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  1. Not as cool as the USS Johnston video, but still an interesting redesign of the Oberth-class.
  2. I've seen static shots of this design, but the video was incredible! It's an upgrade over the original Oberth-class in several respects. I actually prefer this design over the Sculpin-class on which I based the Albacore-class 13 years ago. Yes, the Oberth used the struts for access to the secondary hull. According to most sources, the secondary hull of the Oberth is comprised of a highly efficient sensor array and scientific labs. Engineering on the Oberth is in the primary hull. The USS Johnston is different from the Oberth in several respects - engineering/hangar bay in secondary hull, more fire-power, somewhat larger, faster impulse and warp. (Oberth could only make warp 6). If it had a central neck connecting the saucer from the secondary hull, it would be perfect. Here's a weird coincidence - my last name is Johnston. No, I don't know the artist/creator of USS Johnston.
  3. I'm sorry, but I'll have to say no. I have plans for Maya Vashtee, should I ever return to writing.
  4. The extended hiatus continues . . . "I'm not dead yet!" - Soon to be dead guy from Monty Python and the Holy Grail "Nothing happened. After a few moments, nothing continued to happen." - Douglas Adams It's been an interesting couple of years; we had both my father-in-law and my father in our home under hospice care during that period. My FIL passed about 18 months ago and my father passed on January 4 of this year. The family is doing well but we're still busy dealing with personal effects, selling Dad's house, etc. Apparently, writing is not like riding a bike. More like falling off of one. When you get away from writing (and vice-versa), it's easy to become gun shy. I've ideas a-plenty but nothing is flowing from the gray matter to the little computer screen. I've gone back and re-read some of the orphan stories that languish on the Trek BBS. Some are worth salvaging and completing. With others, I have searched (without success) for the delete button. I need to catch up on reading your stories also. I'm WAAAY behind! All that to say, I am doing well and will write again at some point. If any of you want to borrow characters from the Bluefin, please feel free. I think they're getting bored, sitting around the old cutter with nothing to do. TLR
  5. Since the USS Bluefin patrols the borderland near Klingon and Orion space, I thought I'd provide a list of Orion terms I have used/may use in future stories. Feel free to use or add any for stories set in the United Trek universe. A brief glossary of Orion terms - Ah'met - 'Captain,' 'Leader' or 'Prince,' literally - Supreme. (Credit goes to Gibraltar for this one.) Ah'met-sur - Syndicate clan leader. 'Lord.' Literally - 'Grand Supreme.' Ahm’suka - term of respect for an elder, literally - 'Wise head.' Met'mat - Father Met'Sando - Adoptive father, literally - 'Near-father' Met'Chan - Mother Jih'mat - brother or male cousin Leh'mhin - sister or female cousin Chadoi - daughter Mehk - son Moi - child J'moi - children H'lajmoi - abandoned children, orphans Sundija - Orions not part of a Syndicate clan - basically serfs in a feudal system. Literally - 'Under-people' Sundrik - Non-Orion Slave Ah'm'sund'rikan - Slave master Hri'gun - rodent Vuut - an insult, roughly equivalent to 'fool' or 'idiot.' Slis'pul - a derogatory term, roughly equivalent to S.O.B. Kima - measurement of time, roughly one second Mekima - measurement of time, roughly one minute Jul - measurement of time, roughly one hour Slarndra - derogatory term for a red Orion (used by green Orions). Slis'jaka - an extremely vulgar term, worse than Slis'pul. Kleemat - a unit of measure, slightly longer than a kilometer Teuurn - Human Met'nahl - Clan or family Met'lorhalan - Syndicate Nal'klisa - bond sum to free a child of age from service with the syndicate, literally - 'free ransom.' V'ores'sur - Verex III - Orion homeworld - 'Place of the Clan.' V'ores'katul - Verex IV - the 'Place of no Souls' - the outcast planet shunned by the Syndicate. V'ores'dur - Orion afterlife, Hell. Shen'lur - Starship Klihn - Klingon Ah'njor - Andorian Tehl'rul - Tellarite Vuhlka - Vulcan Isha - Yes Ru - No Jeh - Go Nuh - Stop, Wait Reht - Obey Kehf - Hot beverage (coffee, raktajino) C'hav - Wound, injure C'hur - Kill Fet'jun - 'Federation' or 'Starfleet' R’uulk - Romulan Fehn'gur - Ferengi Kahrd'sa - Cardassian Grehlt - Monetary unit - coin, slip, credit, etc. J'Grehlt - Money, loot, treasure Lin'hur - Fight, struggle, combat Ser'chaan – Weapon, Phaser, Disruptor L’hak – Blade, knife
  6. Michael, I get a 404 error from the Larson-class link. If it's the class with the single nacelle connected to the hull by two pylons, that will be fine.
