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Summary:

Star Trek: Gibraltar series banner by Michael D. Garcia, using the Constitution Refit mesh from Star Trek: Austrailia and the background is by NASA (in the public domain).

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A reluctant, newly promoted captain is given command of a 90-year old Constitution-class starship brought out of storage and refit during the waning days of the Dominion War. Now, in the aftermath of that destructive conflict, the Gibraltar is assigned to allied occupied Cardassian space. Their mission is to assist with the desperate humanitarian aid effort to rebuild a shattered Cardassian nation.

The crew of Gibraltar is not the finest ever assembled. They are an average Starfleet crew with limited resources assigned to tasks better suited to larger, more capable vessels. Nevertheless, Captain Donald Sandhurst and his crew struggle to fulfill their duty and accomplish their missions during a dark chapter of the Federation's history.


Parent Series: None
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Challenges: None
Open: Closed [Report This]
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2009 Title: Star Trek: Gibraltar

Gibraltar and Bluefin were the first United Trek stories I ever started reading, and I still have a soft spot for your series and this crew that, it seems, never catches a break.

I admire, too, the writing that has been able to make me so thoroughly despise a couple of your characters.  Even though I don't think it was your intent to do so where Pava was concerned, I still think it speaks to the quality of your writing that you were able to evoke such a strong reaction.

Keep going--you do quality work!



Author's Response:

Ha!  Thanks.  Yes, Pava evokes many emotions in people... some good, some bad, but very few find themselves indifferent towards him.

Summary: Q's side lost the war in the Continuum, and the other side imprisoned all the humanity in the galaxy in the Solar System. Humans seek to cope with massive overcrowding and the loss of the stars, the Federation reels from the loss of humanity, various species contend with one another to exploit the situation, and a small number of humans, plus the last two surviving renegade Q, have plans of their own for saving humanity or getting revenge on the Continuum. Touches all Star Trek series but primarily the 24th century set (TNG, DS9, VOY.) Various stories focus on different characters from different Trek series.
Parent Series: None
Categories: Original Series, Alternate Universes, Crossovers, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Drama, Horror, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death, Violence
Challenges: None
Open: Closed [Report This]
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Feb 2009 Title: Judgement Day

Wow.  You've created such a chilling, compelling scenario here that I even find myself imagining how the characters in my own series would cope with the situation (including some characters not in my current book, yet).  It would sure cause hell for a lot of my Cardassian characters given the political turmoil I suspect this would cause to the Union (which itself would still be suffering the scars of the Dominion War).

I find myself curious about something we haven't seen yet, though you seem to hint at it with the fact that Kirk is going to be meeting Spock.  What about those who chose not to be human, who chose some other allegiance?  What are they going through, to know that humans must be suffering and they're on the outside?

(I'm also curious about a few other things.  What about children?  Did the Q have the parents make decisions on behalf of their children?  Or did they actually have little kids choosing?  Also...what about those who are less than half human, or more than half?  Did they get a choice just because of that little bit of humanity or of non-humanity, or were things automatically decided for them?)

Overall...what a hellish situation, and I sure hope they find some way to get out of this!



Author's Response: We're going to find out how the people who chose not to be human are feeling when I get to the stories about Spock and Deanna Troi. I suspect Troi in particular will have problems, since Riker is on the other side of the barrier. The Q don't have much of a concept of "age of majority." Children chose if they were old enough to imagine a preference. Most likely, most children interpreted the question as "Do you want to be like Mommy or like Daddy?" Infants too young to comprehend such a question probably defaulted to the species of their primary caretaker. I hadn't thought about quarter-humans and the like. I don't know if the Q would have given them a choice. These aren't particularly considerate Q making these decisions, after all. I suspect they probably only gave the choice to beings who could be equally called human or not-human... so for instance Alexander Rozhenko is now a full Klingon. They also didn't give the AIs a choice... any AI created in a human form or by a human is human. (I am not sure what would have happened to sentient holograms created by humans in the form of an alien, or by aliens in the form of a human, because we don't know any... the planet of sentient holograms from DS9 are still sentient holograms, because they were created as aliens by aliens, but we've never actually met a sentient hologram created by a human to look like an alien, and the closest we've got to the other way around is Moriarty, created by Data, who was himself made human.)

Summary:

An entry for the TrekBBS challenge in November 2008. The theme of the challenge was 'survival'.

This short focuses on a chapter of history from Caitlyn Ryan's past, a character who appears in my USS ACCIPITER series.

During the Cardassian / Federation wars a Federation crew are captured and endure a living hell in a secret Cardassian prison camp.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama, Horror
Warnings: Adult Situations, Violence
Series: Accipiter
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3008    Read Count: 1612
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 28 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 05 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: A Question of Survival

As I told you over at TrekBBS, I thought this was an incredible, intense piece of writing--and one that I DEFINITELY want to see more material from.

