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  1. DELARIA, BETAZED — While Betazoids may have a reputation for being carefree and quick to forgive, memory and emotion both run deep on Betazed. Few large-scale tragedies have ever struck this peaceful world, although the Occupation by Dominion forces during the War is the significant exception. We have already spilt much ink on this subject over the twenty-three years since those days, most notably the famous and controversial autobiography of the Vorta Overseer Nardhal Three, ‘Things I Did for the Founders’. Starfleet Academy opened a Campus on Betazed shortly after the Occupation as a part of the sweeping restoration efforts carried out during that time. Now, a generation later, the Occupation Memorial is opening its doors within the Campus’ expansive Visitor’s Centre. Taking up much of the Centre’s Third Floor, the Memorial is a sombre and powerful space, its dark violet décor strongly evoking Dominion designs. Many lit alcoves surround the walls, each containing an artefact from the dark days of the War: a cracked Starfleet combadge, a lost child’s doll, Dominion propaganda. Dominating the room, however, is the duranium statue at its centre, shaped as a lit torch atop a pillar. Snaking around the column’s circumference in one long, spiralling line are the tiny names of the many who died or vanished, victims of the Occupation. This project was largely driven by the efforts of a formalised group of Betazoid Cadets called the Betazed History Society. Select few are old enough to remember the War first-hand. “Some of us may not have lived through these events,” the Society’s president, Rixe Adulu said to reporters, “but we’ve all been told the stories by our parents, by everyone of that generation. Of course, we know how it made them feel, and how it still makes many of them feel. That’s the principal reason we wanted to set up the Memorial, really. The pain is still very real for many of the people who went through it, and we hope the Memorial will serve as a place of reflection and recognition.” Donated exhibits have come from many places, and many were in storage in the Xenology Department, but several have arrived from private individuals and collectors. The organisers are truly grateful for the generosity extended into building the Memorial. The Betazed History Society is keenly aware eventually, there will come a day where the Occupation exists only in historical records, third-hand stories and sites like the Memorial. As Adulu put it, “Built to commemorate the past, designed to persist into the future.” The Occupation Memorial opened last month. Other attractions of the Visitor’s Centre include its extensive Art Gallery, an exhibit on Shuttlecraft designs through the centuries, and the famous café Sacred Chalice of Rixx. The post Starfleet Academy Betazed Campus opens Occupation Memorial appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  2. STARBASE 118, SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT — The Districts Annual Bake-Off Grand Final went ahead as usual, despite being overshadowed by the Bajoran Gratitude Festival taking place in the nearby Ashalla District. Several hundred spectators and passersby witnessed the final twelve hopefuls battle it out over their baking trays to claim the prize of being Starbase 118’s Champion Baker 2398. Ninth time Champion Baker and a finalist once again this year, Kitty Switcher, hopes to one-up the Andorian Roll that helped her storm her way to her last victory in 2396 and reclaim her crown. “I know I can do it again this year,” Switcher adamantly claimed. “Despite the competition.“ As per the rules, everything used has to be fresh, and nothing replicated. Flour flew, tears flowed and tempers flared as many of the competitors felt the heat through several challenges over the course of an eternal day. One Andorian male and a Tellarite female almost came to blows over ownership of a bowl of Cardassian figs, leading to both being penalised for the round. One judge took a baking tray to the knee, whilst another found her red dress covered in a gentle dusting of caster sugar. It would ultimately cost them their chance at making the day’s final four, and security escorted both separately from the pavilion, as the two of them deployed various items such as eggs and spatulas as weapons of mass distraction. With order restored, the final four battled down to the last buzz of the timer, before a flour-streaked Switcher emerged victorious once again. The crisp flavour of her own twist on the classic Risian Tart ultimately winning over the judges, as the greatest treat of the day. Asked for her verdict, head judge Mary-Bee Erry announced, “Kitty’s tarts were truly marvellous!” On5e thing is for certain, it will take far more than a spilt love potion to overshadow the San Francisco Districts love of their annual bake-off. Will all go to plan in 2399? The District will just have to wait and see. The post Bake Off 2398: Risian Tarts Prove Popular With Station Residents appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  3. SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — An