Penname: Robert Bruce Scott [Contact]
Real name: Robert Bruce Scott
Member Since: 20 Jun 2019
Membership status: Member
Bio: Robert Bruce Scott is a musician living in Indianapolis. Lead singer and mandolinist for il Troubadore - the 16th Century Rock Band. RBS has published one book of short stories available on Amazon for download: Wide Awake and Staring - Readings for 3:00 a.m. RBS stories tend to blend the fantastic with horror, but are, at heart, stories about human realities.
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Flames of the Feeonix by chatteringmagpie    Rated: MA    Liked  Reviews (2
Summary: Lt. Commander Data had harbored unrealized feelings for the Enterprise's emissary compliment, a rare alien entity with bizarre abilities, for many years. His emotional awakening and their evolving relationship are threatened by a recent trauma, a romantic rival and finally, the return of an old enemy, who threatens to make history repeat itself.
Chapters: 38    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Alternate Universes
Characters: Data, Ensemble Cast - TNG
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Drama, Het, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death, Graphic Het, Violence
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 134161    Read Count: 4519
[Report This] Published: 15 Aug 2013 Updated: 05 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 09 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Critically Altered

Great jump start James Bond style open - straight to the action and then backup into the context.

 

I tried to read your other story, Fear and Loathing, but while it shows more than 10K words to the story, it also shows 0 chapters and I cannot navigate to see any of the story. When I attempted to leave a review to alert you to that, the system came back with an irresolvable SQL Error.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks for letting me know, and I'm glad you liked the start of Flames. I am going to finish it at some point, I swear.

False Vacuum by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (2
Summary:
When the fiercely xenophobic Krellonian Star Alliance faces a planetary emergency on one of their colony worlds which has left their medical community baffled, they have no choice but to turn to the Federation for desperate needed help.

The starship Eagle, after much needed shore leave and a comprehensive systems overhaul, is dispatched to cross half a quadrant to assist the Krellonians before the situation can get out of hand.

But as Captain Owens and his crew are quick to learn, much more may be afoot on this remote world than they were led to believe as a threat to not just the Federation but to the entire galaxy begins to emerge.

Take the first step in a journey that will go beyond time and space in Book One of the Quantum Divergence trilogy.

And don’t miss the Road to Quantum Divergence stories, Civil War and Homecoming.


Chapters: 56    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Violence
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures
Completed: Yes    Word count: 149906    Read Count: 22621
[Report This] Published: 18 Dec 2017 Updated: 27 Apr 2019
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 29 May 2020 Title: Chapter 3: Prologue: Anything Goes - 2

This is apparently an entirely original and well developed civilization with hints of some depth of mythology. The character of Garla is well presented and complex (especially in light of her later exploits which i have already read.)

I appreciate the visual detail provided about the Outlanders and am hoping to see more visuals on the Krellonians. I take it from the discussion of baldness that they are more or less humanoid. 

It will be interesting to follow Garla in her development into the character seen in the current book of this series.

 

Thanks!! rbs

Crystal Clear by Mary Trouba    Rated: T      Reviews (1
Summary: Spock reaches out to Picard for assistance when he suspects that a gesture of good will extended by the Romulan High Council toward the Romulan-Vulcan Resistance may not be all that it is cracked up to be.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Crossovers, Original Series, Next Generation
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TNG, Guinan, Picard, Jean-Luc, Spock
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 7343    Read Count: 134
[Report This] Published: 04 Jun 2019 Updated: 11 Oct 2019
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 26 Mar 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Fun story - the characters behavior and dialect is very true to the original characters. It felt very much like a STNG episode.

I'm a fan of stories involving Sela. I use her in Star Trek Hunter starting in episode 17. She is a very versitile character - badass, clown villain, old fashioned heavy, mental case or breath of fresh air - she can be any and all of those things.

Thanks!! rbs

State of Entanglement by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (6)  New!
Summary:
After an eventful mission into the star-packed globular cluster of the Amargosa Diaspora beyond Federation space and into the isolated and xenophobic Krellonian Star Alliance, the Starship Eagle learned of an invasion plan by subspace aliens, assisted by elements within the Star Alliance.

With the help of Bensu, the enigmatic bartender on Eagle but in reality a man possessing unique characteristics and knowledge about the aliens, Michael Owens and his crew, along with with his father, have located a massive superstructure hidden away in a subspace pocket.

Now, as the startling truth of the aliens’ plans become more obvious, Eagle will find itself deeply entwined in a dangerous game which goes far beyond their own universe and will pit them against friends and foes with familiar faces which will shake Owens and his crew to the core.

Continue the journey into the depths of quantum reality in Book Two of the Quantum Divergence trilogy.

And don’t miss Book One, False Vacuum and the Road to Quantum Divergence stories, Civil War and Homecoming.


