FNN Edition 43
Edition 40 - Stardate 22401.01 - January 2024
- 1 FedSpace News
- 2 Star Trek News
- 3 Science News
Word of the Month
As of the last points cycle of 2023, we’ve brought back the ever-loved “Word of the Month”!
Posted on December 16th, players have until the end of the points cycle (January 15th) to write a post and submit it to FedSpace’s Content Manager.
This month’s word is “brobdingnagian”, meaning “of huge size; gigantic; tremendous”.
We here at the FNN just hope the WotM will be a “brobdingnagian” success!
This year, FedSpace is pleased to announce the start of Departmental Conferences. These “conferences” are site-wide subplots with the intention of gathering characters from their respective departments together.
Open to characters with registered accounts, each conference will last approximately six weeks, OOC, and one day/night in-game time.
The first conference will be a Medical Conference, inviting all medical personnel regardless of rank to San Francisco on Earth. The premise will be based around the idea that in order to keep their medical licenses,
all doctors, nurses, and medical support staff are required to attend at least one major conference every four years.
For this year’s Medical Conference, the subject of the night will be the tricorder: its past, its current use, and suggestions on how it can be improved. There will be an open bar, and features celebrity chef Holly Paulwood.
FedSpace will never ask you for money in order to keep the site going. This particular article is about helping to keep one of our own going, a player once known as Captain Julia Nielson, Rear Admiral Abigail Taylor,
Commander Wren Gaglardi, and founder/director of the FNN.
Prior to Andrea’s retirement from FedSpace in 2018, she fought an honorable battle against cancer, and went on to victory to start her own business and recently, her own family. But in recent days, her underhanded foe has returned in full force, aiming to steal everything from her.
A charity fund drive has been set up for our friend and comrade-in-arms. Once a force to be reckoned with on Federation Space, I think Andrea could use some Federation Space-backed force right about now.
This month we get to learn more about Evan, the person behind Tourock Sothrick, Captain of the USS Geronimo, NCC-75250 and former Chief of Security on board the USS Sheridan, DD-4086.
Please note: This interview took place before Captain Sothrick was given command of the USS Geronimo.
1. Real first name?
2. What brought you to FedSpace?
I was looking for an RP style Star Trek Game, originally looking at ST Online, and stumbled across the site. I was also wanting to write and as this was also a site for writers. I wanted to see if I had the chops.
3. Tell me a little about the process of developing your character.
For my main character, Sothrick, was easy. I have always understood the Vulcan logic, and I felt it would be the most challenging to write for. Sothrick's father, the Ambassador, just came from Sothrick's background. T'Kol was also a challenge option, as I have never wrote from a woman's perspective. She first was a second background character to interact with that I felt has grown. Phoenix was also first meant to be Sothrick's first roommate only. However, he was the easiest to write for, as I literally stole everything about him from an old room mate and friend.
4. Has your character developed differently than what you had planned?
A little. He has had more relationship than I figured he would make including being married now.
5. What do you see as some goals for the future of your character?
Absolutely would like him to become full Captain of a vessel just like the Geronimo if not the Geronimo. I, like most, originally thought of him commanding some large ship like the Enterprise line, however I think something like the Defiant, or Geronimo is more up his background.
6. So far, what is your favorite part about being a member of FedSpace?
The surprising interactions with others that I have enjoyed over the years.
7. If you were president for a day, what would you change?
That is a loaded question that I honestly have not given much thought to such idea. Perhaps more group ship efforts, but I do understand the logistical nightmare is way more difficult than it would be IRL.
8. If you could choose, what Trek species would you be?
9. If you could name your own ship, what would you name it and why?
The Indiana, just cause I am from Indiana.
10. What do you spend your time outside of FedSpace doing?
I have been married for nearly 30 years, and I am the father of five grown children, with 3 grandchildren, and a special needs child. Someone always has something for me to do.
Outside of regular work, my wife and I are in the very, very beginning stages trying to start an over-18 day care for special needs families. I have a daughter who is 22 with special needs, and can not just be left alone.
My wife and I both work and it has been a struggle to find someone trustworthy to help care for her during the day. There is just not anything like it in our area. We lived in a bigger city that offered some choices but that had draw backs too.
11. What is your favorite Star Trek series?
I did like Prodigy and Lower Decks (may show my immaturity, lol). Before those was Voyager.
12. What’s your favorite non-Trek series?
Oh I have a few. Everything from Family Guy and Orville to Blue Bloods, and Equalizer.
13. If you watched the movies, which one was your favorite?
14. Do you have a favorite line or phrase from either a show or movie?
No I can't think of one and I tried to over night.
15. Do you have a favorite character from the shows?
Data, or Tuvok
16. What piece of Star Trek Technology would you most like to see today?
Well I am sure everyone has said but it would have to be the Holodeck! I know it's lame; so easy to see why.
17. What was it about Star Trek that made you fall in love with the show?
I remember it as a child. Showing a utopia of different species getting along. As a mixed race child in a very racist area it spoke to me.
18. What FedSpace player or Star Trek character would you most like to meet in real life?
I think Picard, Patrick Stewart, seems like a very complicated and extremely good nature.
19. What do you see in your FedSpace future, for yourself or for your character?
I would like when I retire IRL to take a more active role behind the scenes and even gain admiralty for Sothrick.
20. If there was one thing you would want everyone to know about you, what would that be?
Nothing, I like to keep some mystery. LOL
Thank you so much to Evan for answering our 20 Questions, and congratulations on the Geronimo!
Would you like to be featured in 20 Questions? Please email our Content Manager!
This semester, we are pleased to announce the graduation of Ktan Shadowhunt from our Starfleet Academy.
This Kzinti hopes to bring his years of experience in both the military and scientific fields to use in Starfleet. And as the member of a race genetically engineered for survival,
he also hopes to find the answers to one big scientific question in particular: the difference between gods and Gods.
Star Trek News
With the new year comes new Star Trek news, right? Well, here’s what we know so far:
Discovery: April 2024
Lower Decks: TBD
Strange New Worlds: TBD
Starfleet Academy: Wait, what?! That’s right folks, Starfleet Academy has been green-lit! Heavily hinted-at by numerous Star Trek actors, the newest series will follow the adventures of Starfleet cadets. It’s unclear what year this will be set in, or if it will really premiere in 2024, as IMDB.com currently states. Supposedly a Young Adult-focused series, it will also feature the voice of Lower Decks’ Beckett Mariner as one of the writers. [source] Headed by the famed and beloved Alex Kurtzman, we can’t wait to hear more.
Last Month’s Answers
- How long was the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant? Seven years
- In “The Original Series” original pilot, what does Captain Pike say “USS” stands for? United Space Ship
Last Month’s Winners
General Science News
According to ScienceNews.org, these seven records were set or broken during 2023.
Space Agency News
In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, new x-ray "lobster eye" instruments are set for launch in early 2024. With high sensitivities and wide views, this mission will survey for powerful blasts of x-ray light from objects such as neutron stars and black holes. With an optical modular design that mimics the eyes of lobsters, scientists will be able to quickly point to the new source(s) of light, enabling them to be able to collect multi-wavelength data.
In late 2024, NASA is aiming to pass the Sun closer than ever before. The "Parker Solar Probe," launched in August 2018, will attempt to get the "first-ever sampling of a star's atmosphere." The probe also gathers measurements and images in order to help scientists to learn more about solar wind. It is set to fly more than seven times closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it.