eerie short holonovel by the superb horror writer Jayssi pitches an unassuming colony on its head in an intriguing case of a murdered Governor and suspicious holorecordings surface. Invited into the tale as the Outsider, the story draws the reader in as a visiting guest of the colony’s Governor, roused from sleep in the middle of the night by the soft drip of liquid from the water reclaimer. From there, the whirlwind of narrative style and coincidental events carry the reader through the seedy underbelly of the mysterious colony, including vanishing colonists, ominous holorecordings of the Governor, a dark aftermath and continuously diaphanous links to reality. “To believe in ‘things that go bump in the night’ at my age is illogical,” described Yarsa Imo, Bajoran literary critic after the first playthrough. “However, I have found myself unable to get to sleep without the aid of a night light since reading this spine-tingling piece of fiction- or so I hope.” To engage readers in understanding where she comes from, Orion novelist Jayssi, notable for writing literary masterpieces within the horror genre, is candid about the inspirations for what she writes. Perceptions about the world of this Orion are still the source of rumour and speculations, brought to the forefront of news coverage in recent years after resounding success with her first novel, based on her time at Starfleet Academy. While Jayssi is interested in helping bring the truth to light, she does not deny the conjectures are good for creating cyclones of interest around her best-sellers. “This wasn’t some overnight success,” Jayssi recants, during an extended interview via subspace. “There are still prejudices against Orions and how we interpret the arts. I found my niche while undergoing my training at Starfleet Academy, and my life before Starfleet is a significant source of continued inspiration. There’s a love for the macabre that transcends species. The mind boggles why.” Opening the novel with the intrigue of a pitiless murder, they pull all the stops out for the tempest that encapsulates the reader from the start. Subtle clues and convincing characters twin to bring clever twists and machinations throughout. Fervently awaited, Dancing in Nightmares will be available within the month. The post Standalone Holonovel From Orion Author Jayssi: Colonist Horror In Gothic Fiction appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  4. COPERNICUS CITY, LUNA — The Copernicus City Amateur Dramatics Society (CCAmDrams) announced their 2398 season today, marking the first time that musical adaptations of Betazoid and Cardassian literary fiction will be performed on Luna. “We are thrilled to have such an exciting lineup of theatrical experiences for our 79th season at the historic Armstrong Theatre,” said artistic director Khou Choua Cho. “In addition to contemporary and classic dramatic works from Earth and Luna, our company is proud to present the galactic premieres of Thoughtless Winter and Meditations on a Crimson Shadow.” Thoughtless Winter was adapted for the musical stage from the novel by Levralet Izun of Betazed, winner of the 2396 Rixx Prize for Fiction. The three-act play features complex dance sequences to visually represent telepathic communication between the characters. “The high-energy, heart-stopping choreography will be a delight to the casual theatre-goer and the drama critic alike,” said Jana Zauber, the play’s director. “Betazoid literature has a richness and a mystery that makes it ideal for adaption to the theatre, and we are so happy to present it to audiences in Copernicus City and beyond.” Meditations on a Crimson Shadow, one of the monumental works of Cardassian literature, has been given a rather conceptual adaptation for the theatre. Whereas the original takes place in a potential future where the Cardassian Union has fought a victorious war against the Klingon Empire, the adaptation substitutes fictitious nation-states at an unspecified time in Earth’s pre-warp past. “We wanted to tell an accessible, universally understood story,” said Mario Vântu, the playwright who adapted Crimson Shadow for the stage. “Cardassians and Klingons are a little out-of-the-way for the average Copernican. Our re-imagining is approachable, yet still faithful to the original work.” Reactions amongst theatre circles in the Sol system have been mostly positive. “I am so excited to see these shows,” said Daniel Marek, a replimat owner and CCAmDrams season-ticket holder from Tycho City. “It’s nice they’re doing something different. I’m sure they’ll be fantastic performances.” Not everyone is pleased by the announcement, however. “I just think it’s a bit much,” said Arman Tuncel, a member of the Copernicus City Council representing a residential area in the city’s north. “I mean, theatre is all about storytelling, right? Don’t we have enough of our own stories to tell? I’d be gutted if one of our hardworking, local playwrights was passed over to make room for these alien plays.” Another member of the city council, while united with Councillor Tuncel in principle, gave a completely different reason for her objections. “We always