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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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My Everything by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (11
Summary:



A crewman on Eagle falls madly in love with the spellbinding DeMara Deen. But in a place where enlisted men and officers don't mix, is his love destined to fail?

A Star Eagle Adventures short story



Winner: Redshirt POV Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Character Death
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures, Lower Deck Tales
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3421    Read Count: 1544
[Report This] Published: 05 May 2009 Updated: 05 May 2009
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 07 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 1: My Everything

I got a chuckle out of this one. It looks like a response to a writing challenge - but you kept it in the mileau you were already writing in. It's always a challenge to write outside of your usual style - in this case using 1st person instead of 3rd. Most of the time I see writers do that, they slip out of it. No such problems here.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Yeah, this was definitely an interesting experiment for me. I really quite enjoyed writing from a first person perspective and I always kinda wanted to try my hand at this again. Never materialized. Probably because of the inherent limitations of the format.

Paternal Instincts by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (10
Summary:

After the captain he has admired and respected is killed in action, Michael Owens reluctantly steps up to take temporary command. Months later, after violating clear orders, he makes the ultimate sacrifice.



Now, while his father pulls the strings behind the scenes, he has to come to terms with the consequences of his decisions.



The story of Michael Owens' rocky road to the captain's chair of the USS Eagle.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama, Family
Warnings: None
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures
Completed: Yes    Word count: 5291    Read Count: 1593
[Report This] Published: 10 Jun 2009 Updated: 10 Jun 2009
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 07 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Paternal Instincts

I enjoy all of the admiral-level politicing and horse trading. Interesting that you put Necheyev in charge. I handed Star Fleet Intelligence to her. According to Memory Beta, she ended up going rogue, was eventually captured and tried for treason. 

Also a nice reveal on the original Gene Edison since I got to know his somewhat unhinged doppelganger first. 

The jumping back and forth in time was clear and easy to follow. Sequences that are out of chronological order can become very distracting when mishandled. 

Nice ending focus on the pip, making this a good origin story. 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks for the review of what has almost become a Star Eagle classic, if that isn't too self-indulgent. I don't recall if I mentioned that here or not, but in the United Trek shared universe which Star Eagle is a part of, the role of the C-in-C is a one-year rotating post. This particular year it was Nechayev's turn. Glad you liked it. This is definitely my Michael Owens origin story, although, of course, there's much more to it and I'd love to explore those events in future stories some day.

Beyond Acheron by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary:


For recent Academy graduate, Ensign Savannah LeBeau, Eagle is a dream assignment come true. Not only is her Academy boyfriend on board, one of her first duties takes her to a place of nearly limitless research possibilities.



But she soon finds out that not everything is how it appears. In more ways than she could have ever imagined.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Character Death
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures, Lower Deck Tales
Completed: Yes    Word count: 8420    Read Count: 1762
[Report This] Published: 31 Jan 2010 Updated: 31 Jan 2010
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 07 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Beyond Acheron

First rattle out of the box - as soon as I saw the BOC lyrics, I got distracted and had to pick up the guitar and run through Don't Fear the Reaper and Burning for You.. Buck Dharma is one of the most influential guiarists for me and learning those songs kind of taught me how to play and write leads.

Took me awhile to get back to the story.. I like the way you decribe characters on the fly - a detail here and there.

Favorite line - the art of killing subordinates with a single look... We're both working with Bajoran resistance survivers (Dr. Jazz in STH). They are fun characters to explore.

I started to suspect this was a Jacob's Ladder/6th Sense kind of story fairly early on, but in no small part because I'm a fan of Jack London. Well done!

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Well, as long as your first thought wasn't "More Cowbell", it's all good. And yeah, I really like writing Nora Laas for her strength and her flaws. Resistance fighters are inherently interesting for that terrible trauma they went through, particularly Bajorans. That stays with you for the rest of your life, I think. Thanks for the review.

Ship of the Dead by CeJay    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (21
Summary:



A team of junior officers on a routine mission answers a distress signal from an adrift Klingon ship. But they soon discover that the crew is in much worse condition than they have been led to believe ... much, much worse.



When there is no more room in Gre'thor,
the dishonored dead will rise.



Chapters: 5    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Horror
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures, Lower Deck Tales
Completed: Yes    Word count: 16720    Read Count: 11036
[Report This] Published: 30 Oct 2011 Updated: 23 Jul 2012
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 07 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Part 1

A risian character... interesting.. Good start and alwyas creepy for junior officers to encounter klingons for the first time. 

Isn't there a ferengi aphorism about a klingon in need?