  7. Thank you! Very kind of you to say so. Hopefully, there will be more Bluefin stories in the future. Currently my focus is on the 23rd century Four Years War between the Klingons and the Federation.
  8. Chapter 12 of "Trajectory" is posted on the TrekBBS
  9. Chapter 11 of "Trajectory" is up on the TreBBS.
  10. Chapter 10 of "Trajectory" is up on the TrekBBS. I figure at this rate of one chapter per year I'll be done by 2035. No point rushing things.
  11. I got two right and now I'm "1st of one." Apparently I was assimilated into the Borg collective.
  12. Chapters 2 -4 of "Gold-Plated Trouble" are up on the TrekBBS.
  13. Chapter 1 of a new series - Rock Jockeys: "Gold-Plated Trouble" - is up on the TrekBBS. Chapter 10 of "Trajectory" is in process.
  14. Chapter 9 of "Trajectory" is up on the TrekBBS.
  15. After a year's hiatus from writing, I'm getting back in the pool (the shallow end for now) with a new chapter of Trajectory posted to the TrekBBS. Life circumstances have improved to the point I'm mentally and physically ready to do some more writing. I still don't know if there will be future "Tales of the USS Bluefin" stories following Trajectory. But I have learned - never say never.
  16. Thanks! - could be. Like you, it's been years since I read the book in question. I'm fuzzy on the story line but as I recall the female captain and her Border Patrol crew were a scruffy bunch - their uniforms were a hodge-podge of fleet issue and customized bits, plus they were armed with phasers, disruptors, swords, etc. They seemed almost like pirates, except they were the 'good guys,' patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone. I'll have to see if I can find a copy of "The Entropy Effect" through Amazon. Captain Hunter sounds familiar.
  17. CeJay, it's a good read - one of Diane Carey's better novels IMHO, although the second half doesn't fit either Prime Universe or UT canon. There's actually an earlier Star Trek paperback from the mid 1970's that featured a "Border Patrol" ship near the Romulan Neutral Zone. I can't for the life of me remember the title of the book or the author - I've tried searching for it with no luck. It's set in the earlier TOS era, 2266-68, I believe. These Border Patrol types were Starfleet cast-offs and everything they had from weapons to ships were all hand-me-downs. It was a rough and tumble bunch with a female captain who carried a cutlass! That book and Carey's novel provided a lot of the basis for the Bluefin and her crew (and the reason why I have Bateson as an admiral in the Border Service by 2376).