do this,” said Evelina Loreto, whose constituency takes in the city’s central core, including the historic Armstrong Theatre. “It’s a story about Cardassians and Klingons, but we’ve twisted it into some kind of historical human drama. Why do we have to make everything about ourselves? It’s not an adaptation, its cultural appropriation.” Besides the two aforementioned musicals, the 2398 season also includes such familiar Terran and Lunan playwrights as Arthur Miller, Mary Zimmerman, and Onyekachi Ogbonna. Single-show and season tickets are available now through the Armstrong Theatre’s box office and all reputable off-world ticket brokers. Despite the ‘Amateur’ in its name, Copernicus City Amateur Dramatics Society has established itself as one of the premier theatre companies in the Sol system. Its record-breaking 2397 season received universal critical acclaim, in particular for its revival of Tomorrow’s Phoe`nix, a 23rd-century dramatisation of Zefram Cochrane’s early life. The post Copernicus City Theatre To Stage Betazoid, Cardassian Adaptations appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  5. SETLIK III – Starfleet Academy Division of Science & Arts announced this week that with the Cardassian Union, on Setlik III, a planet in the Demilitarized Zone, will unveil a new Science Academy. The Academy, specifically designed, will accommodate for Bajorans and, on special dispensation, accepted Cardassian cadets. Invited by Starfleet, this will fill multiple positions in some divisions that have been understaffed in this sector of the Alpha Quadrant. The Academy will also staff several Bajoran teachers accepted to teach Starfleet cadets. Dr Almas Thye, a Bajoran astrophysicist, will also take on directorial duties. “This academy will allow the Federation to aid in the reconstruction of the Cardassian Union by offering many promising duty posts for Cardassian cadets,” said Dr Robert Dawn, lead sociologist attached to nearby Deep Space 9. “A united scientific program will help approach the remaining tension between the Bajoran and Cardassian people.” They also offered Dawn to fill in teacher duties for sociology students, especially with his expertise in Cardassian societal structures. Other prominent teachers include Vulcan mathematician Dr Riann, an expert on Non-Euclidian Geometry, and Dr Liam Atkinson, an expert on Bajoran architecture. Including the ill-noted Cardassian, Dr Rivall raised many questions. The extended offer to fill in duties as a microbiology teacher, however, made several Bajoran staff complain about his position. “Dr Rivall has conducted experiments on sacred Bajoran grounds during the occupation time,” said Dr Alvas, medical teacher on Bajor. “His methods are questionable, at best.” Whether the Bajoran staff will work closely with Cardassian teachers will be up to the administration. However, the Betazoid guidance councillor attached to the Academy, Dr Fari, assured someone will thoroughly screen all the staff before admission. “Dr Rivall is a renown master of microbiology, one of the best in his field, at least in the Alpha Quadrant. Because of his past, he wants to make amends towards the Bajoran community,” she explained. “We will not overlook his actions against the Bajorans, but we would rather focus upon his accomplishments in his field.” The idea is to open the Academy which presumably will go by the name New Scientific United Academy earlier this year. The post Starfleet Science Opens New Academy Near Cardassian DMZ appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  6. BAJOR — As Bajor enters national mourning for Heerma Eza, the FNS celebrates the life of the Occupation refugee with a look back at one of the most venerated holonovels of our time, Symbols of the Ships. The Dominion War of 2375 left an unmistakable scar on the people of Bajor, none less so on Bajoran conflict veteran Heerma Eze. Surviving both her parents and children, Eze has never forgotten the deep grooves that came with the occupation, and funnelled those energies into a harrowing holonovel reverenced in literary circles. While there are few unaware of the holonovels existence — Academies throughout the galaxy have widely recommended the novel as an addendum to curriculum concerning the Occupation of Bajor — at first glance, the novel seeks to plunge the reader into the status of a Bajoran refugee, fleeing the crisis, while the real premise of the story runs roots deeper than that. “My determination to bring this story to the broader public was not out of hatred or anger at the Dominion, nor the Cardassians,” explained Eze, during an interview before her death. “I wanted to show the courage of the people, the grit of the resistance, show that hope is difficult to maintain when all looks lost, and sometimes, just sometimes, we win.” Some have claimed the novel is a classic undertaking of judicious dread, beginning with the Occupation and ending with an uncertain fate for the reader. Engaging in a thorough play-through is not for the fainthearted. The ambience of the program is especially significant — from the occasional tormented whistling of bombs to the touching Bajoran death