Penname: mdgarcia [Contact]
Real name: Michael D. Garcia
Member Since: 10 Feb 2009
Membership status: Administrator

Who am I?  I'm an engineer by day and a writer/radio show host by night.  I tend to divide my time between writing fanfic and writing original science-fiction stories.

What am I working on (as of 1/17/2015)?

  • Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead #10: Bitter Pills

  • Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: Ubi Bene Ibi Domo

  • Star Trek: The New Threat, Chapter Twelve.

Beta Reading: I will happily beta-read, but I'm incredibly harsh on grammar and plot.  So, if you have a fragile ego... might want to look somewhere else, because I offer nothing short of complete brutality.  You have been warned.

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Beta-reader: Yes
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Embers of the Fire by Gibraltar    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (129
Summary: Past Featured Story

Part One of the Star Trek: Gibraltar series

Embers Cover Art

The aging starship Gibraltar is brought out of mothballs to assist in Federation humanitarian relief operations within Cardassian territory in the immediate aftermath of the Dominion War. The crew quickly discovers not everyone shares the Federation's vision for Cardassia's future.


Chapters: 14    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 46831    Read Count: 45498
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 07 Apr 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 03 Mar 2009 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6


Star Trek: Gibraltar, written by Sam Redfeather, is set in the post-Dominion War era of the Trek timeline.  The story follows Captain Donald Sandhurst as he assumes command of the aged Constitution-class refit USS Gibraltar in a resource-limited postwar Starfleet.  A former chief engineering officer with a well-earned reputation, Sandhurst's first command in Embers of the Fire comes with a mission to a planet within the former Cardassian Union known as Lakesh.  Already a Federation starship has been badly damaged with a majority of her crew killed due to mine activity in orbit; Gibraltar, along with the Nebula-class heavy cruiser USS Phoenix investigate the incident closely.

There's no honeymoon for Captain Sandhurst as he is tried against working with a crew mostly unknown to him while at the same time getting to know how to handle his new command.  Only six chapters in, and I'm already enraptured by the action between security chief Lieutenant Lar'ragos and executive officer Lieutenant Commander Ramirez on the ground and Sandhurst up above.  Redfeather's prowess as a storyteller is clear as he opens the novel with engaging characters and a plot that grips you tightly from the very first chapter.  He does not ignore character development and embraces a clear line of exposition through dialogue and action against an enemy with as-yet-unknown aims.

I highly recommend this series to anyone looking to jump in with both feet into a new Expanded Universe series, and while I may be biased (being a fellow UT author), I think that Sam's Gibraltar is a rock-steady series you can count on for quality adventures.

Storm Watching by Cybrludite    Rated: T      Reviews (6
Summary: Weather from the point of view of a character raised as a spacer.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Other
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 519    Read Count: 1100
[Report This] Published: 29 Mar 2009 Updated: 29 Mar 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 29 Mar 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Storm Watching

I'm a huge fan of using NCOs more prominently in Trek.  One thing I really disliked about the on-screen portrayal of this organizaiton is that they would have you believe that officers roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty when nothing could be further from the truth.  I'm guessing it was simplified for the purposes of storytelling.

Anyway, I like the character interaction you have here so far, even though it might be considered a little too casual (even for enlisted folk), but it's got a good atmosphere to it where it doesn't bother me at all.  I'd like to see more.

Author's Response: I know the real-world armed forces frown on this sort of hookup, but Starfleet has been shown to have been fairly tolerant of it all the way back to the TOS episode which introduced the Romulans. ("Balance Of Terror", if memory serves...) The USS Morningstar was originally a ship assigned to Section 31 in a chat-based sim I used to play in. The first clue that she wasn't a normal Starfleet vessel was her name in conjunction with her dedication quote of "Non Serviam!" ;-) Clearly this isn't that version, though she'll still be a Broadsword class ship.

