First Line of Defense, Pt II

Hello there all, hope this post finds you well.

Today’s update continues on with the series begun in ‘Pt I’, expanding a bit on the backstory I developed for the Burke class.  It also showcases more of the amazing work done by Masao Okazaki, the designer of the Archer class and a major behind-the-scenes player in the “Vanguard” novel series.  As I stated in the annotations, I stumbled upon his Kestrel class at random and after some examination, it seemed like a perfect ‘stripped down’ compliment to the Kiaga class (which is close in size and is also armed with a pair of pulse phaser cannons).  Definitely check out his page on the ship right here.

Seawolf class Gunboat

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My take on the Akula class will round out this update series.  Truth be told, I could probably get it done and updated today however the text for it is stuck on my PC at work (we’ve been somewhat slow lately, used some of my downtime to start writing).  Have no fear though, it will be coming soon.

Something though that I realized with this is that I need to find some way to keep details and other bits of info consistent throughout my publications.  While writing the first few paragraphs, I suddenly remembered that I had done something way back when on a ENT era design I called Mercury.  I had forgotten about that while writing up the history of Burke, but given the service eras overlap, didn’t want to overlook it here.  What I’m thinking about doing is getting all my TOS designs together in a ‘all-in-one’ format, that way I know what I’ve already done and can move back and forth between classes quickly, doing edits and rewrites as I go or see fit.

You can bet I also will be doing the same thing at some point for my TMP era designs.  I’ve recently discovered some good visuals of both the Missouri class Battleship and Ulysses class Dreadnought from the classic PC title Klingon Academy *(good visuals of any unique class from this game are extremely hard to come by) and definitely intend to feature both in a combined ‘one-off’ or ‘X-Ship’ feature down the road here at some point.

So yeah, I’ve definitely got some great ideas brewing that should keep me busy for the foreseeable future. 😉

Live Long and Prosper

 

TrekLit Update

Hey all……….I don’t usually do off-topic posts, am just too busy and let whatever interesting tidbits just fly right over my head. I did get my hands on the latest chapter in “The Fall” saga–A Ceremony of Losses–decided to do a little digging to see what’s ahead and came up with some interesting tidbits.

 

2013 Releases (from Memory Beta)

http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/2013

2014 Releases

http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/2014

 

2013 ends with The Poisoned Chalice and Peaceable Kingdoms closing out this latest minseries, released on 11/26 and 12/31 respectively (for those of us in the USA – not sure about the foreign dates).

 

Also, on an interesting non-fiction note, 12/3 sees the release of Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library. Authored by Larry Nemecek and featuring illustrations by Geoffrey Mandel (who contributed to 1980’s Star Trek Maps and was responsible for 2002’s Star Trek: Star Charts), this brings together a collection of 10 historical, large-format maps together with an in-depth reference guide.

 

2014 though is where the interesting stuff comes in. According to Memory Beta, May, June, July and November are all empty right now, but it starts off with the VOY novel Protectors (released 01/28). Part of the ‘Voyager Relaunch’ (http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Voyager_Relaunch), there really isn’t much of significance here–though it does serve to illustrate a point. If you haven’t been keeping up with the VOY novels, the resurrection of Kathryn Janeway (who perished at the hands of the borg in TNG’s Before Dishonor and returned in VOY’s The Eternal Tide), might be compelling enough to draw you back in.

 

We as readers get a bit of a break though, with no major releases announced (yet) in the post-TNG/DS9/VOY era following “The Fall”. That however can be tied to the fact that some of the principal writers (David Mack, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore) are at work on a sequel to the “Vanguard” saga. Entitled simply “Seekers”, it will focus on the starships Endeavor and Saggitarius and get back to the roots of Trek–“seeking out new worlds and new civilizations”. The first installment is slated to be released in August and another one in September.

 

http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Seekers

 

December sees a return to the present with the release (on 12/1) of TNG’s Home Again by Una McCormack. Can’t find out any information on the plot, but with the installments of “The Fall” taking place in the latter part of 2385, it would probably be somewhat safe to say that we’re inching ever closer to the climax that seperates the ‘prime’ universe from the “abrams-verse” (events depicted in the “Countdown” comics/graphic novels and 2009’s Star Trek). Whether or not the authors will stick with some principal points of that narriative (Picard becoming a UFP Ambassador, Data returning and taking command of the Enterprise-E) and what direction they’ll choose to go post-2387 is all up in the air.

 

I’ve got a draft of a post I started a while back, examining some overarching points/themes of these recent novels and then extrapolating possible creative directions to go in and ideas to explore/expand upon with regards to my own work, but it will be a while before I get to that I think. I’m about midway through the “Vanguard” series (stuck in the early part of Reap The Whirlwind) yet again, have 2 ships left to do to compliment the Burke class that I just posted and eventually want to get back to the Klingon project I had just started way back when.

 

When it comes to TrekLit here, we can be thankful things are quite alive and well. Perhaps you might be inspired to check out one or two you haven’t read, or maybe return to an old favorite………

 

Live Long and Prosper