tantalising hints about Odo's origin.
"The Forsaken" - For some reason, the combination of Odo and Lwaxana Troi, the introvert and the extrovert, the painfully private and the painfully attention seeking, works wonderfully and gives us insights into both characters that we wouldn't otherwise have had.
"Duet" - A masterpiece, for reasons that hardly need to be explained by me. Spectacular performance by Harris Yulin as Marritza.
"Things Past" - A companion piece to ""Necessary Evil"", and just as dark and affecting. A ground shift for Odo, as a mirror to the earlier one for Kira.
"The Ascent" - Lip smacking, arguing, dying wishes and a relationship of love played out on a mountainside years before Brokeback Mountain. Hillarious and touching.
"Rapture" - A milestone episode for Bajor and its Emissary, and a stunning lecture on courage for Kira from the Kai.
"The Darkness and the Light" - "You lived on our land and you took the food out of our mouths, and I don't care whether you held a phaser in your hand or you ironed shirts for a living, you were all guilty and you were all legitimate targets!"
"The Begotten" - Odo and Dr Mora lay their demons to rest on a journey through antagonism, anger, wonder, joy, forgiveness and heartbreak.
"For the Uniform" - How far will a Starfleet Captain go to fulfil a personal vendetta? Strong script, morally ambiguous actions, and a wonderfully performed manual launch of the USS Defiant.
"Call to Arms" - "Either you remove the mines, or we will take this station from you and remove them ourselves" - and so begins the Dominion War. Also, and without question, the best "Holy sh*t!" closing seconds of any Star Trek episode, ever.