chant — the reader does not expect entertainment, but a heartbreaking education. Because of the very nature of the realism incorporated into the novel, some survival holodeck programs have taken inspiration from the tale. Symbols of the Ships remains as a belletristic standpoint in the Occupation’s retelling. A special remastered edition will be available for a short time. The post Literary Masterpiece Remembered As Author Heerma Eze Joins The Celestial Temple appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  7. RISA — The first-ever galactic poetry competition was announced today and will be held on Risa. Entrants from across the quadrants will be sending their poets to compete for the titular prize, which has yet to be revealed by the judging panel. This is sure to be of great interest as venerated poets from the Klingon Empire, Cardassia, and Earth have confirmed that they will be competing for the top spot with more entrants to follow in the next month. Poet laureate Jeremiah Folkstone went on record as being the first to throw his verses into the ring. He has even written a poem to celebrate the event, although, it isn’t going to be entered. According to sources close to the event, the poem isn’t to be released until the day the competition starts, hoping to create an interest amongst the general populace. “Poetry is highly regarded on Cardassia,” advised Tiss Zol, the Cardassian entrant competing for the title. “Our literature reflects our values and the submitted art will be a celebration of this. I will not require your Federation insistence of ‘luck’. The spirit of Iloja of Prim will be with me.” The Klingons are rumoured to have five entrants. It is an honour among Klingon culture to commemorate an important event with a poem, and the flourishing art form has seen a surge of support on Qo’Nos. With a history of poetry like “The Fall of Kang,” they are sure to be worthy opponents and are already the favourites to win. “So honour the valiant who die ‘neath your sword… But pity the warrior who slays all his foes” —Excerpt from “The Fall of Kang” The post First ever galactic poetry competition to be held on Risa appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  8. MOR’EM CHA, QO’NOS — In a crowded, smoke-filled taproom in the city of Mor’em Cha, the sound one doesn’t expect to hear is that of a Vulcan lute accompanied shortly after by a ripping, heart-hammering solo on a Klingon-styled bat’leth guitar. You could be forgiven for believing this is a secluded occurrence, unprecedented in its destructive disregard for the seasoned eardrum. A new revival in cultural sound has taken the Klingon music scene by storm in the last decade. Late-centurians are not content with simply rejecting the music and clothing of the older generation; they aim to completely destroy the perception of a traditional Klingon harmony. The particular band in question, named “Hab SoSli’ Quch!” (The publication apologizes for the slur. —Ed.) promises an evening of “cultural appreciation”, during which various music genres throughout the Federation will be featured and combined. A Vulcan funeral dirge is twinned with a Bajoran Boldaric, accompanied by the ear-splitting noise of the Ressikan flute player hovering in the background like a coward while the proud Klingon concertina musician proudly stands in the front to deafen those too near the stage. “Human, your puny ears would not understand the delight that comes from rendering the complexities of the mighty Klingon eardrum to a bloody pulp,” Bradac, a spokesperson for the band, declared while fighting to be heard over the wails of a Human violin combined with a Bajoran tivara. It would appear that some of the older Klingon music lovers do not share the same views on such contemporary art. “They pride themselves on being unrelatable,” said Rargik of the House of Noggra, who gave this reporter a long and fastidious interview regarding the habits of these late-centurians and how they are progressively ruining the Klingon way of life. “They refuse to eat gagh, whether out of disdain for the barbarism or it is simply too much work to fight with the creature through the digestive tract. They bathe regularly with an assortment of hand-crafted soaps from the shores of Risa and beyond. They refuse to break the clavicle on the wedding night, fearing irreparable damage to their mate. Their blood-wine is infused with fruit from around the galaxy. They demonstrate the adoption of a Vulcan vegetarian diet. It is entirely un-Klingon!” Is this the end of the traditional, socially obscure ways of the Klingon Empire as a new generation takes hold of the future? Are they doomed to fall beneath the tread of renewable and sustainable footwear made from bark instead of targhide? This reporter would not like to speculate. Today is a good day to hold dear the holodisks of time-honoured Klingon opera, as the Empire falls beneath the treaded boots of a generation set on decimating the Klingon way of life, while those who prefer the traditional ways are confined to meliorism. The post Is Klingon Opera too “conventional” for the new generation? appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  