Nice character descriptions and only mildly disfunctional characters.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: The beauty of writing junior officers is that you can get away with them behaving in ways that more experienced officers wouldn't. And that, of course, will inevitably lead to trouble.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 08 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 2: Part 2

Nice creepy klingon ghost/zombie story, complete with flickering lights, mysterious banging noises and klingons doing weird things. And no doubt things are about to go from bad to worse... 

Spooky, frightened, incoherent, dying klingons - what's not to love? Great visuals!

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Heavily influence by the horror/zombie genre of course. I always thought Trek lends itself well to that genre and there have been some episodes who've gone done that road. Although, I don't think there's ever been a proper zombie Trek story. This is my attempt at correct that oversight.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 08 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 3: Part 3

Yeah, that arm needs to come off... Klingon Zombies!! Nice call out to klingon mythology and a good body count getting started...

The only good thing about a zombie attack on a klingon ship - plenty of bladed weapons about for removing zombie heads. The bad thing? Klingons have really thick skulls and spinal columns....

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Yeah, this isn't quite the Walking Dead. I always wondered how easy it seems on that show to kill a zombie. Their skulls and bones seem brittle enough that you could take them out with a plastic spork. It won't be quite that easy for these guys.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 10 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 4: Part 4

Yep... I knew an infected klingon beamed himself onto the runabout. Nice foreshadowing. One picky detail.. klingon blood is the color of pepto bismal. I'm not certain they didn't simply photograph some of the stff for Star Trek VI.

Nice chapter length and breakpoints, leaving a cliffhanger on each page.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I think they may have changed the color of Klingon blood a few times. I actually hadn't even remembered the oddly-colored blood in that movie which was clearly done so it didn't seem too gruesome and the movie could still be considered somewhat family-friendly.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 10 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 5: Part 5

Nice creepy ending... nosebleeds are always bad news in a zombie story. And a little of the man in black to finish it off.

This was a particularly fun read. Lots of classic zombie tropes neatly polished - I might be able to talk the wife into reading this one. She's a huge zombie story fan.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Can't have a zombie story with an ominous ending. Glad you enjoyed it and if the wife ever gets a chance to read it, make sure to ask her what she thought of it. It's always interesting to get a non-Trek perspective.

Agamemnon Voyages: The God Particle by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (89
Summary:


Captain Amaya Donners has only just been given her first command and already faces the greatest challenge of her career when the Agamemnon comes across the most powerful force known in the galaxy.

Now, Donners may find answers to her questions in a Starfleet encounter dating back over one hundred years.



"A century ago,
one discovery brought the galaxy to the brink of destruction.
History is about to repeat itself."


Also available as an ebook download at StarEagleAdventures.com.


Chapters: 56    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Violence
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures
Completed: Yes    Word count: 135167    Read Count: 114238
[Report This] Published: 01 Jan 2012 Updated: 19 Aug 2020
Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 23 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 1: 1 - The Delta Quadrant, 2264 Old Earth Calendar

Religious insects!!! An apocalypic religion complete with skeptics and true believers! What's not to love? 

This is a really creative open and a society with a sense of a deep background and history. 

And it looks a lot like they just snuffed themselves out. Yeah - I think I'm going to like this one a lot...

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: First of all, really appreciate how you are making your way through my stories. That's really cool. This is certainly one of my favorites since I got a chance to play with a very different set of characters. I also wrote a ton of backstory to this which feeds into this prologue and the history of the Xenarth. A great deal of that backstory never even made it into the story.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 23 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 2: 2 - The Beta Quadrant, Three Years Later

Classic Trek. This could be a scene out of the original series complete with an obnoxious civilian scientist, mysterious shock wave, airborne crew members, exploding terminals and something murky in romulan space. 

Very crisp visuals - Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks. I really wanted to catch the TOS vibe as much as possible with this story.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 24 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 3: 3 - The Beta Quadrant, One Hundred and Five Years Later

Ohh - one of those ultra-rare avians.. Actually, I've not encountered them anywhere in Star Trek except a reference to an extinct species of Xendi on Star Trek Enterprise. Good pick for a security chief.

And an andorian marine - another interesting choice. I appreciate your ability to tell us what Sh'Fane is thinking without telling us what she is thinking. One of the big challenges of character development and plot exposition is to minimize internal dialogue. 

I'm interested in where she picked up her forest skills from. Hoping to see more of this character.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Meriab is actually an Aurelian who were seen in the Animated Series, but yeah, I don't think they have appeared anywhere else since.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 27 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 4: 4 - Agamemnon, 2372

Totally original series humor (except for the gagh) - a nice breather from the doom and gloom of the first few chapters. I always enjoy character development interludes like this - they tend to be the first thing dropped from movie and tv scripts and neglected by fanfic writers. 