Chapters: 35    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Family
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures
Completed: No    Word count: 96795    Read Count: 3289
[Report This] Published: 19 Sep 2019 Updated: 31 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 02 May 2020 Title: Chapter 30: Part 1 - Splintered: 29

Aternate universe action sequences are notoriously hard to write just keeping track of which version of which character ended up where... Which is also the fun of these sequences. Nicely handled. 

It looks like your spell-checker bit you in the first paragraph. I suspect you intended to write "...it was a far cry..." instead of "...it was a fry cry..."

Nice to see this forum coming back to life - it's been dead for awhile.

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks for the review and good spot. I went and fixed that.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 10 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue - Catch Me If You Can

I see that you managed to tag this story "Expanded Universe"

 

Star Trek Hunter is also Expanded Universe, but I can't get that option to show up. Did you do something special to get it to pop up and become available?

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Nope. Never had a problem with it. I just click Expanded Universe and then select the add option ">". If you're still struggling with that, try to contact support. There's a link to it in the forum, I think.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 10 May 2020 Title: Chapter 32: Part 1 - Splintered: 31

Good description of space battle - which is particularly difficult to write. By keepign a tight focal point you made the battle easy to picture. 

 

I particularly like the more bite-sized length of this last chapter. Much easier to keep track of when the scroll isn't too long.

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Yeah, I try to keep chapters manageable to maintain a good pace through the narrative but from time to time you come across a big event that just requires a few more words to do it justice properly.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 18 May 2020 Title: Chapter 33: Part 1 - Splintered: 32

I like Captain Donners!

Lif seems an insightful character and I'm enjoying the wrestling of motivations among the characters. 

The interuniversal communicator reminds me of Clark's 3rd Law and the storyline seems to have a bit of Sliders in it.

Definitely on my Favorites list - Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Hey thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying this story. I'm not sure if Sliders was a conscious influence but I have to admit that I liked that show back in the day and that there are some obvious parallels to Quantum Divergence.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 25 May 2020 Title: Chapter 34: Part 1 - Splintered: 33

Nice tightly focused scene that was able to explain a lot of the story line through dialogue (always more interesting for back story and personal reactions than narrative). I like - and any reader should identify with Owens giving visual cues to a voice on a speaker.

Good continued character development on two different Amayas.. A neat trick considering only one of them was present.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks for the feedback. This is the proverbial quiet before the storm.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 01 Jun 2020 Title: Chapter 35: Part 1 - Splintered: 34

Okay - I love the creepy clicking subspace aliens and even more that it appears there's something they're afraid of. I was also quite amuzed that they appear to be more than a little thick...

I figured that alt-Amaya was done for if her ship and she remained in some galaxy and The Eagle went somewhere else - which would leave her floating in space without an EVA suit... not comfy.

Also quite enjoying the description of the perception of subspace causing the aliens to stand out from the walls with an Escher-like disregard for gravity.

Fun last sentence/cliffhanger.

Thanks!! rbs

Khaf-spol t'M'aih by sixbeforelunch    Rated: T      Reviews (1
Summary: T'Lyra has a mother's heart.
Chapters: 8    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Vreshm V'rsi T'Lin, Xkasha L'gar Veral
Genre: Drama, Family, Het
Warnings: None
Series: Pi'maat
Completed: Yes    Word count: 8262    Read Count: 270
[Report This] Published: 24 Mar 2020 Updated: 24 Mar 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 26 Mar 2020 Title: Chapter 8: The 5th day of T'lakht in the year 14,805

One of the best fan fictions I have ever read. Thank you for a superb in-depth view of one of our favorite alien cultures.

Nice visuals, strong character expository and development - and good writing that packs an emotional punch. 

I'm also a fan of the bite-size scenes. It's always nice to see a writer who appreciates the value of keeping story to no more than 2-3 screens (1 as often as possible) before a click to the next installment. I can't say that enough - whenever I click on a story and see that it scrolls down 20 pages on a single click, it's a big disincentive to keep reading.

Thanks!! rbs

Slings and Olive Branches by Gibraltar    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (1
Summary:

Diplomacy with the Klingons can be a delicate dance.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Multiple
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: Starship Reykjavík
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1749    Read Count: 29
[Report This] Published: 02 May 2020 Updated: 02 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 02 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

And I really like your main characters... Especially the last exchange. Fun!

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response:

Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the feedback.

Crimson Blues by Gibraltar    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (1
Summary:

Even a skirmish can have lasting effects on a lonely frontier.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Starship Reykjavík
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1512    Read Count: 22
[Report This] Published: 02 May 2020 Updated: 02 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 02 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice portrait!

Thanks! rbs

Summary: A re-telling of the events inside the hive during First Contact. Set in the same AU as Flames of the Feeonix.
Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Data
Genre: Alternate Universe
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 7703    Read Count: 45
[Report This] Published: 09 May 2020 Updated: 11 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 10 May 2020 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

I very much appreciate the more bite sized chapters in this story. It's easy to get lost on the page when the scroll gets north of 2500 words. I try to keep each of mine down to 1500 in Star Trek Hunter. 