9. ALPHA CENTAURI — As the University of Alpha Centauri begins offering new courses in Klingon history, the Klingon High Council has expressed its disapproval of some of the instructors chosen to teach them. While the study of Klingon history is not unheard of at Federation institutions—having been thought for instance at Starfleet Academy and the Vulcan Science Academy for decades already—the Centaurians have courted controversy with the Klingon Empire due to the announced faculty for the courses. The Klingons have expressed their troubles directly to the university. “The education of Klingon History has been applied in the past over several Federation worlds and is a study in Starfleet,” read a statement to the university’s president from Klingon High Councilmember Kargan of the House of Mo’Kai. “However, the University of Alpha Centauri has broken multiple codes of conducts that are associated with that education.” Kargan is supposedly referring to Dr. E’Klasha, a Klingon sociologist hired by the university for her expertise in the history of her people. Dr. E’Klasha is a political refugee from Klingon space that sought asylum at Betazed in 2275 at the age of only 16. She has since been given Federation citizenship and has finished a master’s degree in sociology in 2288. “The hiring of Dr. E’Klasha has no intention of disrupting the good relations with the Empire,” said the university’s history department chairperson Dr. Lille Magnussen in response. “Dr. E’Klasha is a known expert on Klingon history, and her political views were thoroughly screened by the university before bringing her aboard.” Dr. Magnussen also informed Starfleet Science that students of the new field of study will be able to work better as liaisons and ambassadors to the Klingons, as well as offer opportunities for exchanges between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. These shall not only be limited to diplomatic but also scientific and cultural exchanges. While this exchange has been ongoing inside Starfleet for several years, the inclusion of civilian institutes into this exchange has been barred by the Empire for almost as long as the Khitomer Accords were signed. “The Empire has no desire in providing mere civilians with advanced knowledge of Klingon society if this leads to repercussions from the same,” said Kargan. “Especially if the Federation is using harbored traitors to educate the people in a blackguarding manner.” University president Dr. Ange Lambert expressed his understanding of Klingon concerns but assured Kargan that he stands behind Dr. Magnussen intentions and the hiring of E’Klasha. He even went as far as to suggest a further exchange of Klingon educators to ensure the good relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. “We at the university are proud of our ability to create an unbiased, broad education in all of our study fields,” said Dr. Lambert. “We will maintain our research into the application of good programs in the entire Klingon Studies field.” Federation Secretary of Culture Senral Usei of Betazed also affirmed support for Dr. Magnussen during a press conference. “The study of Klingon History is an imperative field to aid in the diplomatic relations with the Empire,” said Secretary Usei. “In that field, all views must be respected. Dr. E’Klasha has expressed not to harbor any further distrust of the Empire, and that her personal views will not be spread during her work as an educator.” Secretary Usai explained to the Klingons that the freedom of work and those of thought and speech are imperative rights within the Federation and that Dr. E’Klasha is defended by the Federation constitution to seek employment in her line of work. Multiple civilian universities have expressed similar views on the matter. Professor Ograx, a history professor at the University of Betazed, also expressed interest in partnering with Dr. Magnussen to offer similar courses on Betazed if the curriculum will prove to be successful and the concerns with the Klingon Empire are resolved peacefully. “Dr. Magnussen is a talented social scientist,” said Ograx. “We will be pleased to adopt her programs if they are successful, even if this includes personnel disliked by the Empire.” The post Faculty choice for new Klingon history courses at University of Alpha Centauri brings controversy appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  10. BAJOR — The Bajoran Festival of Ha’mara was recently celebrated on Bajor and throughout Bajoran communities around the galaxy. Twenty-years since the joining of the Emissary with the Celestial Temple have passed, and this year’s annual festival of Ha’mara was a special celebration. It has been twenty-six years since the festival began on Bajor, traditionally celebrated as the arrival of then Commander Sisko as the Emissary of the Prophets. However, what was once a celebration of the arrival is now also a remembrance. As seen in previous years, the festival started with a period of fasting from sunrise to sunset. Once the sun goes down, the party atmosphere began, with a fabulous firework display rated as one of the best