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Winner of Writing Challenge 2020!

Resounding congratulations to Brian, the writer behind Geoffrey Teller, for smashing the Writing Challenge 2020 with a superb win!


Poll of the Week: Small Ships Packing a Punch

When you mention ships of the Trekverse, the one everyone remembers is the Enterprise; the beautiful vessel that has captured the hearts and imaginations of the audience and the crew through years of successive storytelling. In the series, where space flight could be perilous, encounters with enemies more so, and hosting everyday life on board, the ships of the line became as recognisable in the shows as the characters themselves. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Star Trek fan who can’t identify the sleek lines of the Galaxy class on sight, or punch the air when the Sovereign class makes that famed strafing run against the Borg.

However, there are the unsung heroes of the Starfleet ship catalogue in the smaller ships; those with a smaller crew, designed for a specific purpose, and perform their role within the universe perfectly. This broad range of starships includes vessels designed for war the Federation didn’t plan for, scientific vessels with limited weapons capabilities, ships solely for transport and supply, or for scouting in areas larger ships would be detected. In a universe where space vessels make up the primary settings for our characters, encounters, and stories, having a ship which suits the tale you want to tell is paramount. 

So, this week, we want to know if any of these ships have captured your interest and your imagination. Have you had dreams of sailing around the galaxy doing all the science in your Oberth class, opted for the cloak and dagger aspects of a Saber class, or would you be interested in running search and rescue missions in a Defiant?

Which of these smaller ship classes has ever piqued your interest?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Academy Extracurriculars

A student’s stay at Starfleet Academy can be a lengthy one, spanning four years of intensive training and education, combining multiple disciplines and academic achievements of phenomenal proportions. Many of those who graduate in their fields are the top the academy has to offer, including some with double majors, some cramming in as much study as they can into the brief season until they’re flung off into the wide-open wilds of space.

However, outside that realm of high academic achievement and success, like any other college and university, Starfleet Academy provides the students with the opportunity to take part in multiple extracurricular activities. Activities are structured around exercise, learning new skills, socialising with other cadets, becoming self-disciplined, and taking a break from the rigours of their chosen career.

With that in mind, our question for this Poll of the Week is:

What extracurricular activities at Starfleet Academy did your character find love or loathing for?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


The 2020 Writing Challenge is still accepting entries

Now we’re at the halfway mark, we’ve had some excellent entries submitted so far, and you’ve still got time to get yours in!

As a reminder, for this year, following along with the themes of the recent newly released series of Star Trek: Picard, and the current situation many of us are facing at home, the chosen theme is one of Star Trek‘s most beloved storytelling mechanics — Echoes of the Past.

“The view screen snaps into focus on an impossible sight, and a voice from your past speaks to you and you alone…”

We’ve already had some inspired entries so far — from the perspective of a cat to the wise words of a parent, to a Borg storyline — there’s a wide range of possibilities for everyone and anyone to get stuck into. Let your creative muscles flex and your imagination roam free. You’re not confined

For everyone who participates, there’s a Special 2020 Writing Challenge badge up for grabs!

To get started and learn more about the rules, click here.

All stories must be submitted by Sunday, May 17th. Good luck!


Poll of the Week: Holodeck Mishaps

Bouncing off from the poll a few weeks ago regarding “Modern Conveniences” and all that future technology we couldn’t live without (check it out here if you missed it!), we’re exploring the wonder of the Holodeck. From fascinating sojourns through space and time, to imaginative crew creating their own holodeck adventures, to becoming trapped in a nightmare of someone else’s creation, we’ve seen Star Trek explore the very essence of what it is to have such an ingenious technology onboard a starship or station. Indulging in fantasies, recreating training environments only available on starships, escaping the day-to-day monotony of serving in deep space.

We saw a seemingly never-ending string of holodeck activities that became quintessential parts of the characters we grew to love in the 24th century. From Geordi’s recreation of Leah Brahms and falling in love with his conceptualised vision of her, Worf’s intense and ferocious training programs to take part in his Klingon lifestyle, a rivalry conducted in a baseball game by the crew of Deep Space Nine, Voyager’s Doctor envisioning a real life for himself he could not have as a non-corporeal being, Data’s poker game against the greatest minds in Earth’s history, tom and Harry’s Bride of Chaotica comic-style program, and the unforgettable adventures of the San Francisco Detective story of Captain’s Picard’s Dixon Hill. Over time, and use, the technology has become a staple of the Star Trek diet and as part of the fundamentals of Trek as a tricorder.

However, not all is as riveting and wonderful in the world of holodecks. Crews have also explored the pitfalls and tribulations of when this technology goes wrong or suffered from holodiction, excluding real-world responsibilities while the subject immerses themselves in this fantasy life. Reginald Barclay showed us the dangers of this when he recreated likenesses of his colleagues in the holodeck; deliberately crafting scenarios where he could be the hero over his superior male officers while becoming intimate with female staff. In the same vein, on Deep Space Nine, we saw the grittier side as Quark made his holosuites available to cater to the sexual proclivities of patrons attending Quark’s Bar. And if you’re looking for the worst offender, Data’s Sherlock Holmes program featuring a Moriarty who wants to leave the holodeck is arguably one of the best Star Trek episodes to use the concept of the technology to the full advantage.

This week, we want to know which episodes of the holodeck were the worst offenders, or do they hold a special place in that strange heart of yours? Is a bad holodeck adventure better than the good ones?

Which of these holodeck episodes gets the trekkie thumbs down?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Join the very special 2020 Writing Challenge!

Our 2020 Writing Challenge is active and taking submissions!

For this year, following along with the themes of the recent newly released series of Star Trek: Picard, and the current situation many of us are facing at home, the chosen theme is one of Star Trek’s most beloved storytelling mechanics — Echoes of the Past.

“The view screen snaps into focus on an impossible sight, and a voice from your past speaks to you and you alone…”

How would your character react in this situation? What’s going through their mind? What scene immediately pops into your head? Is there a word-fire kindling? Does it transport you somewhere? If so, bust out the virtual pen and paper, brew that Earl Grey and get cracking!

Members are welcome to submit solo stories, or team up with a buddy to submit a collaborative epic! The judging team is looking forward to the entries submitted for this special writing challenge event.

To get started and learn more about the rules, click here.

All stories must be submitted by Sunday, May 17th. Good luck!


Poll of the Week: The King of Fools

On this, our glorious day of April 1st, where the pranks are many and the fools roam free… we remember that the Federation has moved on from a calendar based on the movement of the Earth and now April does not exist in our future timeline.

However! Fear not, brave prankster, as there are still many jokes to be had within our futuristic realm. Practical jokes on fellow officers is a tradition older than Starfleet itself, with arms stretching back throughout the history of Earth with the Feast of Fools in France, Royal Court Jesters being an actual vocation for some, and the Lord of Misrule in England’s Christmastide.

While our post-scarcity utopia strives for peace in all things, we can still let out the jovial jester from time to time, and we’ve seen many a prank cross our TV screens over the course of the series.

What are your favourite pranks from the Star Trek series?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!