Glad you included this one. 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I'm not going to lie, my writing focus tends to be the bigger story but I also love little character interludes and here it actually serves one of the minor plots running through this book. Glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 27 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 5: 5 - Agamemnon, 2372

I was about to say it appears Maya is helming a menagerie worth of the name U.S.S. Ark. That was before I met the wildcat - Love it!

I can't help hearing some Kate Mulgrew in her dialogue and was wondering whom you would cast in the role. 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I'm sure there is a bit of Janeway in Donners. After all, she was the first full-time female starship captain we got to see in Trek and I was always very fond of her. I don't generally cast my stories. I don't really prescribe to the notion of assigning known actors' faces and all that comes with that to my characters. Rather, I'd love to imagine completely fresh and unknown faces that could uniquely inhabit these characters.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 29 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 6: 6 - Lexington, 2267

I'm assuming the Lexington and crew are about to wipe some bug guts off their deflector screens...

Great comment about the seat belts - lots of people mentioned that oversight about Trek classic and the 2009 reboot included them. The bit aobut the Commodore peering into the viewer is an oft referenced Trek meme that probably has its genesis in Shatner's acting. All of these classic memes give the scene a classic Trek feel. 

I definitely have a mental image of both Wesley and Ketteract - largely from the actors who played Pike in the original premiere and the very familiar actor who was the scientist in the STNG episode about the nanites. 

Crisp. Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Glad the classic Trek feel continues to resonate so well. I should probably point out here that Commodore Wesley and the crew of the Lexington are the creation of my fellow United Trek writer David Falkayn (http://unitedtrek.org/star-trek-lexington/). Wesley did actually appear in the original series episode in which the Enterprise was taken over by a new computer designed by Richard Daystrom and was pitted against other Starfleet ships in a war game. One of those was the Lexington under Wesley.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 29 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 7: 7 - Agamemnon, 2372

Refreshing to see a positive spin on a ship's counselor. The counselor in Stargate Atlantis was a total washout. I was unaware that Ulians were telepathic. But then the only ones I recall seeing were seedy merchants in STNG. Interesting to see one serving in Star Fleet. 

Also enjoyable to see a quartermaster - a role I didn't think of for STH (but with a crew of 35, not really needed as a separate role.) Good characterization on that individual. Again, good crisp visuals that really help put the reader in the story.

Thanks! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked my counselor. He is certainly an integral part of the crew and also part of Maya's inner circle. In a break from tradition I also decided to make him a civilian rather than a Starfleet officer. Should you ever be interested in how Maya got her command, I recommend you check out the short story "And a Star to Steer her By" which is part of my vignette series "Crossing Over". It's not on Ad Astra but you can find it at StarEagleAdventures.com. That story pretty much works as a prequel to The God Particle.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 29 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 8: 8 - Agamemnon, 2372

Roll opening credits. Nice description of the Omega particle and good dialogue between the captain and admiral. I particularly liked the banter between the bolian and andorian officers and especially the character development of the first officer. 

Interesting to have a Lt. Commander as 1st officer on a ship with a crew of 500 - he must have done really well on those exams (and, like most bolians, had some well placed friends pulling for him.)

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I liked to have a younger officer as the XO on this story. We know Starfleet isn't as strict about which ranks can hold which positions as say contemporary militaries. That's why we regularly get to see full-rank captains in command of smaller ships, which I know drives military purists crazy.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 30 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 9: 9 - Lexington, 2267

Excellent reacitons on the part of Commodore Wesley it's nice that going back and forth in time, that the older generation of Star Fleet isn't shown as operationally less capable than the current version.

There's a certain style to Original Series Trek (TOS) that comes through particuarly in Wesley. I get a really clear picture of him in my mind. Only for some reason I keep picture him wearing a blue uniform.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks, and yeah, I definitely wanted to make this crew, particularly Wesley, come across as professional and very capable. It's a century before Donners and Agamemnon and they certainly didn't have the benefit of that accumulated knowledge, but that doesn't mean that they didn't know their stuff.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 31 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 10: 10 - Agamemnon, 2372

Well... It sounded like a good idea at the time... 

I like the fact that the 1st Offiicer's plan appears to have backfired. Provides verisimilitude. And both young officers in question definitely needed a lesson in self control. Count on Professor Volta to provide such lessons...

I like these kind of B (or even D) stories - especially when they go awry.