  18. For those of you new to the concept of the Border Service, I thought I'd provide the more-or-less canon background. The idea came from Diane Carey's Star Trek novel, Ship of the Line, which included the Border Service Cutter USS Bozeman and her Captain, Morgan Bateson. You may recall the Bozeman from the TNG episode, "Cause and Effect." In Ship of the Line, the Bozeman receives two new officers from the Enterprise and both Bateson and his first mate, Gabe Bush, provide these new additions a crash-course in the role of the Border Service. Here's an excerpt - "Now boys, before you square away your gear, let me give you a short course in border patrolling. Have you heard anything about this service?" Mike Dennis glanced at John Wolfe, and neither wanted to speak, but as senior of the two apparently Dennis was pressed into service. "I've head, uh . . . they call you 'Bulldog Bateson," sir." Bateson cleared his throat and uttered, "Ummm-hmm," and Bush caught some amusement at the new officers' discomfort. At least Dennis had the nerve to admit what he'd heard. "You two know each other?" Bateson asked. "No sir, just met," Wolfe said, as he glanced around the tight bridge and its two cramped decks, styled generally like any other Starfleet ship, except smaller and more utilitarian. "Not exactly a starship, is it?" the captain stated. "That's right. It's not. Tell 'em, Gabe." Bush took one step forward. "This is a Soyuz-class border cutter authorized by the Starfleet Border Service. You may consider us, in a way, descendants of the United States Coast Guard, which in turn derived from the 1915 merging of the Revenue Cutter Service and the Lifesaving Service. In fact, the first United States naval commission went to Captain Yeaton is 1791, the master of a revenue cutter. The historic tag "cutter" is picked up from the early days of the British Revenue Service, which actually used cutter-rigged sailing ships. If you want to know what that is, look it up. The United States Revenue Service used schooners rather like the fast Baltimore Clippers, but they were still called 'cutters,' and we still call ourselves that today. It keeps us tied to our long traditioin of coastal security,and we're proud of it!" "Verily," Wizz Dayton confirmed from up-deck. With a nod, Bush added, "And this is no office building. No three eight-hour watches. Here we run standard military four-on eight-off. We dog our watches on the Bozeman. That provides seven watches instead of six, so crew members stand different watches instead of the same watch every day. The duties of a border cutter are smuggling patrol, towing, traffic control, buoy and lightship maintenance, import-export regulation, tariff and trade-law enforcement, and aid and rescue. Oh, one thing that surprises new men is that we tow with heavy duty clamps." "Clamps?" Wolfe repeated. "Why not use tractor beams, sir? That's standard -" "Why use energy that has to be replaced when you can use a clamp that doesn't?" Oh, that moment of superiority felt wicked. "That's right," Bateson said. "You'll also learn to set your whole being to short-range callibrations. Everything we do is short-range. We're not a powerpack, we're not a showboat, and we're never going to be in a history book." He made a gesture toward the main screen, where the great starship was just pulling around a planet to clear herself for light-speed. "But we've got one thing that makes us equal to Enterprise herself. You're wearing it." Clinging to his tiny brass shot glass, Dennis gazed at him as if he liked what he was hearing, and Wolfe looked down at his uniform as if seeing it for the first time in quite a while. Bush understood how they felt - he too tended to forget sometimes. "Ships are like people, boys," Bateson continued. "They have jobs, specific jobs. This is a border cutter. That's all it's meant to be. The dream of this ship is not great exploration, not making headlines or even delivering cargo. This ship wants a secure border and a stable Neutral Zone. As her crew, that's all we should want. We're cogs in a bigger machine. If a cog stops, the machine fumbles. We're a working ship, not a glory factory. We're not the knights. We're the castle guard. If you want something else . . . get over it." * * * From Ship of the Line by Diane Carey. Thanks for providing the inspiration, Ms. Carey! - From the next generation of Border Dogs serving in United Trek and other Star Trek universes.
  19. Update: Due to personal matters, this is the end of the road for "Tales of the USS Bluefin." It has been a fun ride and I'm grateful for all those who have read and commented on the stories. I'm especially grateful for my fellow United Trek authors and their support and encouragement. Hopefully, one of them will take up the mantle of Captain Akinola and company at some point. Circumstances require I focus my full attention on 'real-life' and thus my foray into the world of science fiction and the Star Trek universe must end for now. It's been a blast! TLR
  20. Sounds good, CeJay - feel free to use the Thrasher as you see fit. I did not indicate a date for her destruction, so let's assume she was in service throughout the 2350's.
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