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See The Cosmos by Lil black dog    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (5
Summary: What if a redshirt from security had beamed down to Cestus III with the tactical team?  This is his story…
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2631    Read Count: 1030
[Report This] Published: 21 May 2009 Updated: 21 May 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 21 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm a sucker for good lower decks stories and this was very well done.

The flashbacks were a neat way to give us a rounded background on your protagonist and it was all nicely interwoven into Trek lore.

You always root for the redshirt but in the end ... it's always just a few more steps until they would have been safe.

Great story.

Author's Response:

This is not my usual fare, but one day this story popped into my head and wouldn't let me be.  It's meant as a tribute to all the red shirts who gave their lives.  We often knew little to nothing about them, and I wanted to make them real, human, give them a life and friends - people who would miss them when they were gone.  I'm pleased if I managed to accomplish this.

Thanks for the positive feedback.  As I said, this is a serious departure from my usual stuff, and I wasn't sure how it would be received...

 

Pedestals On High by Gibraltar    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (9
Summary:

A brief window into the young life of Ashok of Bolarus IX.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Family
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 843    Read Count: 1554
[Report This] Published: 23 May 2009 Updated: 23 May 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 23 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Pedestals On High

It's hard to be the son of genius as Ashok has leared first hand.

He clearly followed his own path eventually, but the question remains, has it made him happy?

A great litte backstory to one of your less high-profile characters.

Author's Response:

Ashok's life is an unfortunate story of repeated themes.  'Failed' son of an engineering genius who has become a capable engineer, but definitely no Scotty.  Now, of course, he's chief engineer on a starship whose captain is twice the engineer he is.  Sandhurst doesn't rub it in his face, quite the contrary, but Ashok knows it to be the truth regardless. 

Treacherous Waters by Gibraltar, Galen4    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (14
Summary: Past Featured Story

Gibraltar is pulled from her duties in occupied Cardassian territory to escort a diplomatic mission to the Gamma Quadrant.  When tragedy strikes, Captain Sandhurst finds he and his crew isolated on the far side of the galaxy and faced with the very real possibility of re-igniting hostilities with the Dominion.

However, unknown to Gibraltar, the starship Intrepid is also currently assigned to the Gamma Quadrant on a secretive mission of the utmost delicacy.  Captain Aubrey and his crew must endeavor to discover the true nature of the threat that faces both ships, as well as avert a tragedy that could result in the deaths of billions.

This story is a crossover with Galen4's Star Trek: Intrepid.


Chapters: 32    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 101757    Read Count: 92686
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2009 Updated: 18 Feb 2012
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 18 Feb 2012 Title: Chapter 32: Epilogue

Here's what I said about this over at the TrekBBS:

Great ending. Really. It makes total sense that Shantok would have caught a glimpse of Aubrey's unusual past. I like that she comes clean and I like even more that she puts the man on the spot about it.

Aubrey should be relieved that he doesn't have to hide this anymore amongst the skeletons in his closet. At least not from his first officer.

Of course now he will have to worry about S31 coming after her. But it's not as if she can't protect herself as she has clearly demonstrated. Of course that opens up a whole other can of worms.

This crew has some issues and I'd love to read more about these guys.

Terrific story through and through. Congratulations to both of ya.


Author's Response: And another public "thank you". Your supportive comments and continued attention are always appreciated!

Summary: Tristan McGregor's first day as CO of the USS Panther.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: McGregor, Tristan
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Heritage
Completed: Yes    Word count: 561    Read Count: 1300
[Report This] Published: 05 Jun 2009 Updated: 05 Jun 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 08 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Coordinates are Laid in and Ready...Captain

One love gained, another lost.

A terrific angle for a command story which makes our new captain's proudest day also one of regret. Very nice touch.

Also, a hint of a future love story, perhpas? After all, now that she's not his superior any longer, anything's possible, right?

Author's Response: Hi CeJay! Thanks so much for the review! McGregor is indeed - the love interest for my main character of Beth Riker in my Heritage series...

