Penname: Samuel Pengraff [Contact]
Real name: Ken Hancock
Member Since: 13 Mar 2009
Membership status: Member
Bio: Having made a narrow escape from the computer industry in 2006, I could finally afford the Trek DVDs I'd been ogling for years and, most of all, had the time to truly appreciate them. I quickly discovered that, as much as I'd previously considered Star Trek the most intelligent science fiction genre there was, I�d still been giving it short shrift. It is very simply the largest body of high quality creative work ever made. A larger and more deeply layered internal universe than Lord of the Rings; more inventive than even Mozart�s astounding body of work, Star Trek is our generation�s greatest bequest to the future.

I�ve always had a fascination with the written word, but never considered writing my own stories until I ran across some of Alara Rogers� Q stories back in 2007. Wow. Allowing their imaginations to freely explore the limitless landscape that is Star Trek, authors like Alara have soared where no one had gone before, and I was inspired to pick up my figurative pen and try my hand at something creative. �Naturally� � as Tuvok would say � I flopped, but not terribly so. Thanks to some kind souls bearing kind words, I was encouraged to keep trying.

So that�s my story, save for one small expression of gratitude.

I�m probably not ascribing credit properly, nor completely, but in my opinion the greatest single creative work on Ad Astra is the site itself. Designed by an excellent Trek fan fiction writer of her own accord, Steff Watson has created a very functional site that has attracted some of the finest Trek writers in fandom. We owe her plenty for providing us a place where like minds can congregate, cooperate and compete, where truly gifted writers can provide much needed advice to promising up and comers, and where artists can receive well intended and constructive criticisms of their work. Who knows which of these will be writing for Paramount someday, on some as yet unimagined new Star Trek series?

So, enjoy these pages of light. May they inspire you to far greater accomplishments.


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