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Green-Eyed, Freckled Science Officer (oh wait, that’s Researcher) – The Tutorial Series, Part 2

writing-ideas-originalNo, no… not a frisky, doe-eyed Science Officer! Rather that thing a person does to learn more about any given element… whether it’s the nuts and bolts of Warp Engines, the composition of starships, the mating rituals of Betazoids, or what exactly, is the daily routine of a security officer? The second in our 2013 Writing Improvement Month of tutorials by none other than that under-the-radar Fleet Captain, turned Professor Andrus Jaxx (just how do Trills chose their hosts?), this tutorial takes you on that journey of “OH… I never knew that!” and expose us to the available resources around the 118 Fleet and the web to aid in the further development and exploration of your character and the fascinating, exciting world around him or her (or it, even!).

Whether networking major Trek sites like Memory Alpha, Memory Beta, or the Daystrom Institute. Perhaps you might be interested in reading up what your fellow crew members both past and present have developed on our very own 118 Wiki. Research, hard or soft (or both), as well choosing which references are suitable to your topic, knowing how to use keywords in search engines while bookmarking what you feel is good content, are some of the elements used in defining your writing in the world of the story and what your character does, as well as doesn’t know, while helping your character to integrate into this rather expansive universe of science fiction.

Come check it out here!

Spellcheck!!! – The Tutorial Series, Part 1

writing-ideas-originalIn the first of a series of new tutorials celebrating our 2013 Writing Improvement Month, our Captain over at Starbase 118 Ops, now wearing the hat of Professor Kalianna Nicholotti, takes us through some of the basics of common grammatical errors that sneak in and establish themselves in our musings within the 118 Fleet universe, including out the gate a ten (10) question pop quiz leading in to spelling errors and why sometimes the spell check doesn’t necessarily work.

This tutorial will cover some common words in the English (American) language and how, while spelled similar, can inflect different intentions within sentence structure, and in some cases, can mean completely different things.

Come check it out! You can find the first of our Writing Improvement Month tutorials here.

As for the grammar pop quiz… stay tuned, fellow readers! If it doesn’t make it, your friendly neighborhood reporter has the inside track on its whereabouts. For a comparison between British and American English, Wikipedia has an extensive article covering grammar, word derivations and vocabulary, as well as writing between the two, which can be found here.

Come celebrate our month-long 2013 Writing Improvement Month and bone up your writing skills with us!

Voyager 1 Discovers a New Highway


Originally launched from Earth with its twin counterpart, Voyager 2, Voyager 1 has achieved a landmark status by being the most distant man-made spacecraft still in operation since leaving Earth in 1977 (at present, 11 billion miles from the Sun). It was from Voyager 1 that we received the first photographs of Jupiter, the ringed planet Saturn, and many of their respective moons.

On its way out of the Sol System, while heading for the heliopause (the border where solar wind from our sun ends and the interstellar region of space starts), Voyager 1 dropped its latest bombshell: an unexpected “magnetic highway” at the edge of our solar system.

Stamatios Krimigis and Edward Stone, a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Director, describe this highway district as a region which links the heliosphere (a bubble that surrounds the solar system) with the expanse of interstellar space beyond it, created by a magnetic field that originates with the southern hemisphere of the Sun that apparently allows particles from within the heliosphere to escape into interstellar space and allows particles from this region of space to pour into the Sol System.

The Voyager spacecraft (1 and 2) are expected to continue sending information back to Earth up through 2020 when their plutonium-based fuel will begin to power down, and are expected to cease operation all together in 2025.

Final Voting for Top Sim of 2012

The final three groundbreaking sims submitted by fleet members are online awaiting YOUR VOTE!

This year, our cutting edge finalists sims are:
Danny Wilde & Luna Walker: “The Caper of the Century
Kalianna Nicholotti: “The Bane of History, Repeating
Colt Daniels, “Lost in the Woods

Give them a huge congrats for making it to the final vote!

All members of the Fleet are invited to go vote for the best sim written in the year 2012:

May the best sim win!

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