I also liked the link between Maya and Wesley. Puts the A/B story into context.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks. Clearly there is no easy answer to this, seemingly trivial, interpersonal conflict. And it isn't the only one aboard.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 31 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 11: 11 - Agamemnon, 2372

Nice presentation of the science team at work and a really good ethical discussion in relation to science. Now the value of having a Daystrom aboard comes into focus. I really enjoyed the characturization of the scientist vs. the pragmatist. 

I also really liked Daystrom calling out what a cliche the eugenics reference was. Pretty much similar to everyone calling out "Hitler" every time they're faced with something they don't like. 

One of the biggest disadvantages to such cliches is that there are things that are potentially worse than Hitler - or a eugenics lab.

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I think I wanted to make clear, that although the Akira-class is often linked to a warship or gunboat, this is still, primarily a Starfleet vessel dedicated to science and exploration. And the scientists on board a professionals. I'm not sure if the Eugenics War has become a cliche but I'm certain it keep popping up in Trek and it certainly is a valuable lesson. But I can see that it is also used frequently by people worried about unchecked scientific progress to try stymie or slow down eager researchers.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 31 Jul 2020 Title: Chapter 12: 12 - Agamemnon, 2372

So one of the queens survived? Interesting...

I am also amused by the presence of a Xendi bug on the crew. 

The kerfuffle between DoSoto and Allenby is amusing and engaging - still awaiting its resolution..

Lots of nice buildup and an unexpected plot twist. Sweet!

Thanks!!! rbs



Author's Response: Much more on the Xenarth of the 24th century to come. I cannot recall if I decided to go with a Xindi insectoid as part of the crew before or after deciding on the Xenarth story. But it definitely adds an interesting aspect to it as the plot progresses.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 03 Aug 2020 Title: Chapter 13: 13 - Lexington, 2267

I remember those funky original series conference rooms - but had forgotten about it until this description. And those funky microtapes that held less information than a floppy disc. Total memory lane!

Excellent discussion - and simultaneous characterization of the obnoxious scientist, the doctor, the engineer and the science officer. It moves the plot at the same time as exposing the characters. Really excellent little chapter. And the description of the conference room and its funky technology really made it pop old school.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed this retro look at Starfleet. I think I mentioned this before, but I was really trying to highlight these little details in the chapters focused on the Lexington to give it that old-timey feel. Looks like it may have paid off.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 05 Aug 2020 Title: Chapter 14: 14 - Agamemnon, 2372

Short answer - nope. So if that is the original Ket, that would be a very old bug. I'm surprised the species survived their first encounter with Omega. Very interesting and a nice echo to have the Xendi involved as members of the crew. 

 

Hotheads sparking off each other is a time honored Star Trek trope. In that moment Maya sounds more like Kate Mulgrew, whom my wife referred to as Star Fleet's most exasperated captain. "There's coffee in that nebula..."

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I don't believe Ket is the same queen we've seen in the 23rd century. Although, if I remember right, they were related.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 06 Aug 2020 Title: Chapter 15: 15 - Agamemnon, 2372

Nice to see an effective and not overly obsequious bolian officer. Just because they're nice doesn't mean they can't be tough - they're just nice about it...

The breaking in of new staff provides a nice B story to the A story - one in which the protagonists (antagonists) think they are the A story. Very entertaining.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: Thanks. Texx may be an easy-going Bolian dude, but he's also a Starfleet command officer and when the occasion requires it, he can lay down the law.

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Date: 06 Aug 2020 Title: Chapter 16: 16 - Khazara, 2372

Tomalak returns! One of my favorite oily romulans. It looks like Toreth is a good gambler. Nice presentation of a variety of divisions within the romulan culture and of Toreth. More interesting backstory emerging about the Xenarth and their relations with the Federation.

 

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I've gone all canon with my Romulans. Well, at leas the main ones. Toreth also appeared in TNG, in the episode where she had to deal with Troi as a fake Tal Shiar agent.

Reviewer: Robert Bruce Scott Signed Liked
Date: 06 Aug 2020 Title: Chapter 17: 17 - Lexington, 2267

Wesley is a very charismatic character and comes off more than a little like Kirk. Very good characterization. I have a clear mental picture of him - just not certain where it comes from. 

Really good captain's dialogue - which can be a challenge to write. The Lexington chapters of this story and especially Wesley really pop.

Thanks!! rbs



Author's Response: I'm continue to be gratified that you like the TOS and Lexington chapters. I believe I wrote all of those chronologically separately and then interlaced them with the Agamemnon plot to make them feel more consistent. It might have worked out.