Penname: Gibraltar [Contact]
Real name: Sam Redfeather
Member Since: 28 Jan 2009
Membership status: Member

I’m a long time Trek fan who began writing Star Trek fan fiction circa 2005.  I’m the author of the ST: Gibraltar series and a member of the United Trek writer’s group, 10 writers sharing a common Trek-verse where our ships, characters, and storylines often converge. 

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Sigils and Unions logoRecent history has not been kind to the Cardassian people. Following protracted wars with the Federation and now the Klingon Empire, the Cardassian Union has been absorbed into the Dominion with promises of greater glory than Cardassia has ever known.

Given this tumultuous history and tightly-controlled society, it is easy to look across the border and suppose the support of this alliance--and the attitudes that led Cardassia into this situation to be unanimous. But there is more to the Cardassian people than most outsiders have ever suspected.

And in the wary eyes of the Cardassians, there is more to the Federation than most of its own citizens have ever suspected. Will the Cardassian Union's darkest hour eventually lead to its finest hour?

Explore this question through the eyes of the Cardassians themselves, and those in the Federation with whom they cross paths.

Parent Series: None
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Challenges: None
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Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 04 Feb 2009 Title: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions

The single most comprehensive effort I've ever seen to explore the rich culture and history of the Cardassian people. This phenomenal work introduces a host of Cardassian patriots forced to take up arms against their Dominion oppressors. These men and women cannot do it alone, however, and are forced to engage the services of a most unlikely group of allies.

An excellent and engrossing tale of war, peace, paranoia and trust set against the backdrop of the horrific Dominion War. A true epic if ever there was one!

Author's Response:

Thank you very much...I'm glad you're enjoying this, and especially glad I could get you attached to people who come from the opposite side of the border. :-)

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: 1177
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 28 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed Liked
Date: 04 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 of 1

This story presages the darkness and betrayal to come and gives valuable insights into the young mind of the Riker's most conflicted offspring. A touching yet troubling story that tugs at the heartstrings while simultaneously setting an uncomfortably anticipatory lump in the pit of the reader's stomach.

Nicely done!

Author's Response: *grins* I can tell that you have read far enough into Heritage to know where Cassidy ends up. Thank you so much for the feedback - Cassidy has much, much more to say! :)

The Thirteenth Order by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (66

2375: The height of the Dominion War. The Dominion has promised to shower glories upon Cardassia the likes of which it has never known--but the reality is another thing entirely. Four Cardassian guls have had enough of the Dominion's false promises, and are ready to put their complaints into action.

And on the desolate rock of AR-558, a Starfleet soldier fights for his life and is taken captive by Cardassians. But something strange is happening behind enemy lines that he never would have believed...

Chapters: 20    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Sigils and Unions
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: No    Word count: 87315    Read Count: 41575
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 30 Aug 2011
Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 03 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter Eight

Even as battle is joined the various characters here reflect on their lives, as one (I imagine) naturally would on the eve of what might be a lethal endeavour.  I especially appreciated Spiro's prayer, a simple gesture yet one filled with myriad meanings here.

Great work!

Author's Response:

Thank you so much for reading--and especially for reviewing. :-)

And I'm glad you liked the prayer.  A lot of people (at least over at TBBS) seem to think such things have no place in the Trekiverse, but I thought it would be neat to see what belief in the 24th century looks like.  Severely diminished, to be sure--but rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated. ;-)

Summary: Past Featured Story

Full-length, Pre-Nemesis/Post-Dominion War novel.

Chapters: 34    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TNG
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Adult Situations, Violence
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 62554    Read Count: 56610
[Report This] Published: 01 Feb 2009 Updated: 16 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 2: Inspiration

Moving, haunting, and disturbing all at once. 

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Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter One - Part One

Crap.  Jellico is involved with a recall of the Enterprise, and under escort no less.  That doesn't bode well for Jean-Luc and company.

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Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter One - Part Two

Interesting.  Will's obviously got a backstory with Steele, and Troi's inability to read her is driving Deanna buggy.  The Panthera-class ships appear especially formidable, and it looks like Starfleet is determined never to be caught off-guard by someone like the Borg or the Dominion again.

Not even a full chapter in yet and already my curiousity is piqued.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter One - Part Three

Picard's been kicked in the teeth and he doesn't even know why.  Riker's acting like a giddy school boy, though I get the impression whatever's going on between he and Steele isn't so simple as a former romantic encounter or relationship. 

Jean-Luc was looking forward to exploring again, and now the carpet's been pulled out from under him for no reason he can discern.