Prime Directive by Rocky    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (3
Summary: Starfleet's most cherished tenet, which every captain is sworn to obey...
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Voyager
Characters: Ensemble Cast - VOY, Janeway, Kathryn
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6775    Read Count: 1296
[Report This] Published: 21 Jun 2009 Updated: 21 Jun 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 11 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I thought the dialogue was rather crisp, and I don't really like Voyager.  I felt like this could have made a decent episode with some tweaking, but this is a decent premise that has merit.  I have to agree with Mistral's comments regarding the depth of Janeway's response did feel somewhat thin, and I thought perhaps that there might be more to her in this story.

I felt like your prose was quite excellent.  Keep up the good work.

Author's Response: This was one of my older stories that I decided to post here, and I do agree with both your and Mistral's comments about needing something more re: Janeway's motivations and response to the situation. Thanks for the thoughtful feedback!

Summary: "The Reaper" and "the Red Menace" strike again!
Winner: Headlines Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Other
Warnings: None
Series: Tales Of The Storyteller
Completed: Yes    Word count: 920    Read Count: 1650
[Report This] Published: 13 Jul 2009 Updated: 13 Jul 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 20 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 1: The Reaper and the Red Menace

Speaking as a former pro-journalist, I thought this had the real feel of a well-written news story.  Very well done, and an excellent submission for this challenge!

Author's Response: Thanks! :D

Where I Belong by Lil black dog    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (5

What if an unforeseen incident forced Jim Kirk to remain on the family farm in Iowa, never to  become Starfleet's most celebrated captain?  Response to Gibraltar's Alternate Reality challenge.  This isn't my usual fare - it's dark, and gritty, and it hurts right up to the end...

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T.
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Family
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4692    Read Count: 1379
[Report This] Published: 20 Jul 2009 Updated: 20 Jul 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 21 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Where I Belong

Very well written story, and I can't help but think that this would've made a much better version of events than what transpired in the Star Trek movie that came out recently.  A pity they couldn't have consulted you before making that travesty of a film. :)

I'm guessing I've already lost this challenge ;)

Author's Response:

Flatterer!  But seriously, thanks for the kind words.  I didn't intentionally set out to write an alternate version of Trek: 2009, but when I was done I couldn't help thinking along the same lines. ;-)  Sam Kirk was a character that unfortunately was not given his due in TOS.  I have tried to remedy that in several pieces I've written.  I just hope I did him, and Jim, justice in this one.

And don't count yourself out!

Kindness by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (11
Summary: (2294) - What could have been. Maybe even what should have been. An AU of canon and AotW.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Alternate Universes
Characters: Corrigan, Andrew (Corry), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Arc of the Wolf: Uncategorized, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1402    Read Count: 1483
[Report This] Published: 21 Jul 2009 Updated: 21 Jul 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 29 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Beautifully written.  Whenever you write about Scotty, I always get this sense that you're wrapping yourself up in a very comfortable blanket and I think that contentedness flows through your words.

Author's Response: Thank you, Mike. Sometimes it does; sometimes he's much harder to write than any character I've ever had.

A Vigilante Most Noble by Terilynn    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: For the Alternate Universe Challenge. Beth Riker never becomes a Starfleet officer.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: McGregor, Tristan, Riker, Beth
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Heritage
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3920    Read Count: 1276
[Report This] Published: 23 Jul 2009 Updated: 23 Jul 2009
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 29 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 1: A Vigilante Most Noble

I found that without compromising the core values of Beth Riker from the 'primary' Hertiage thread, you managed to spin this character into a different direction that made her seem just as real, if not more.  The very short distance between her center and the reaction made me feel like she could move mountains with her rage on a level more powerful than before.  I really gravitated toward this story and I can only hope that you'd consider to pick up this thread again and show us a little more of this alternate universe when you have some time to.

I think this is our winner, hands down.

Very well done!

