Date: 13 Dec 2012 02:01 Title: Chapter 9
Quite engaging - and I hope to see more of these folks. But with calmer character development, I think - so that the action can subside a bit for more conversation, to get to know these people better (which I think would keep readers such as myself from getting confused). You write an engaging story.
Keep it up.
Date: 13 Dec 2012 01:14 Title: Chapter 5
Forgive me, but I'm a bit lost.
It's a little difficult for me to follow which ships belong to which species (the Tyrannus for the Gorn is a nice touch), or who is on which side. To my reading, it appears as if Yoshida and Wilkes ended up on opposite sides of the battle, and I suspect that isn't the case.
Date: 13 Dec 2012 00:42 Title: Chapter 2
I like that the humans' initial champion was female, although it's rather convenient that she was skilled in fighting (e. g. what does a Kathryn Janeway do?).
A lot of exposition had to go into this chapter. The story line is a good one; not so sure about all of the expository paragraphs. I tend to tell with characters talking, perhaps someone telling a story or introducing themselves? Hard to say what's best.
Date: 12 Dec 2012 21:10 Title: Chapter 1
Posturing, posturing - that never goes well, particularly in a diplomatic situation. I am reminded of Khrushchev banging his shoe. Nicely written, and of course I recognize not only Chapel but the name Selek as well.
One thing I would do is perhaps linger a bit more on the descriptions of the unfamiliar species. You are throwing out a lot of new names for individuals and for species, and it can be a little difficult to keep up with who's taller, who's male, who's reptilian, etc.
Quickie technical thing - I think you're getting in trouble with em dashes (the longer) dashes, as they are throwing a character error. It's not awful but it's an easy fix; just replace them with regular old en dashes (the short hyphen kind) and reload. I do a find/replace on my own stuff for that very reason (e. g. find alt-1500, replace with -).