The characters here are spot-on, looking, acting, and sounding as they should.  Terrific work!

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 7: Interlude I

Someone in custody someplace.  I've got my theories, but I've been wrong before...

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter Two

Ah, so she's a war hero.  I'm guessing she and the Enterprise and others helped fight off the Breen assault on Starfleet Headquarters during the war. 

Sounds like both Steele and Riker have put aspects of their lives on hold... for Steele it was pursing other relationships after the death of her husband.  For Riker... well, obviously, it's his hesitation to move off of the Enterprise (or any Enterprise for that matter). 

You've really grabbed hold of the reigns here with the relationship aspects of these characters, giving the reader terrific insights into parts of their lives we've missed in TNG.  Great work.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 09 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Interlude II

Oh, yeah... this has got to be Tom Riker.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter Three - Part One

Well, Steele and Picard are getting along famously.  This seems like just the kind of diversion both of them need right now.  As stated before, I'm thoroughly enjoying your firm grasp of the characters and their interpersonal interactions.

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Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter Three - Part Two

The plot thickens, and we get some additional insights into Captain Steele's personality and outlook.  She and Picard continue bonding nicely, and the scene where Beverly gets her jealousy comments thrown right back in her face when she spies Picard and Steele together was priceless!

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 12: Interlude III

Four lights, perhaps?  Sounds as if someone's had a lot of interrogating on the part of the Cardassians.  I'm still thinking this is Tom Riker, but who knows...?

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter Four - Part One

It appears I was correct.  Damn, this just got really, really ugly and complicated.

Just the way I like it. ;)

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter Four- Part Two

That was gruesome.  It appears he's just arrived in their custody, and already the attempts on his life have begun.  First the wouldn't let him die, and now it seems more than one faction is determined that he shall not live.

It's good to be popular, right?  ;)  That was a nerve-wracking, nail-biting scene, and I was impressed by Captain Steele's heroics.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter Four - Part Three

Well, whenever Jellico speaks, I can only think, 'Set phasers to... dick.'  I would have got a thrill seeing Picard throttle the guy, but he and the other officers present did a good job of talking Jellico down.

The sickbay scene was nicely handled, and gives the reader great insights into how Steele handles her ship and crew.  As for Riker now that Steele and Troi have been talking... yeah... he's up a smelly creek with no means of manual locomotion.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter Five - Part One

I had to figure this would conjur up old, painful memories for Picard.  Riker's been through what Picard experienced, only a hundred-fold times worse... perhaps more.  What if any sanity remains must be so terribly tenuous.

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Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter Five - Part Two

It appears there was some memory transference during Tom's brief connection with Captain Steele. 

And I know they want to make it look like he died, but is it really necessary to put someone in that kind of delicate psychological state in the ship's morgue?

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter Five - Part Three

Wow, I'm thinking Tom got the better part of that exchange, all things being equal.  How horrific, now for the both of them.  Any chance this Nekrit person is still round, 'cause I've got someone who'd just *love* to meet her. 

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Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter Six - Part One

At least Tom has been assigned competent representation.  Methinks this is the calm before the proverbial storm.

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Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter Six - Part Two

They've obviously got something planned, but the three captains are playing it close to their vests.  And Jellico's still along for the ride... goody.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 11 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter Six - Part Three

Things are clearly coming to a boil.  If the Cardassians do attack the Enterprise, they'll not only be violating the Federation border, but they're likely to renew armed conflict with Starfleet.

I hope Tom Riker's worth it for them...

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 11 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter Seven - Part One

I can't imagine how much time and counseling it will take for Tom Riker to become whole again.  The scars on the outside of his body (prior to removal) pale in comparison to the ones he'll carry forever in his soul after Nekrit's depradations. 

Jellico's being is typical dickish self, despite repeated warnings and Tom's obvious infirmity.  It appears your take on his character is very similar to my own. ;)

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 12 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter Seven - Part Two

Geez.  Betrayal, from someone within Starfleet, no less.  One wonders at the motivations of such a person.

One thing is for certain, this mission just got more dangerous and complex be a factor of ten... yeah, they really needed that.

Terrific stuff, and highly addictive.

Reviewer: Gibraltar Signed
Date: 12 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 24: Chapter Seven - Part Three

Data's on the case!  One wonders if Dr. Kaest is another of Nekrit's victims, or perhaps he's the traitor himself.  So many questions, so very few answers of yet... you're spinning quite the mystery here.