Hey all.  Don’t usually post much during the week – am a creature of habit/routine and if I have anything to post, I usually do it on the weekends.


Anyhow, I got bored and randomly checked to see if my usual deviantART source had re-posted any of his orthos.  The ‘Texas Class’ (of Star Fleet Battles fame) was up, I gave it a once over and wow – for a supposed Light Cruiser, the class as depicted is armed rather heavily – by my count, 7 Phaser Banks, 2 Pulse Phaser Cannons(?) and 2 Torpedo Launchers.  The warp nacelles and everything too give it a solid TOS era appearance.  It’s a shame I just now paid attention to it, as it would’ve made a fine addition to my Four Years War narrative.

Check it out

If anything, I could describe it as the *one* reserve class that didn’t get committed to combat, but was held back as a dedicated system defense ship deployed around critical planets/in critical areas, but that seems like kind of a stretch.  Am not sure at this point if there’s really any plausible way I could write this thing into the Class I era or not.  Just thought I’d drop it here though.


Federation Fleet Review

Hey all.  Am continuing work on my revision of Independence.  As does happen, I got sidetracked looking for orthos (as my usual DeviantART source removed all of his and is re-uploading them here and there) and stumbled upon a great reference work – the penultimate and what I believe is the final thing we’ll see from Richard Mandel, his Federation Fleet Review (linked here, also included in the ‘Reference’ section – see link in the upper right).


Federation Fleet Review


In reading the Forward at the beginning, it’s kind of sad to hear that this is his “swan song” of sorts.  Am not sure what it was that caused him to step away and also give up part of his vision – whether real life, copyright/IP issues or whatever – I’m just glad I could get my hands on this.  I consider discovering his Federation Spaceflight Chronology a seminal moment in my own fandom ‘experience’, right up there with discovering Timo Saloniemi’s Hobbyist’s Guide…...


In any event, this is a TMP work that examines a pretty wide array of classes, including more than a few obscure ones.  I’ve only glanced over it, but am impressed at the scope.   Amusingly enough, I’m also credited in there (under the ‘Recommended Reading’ section at the end, as my former pseudonym “The Red Admiral”).  Also, in searching for a new title for my combined/all-in-one works, I think something along the lines of “Federation Fleet Review” might work better – still have to sort that out.  All that would be left is a different cover design.


Hope you all enjoy!


Jolan Tru


New Landing Pages

Hey all, I know it’s been a while.  Lack of motivation, just being busy and other misc. RL stuff has kept me away.


I have Lancer all but done.  However, as does sometimes happen with me, I haven’t found the motivation to finish it off and instead, I started in on a re-write of the Marklin class.  While doing that though, I had a commentor ask if I had an index page somewhere with links to all the publications/PDFs/whatever that I’ve done.  I realized I didn’t (a gross oversight considering how long I’ve been doing this) and so I got to work getting one together.

It can be accessed from the link on the upper right or through this link here.  It’s not organized, perfect, or anything like that – just wanted to get something together so anyone who asked would have someplace to go. (organization and all that will come in time 😉 )




Also, I quick made a similar landing page for the collection of misc. reference PDFs I’ve uploaded (the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, principally)

Again, look to the upper right for a link, or click below





I feel a great disturbance…..in the canon…..

Forgive my poor attempt at wordplay friends, but given 2 of the 3 things I’m going to lay out here, I thought it apt (and by ‘canon’, I mean my own ‘head canon’/’personal canon’ here).


First off, for those who haven’t heard already, Barry Jenner (Adm. William Ross) passed away this past Tuesday (8/9) in Los Angeles from complication of acute myeloid leukemia.

Remembering DS9’s Barry Jenner, 1941-2016


Secondly, I stumbled upon some, what looked like in-game, renders of a revised/reskinned D-5 class (that basically took the D-5 from ENT and updated it to fit within the TOS era)

(scroll to the bottom)


I’m not quite sure whether they’re from the “Agents of Yesterday” update to Star Trek Online or whether they’re from someplace else.  I’ve also been unable to find any better visuals in this same style.  If I can though and this is indeed the D5 and not another class, then it might very well be a game changer and up end a good chunk of history that I’ve personally gotten used to.

Finally, I’ve come across a great TMP trailer that resonates with me.  An opening voice over from Spock, together with tight pacing and a powerful instrumental track by John Murphy (“What Do You See?”) really make it stand out as more than just another fan edit.




Hope you all are having/have had a great weekend


Jolan Tru

My Thoughts on ST: Beyond *(no spoilers)*

Hey all……..hope everybody’s been having a great weekend so far.  In my portion of the U.S., we’re getting fried at the moment.  To escape the heat though, I made it over to my local cinema and caught the newest Star Trek installment.

I honestly had my reservations given how much I love the ‘Prime’ timeline (the TOS and TMP eras in particular), but I walked away pleasantly surprised.  For all those who are reading this and are skeptical or otherwise on the fence……….go see it!  This is easily the best entrant in the ‘Kelvin Timeline’ by far.  To be fair, the plot is a bit simplistic (though no more so than Nemesis….) and director Justin Lin’s fast pacing doesn’t help.  Viewed overall though, it’s a solid picture.  There are some great easter eggs too – if they don’t elicit a ‘warm, fuzzy’ feeling from longtime fans, they should at least be good for a small chuckle/smirk 🙂

I for one can’t wait until it hits Netflix and then DVD/BluRay.


Jolan Tru

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RIP Vance…….

Seriously am at a loss for words over this tremendous loss to fandom…….

“From Neale Davidson‘s sister-in-law:

“It’s with a very heavy heart that I must announce that my brother in law, Neale Davidson, passed away around 3:30am (Colorado time) at the age of 44 from a massive stroke. He was surrounded by family and went peacefully.”


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