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Lower Decks interview: Ens. Ryan King, Invicta

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ens. Ryan King, playing a Human male assigned to the USS Invicta.

WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

KING: It’s an honor to participate. Thank you.

I am originally a Californian; born and raised in Sacramento, CA. Since my final semester in college, which was about six years ago, I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. I currently work in communications for a local university and just started a Master’s program in communications. Though Star Trek is a love in my life, I can’t say it is my first love. That award goes to politics and history. So you can usually find me reading a biography or a blog on American politics first, and then catching up on my Invicta sims second. Sorry guys!

Were you a Star Trek fan before joining UFOP: StarBase 118? If so, what were your favorite shows and/or movies?

Most definitely. I first became interested in Star Trek through the ToS movies. I remember a very boring summer in junior high school. My grandparents had some old VHS movies lying around that they never watched. Two of those movies were my grandfather’s and they were The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home. I popped in Khan with the full expectation that I’d fall asleep or try something else fifteen minutes later. I was wrong. I was hooked immediately. I started going to the local Blockbuster and Hollywood Video and renting whatever Trek they had available.

I’m a fan of all of the series but I think I sort of grew-up on DS9 and Voyager. Though I was first exposed to Trek as a result of the Original Series movies, it was those two series that moved me from casual to Trekkie(er).