Flawed Like Me by Terilynn    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Star Trek: Heritage
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Expanded Universes
Characters: Riker, Cassidy, Riker, William
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Heritage
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1448    Read Count: 1292
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 28 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 of 1

Awwww...you definitely nailed the thinking of a little kid in the way Cassidy reacted.  I know that I would've found it disturbing at that age!

And seeing Riker as a family man--it works a lot better than I thought it would. :-)



Author's Response: Thanks Nerys! This is an exercise about The youngest Riker kid in my Heritage series. Cassidy suffers from a Betazoid "birth defect" which plays a major role in her life and in her family's as well. There looks to be 4 books in all - the first is already complete.

Summary: Past Featured Story

2384: As the Alpha and Beta Quadrants continue to recover from the Dominon War, Starfleet moves ahead with the launch of a very special ship, the USS Pearl. Based on the unique design of the Enterprise-C, the Pearl is assigned to Captain Henry "Hank" Harrison and dispatched to a colony on the outskirts of the Federation, New Haven, to investigate a suspected Maquis plot.

What Hank and his crew discover is something far more dangerous ... and destructive.

 

Star Trek Chronicles Book I cover


Chapters: 30    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Pearl, Harrison, Hank
Genre: Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek Chronicles
Completed: Yes    Word count: 79408    Read Count: 52819
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 22 May 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 19 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Benjamin Maxwell out of prison?

And doing THIS?

:adopts best Cardassian voice: "This is why we Cardassians believe justice should be FINAL."

And let's hope it WILL be, and that your captain will find himself equal to the task!

I imagine Hank will also have to take great pains to keep this quiet; if the word gets out about this lunatic being able to commit his killings again, that could well touch off another war that neither side needs.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 19 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Well, I must say...I'm liking T'Kel!  It's very interesting to me to see a boundary-breaching Vulcan who manages to do so while still adhering to some form of Surak's philosophy.  It sure goes to show just how insular Vulcan society still is, that she would be a pariah for wanting to stay in Starfleet, and for having a slightly different take on things...

I am also VERY curious to know about this Galor that was destroyed.  (Of course, MY first instinct as a "Cardassian writer" was to want to know whose ship it was, but I realize that will not be so relevant to you as it would be in my own writing.)  This definitely ups the stakes even further...not only have we got a crazed serial killer with some seriously powerful transporters running around (Dominion transporters?) but we've got a serial killer running around with some VERY big guns.  A Galor class may not be a match for, say, a Galazy-class ship, but it's nothing to sneeze at.  To be able to take one out before it makes an escape takes a lot.

The only real drawback I'm noticing so far is your portrayal of the Pearl's crew mixture.  Granted, the various Trek series are guilty of the exact same "sins," but I noticed that almost ALL of your human characters seem to be of British Isles descent.  One would expect that in a world where socioeconomic disparities are no longer an issue, that the human component of the crew would be more reflective of Earth's population as a whole...one would expect to see a lot more Chinese and Indian crew, not to mention many other populous non-European nations.  A lot of Latino surnames would be expected, too (among others).

I also may have missed it...but so far T'Kel is the only non-human I've seen aboard your ship.  Though the series often did a poor job with crew diversity, this is somewhere where I personally feel fanfic should feel free to make up for that (unless, of course, you are writing a non-Starfleet scenario where diversity is either less likely or even politically impossible depending on where you write).

Still, I know I've been detailed in this but I want you to know that you've got me interested in what happens.  I can't wait to get the next piece of this mystery!

(And hopefully see Maxwell dead.  And whoever's working with him. ;-) )



Author's Response:

Ch. 7 shall introduce the next alien character and mainstay of the Pearl's crew. As for diversity, it's something I work on throughout the book, but book 2 really expands the character diversity.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 18 May 2009 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

Ha...I like the story about Hank's name!

But mainly...wow, it kinda seemed like Fulton was blowing off the Dominion's attempt to exterminate the Cardassian race.  He's lucky my Spirodopoulos isn't serving on the ship with him or there seriously could've been an altercation right there.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 18 May 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

OUCH!  I think I'm starting to see why you said Hank has been playing the "Captain in Distress" role a lot--I mean, thinking that was a simulation?  That had to be embarrassing, if anybody else realized it.

I did like the way you showed the Cardassians here, taking time to show their differences as individuals.  Nvrell seems--at least to me--like he could be a good guy.  That you let him actually show his regret over the incident (and what also reads like his pain regarding the general situation of his people) really made him ring true to me. :-)



Author's Response:

You know, I never got to play with Nvrell as much as I originally planned. But I am glad the resident Cardassian expert finds my small Cardassian character a good guy. Much obligied and thanks for taking the time to read!