Diplomacy by Firefly    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: “…if we see Spock eating kittens, it had better...make sense in context.” – Submission Guidelines

Several years after Kirk's incident on the Enterprise-B, on his first official diplomatic mission, Ambassador Spock faces a challenge the likes of which he has never imagined. Rated for kitten-eating.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Spock
Genre: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2449    Read Count: 1316
[Report This] Published: 09 Feb 2011 Updated: 09 Feb 2011
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 18 Mar 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Diplomacy

Well... all I can say is that was amazingly in context. :)  All kidding aside, I would also like to add my kudos at using the submission guildeines as an inspiration for a well-written and comedic jaunt.  Very well done!


Star Trek: Gibraltar At the Gates CoverIt’s been two years since the end of the Dominion War. The Alpha Quadrant is still reeling in the aftermath of the most destructive interstellar war in over two millennia. The Romulan Star Empire teeters on the brink of economic and social collapse as the Klingons struggle to come to grips with a failing warrior ethos that has left their society riddled with nepotism and corruption. What remains of the Cardassian Union is in shambles with a road to recovery that will be measured in decades.

As the great powers of the quadrant lick their wounds, the second-tier governments vie for position and spark a firestorm of ‘minor’ conflicts that further sap the strength of the beleaguered Federation. The Alshain/Son’a War, the Talarian Incursion, the Benzar Plebiscite Crisis, the Velk Incident, a resurgent Maquis movement and religious terrorism on Bajor… the crises mount as an overwhelmed Starfleet struggles to cope.

Amidst this turmoil, a new shadow takes shape, a potential catastrophe the likes of which has never been seen in the Federation’s history. Keeping the truth of the impending danger from their wartime allies, Starfleet engages in a desperate plan that just might give the UFP the time it needs to meet the rising threat head on, and more importantly, on the Federation’s terms.


Chapters: 8    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Mystery
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 52553    Read Count: 21125
[Report This] Published: 11 Mar 2012 Updated: 26 Jul 2012
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 30 Jul 2012 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

I wanted to wait until I reached the end of the entire book to offer up a review of the story.  So, here I am and here it is:

Clearly intended to leave us hanging on what's going to happen with Donald and the Amon, the method of his return... and now the Baron somehow either rescuing Lia at the last minute or perhaps doing something else to bring her back (or maybe perverting her memory by creating some other construct) definitely drive a bit of a knife into the back of the reader as they close the back cover on this story.

It's written with the usual flair we've come to expect from you.

I loved the story, the character conflicts, the dialogue and the inner monologues of the various characters through words and actions, I feel that this is the most exciting story yet.  I really liked the tie-in with the other UT series, and the mentions of the backing that Sandhurst had from other captains and admirals gave it that feel of being more than just one ship and one crew.  I liked how you handled Jellico and Glover a great deal, though the latter's treatment of Donald was a bit perplexing to me.  Glad Pava was there to explain it all away.  T'Ser is really coming along as a deeper character within her new environment on Gibraltar/Europa, and I'm really happy to see her pushing her personal envelope toward the end with her dealings as a Captain with the Vexam's acting CO.  I thought it was very spot-on for my involvement in getting to know her during Chains.

Now that I've lavished a lot of praise on you, let me proceed to deflate you a bit :)

I felt very strongly like the whole of the story might've been a bit unbalanced given the buildup; the cliffhanger ending should've been more of a chapter break than the end of the first story.  When I got to the end on my eReader, I literally said to myself, "That's it?!"  There's way too much left hanging up in the air for this to be a proper novel completion, to me... I had hoped to find out the method of Sandhurst's return to Europa in this novel rather than waiting for the next one, so at least we had some closure to the immediate arc.  But now with Ojana's insecurities, the arrival of Pava, the promotion of T'Ser, Vexam's role in the mission, and so on and so forth... I dunno.  This is a huge break from your other stories so far, but I wonder if it's a bridge too far in asking for this level of suspence until the next story.

Regardless of the above abrupt ending, I'm very eager to read what comes next, so you got me there. :)  I sincerely hope you're already producing the next one, because you cannot leave us hanging like this for long.  So hop to it!

Author's Response:

Mike, thank you as always for the well considered feedback.