Summary: A look at 5 separate AU's involving the title character.
Chapters: 5    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine
Characters: Kira Nerys
Genre: Alternate Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6849    Read Count: 10673
[Report This] Published: 06 Jun 2009 Updated: 06 Jun 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 12 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 2: Fortitude

Very nice.

I like Sisko in this story and the previous one as well. He's clearly no Picard. He doesn't dance around the issue but goes straight to the point of the matter, even if it is ugly.

He knows it has to be done even if it means to offend the Bajorans.

A bit disturbing to see Kira this helpless but that seems to be a theme here.

Nicely done.

Author's Response: Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

In Her Stead by Gibraltar    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (6
Summary:

A new captain assumes her first command, only to discover that the new ship already comes with its own ghosts.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Sandhurst, Donald
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 652    Read Count: 1597
[Report This] Published: 08 Jun 2009 Updated: 08 Jun 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 08 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: In Her Stead

Sandhurst is a tortured soul all right and it must have been difficult for him to place this call.

It ends up being full of meaning which you bring across perfectly with the use of very few words.

Nicely done.

Author's Response:

Thanks CeJay.  I was aiming for brief but poignant.  Much obliged for the review.

Where No Man Has Gone Before by Rocky    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (13
Summary: The first starship captain sets forth on his mission. Or does he?
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Enterprise
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Multiple
Genre: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 101    Read Count: 1690
[Report This] Published: 10 Jun 2009 Updated: 10 Jun 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Kirk as the prankster of the universe. Yeah, I buy that. Especially Chris Pine's Kirk.

Funny stuff.

Author's Response: Thanks! Glad you liked it.

Forward Progress by Rocky    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary: An answer to "Where was Number One in the movie?"
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Original Series
Characters: Pike, Chris (Greenwood)
Genre: Het
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2428    Read Count: 1723
[Report This] Published: 10 Jun 2009 Updated: 10 Jun 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 10 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice story.

I like how you weaved in the old (pre-TOS) with the new. A relationship between Pike and Number One is very plausible and so are the ambitions she shows here which to her are clearly more important than her relationship with Pike.

Nicely done.

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked the story. I wanted to explain why Number One was missing from the movie (aside from the obvious, that Spock and Kirk wouldn't have been able to step up if she'd been there). Is her career more important to her than her relationship? Yes, but it's not like she hadn't tried and ultimately failed in sustaining both.

Middle Watch by SLWalker    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (9
Summary: (2253) - Lieutenant Scott stands as officer of the watch for the U.S.S. Enterprise for the first time.
Winner: Taking Command Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Pike, Christopher, Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: Action/Adventure, General
Warnings: None
Series: Arc of the Wolf: Uncategorized, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 5152    Read Count: 1767
[Report This] Published: 11 Jun 2009 Updated: 11 Jun 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 12 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Awesome story about Scotty's first trial by fire in the big chair.

The galley requisitions were a total hoot and clearly designed to drive our favorite engineer to slow insanity before making him face certain death.

I smelled a rat fairly quickly but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of reading this in the least.

A very important lesson for Scott, a terrific read.

Well done!

Author's Response: Thanks much, CeJay!

Better Luck Next Time by kes7    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (13
Summary:

Academy StoriesEighteen-year-old John Quigley has waited a lifetime for an opportunity to get away from his self-destructive mother's cycle of abuse. Starfleet Academy is his dream escape, but when he fails to make the cut, he must decide whether to endure another year of hell in exchange for one more chance.


Winner: No One Wins All the Time Challenge


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Quigley, John
Genre: Angst, Drama, Family
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Tesseract, Tesseract: The Academy Years
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1005    Read Count: 1609
[Report This] Published: 11 Sep 2009 Updated: 11 Sep 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 28 Jun 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Better Luck Next Time

Oh, wow, missed this one somehow. Great little character vignette on one of Teseract's charming but also more tragic figures. Looks like the poor guy had it tough even in his early life.

