LAST EDITED ON Apr-01-09 AT 09:45 PM (EDT)
The New Frontier is the title we've settled on for the next Undocumented Features era, which lies beyond Future Imperfect. Apart from Symphony No. 5 and Cybertron Reloaded, we've about finished telling all the major stories in the FI era - certainly all that are absolutely necessary to set up TNF. That doesn't mean FI's to be abandoned when those projects are done, any more than the Exile was when Crossroads came along, but once that happens it'll no longer be the primary focus - it won't be, as it were, the "present day" of the UF universe any longer.
Props for the title go in a number of directions:
The original inspiration is, of course, John F. Kennedy's address to the 1960 Democratic National Convention, accepting his party's nomination for the presidency:
"Today some would say that those struggles are all over – that all the horizons have been explored – that all the battles have been won – that there is no longer an American frontier.
But I trust that no one in this vast assemblage will agree with those sentiments. For the problems are not all solved and the battles are not all won – and we stand today on the edge of a New Frontier – the frontier of the 1960s – a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.
Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom promised our nation a new political and economic framework. Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal promised security and succor to those in need. But the New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises, it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. It appeals to their pride, not to their pocketbook – it holds out the promise of more sacrifice instead of more security.
But I tell you the New Frontier is here, whether we seek it or not. Beyond that frontier are the uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. It would be easier to shrink back from that frontier, to look to the safe mediocrity of the past, to be lulled by good intentions and high rhetoric – and those who prefer that course should not cast their votes for me regardless of party.
But I believe the times demand new invention, innovation, imagination, decision. I am asking each of you to be pioneers on that New Frontier. My call is to the young in heart, regardless of age – to all who respond to the Scriptural call: "Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed."
This comes to us primarily because it's quoted at the end of Darwyn Cooke's excellent comic miniseries DC: The New Frontier, which in turn led to the equally excellent animated film Justice League: The New Frontier.
And, lastly, it was our own Chad Collier, inspired by the above, who suggested using it for the name of UF's next era.
So there you are!
Benjamin D. Hutchins, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & Forum Admin
Eyrie Productions, Unlimited http://www.eyrie-productions.com/
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