I’m glad you enjoyed the story, and although I realize that I did end this tale abruptly, it was my intention to create a cliffhanger-like situation that would compel (and hopefully propel) readers into the next story in the series.

Regrets by UncleRice    Rated: K      Reviews (3
Summary: What would drive a man to resign from Starfleet after thirty five years?
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama, Family
Warnings: None
Series: Monkey Wrench
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1671    Read Count: 898
[Report This] Published: 23 Jun 2012 Updated: 23 Jun 2012
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 25 Jun 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I saw this in the Most Recent list and thought I would give it a read.

This chapter draws you in, and I'm not sure if this is a one-shot or the first part of a longer story (I'm hoping the latter, since you called it "Chapter 1").  Malcolm appears to be kind of a dynamic character in his level of give/take versus rigtheousness, his departure from Starfleet laced with a kind of break with a long-held religion, almost.  The only concern I have is that in spite of the time spent in explaining that through dialogue, I don't know that much about him outside of his outrage.

I sincerely hope to see/read more on this story.

Author's Response: This is like an origin blip for the guy. I'm working on a story about him 4 years later.

Brave by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (5
Summary: (2256) - While the Enterprise is being repaired and refit, Pike works on his staffing for the next five year mission. And for the future.

Spoilers for earlier parts of the Arc of the Wolf; read at your own risk.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Pike, Christopher, Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Arc of the Wolf: Uncategorized, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1751    Read Count: 1280
[Report This] Published: 29 Jun 2013 Updated: 29 Jun 2013
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 29 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very well-written in spite of the fact that this was one of the weekly free-write, do-not-edit posts from the AA forums.  I love these look-ins into Scotty's time as a lieutenant, and although I usually don't care for TOS stories, yours are one of the few that I do enjoy reading because I think you spend a lot of time working very hard on your characterizations.  This hard work shows in your writing, even for a flash piece such as this one.

Author's Response: From you and your absolutely fabulous series, that is very high praise indeed. Thank you, very much.

Hidden Truths by Lil black dog, Gatekeeper    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (5

When the Endurance encounters a terrifyingly strong unseen enemy while on a routine patrol, Commander Dar Thavalan, the ship’s CMO, is forced to take command.  Severely injured in the ensuing firefight, she is nursed back to health by a newly-minted Starfleet doctor.

 She is determined to have Starfleet Command investigate the incident and identify the unknown assailant in order to protect other Federation vessels from this invisible foe, but Command is just as determined to sweep the entire incident under the rug.

Written for the TToT 2014 Collaboration Station.


Chapters: 2    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Thavalan, Dar (Dee)
Genre: Drama, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 10815    Read Count: 2385
[Report This] Published: 22 Jun 2014 Updated: 22 Jun 2014
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 25 Jan 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Hidden Truths - part one

I read both parts this evening, and I enjoyed it overall.  I really liked the look into Doctor McCoy's early days through the eyes of an original character.  Though I had never really read of the Dee character before, I felt that the exposition that was provided in the prose did an excellent job of familiarizing me with the dynamics of that character so that it did not interrupt the pacing of the narrative.   The presentation flowed nicely and moved quickly for me as a reader.  I also really liked some of the details provided within the context of the story; an example of this regarded the differences between line officers and staff corps officers (which a doctor would be the latter), and whether they can command or not.  It gave it a proper real-world feel to me which I appreciate in storytelling.  It elevated and cemented a lot of the background credibility of the story for me.

One aspect that did rub me the wrong way was McCoy's demeanor during their exchanges as doctor and patient.  The flirting seemed kind of inappropriate given their status and I'm not entirely sure that since Dee was a doctor herself, she would have been so accepting of it with a casual mention of his "charm."  She came off as a consummate professional in her portrayal up until that moment.  It seemed really out of place for McCoy as well, given that he didn't come on to women when they were in his sickbay on Enterprise, but I assumed this was probably a much younger, less experienced McCoy (though a young doctor would be very conscious of his outward appearance in a position like that).

