Genre: IDIC
Smooth Runs the Water by logicallyillogical    Rated: T      Reviews (1
Summary: Sent to Nimbus III on the USS Grissom on an errand of diplomacy, Sarek has a chance encounter with a Klingon, Councilor Gorkon. Before he can get very far in negotiations, however, Sarek is forced to return to Vulcan upon the unexpected death of his son by Khan's hands.

As he struggles to understand the moral implications of the Genesis Project, Gorkon decides to accompany Sarek and Amanda back to Vulcan -- even as the Klingon Empire prepares for war.

And then there is Curzon Dax: a young man coming to Vulcan in the midst of an identity crisis. Paradoxically he is old enough to remember 150 years of one Vulcan's family history, and unlike Sarek and Amanda, he doesn't feel especially honor bound by Vulcan cultural taboos to keep his mouth shut.

During their strange time together, Gorkon's unexpected wisdom leads to some revelations concerning Sarek's relationship with Spock and his opinions of Spock's bondmate, and it helps guide Sarek's actions as he makes plans to visit Jim on Earth.
Chapters: 10    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes, Original Series, Crossovers
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Multiple, Grayson, Amanda, Kamarag, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Sarek, Spock
Genre: Angst, Drama, Family, Friendship, General, IDIC, Romance, Slash, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Series: Tapestry
Completed: No    Word count: 37798    Read Count: 20096
[Report This] Published: 30 Mar 2014 Updated: 10 Oct 2014
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Chronologically, Awakening begins in the year 2276 after the V'Ger Incident and nearly a decade before the events of the return of Khan Noonien Singh in late 2285. The entirety of it takes place within the span of one day, and is told through the various viewpoints of each character. Awakening is written as a foundation for future stories, establishing character history and personal perspective.

This story relates Saavik's early experiences and impressions after being rescued by Spock on Hellguard in 2274 at age ten. After nearly a year on Dantria IV, Saavik is taken to Vulcan to live with his parents as her legal guardians. Spock is forced by duty to leave her behind as he continues to serve aboard the Enterprise. Saavik's story is told in tandem with Spock 's through his long distance relationship with her from space.

Through personal memories of struggle from each of their pasts, a new shared history will unfold. Both of them will be trying to make sense of their lives; Saavik to her adjustment into civilized Vulcan society and Spock as he adjusts to dealing with his parents and protégé, finding himself at odds with strict cultural traditions that still bear grim recollections. Interactions on board the Enterprise are also explored, and it becomes apparent that even old friends can get on each other's nerves.

Although the main storyline is serious, there are many lighter humorous moments as well.


-- Chapter 3 has been reworked to reflect a more accurate description of Vulcan geography and water reverence.

-- Chapter 12 has been expanded with details about Saavik's first day on Vulcan.

-- Dialogue has been updated in chapters 3, 6, 7 & 9 to be more true in regards to translation and cultural formality.

-- Chapter 17 is posted, with Chapter 18 on the way!

Chapters: 18    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Grayson, Amanda, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Saavik, Sarek, Spock
Genre: Angst, Drama, Family, Friendship, IDIC
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 30597    Read Count: 30424

[Report This] Published: 27 Sep 2014 Updated: 09 Oct 2014
Serenity's Dawn by Gatekeeper    Rated: K      Reviews (10
Summary: The only thing we really know about other cultures is what they choose to show us…and in this day and age, that usually translates to entertainment in some form--”whether it is movies, books, or what we see in the media. I see that getting worse, instead of better, as time wears on, and with the development of new technologies and new media sources.

Meet the Serpendi, a race of shape shifters living on the fringes of Federation space. They are the latest in a string of peoples for which the Enterprise has been sent to make First Contact. The Serpendi, choosing to present themselves to the Enterprise crew as cat-like creatures, in their excitement to make contact with the many cultures of the galaxy, have performed meticulous study of the cultural habits of the member worlds of the Federation, with a concentration on humans and Vulcans. However, as the Enterprise crew finds, their study materials are a bit obscure and archaic, or else they simply have a problem distinguishing between fact and fiction. Practical jokers by nature, in preparation for meeting the Enterprise, they have recreated the human clichés among their people…from the evil genius to the brilliant but bumbling scientist, and everything in between. If it’s an archetype, you’ll find it here. This is a story of epic heroes and villains, of fairy tales, comic books, and nursery rhymes, and of practical jokes and paradoxes…And in a world where nothing is as it seems, whether this will turn out to be the best First Contact mission ever, or something resembling a bad shore leave, is anybody’s guess.
Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS
Genre: Humor, IDIC
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 5027    Read Count: 4984
[Report This] Published: 20 Jul 2014 Updated: 26 Jul 2014
Thy Name is My Enemy by CaptainSarine    Rated: K      Reviews (12
Summary: Book One of the Star Trek: Federation series

Centuries ago, Captain James T. Kirk of the Federation starship Enterprise encountered a group of aliens representing the Kelvan Empire, a vast interstellar nation based in the Andromeda Galaxy. Now, years after that first encounter, the Federation is ready to return the favour...