in the quadrant. “It is a time of great contemplation on the suffering of others,” said Yirduk Pim, member of the Council of Ministers on Bajor. “We fast to understand the anguish and challenges of our predecessors, of the universe, and to reflect on the teachings of the Prophets.” After the pyrotechnics, there were many local delicacies on offer such as Hasperat and Larish pie, similar to the human dessert of cheesecake. Also included in fare were Creole foods honouring Sisko’s heritage. It is a tradition for the elder Bajorans to tell tales of Sisko and when they met. Sadly, the number of people to regale the tales dwindles with each passing celebration as generations join the Celestial Temple. The Bajorans believe the Emissary will, when needed, come again to aid the plight of the people. Until then, they continue to celebrate the life of this human, this Starfleet officer, this Prophet, as the Bajorans believe he joined the Celestial Temple, becoming one with the Prophets, and will return when the need is great enough. The FNS wishes to extend their wishes to the Bajorans and those who celebrated with the traditional greeting of “Happy Ha’mara.” The post Festival of Ha’mara celebrations held as Bajorans mark twentieth anniversary of the Emissary’s sacrifice appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  11. VULCAN — Winner of the Saarum Strange Prize, the first holonovel in the Daavyc series has already begun to gain traction with the galaxy’s champion writers. An outstanding plot, combined with original and obsessive characters to get lost in, suspense and terror to lose sleep over – You think you know crime writing? Think again! Falling short of winning the coveted prize for fiction before, author Skilku showed his delightful surprise by deeming the competition as “satisfactory” and bestowing his gratitude for those who voted to keep the expanding series in the running. While there were many dry eyes in the house, the ceremony hosted in Vulcan’s prestigious ShiKahr Academy, there is a renowned respect for the clear imagination and dedication to the craft Skilku has shown. “It’s not something you’d expect to find yourself in,” praised Ibil Graaax, a critic recognized for reviewing several leading literary works in recent years. “The deductive capabilities of the lead are almost Sherlockian in delivery; however, the writer has teamed this with a coalescing sequence of events, and an interesting twist involving, without giving too much away, Bendii syndrome, that leaves the reader questioning the very nature of the boundaries of the novel itself. It will keep you up at night.” There are six holonovels currently in the works to be designed fully, which will continue to follow the adventures of the main character, Daavyc, into the crippling world of crime and thrilling intrigue. If harking back to the golden age of puzzles and vice whets the appetite for more, readers can expect the next installment of the highly anticipated, harrowing tale to be available on the Federation Library Network within the month. The post Vulcan holonovelist Skilku wins premier prize for pushing the boundaries of the crime genre appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  12. TRILL — A new holonovel strips back some of the myths surrounding the process, and allows everyone a look at the rigorous joining process for Trill initiates. Holonovels about the Trill are nothing new. In fact, many Trill lives have been documented although not in such a fashion as the new holonovel The Lives of Til. Grji Til is the newly joined Trill and in the book, he elaborates on the comparison to how he felt before, during, and after the joining. I met the author at the city of Mak’ala on Trillius Prime. We sat in a small cafe and drank some Lida juice together. As is usual in such informal interviews, we chatted rather than conduct a question and answer session. From the conversation, Til revealed a few details. The first chapter introduces the reader with the unjoined Grji’s birth and upbringing and proceeds up until he was selected for joining by the Symbiosis Commission. That’s when, as he says, “It gets really interesting.” While Til does go into a little detail of the actual process involved in the joining with a symbiont, the main part of the holonovel, he maintains, is what happens after he is joined. He explores his feelings and the feelings of the other hosts. He does say that the previous host has the strongest memories but refuses to go into any real details regarding the strong storyline included within the holonovel. “If I give you the details now, why would anyone run the novel and find out for themselves?” said the author coyly. I wish the writer and the holonovel all the best, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! The post New holonovel promises a look into the life of a newly joined Trill appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  13. NEW ATLANTIS, RISA — This week marks the return of the Federation’s own comic book hero, Jamie Galactic and the Atom Blasters, kicking off their new adventure in style. A mysterious absence, a long-lost love, and an old enemy rising