Now I'm really hoping he's gonna get a break one of these days.

Author's Response:

Thanks for the review, CeJay.  John has had a tough life in some ways, but he's kept a pretty good attitude about it and he usually pulls through in the end.  I hope I give him a break one of these days, too!

Summary: Response to challenge 16.

The men and women of the fledgling United Earth Starfleet face their darkest day as, for the first time, a terrifying alien menace threatens Earth.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Enterprise, Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: Their Finest Hour
Completed: No    Word count: 3381    Read Count: 1577
[Report This] Published: 15 Sep 2009 Updated: 15 Sep 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 24 Jan 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It's been awhile since I've watched the Enterprise episode this relates to but I was surprised how much information the government had about the Xindi weapon before it hit. Granted it was far too late to do anything about it at that point but I thought it was the Enterprise crew who put most the details together. I could be mistaken on that point.

Regardless I like the notion that they know what's about to hit them but are unable to stop it. The sense of helplessness here is palpable.

I had also forgotten how significant that attack was. With casualty numbers that high, it must easily rank as the most devastating single attack in Earth history. A 9/11 of the 22nd century if you will and yet so much worse.

Terrific job of showing us the impending doom here. Part 2 is likely going to be a lot more difficult to digest.

Fire and Rain Part II by Funngunner    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: Part two of the Fire and Rain story
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Multiple
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Their Finest Hour
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6211    Read Count: 1772
[Report This] Published: 21 Oct 2009 Updated: 21 Oct 2009
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 24 Jan 2014 Title: Chapter 1: "A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall"

Well I was right about this one being a tough read. And where I likened this to 9/11 before, the much more apt comparison is probably Katrina, especially considering the scenes of desperate survivors fighting for their lives and the cadets doing all they can to bring back a few more souls.

The contemporary feel of this future and of Starfleet makes the story even more effective. At times this does not feel like science fiction at all. This is no far removed tale taking place in the distant future were people and things can be beamed away in an instant, instead you immerse us in a world and a disaster most of us are familiar with at the very least via the images we've all seen on CNN and the movies. Albeit on a much more scary and devastating level.

The ending you chose was interesting and gave us no closure at all which I suppose is alright as you had already opened the story with the aftermath. What we get instead is a sense of the ongoing rescue effort which is going to take it's toll on these young cadets who like most other rescuers are likely going to continue their efforts until long after the point of exhaustion.

Very sad but also undeniably a very powerful story. Well done.

Chasing The Dream by Mistral    Rated: T      Reviews (7
Summary: I haven't posted in a while. This is the first Walter Africa story, a character I created 25 years ago. I intend to flesh him out a bit, based on the acres of notes I have on him. :)
Chapters: 4    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Universes, Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 3152    Read Count: 7145
[Report This] Published: 24 Nov 2009 Updated: 11 Jun 2014
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 08 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 1: The Big Gun

Very curious beginning, clearly set in a time and place where man has become an endangered species. And from what we learn from the protagonist, it seems humans were to blame for it. Hardly surprising, I guess.

But what happened to Starfleet and the Federation, I wonder. For answers, I guess I've got to keep reading.

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 08 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 2: Grease Is Hard To Wash Off

Not a great many answers here, except that we learn that the Federation did exist but does so no longer, it's demise likely connected to that of the human race.

Mr. Africa, besides having an awesome name, is quite the interesting character with an impressively unnatural lifespan.

And yet Kleg seems to be the one holding all the aces here. You known you're in trouble when a Ferengi suggests reviving the Federation.

Curious to see where this goes next.

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 26 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 3: The Sting

Memory Beta? Brilliant. So now the quest for the hidden treasure is on. Looking forward to the ride.

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 15 Jun 2014 Title: Chapter 4: What's In A Name?

Okay, that's a lot of build up to something. I'm hoping you're not letting us wait too long to find out about Kleg's amazing discovery.

A Question of Survival by Miranda Fave    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (19
Summary:

In the time of the Federation-Cardassian conflict many atrocities and horrors were committed. This is the story of one. One ship. One survivor's tale.