Regardless, I did enjoy the story and hope you two decide to collaborate again! :)

Author's Response:

Thanks for reading and reviewing, Mike.  Glad the military touches rang true.

In terms of the flirting, to my mind it was Dee who started it.  She's very savvy, and realized early on that she wouldn't be able to use her rank or status as a doctor to manipulate McCoy to get her way.  She made a habit of riding roughshod over the nurses and other junior staff while she was in the hospital, but even Komack called McCoy 'unconventional' from a military standpoint, but also mentioned that he was a very good doctor.

In terms of McCoy, I think she just caught him at a very vulnerable point in his life - his marriage had failed and his ex moved off-world with their daughter nine months ago.  It's canon that McCoy tends to fall very hard and fast, particularly when he is emotionally vulnerable - think Tonia Barrows or Natiri.  I also believe there was an aspect of vulnerability on Dee's part.  Being blind and separated from her ship and crew, McCoy became her surrogate anchor for those few weeks.  That's why at the end, she was able to dismiss what for her wound up being just infatuation much more easily than McCoy.  In one of Gatekeeper's later stories, he does confess that at one time he was in love with her, so we were trying to portray how those feelings came to be for him.

I think it also stemmed from a mutual respect and sharing a profession - Dee even says Jocelyn should have been more accepting and understanding of McCoy's need to see to the well-being of his patients.  To his mind, here was someone who could empathize, and understand.

As for future collaborations, we have tossed around the idea of a sequel to my story 'Echoes' but we'll see. ;-)


USS Impetuous: Joined by Erin Moriarty    Rated: K      Reviews (4
Summary: Ensign Xeira Sivan had always wanted to become joined. However, when the opportunity finally arises for her to do so, things don't quite go as she'd expected.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: USS Impetuous, Task Force 89
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3684    Read Count: 801
[Report This] Published: 11 Sep 2014 Updated: 11 Sep 2014
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed
Date: 13 Sep 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Joined

I really enjoyed the story and I liked the way that you presented Xeira as a character as she was awaiting the joining with the Tor symbiont and the emotional turmoil of not getting that particular symbiont.  I loved the buildup and the development; you have a great way of expressing your ideas.

After all of that buildup, though... I was a little disappointed by how anti-climactic and slightly off-character Xeira had been.  Now that she was joined with Eli, I would have thought the death of a symbiont to rock her on her heels more rather than having the unusually self-centered nature to only think of how lucky she was.  In DS9, Jadzia Dax spoke about how the lives of symbionts were probably more sacred than their hosts (at times, but not always) and the loss of a symbiont often meant that it was the loss of more than just one... it was the loss of all those hosts along the way.  I have to admit at being a little disappointed with how Xeira Eli reacted to that, and I didn't like her at the end of the story as much as I was liking her in the middle of the story.

I'm hoping to see more writing from you! :)

Author's Response: Thanks for the feedback :-) I tend to include the novel canon (or at least something somewhat similar) in my handling of joined Trill: specifically that the symbiont doesn't die when it's too old, it just returns to the caves to procreate, and to share the knowledge it has with other old symbionts. That makes it far less traumatic of a thing when one can't be joined anymore.

Semper Fidelis by CeJay    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (94

After nearly two years of grueling warfare, the Dominion War is finally over. However on a remote planet somewhere between Federation and Cardassian space, a brutal ground war between Starfleet Marines and Cardassian forces continues.

Now it is up to Eagle and Captain Michael Owens to stop a pointless battle before it can claim any more lives and to bring the war fatigued troops home.

In the meantime, tactical officer So'Dan Leva considers his next career move and first officer Tazla Star must face her controversial past if she ever hopes to leave it behind her for good.

Loyalties will be tested in the sixth Star Eagle Adventures novel.

Also available as an ebook here.