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

How nice to meet Daren here after getting to know him so well in the Round Robin!  I have to say, I can understand his cynicism towards the Federation, even though mine comes from a different perspective and different reasons.

Sadly for a moment, I had thoughts of what could be, if somehow humans and Cardassians could learn to live and work in close proximity without killing each other or even resenting each other all that much.  But then I saw what planet we're on and I'm just hoping against all hope that the responsible parties won't be who I think. :-(

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12

Man, I know it's easy for me because my stories predispose me to do so--but as much of a total jerk as that Cardassian commander was, I found myself feeling sorry for him, winding up that way.  Even if he was a jerk...maybe he had family that wasn't, and for them to find out it all ended this way, dumped out unceremoniously on some Federation colony world without a proper funeral or even a semblance of respect--very sad.

The twist in the plot--I heartily approve!  I can't wait to see if they catch the mole in their crew, and how they uncover the actions of the enemy.  Though one that can do all of these things is very frightening indeed...

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15

Uh-oh...I think I have an idea where this might be going, based on the Round Robin.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18

A species THAT powerful, and yet to their minds the humans have somehow hurt them badly enough that they want revenge?  That's a BAD mix indeed.

 

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21

I LOVE the "It's a FAAAAAKE!" reference!!!  I also thought it was quite ironic Hekon was complaining about humans "violating" the body when in fact I am suspecting them of reanimating the bodies of the dead with the nanoprobes--I suspect they violated a Romulan and a Cardassian, and who knows how many others.

And the destruction of New Haven--WHOA.  That did not happen the way I was expecting!  It almost looks like a Borg or Krenim temporal weapon...

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26

Oh, man...remembering the comparison of Hank's experiences here to those that AU Dukat experienced with Vedek Tora, I knew this was going to be bad--but what a terrible thing to actually read about!

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27

Aha, so it IS that Barash!  I was wondering about that before, when I saw that name, if it was the same person.  I thought it was very interesting that you picked up on what happened to him after his being found on the Enterprise, and that seems very believable--though it's very fortunate that his species matured at a rate where 18 years under the care of human adults wasn't going to be a problem.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28

Wow, that admiral was a real dickhead at first.  No matter how banged-up the Pearl was, he was so completely insensitive to what people who have come out of circumstances like that, that I wanted to punch him!  I mean, come on--if this is 2384, that guy HAD to have served during the Dominion War and seen and experienced awful things of his own.  So he has no excuse!  I'm glad he eventually came around, but still.  Major dickhead.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29

That is really, REALLY horrible the way she intruded into his mind, and I'd say that qualifies as rape, for sure.

He's very right--at least, according to my own version of it--about the difference between this interrogation and a Cardassian one: I don't see the Cardassians as using mind-sifters and the like, the way Romulans do, or the nanoprobes these people do.

BTW...I am not trying to be crude, but in the time we didn't see, did she actually go as far with Hank as Vedek Tora did with AU Dukat? :-(  Or was it simply the fact that he experienced a physical response to her presence that Hank stated he felt ashamed of, during the Round Robin?

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 10 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 30: Chapter 30

I can't wait to see more of this story!  I want to see the fight taken to the enemy--so hurry up and post more soon!

Ohhh, and my personal theory is, it could actually be really striking from the Cardassian perspective, to be approached with full disclosure.  If you envision their world and government as having changed any since before the war, to be approached with trust on a matter like this might actually make a positive impression.  I would see them as suspicious and distrustful...but it's possible that if you have more people like Nvrell around, that something positive could come out of this awful tragedy.

Business As Usual by infiniteviking    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (12
Summary: Oneshot. Humor. The Enterprise D seems to have been invaded by an alien life form, but all is not as it appears.....
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TNG
Genre: Friendship, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 843    Read Count: 1215
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 28 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Business As Usual

You know...I think this is the exact sense of humor and cameraderie I saw on TOS and DS9 that often felt like it was missing on TNG (or didn't stick with me as a viewer as much).

I really appreciate you bringing this sort of FUN to TNG!! :-)



Author's Response: It's the camaraderie that always draws me back to Star Trek, and I'm afraid I may be guilty of inventing it where I don't see it. ;D But thank you! That's exactly what I wanted to do with the story, so I greatly appreciate your remarking on it!

