DEEP SPACE NINE, BAJOR SYSTEM — After a harrowing escape from the clutches of an alien weapon and the unknown dangers of quantum slipstream, the USS Thor (NCC-82607) has been recovered from deep space and towed back to safe harbor by a Starfleet task force.
Every month, the Academy staff works to compile the statistics about our recruiting and training for the fleet’s informational purposes. Let’s take a look at how we did as a fleet in August.
This first graph depicts the number of applications that the fleet has received each month this year. The month of August saw twelve new applications which is a slight decrease from the previous month. August ties with April for being the fourth highest number of new applications so far this year.
The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application:
This final graph shows how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of August. The fleet saw seven new graduates during August, which is about half the number of graduates that we saw during July. But, we had five applicants who applied during August but whose training did not finish until after the beginning of September.
These new recruits are the lifeblood of our community. Without them, it becomes difficult to keep our ships fully crewed and even more difficult to grow the fleet. If you’d like to help us recruit more members and grow our fleet, you can join the Publicity Team using this form.
ENDAASI — After the promotion of FltCpt. Jalana Rajel to Commodore, the crew of the USS Constitution (NCC 9012-B) were left to a period of shore leave on the planet of Endaasi.
Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2020 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters.
This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant Commander Addison MacKenzie playing a Human female Chief Medical Officer assigned to the USS Thor. She won the Prantares Ribbon: “Awarded to those Medical officers who has moved beyond competence to display a true gift for the healing arts in the context of space medicine. The officers given this award should display the ability to keep a steady hand in the often hazardous conditions in which they must practice, as well as the willingness to risk their own life to save the lives of others.“
MOON: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?
MACKENZIE: Sure! Born, raised, and living in Cleveland, Ohio, right on Lake Erie in the U.S. I’m a former professor, but now a full-time musician and conductor when COVID isn’t a thing. I love reading and hanging out with my orange Maine Coon, Fritado.
Captain Aron Kells specifically called out your character’s “mature, professional but wryly funny” attributes. As a CMO character personal connections are important. What advice can you give others who want to create a nuanced bedside manner?
Well, I think that’s something that’s totally dependent on the character. Addison cares deeply about the welfare of her patients, as I think all good doctors do, but she also isn’t afraid to throw shade when someone deserves it. There were a number of people on the Thor who recently had physicals that resulted in some serious sass from their CMO… I think that’s just part of who she is, though. If she were a Vulcan, for example, she’d be a lot different. Probably still funny, but the humor would be very different.
ASTEROID TRUENO, BRATAX SYSTEM — The BetaGen inspired prehistoric theme park has lost contact with the communication subnet in the Bratax System. Last known reports from the park are an alert for an incoming ion storm, which has since knocked out a large section of the park’s infrastructure and operational systems.
As was said by Q (TNG: Q Who?), the galaxy is wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. From the discovery of space lifeforms in the very first episode of TNG to a brilliant scientist igniting a star that had burned out, to the beauty of stellar phenomena, the galaxy is full of wonder.
No less wondrous, and part of Trek, is the exploration of human potential, and the things that can be achieved when people of disparate ethics and believes work together. In many ways, from Kirk and Spock working out how to act, and encountering the strange on the frontier of the history of Trek, to Deep Space Nine, where the crew focused on defending the ideals of the Federation, to where Burnham fought to preserve the integrity of the Federation in a time of near-certain defeat, to crews discovering new scientific mysteries across the franchise, and exploring new ways to think of life as we know it, Jim.
Trek is both the exploration of the galaxy, and the exploration of potential and evolution, and across its 54 years, 9 series, 13 episodes, and 780 episodes have shown us many wonders and challenges.
What do you think the most wondrous part of the Trek franchise is?
BORDERLANDS REGION — The USS Resolution (NCC-78145) has discovered the USS Unity, a Federation starship presumed destroyed nearly fifty years ago when Starfleet lost contact with the vessel.
Each year, we run a contest to see which crew can come up with the best avatar themes for the forums, like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Sesame Street,” or “Lego Trek”! A set of judges from every crew in the fleet determines the best based on originality and design.
This, our 10th annual contest, will begin on October 1st. So if you haven’t already, it’s time to start brainstorming your ship’s theme!
THURA SYSTEM — The Colonial Coalition Marshals Service has ordered USS Veritas to investigate the appearance of an unmanned Tholian station. An initial investigation determined the station had drifted into the Shoals of its own volition, powered down and lacking weapon capabilities.
Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles.
This month, we’re interviewing the Commanding Officer of the starship USS Arrow, Commander Randal Shayne.
GALVEN: Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?
SHAYNE: Sure thing! My name is Quinn, and I’m a resident of Chicago, Illinois. I joined the group in 2015, and I haven’t looked back since.
When did you become interested in Star Trek and where do you get your inspiration from in terms of books/movies/TV shows?
I was raised with Star Trek- indeed, I couldn’t get away from it. Much of the time, I watched through squinted eyes because the contents of the screen, even with 1960’s special effects, were terrifying to me. But I quickly grew to love it, and as time passed, I began looking toward it as a place of strength and a spiritual aspiration of sorts. To say that Star Trek inspires me doesn’t quite do it justice. That said, I am the product of an insatiable desire for books during my scholarly years as well. They were my escape, and I devoured the exploits of Horatio Hornblower, and whatever Trek crew was contained within the mutilated rags of the secondhand novel I’d been able to scrounge that week, with gusto.