Penname: Samuel Pengraff [Contact]
Real name: Ken Hancock
Member Since: 13 Mar 2009
Membership status: Member
Bio: Having made a narrow escape from the computer industry in 2006, I could finally afford the Trek DVDs I'd been ogling for years and, most of all, had the time to truly appreciate them. I quickly discovered that, as much as I'd previously considered Star Trek the most intelligent science fiction genre there was, I�d still been giving it short shrift. It is very simply the largest body of high quality creative work ever made. A larger and more deeply layered internal universe than Lord of the Rings; more inventive than even Mozart�s astounding body of work, Star Trek is our generation�s greatest bequest to the future.

I�ve always had a fascination with the written word, but never considered writing my own stories until I ran across some of Alara Rogers� Q stories back in 2007. Wow. Allowing their imaginations to freely explore the limitless landscape that is Star Trek, authors like Alara have soared where no one had gone before, and I was inspired to pick up my figurative pen and try my hand at something creative. �Naturally� � as Tuvok would say � I flopped, but not terribly so. Thanks to some kind souls bearing kind words, I was encouraged to keep trying.

So that�s my story, save for one small expression of gratitude.

I�m probably not ascribing credit properly, nor completely, but in my opinion the greatest single creative work on Ad Astra is the site itself. Designed by an excellent Trek fan fiction writer of her own accord, Steff Watson has created a very functional site that has attracted some of the finest Trek writers in fandom. We owe her plenty for providing us a place where like minds can congregate, cooperate and compete, where truly gifted writers can provide much needed advice to promising up and comers, and where artists can receive well intended and constructive criticisms of their work. Who knows which of these will be writing for Paramount someday, on some as yet unimagined new Star Trek series?

So, enjoy these pages of light. May they inspire you to far greater accomplishments.


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Series by Samuel Pengraff

In the spirit of fun and adventure I humbly extend a challenge to the many fine writers of Ad Astra: Write a story that is within the universe of Unsung Heroes. Its a round robin event organized as an open series meaning that you can post your own stories to the series, the various stories adding together like the chapters of a book. Prequel, sequel, TNG mirror universe the galaxys the limit!

The instructions are simple. Read Star Trek HQ first and then come up with your own story that plays within the same virtual sandbox. Some good ideas for additional stories might be: What did Amy do next?, or, What happened to Doctor Dunmore when he returned to Starfleet Command?

And what of our new enemy? Although little is known about him, his powers of creation and destruction are very real. Originating from an entirely new faction of the Borg, it appears that the collective has changed its views on the importance and role of the individual. Can this Borg Homunculus this drone that is not a drone spawn entire new cubes faster than Starfleet can scream retreat?

If you send an email to and request The Unsung Heroes Technical Guide Ill send you some important information on how the technology that tried to save Commander Worf worked. Your story does not need to use any of this technology its available merely as technical backstory that you might find useful.


I hope its as much fun for you as it has been for me!

Parent Series: None
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TNG
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Character Death
Challenges: None
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