The USS Pioneer: first ship of her class, equipped with a revolutionary foldspace drive that makes possible the opening of a new frontier, intergalactic travel. On the eve of the four hundred year anniversary of a Federation that now spans all four quadrants, Pioneer prepares to launch a mission to the Andromeda galaxy. Captained by Marta Soong, Starfleet’s first Orion commanding officer, the crew of Pioneer are ready for anything in order to complete their mission.

But when underlying tensions explode in a deadly attack on Pioneer, the ship finds itself stranded in another galaxy with a damaged foldspace drive and no apparent way home. So when the ship picks up what appears to be a Federation comm signal coming for a nearby system, they set out looking for help. But Pioneer will soon discover that a friendly name may hide a deadly enemy...
Chapters: 4    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Expanded Universes
Characters: Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor, IDIC, Mystery, Other
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Series: Star Trek: Federation
Completed: No    Word count: 7930    Read Count: 7432
[Report This] Published: 25 May 2014 Updated: 12 Jun 2014
The Empty Hand by Reyka Sivao    Rated: K      Reviews (2
Summary: T'Pring after Amok Time.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: None
Genre: Drama, General, IDIC
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 1806    Read Count: 1137
[Report This] Published: 10 Jan 2014 Updated: 11 Jan 2014
Calculated Risks by Enterprise1981    Rated: K      Reviews (12

Doctor Bashir asks Commander Sisko to intermediate with an alien family who, because of their religious beliefs, refuse to allow a routine treatment that would save their dying child.

Major Kira embarks on a rescue mission to one of Bajor’s outer colonies, where channeling her inner-terrorist may prove costly.

Chapters: 6    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine
Characters: Bashir, Julian, Dax, Jadzia, Kira Nerys, Odo, Sisko, Benjamin
Genre: Family, IDIC
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 9503    Read Count: 11583
[Report This] Published: 06 Apr 2013 Updated: 18 Apr 2013
Summary: Past Featured Story

Hello everyone. With the discussion forum down and not all of us having our Ad Astra blogs up and going I thought I would try to create a little round robin story where we can all post a little response to my posited ‘How do we cope when technology fails?' prompt.


Our heroes would have to tackle Star Trek life without the magic of their technology - say no transporters, no replicators, no grav-plates, no warp power, etc. Maybe they find themselves in a crutch, maybe it ends up with some hilarious or fish out of water moments, or puts their lives in mortal peril. Have at it. Remember to keep it clean given the K rating and that this is just for fun to help us while over the absence of the forum.

Just post your prompt response as a new chapter and sign your name to the ‘chapter' you write. Well that's the plan. Fingers crossed as to whether this works! Remember, just write it, don't edit it to death - for this one time on the archive! ;)

Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Enterprise, Original Series, Alternate Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Alternate Universes, Expanded Universes, Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Friendship, General, Humor, IDIC, Other, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 1568    Read Count: 8104
[Report This] Published: 17 Apr 2012 Updated: 30 Apr 2012
A Study in IDIC by To_The_Hilt    Rated: K+      Reviews (1
Summary: Peter Kirk is loving life at Starfleet Academy. Then he gets a new roommate... A Vulcan one. Lucky for him he has the crew of the Enterprise to help him along as he gets to know just what Vulcans are all about.
Chapters: 10    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS, Grayson, Amanda, Kirk, James T., Kirk, Peter, McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Sarek, Spock
Genre: Family, Friendship, IDIC
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 26850    Read Count: 24929
[Report This] Published: 07 Aug 2011 Updated: 07 Aug 2011
Divergence in Convergence by Blond Goth Girl    Rated: MA      Reviews (24

After the destruction of Vulcan, the galaxy is in turmoil. Various factions come together aboard the Enterprise for peace talks with a Romulan Praetor who's not all that he seems but then again neither is anyone else. This story contains a lot of Romulan world building.
Lovely book cover by lollipop at TDA
Chapters: 22    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - AOS, Spock (Quinto), Uhura, Nyota (Saldana)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor, IDIC, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death, Graphic Het, Violence
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 74756    Read Count: 3811

[Report This] Published: 18 Dec 2009 Updated: 05 Jan 2011
The Beat Goes On by Rocky    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (6
Summary: "This is a story that has been told hundreds of times, and will be told for hundreds more."
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: None
Genre: IDIC
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1267    Read Count: 1448
[Report This] Published: 19 May 2009 Updated: 19 May 2009