Readers are warned that the story contains scenes that deals with torture and imprisionment. Readers may expect scenes that they might find disturbing. Please do not read if easily offended. Forewarned is foretold. Story previously told in a shortened version as part of a TrekBBS Challenge.


Chapters: 5    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Angst, Friendship, Horror, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 8358    Read Count: 10865
[Report This] Published: 02 Jan 2010 Updated: 08 Jan 2010
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 05 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 1: One Question

I'm looking at this and wondering if you were trying to draw a figure with the shape of the formatting ... It's oddly symmetric. More importantly of course, it's really ominous.

Author's Response:

Well ominous is what I was aiming for. So that's good. But I did try to make it look right as well as read right. Dunno why though. But it seemed important.

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 05 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 2: Day 87

I remember this story. And I remember the doctor from 'Buried History'. Her experience as a captive here helps to explain her relative coldness in that story.

And while Picard seems to have dealt with his own Cardassian torture much better something tells me that your doctor had much worse to endure than he ever did.

Author's Response:

As yes, you are probably one of the few who remembers her from Buried History [or read it LOL], but you do get a pretty good idea of who she is afterwards from that . Cold is certainly one word to describe her afterwards. This should explain more why she has such a difficulty relating to others. From Buried History you would have garnered some details of what she endured. Some details that hopefully will be explored and fleshed out here. Including her escape and the method of it all. But yes I do intend to put her through more than what Picard went through.

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 05 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 3: A Doctor - Part One

This is a fine, detailed look at one of your most fascinating characters. It is also a hard story to read, as we have a good idea what will happen to this young, bright-eyed doctor. It's a bit like watching Titanic. You know how it's going to end.

And what is it with doctors being great tennis players, anyway?

Author's Response:

Maybe it is the early diagnosis of tennis elbow or something? Really don't know why I went for that in my 'pilot' episode. But a bit of in-canon continuity that no one else might have known. LOL.

Yes one of the greatest challenge to this is the whole Titanic aspect to it. But I guess we will just have to sit and wait for the iceberg and what exactly happens when the iceberg hits. I'm glad though that you find Caitlyn fascinating. She's certainly dark when you meet her later so at least I have a point to go to from this bright-eyed doctor. Thank you CeJay for reading and commenting.

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 10 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 4: Day 88

So the Cardassian's reasons fot this ordeal he's putting Ryan through become clearer. He's not after torture or merely breaking a Starfleet officer, he's after revenge for Cardassian was casualties.

As if things weren't bad enough!

Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 10 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 5: An Admiral's Daughter

What an excellent chapter about the domestic life of two fairly different Starfleet officers. We don't get to see these kind of things very often which makes this so much more fascinating.

Samantha Ryan is a real task master alright and it's fascinating to see the woman in the role of the workaholic, super-ambitious professional for a change. It is clear who wears the Admiral pants in this family.

And yet while all the demands she puts on her husband and daughter seem excessive at some point, in the end we learn that under all her stern perfectionism she remains a caring and loving mother and wife.

Excellent stuff!

'The Den' by Miranda Fave    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary:

A future excerpt from 'Hunting Grounds' showing some of the more pleasant and congenial side of life aboard the Border Patrol vessel Kestrel. Ensign Noah Cutler finds himself invited to a poker game with some of the ship's most senior officers.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2559    Read Count: 1459
[Report This] Published: 13 Jan 2010 Updated: 13 Jan 2010
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 17 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 1: 'The Den'

Ordinary times on the Kestrel aren't quite so ordinary for a rookie ensign who at first look doesn't really seem to fit into this crew of 'unusual' characters.

I've said it before, the poor kid needs to get a break. He didn't get one here but maybe it's a first step into the right direction.

Author's Response:

hey thanks CeJay for reading. Yeah, Noah does get a little break here - a tiny weeny little one - or at least there's no McGregor around! Hopefully the sage words from Stan and co. will help him get things together. Look out for this again in the story proper when the time comes - but there'll be some extra stuff in it as this was pared down to fit the challenge entry. Really appreciate the reading and feedback.