Chapters: 54    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Adult Situations, Character Death, Violence
Series: The Star Eagle Adventures
Completed: Yes    Word count: 156195    Read Count: 88540
[Report This] Published: 15 Sep 2014 Updated: 09 Oct 2015
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 27 Jan 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

A good tense action scene to begin the story with a visceral description of war with the Dominion just a couple of days prior to the end.  I enjoyed Arik as an interesting choice for a marine Gunnery Sergeant.

My only gripe is that he keeps having to remind the marines that they never leave anyone behind.  That's drilled into you at boot camp! :)  And really surprised not a single one of them uttered the ubiquitous phrase, "Semper Fi," which usually gets the "oorah!"

All in all, it was a good fast paced action scene and I'm turning the page to read more in chapter one.

PS: I hope you don't mind, but I replaced all the � for ellipses for you.  Also, the dashes were inserted where they needed to go.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. And you are right Arik is an odd choice for a Marine. He has actually made a previous appearance in Star Eagle and for those who might recall him from that appearance, he's likely almost unrecognizable here. I decided not to go with the Semper Fi motto as I didn't want these Marines to seem too much like the USMC. Of course some parallels are undeniable. Oh and thanks for replacing the artifacts. I thought I had caught them all.

Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 27 Jan 2015 Title: Chapter 2: Part I - The Elusive Peace: 1

Great scene, here, with the end of the war being acted out aboard Eagle.  My favorite part is through the mix of emotions between the various personnel that are in the lounge listening to the news from Owens, there's Atticus West standing in the middle of it all trying to look for the angle on his story.  I would think that even the hardest-boiled reporters would've reacted to the news with some kind of outward emotion, but not this guy.  The people he calls "heroes" are celebrating and/or crying, but he's all pro.  Damn.

I'm really curious to see where you take this character in later chapters, because I'll bet that his embedded status won't end just because the war is over.

Author's Response: West is a tough nut, no doubt. But I also think that many civilians, especially those far removed from the front lines, certainly before the fall of Betazed and the attack on Earth, had a very different perspective on the war and the cost it was having on Starfleet. There is relief of course, that it is over, but they weren't the ones dying by the shiploads during its darkest days.

Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 27 Jan 2015 Title: Chapter 3: Part I - The Elusive Peace: 2

Poor Star :(  I can't imagine what battling a huge drawback while you're fighting a war is like, but given that she's muscling through then she's got a lot of character.  This is a great exchange between her and Elijah, who obviously has a shared history with her symbiont (which btw, interesting name for a symbiont... I'm guessing Star means something else in the Trill language).  I loved the line, "At that pace I’ll be cured of this cursed thing by the time they dig my grave," which shows her frustration with her ordeal and coming up quick on a complete run of her patience before she bursts.  Thankfully, Elijah puts her under to give her a little rest.  Sounds like she's going to need it.

Author's Response: Star is having a hard life ... some of that is not entirely undeserved, considering the choices she has made in her past. As for her name, I always figured that with so many races and languages in the galaxy, there are bound to be many similar words with different meanings, as is the case with Star. That and its a nice play on the name of the series.

Damage Control by M C Pehrson    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (5

Calamities come in many sizes. Read how an inquisitive girl triggers a chain of events that damages relationships and reputations. This story was written for the February "Overcoming Calamity" challenge and rightly belongs after "Times of Trouble" in the Star Trek: Beyond series. 

Image courtesy of artur84 at 

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Expanded Universes
Characters: Pascal, Aaron, Pascal, Bethany, Spock, T'Beth
Genre: Angst, Drama, Family
Warnings: None
Challenges: February Challenge - Overcoming a Calamity
Series: Star Trek: Beyond
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6103    Read Count: 1065
[Report This] Published: 11 Feb 2015 Updated: 11 Feb 2015
Reviewer: mdgarcia Signed Liked
Date: 12 Feb 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really enjoyed the insight into Bethany's character.  You executed a good narrative style to tell this story, though at first I felt like all the scene-jumping was a bit jarring, it worked out in terms of how you presented the experience.  Well-written and great pacing.

Author's Response:

Thanks so much! I did hop around a bit in order to get the story told. I'm glad that you came to think it was well-paced.