Nothing Can Go Wrong by infiniteviking    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (11
Summary: Past Featured StoryThere are good days, there are bad days, and there are days that simply exist. TOS ensemble, first published online in 'Ampersand'.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS
Genre: Drama, Friendship, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1713    Read Count: 1415
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2009 Updated: 29 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 05 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Nothing Can Go Wrong

Hah...I definitely enjoyed this!  I thought the most wonderful thing was how you experimented with different forms of writing--text messages, reports, and so on, rather than making the entire thing straight narrative.  Not to mention how readily I could imagine that sort of interplay between the crew. :-)

(I know I already said this to another author here, but I was getting that Diane Duane vibe a bit, and for me that's a very good thing. :-) )



Author's Response: *grins* Glad you did! It was very much an experimental piece and it's good to know it accomplished its purpose. And Diane Duane is my favorite TOS writer ever, so your saying that is humbling and gratifying. Thank you so much.

Home Is... by eponymous_rose    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (6
Summary: What comes after the tension, the conflict, the death-defying stunts on the bridge; a beginning.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS
Genre: Friendship, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1641    Read Count: 1176
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 30 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 05 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very nice...I love the repartee between the various crew members--it kind of reminds me of the feeling I get from some of Diane Duane's TOS books.

Another interesting note...I like how you can hear Chekov's accent without your being overbearing in the way you wrote him.  It's all in the very subtle turns of phrase.  I'm not even sure how to explain it, but it works great. :-)



Author's Response: *blush* Thank you so much! I'm glad the banter came across well - and it's always a relief to know Chekov's accent comes through without having to resort to phonetic spelling. ;)

Not Too Soon by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (5
Summary: Written for KlingonVulcan on the Omega Sector -- Sarek reflecting on how fatherhood didn't quite turn out how research suggested. Takes place around 2232.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Spock
Genre: Family
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 611    Read Count: 1276
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 30 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 08 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Not Too Soon

As I mentioned before on the TrekBBS, I really enjoy these insights into the everyday lives of the characters that seem so much "larger-than-life" in the series.  And I still find it very amusing that Sarek apparently did not consult any materials on raising human children...a little presumptuous, that! ;-)



Author's Response: Just a little! Thanks much for the comment!

Dad by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Len McCoy reflects as he makes breakfast for his wife and daughter. Way pre-series. Also, very bittersweet. Written for my friend Youthculture.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: McCoy, Leonard (Bones)
Genre: Family
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 636    Read Count: 1019
[Report This] Published: 01 Feb 2009 Updated: 01 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 24 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Dad

You always seem to be at your best when you describe these everyday encounters, when you show that life in the future remains on its most fundamental levels the same as it always has been.  Some things...family in particular...are just timeless.

As my mental soundtrack for this story, I get a VERY strong impression of "Cat's in the Cradle" (or whatever the real title is for that song).  It has that same sense of impending regret.

Excellent work!



Author's Response: I don't think I had a soundtrack for it, but that fits this one too. Thank you very much! I try pretty hard to show that people are still people and am glad when it comes across.

You're My Only Pally by Mistral    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (5
Summary: Post-Dominion War reflection between friends
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine
Characters: Quark
Genre: Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 960    Read Count: 1146
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 08 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

You really caught the bittersweet feel that I had at the ending of "What You Leave Behind," and managed to add a little twist of hope to it!

And in some weird way...maybe Quark, with Vic's help, is going to be that "community leader" he scoffed at before, when it comes to pulling the new station crew together.  Something tells me this time he might actually be invested enough emotionally to WANT to do so.  (No matter how much he tries to say his only investments are ones that earn latinum.)

Though I must say...I'm a little bit surprised Quark wasn't already charging a cover, once Vic's went 26-7! ;-)

The Grave by Alara Rogers    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (9
Summary: Guinan, Picard and Spock stand at a hero's grave. Guinan POV.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Next Generation, Crossovers
Characters: Guinan, Picard, Jean-Luc, Spock
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3074    Read Count: 1043
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed
Date: 24 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Entire Story

Very well done...I don't know why I waited so long to read this!

Guinan is a character that even in most fanfic seems to be left an enigma, but this, coupled with "Chameleon and Mirror," really goes a long way towards explaining why.  That level of guilt--and to carry it for that long--is hard to imagine; it's a wonder she doesn't envy the other races of the galaxy their mayfly lifespans, because in a life as long as those the El-Aurians live, I imagine it would be very easy to become entrenched in mental patterns to a degree that even humans rarely manage.

I've also loved your explanation of Guinan's abilities and what exactly it means to be a Listener.

But beyond that...you've also got a very touching scene and a good analysis of Kirk's death.  I still see that death debated a lot on the TrekBBS and I think you really resolve the debate: it may not have been the way one would "expect" him to die (i.e. a falling bridge rather than going down with the ship, or from the blow of an enemy), but it was still, in the end, very fitting and noble.

You've woven Guinan, Kirk, Picard, the Borg, and Q/Ananke into an amazing tapestry through these two stories.  Good work!