Summary: The dying years of the 24th century.

After defeating the Dominion and ending the threat of the Borg, the member worlds of the United Federation of Planets may well have hoped to finally find peace. After the dramatic destruction of Romulus, though, chaos seems destined to wrack the Alpha and Beta Quadrants for the forseeable future.

As both the Romulan and Klingon Empires draw ever closer to total collapse, a single man escapes from one of Starfleet’s few high security prisons and gathers a group of mismatched thieves, hackers and conmen to pull off the coup of the century: steal from Section 31 itself…

The players:

The Mastermind


Jules: A mysterious man with a shadowy past, his motivations for wanting to steal from Section 31 are as shaded as his knowledge of covert operations.

The Grifters

Eloria: A Kriosian empathic metamorph with a genetic fault that prevents her from imprinting a final mate, she has found her place in the galaxy as a high-class escort… and a formidable con artist.

Laezar: A Chameloid male serving a term in a Klingon prison, he has links to Section 31 and may hold the key to deciphering their final goal.

The Muscle

Ki’mel: A female half-Romulan, half-Klingon, she is a descendant of the Carraya IV settlement, trained in the fighting ways of many Alpha and Beta Quadrant races.

The Thief

Tag: A young Ferengi male with no lobes for business but a talent for pickpocketing and elaborate theft.

The Hacker

Elim Dejar: A former operative of the Obsidian Order with a few financial problems and a very angry bounty hunter on his trail.

As their plan unfolds, though, every single one of them will realise that they are wading in waters too deep to handle, and facing a chilling secret that could see the unravelling of the Alpha Quadrant itself...
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Multiple
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Mystery, Other
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 2672    Read Count: 1391
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2010 Updated: 29 Jan 2010
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 31 Jan 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

This is clearly going to be a different kind of Star Trek story and I'm quite curious to see where you take it. And while I'm generally not a big fan of future-Trek stories, you've done such a great job with Restoration and painted such a fascinating, if dark, future that I just gotta give this a try.

It helps of course that you have put together a group of characters which sound immensely interesting even though we've only met two of them so far.

Author's Response: Thanks CeJay, I'm really touched that you're willing to give this a go despite your reservations. I hope I'll be able to keep you interested, both through the history behind this and the group of characters, and thirdly through the intrigue and twists that will be coming your way! Thanking you nicely! :)

One Damned Prank by trekfan    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (6
Summary:

A Starfleet cadet pulls a prank that forever alters his life...

Winner: Academy Hi-Jinks Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Johansson, Vick
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek Lost Souls: One Shots
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1952    Read Count: 1589
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2010 Updated: 02 Feb 2010
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2010 Title: Chapter 1: One Damned Prank

Interesting look at Section 31's recruiting practices. If they make a habit of getting their personnel from brigs and prisons, it's hardly a wonder that they've become as cold and indifferent as they seem to be.

And the power they seem to have here, being able to wipe people's memories just to recruit a new member, is downright scary.

Author's Response:

Well thank you CeJay! Yes, Section 31 wields alot of power.

Pre-Launch by kes7    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (17
Summary:

Pre-LaunchA series of short vignettes featuring characters from Star Trek: Tesseract before their mission to the Delta Quadrant.


Chapters: 5    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Tesseract, Icheb, O'Connor, Maren, Oyugo, Adele
Genre: General
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: Star Trek: Tesseract
Completed: No    Word count: 6072    Read Count: 11384
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2010 Updated: 06 May 2013
Reviewer: CeJay Signed
Date: 06 Feb 2010 Title: Chapter 2: Command Team

Interesting little vignette. I like Oyugo's reaction to advisory board. That's natural. I also like the idea that she was an outside candidate with not much hope to get this position. That adds an interesting dynamic to the character.

Author's Response:

Thanks for reading and commenting, CeJay!