from the ashes, this new holoseries promises to wipe out everything you knew about the galaxies number one action hero. Things have changed in the universe and not for the better. Our first look at the fresh series has this reporter already chomping at the bit for more. We left the Atom Blasters in the previous series at a turning-point and a cruel twist of fate. Major Star, the series’ long-running nemesis had been brought to heel but not in the manner many of the dedicated fans had been hoping for. An ancient evil, known only as Agent Extreme has resurfaced from the cracked ruins of an Iconian Gateway and threatens the very existence of the universe as they know it. “Jamie is facing some of the hardest tests of her young life in the coming series,” Trill showrunner Barzess Tugol elaborated. “We’re hoping that as Jamie’s fan base has grown up, they will appreciate this fresh take on the adventures and love what we’ve got in store.” When questioned at a recent panel about their switch in direction for the series, namely taking a darker turn in the years preceding the death of the Princess Mighty, Tugol placated as much as possible. “Yeah, we’ve still got some of the old adage in there,” said Tugol. “Can’t have the Atomblasters without the Gyrofoxes, am I right?” It is still unknown if Evan Zap will be making an appearance in the new series, or if the “long-lost love” teased will be a new interest. Tugol declined to quote on the controversial topic; however, there have been rumours of delays in production due to complications in contracts. Understandably, the show has had problems in the past concerning previous cast members such as Professor Cobalt. “Some just want more,” Tugol was overheard at a recent Risan convention. “Sometimes we just have to cut a story dead. There wasn’t a way we could introduce certain characters into the story again without rewriting entire backstories, and that just makes fans agitated if we don’t stick to the canon.” Will this be an epic journey to protect the universe from cataclysmic destruction? Will Jamie ever see Evan Zap again? Who is the mysterious Agent Extreme? Find out in the next exciting episode of Jamie Galactic and the Atom Blasters coming to a holodeck near you! The post Comic book hero returns: a look at the spectacular new Jamie Galactic holonovel appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  14. VOLCHOK PRIME — A small art auction held by a Ferengi trader quickly became a bidding war after bidders learned that an ink brush drawing by famed Cardassian artist Nanpart Malor was available. The particular drawing at the auction was a drawing of a Gettle pack in red ink titled Sights of the Lakat Province #17. This piece was previously believed to be lost and was one of six missing pieces in the collection. Once assured of the piece’s authenticity by an art expert from the University of Culat, the bidding began. With a starting bid of seven thousand bars of gold-pressed latinum, the price skyrocketed with nearly every collector at the auction trying to outbid the others. Representatives of the Central Museum of Remmil VI and the Royal Museum of Epsilon Hydra VII were among those in attendance. The bidding continued for ten minutes until Sights of the Lakat Province #17 sold for a final price of two thousand bricks of gold-pressed latinum. The drawing was sold to wealthy Betazoid art collector Lulo Karenn. Professor Hanon Prelle from the Cardassian Central University explained that original works by Nanpart Malor are still being rediscovered long after his death. “During his career, someone broke into Malor’s studio and a portfolio of his original drawings was never recovered,” said Prelle. “The culprits were never apprehended and to this day some pieces of art thought lost to history are being recovered across the Alpha Quadrant. A sample of Malor’s experiments with calligraphy in his art was found just last year inside a warehouse on Celtris III.” A representative of the Cardassian Ministry of Justice declined to comment on whether or not an investigation into the Ferengi auction house’s acquisition of the art was being considered. Many in the Cardassian art community consider Nanpart Malor a pioneer for his innovative uses of ink in his work in addition to his paintings. His work founded the Valonnan School movement. Traces of his style can be found throughout Cardassian art and copies of his work are highly prized by independent collectors and institutions alike. The post Original Nanpart Malor artwork sells for two thousand bricks of latinum appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  15. ALDEBARAN III — Despite protests from some faculty members, the Aldebaran Music Academy has decided to accept the application of a holographic student for the first time in the school’s history. The student in question, Cecilia, first applied to the school in 2394. Her application to the academy’s program for musical composition was originally dismissed on the grounds that a hologram was definitionally incapable of exercising a creative talent such as composing music. Cecilia was originally part of a jazz club holoprogram created by a