Ahh the borg queen... My clarinetist dressed up as her once... (that was three clarinetets ago - the current one sometimes appears as a vulcan.)

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks for the suggestion, I appreciate it. I struggle with keeping the length of stuff down. I get a little too wordy. Yes, I find the Borg Queen very creepy, personally. That must have been some costume your clarinetist had! Impressive!

Fear and Loathing by chatteringmagpie    Rated: T      Reviews (1
Summary: Data deals with the immediate consequences of reanimating his brother, Lore. Takes place directly following the season one episode, Datalore.

Same AU as Flames of the Feeonix.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Data
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Friendship
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 10457    Read Count: 10
[Report This] Published: 09 May 2020 Updated: 09 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 10 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I see you managed to get this up and listed! 

 

Ah that dastardly Lore... Naseema is a very interesting character. Glad you managed to post this story.

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks! I had to copy and paste as the file it was in wouldn't upload properly so I lost some of the formatting. I'm glad you find the character interesting. Some love her, and some hate her but she's mine, and I'm happy with her. :)

Summary: Not long after Mitchell is kicked out of the Academy. His first Christmas away from Starfleet.

Written for Christmas 2017. Taken this long to upload hence May-Day Child-of-Winter-cover Photo credits: San Francisco: https://purewows3.imgix.net/images/articles/2017_12/400_winter_things_to_do_in_san_fransisco.png?auto=format,compress&cs=strip (Louis Raphael, Flickr) Gary Lockwood (and Stefanie Powers): http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7Z5HkuIY5A/TXVHyTZcBOI/AAAAAAAAIFQ/26nE6TPtXiw/s1600/SP04e.JPG McCoy: http://www.startrek.com/uploads/assets/db_articles/c542099262972c43b1b0f0a979dd92e1eb326a1e.jpg
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Mitchell, Gary
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Family
Warnings: None
Series: Gary Mitchell-Lifeguard
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4766    Read Count: 14
[Report This] Published: 12 May 2020 Updated: 12 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 12 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: San Francisco, December 2254

Nice choice of character. Gary Mitchell is introduced as Kirk's best friend, but there's evidently a screw loose deep inside there...

Good story. 

It looks like you copied it into the buffer and the system did not recognize your apostrophes and quotation marks. 

You should be able to delete and reinsert these (one by one) by disabling HTML and checking the Use tinyMCE option.

Thanks!! rbs

Kwi'kusut by sixbeforelunch    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (6)  New!
Summary: Kwi'kusut: n., anodyne

It's all about how we process our pain, isn't it?
Chapters: 7    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Vreshm V'rsi T'Lin, Xkasha L'gar Veral
Genre: Drama, Family, Het
Warnings: None
Series: Pi'maat
Completed: No    Word count: 12161    Read Count: 124
[Report This] Published: 14 May 2020 Updated: 29 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 14 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice bite size story length - which I really appreciate. I don't know if you intend to add more chapters, but this is a great length.

Interesting characters and everyone loves Pon Farr stories...

My character, Ensign T'Lon goes through Pon Farr from the end of Episode 4 - 6 with repercussions into Episode 7 of Star Trek Hunter. That arc actually begins around the end of Episode 2.

I'm hoping there's more to this story. From the last sentence, I get the sense there is...

Thanks!!  rbs



Author's Response: Thank you for the feedback! There is indeed more. The total story is about 31,000 words long, and will be going up in parts, with updates happening hopefully every few days.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 18 May 2020 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

This is starting to feel like a study of small town, disfunctional vulcans...

Delightful! 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: :D

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 22 May 2020 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

Still really enjoying your small town vulcans, but I am very curious... Kimchi and arugula pizza? Sounds explosive..

 

Thanks! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks! I've seen kimchi and arugula salad, although I've never had it...now I kinda want to try it, actually lol.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 25 May 2020 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Nice tightly-focused scene that conveyed a large amount of context through the news. It's a good tease as to whether larger contextual events might crash into the story line. Not that I want them to - I'm really enjoying this study of vulcan dysfunction...

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thank you!

Warnings Unheeded In Darkest Night by Gibraltar    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (2)  New!
Summary:

 

The starship Reykjavík is dispatched to investigate the disappearance of a Starfleet survey ship, uncovering a harrowing mystery with potentially lethal consequences.

 


Chapters: 6    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Starship Reykjavík
Completed: Yes    Word count: 17714    Read Count: 63
[Report This] Published: 17 May 2020 Updated: 17 May 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 18 May 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice job with the captain's reconciliation with Ensign Garrett - that's a story beat I've not seen before.

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response:

I'm pleased you enjoyed the story and the character interplay. Thank you for the feedback.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed
Date: 18 May 2020 Title: Chapter 6: Epilogue

Nice tightly written story and a well spun mystery. So much better than shoot-em-up and moustache-twirling villains.

I also appreciated the bold headings to oirint me which ship we were looking into during the scene with the Esau.

Thanks!!  rbs