Tycho City holoprogrammer. Unusually high levels of activity caused Cecilia to develop a distinct personality and hone her musical talents beyond the original scope of her programming. The program’s original creator noticed this abnormal activity and allowed her program to run continuously so that she could have a degree of autonomy. After several months, Cecilia decided to compose an original piece of music and apply to the Aldebaran Music Academy, only to have her application disregarded. Cecilia reapplied this year after the school’s Admissions Department underwent numerous staff changes. Last month, Egrim Urdaar, the school’s director of admissions, announced that the Admissions Department had overturned their previous decision and accepted Cecilia’s application for consideration. Among his reasons for overturning the decision, Urdaar cited the case of Emergency Medical Hologram v. Broht & Forrester as evidence that holographic beings were capable of producing artistic works. While not case law, the legal dispute did provide sufficient cause to reverse the school’s stance on accepting applications from holographic beings. Yesterday, Cecilia announced that the Aldebaran Music Academy accepted her application and that she will be admitted to the school next year as a member of the Class of 2399. Advocates for the rights of holograms are celebrating this decision as another step towards the extension of full rights to sentient holograms. “The Aldebaran Music Academy has a long history of fostering some of the greatest musical talents for generations,” said Urdaar in a public statement. “We will continue to offer the opportunity for any and all future musicians and composers to study music at our institution.” Experts expect this decision to renew debate surrounding the rights of sentient holograms both in general and as artists specifically. The Aldebaran Music Academy, with the permission of Cecilia, has released the original composition included in her application for public enjoyment. This article was written by Lieutenant Anath G'Renn of the USS Columbia. The post First holographic student accepted to Aldebaran Music Academy appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  16. PSI EPSILON III — The recently decommissioned USS Melroy has been restored to its original state and turned into a museum that documents a previous era in Starfleet history. The USS Melroy was launched in 2296 from the San Francisco Fleet Yards and was finally decommissioned in late 2394. The ship’s career spanned decades of exploration, border defense, and fighting with the Seventh Fleet in the Dominion War. After suffering heavy damage during the war, the USS Melroy was fully repaired and assigned to patrol the Cardassian border. After its decommissioning, the ship was moved to Psi Epsilon III to serve as a museum ship administered by the Federation Science Bureau. The USS Melroy has been restored to its original 2296 configuration, undoing a minor refit after the Dominion War. Furniture mimicking the original style has been installed. Modern technical upgrades were removed, and a recreation of the original computer interface was installed on the ship’s computer. Visitors to the ship are beamed from the planet’s surface to the USS Melroy’s transporter room before being guided on a tour of the ship. Important stops on the tour include the main bridge, the captain’s ready room, main engineering, and the shuttlebay. Visitors also tour crew quarters, the crew lounge, and the museum facility located in the Deck 21 Cargo Bay where items from across the ship’s long career are on display. Former Melroy science officer and retired Starfleet Commander Marcus Taylor gave a speech at the museum’s opening ceremony praising the efforts being undertaken to preserve the Melroy and the era of Starfleet history it represents. “When I walk down the corridor to my old quarters on Deck 7 or I pass by the lounge where I got coffee every morning before reporting to the lab with Jim, I can almost convince myself that I’m back in 2312,” remarked Taylor. The USS Melroy Historical Center is open to the public and hosts six tours each day. Visitors are advised to book in advance due to high demand. The post Decommissioned Excelsior-class starship becomes a museum appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  17. BETAZED – Rich and intriguing fables and myths passed down through generations for thousands of years have now found a new home in the contemporary art scene of the Federation. Hotly debated by many Tellarite contemporaries, the Scroll of Eternal Feasting is a blood-soaked battlefield of callous ancestors, ancient enemies, early settlements decimated by failed terraforming projects, and stolen agricultural land amidst the promise of flourishing hydroponic farms. It is a tale transcribed in distinguished language, however, never truly agreed upon, and has now become the feature of a tapestry on display at the University of Betazed. “You know you are standing beneath something truly magnificent when a Tellarite is stunned into silence,” Senral Usei, Secretary of Culture on Betazed advised, during a recent interview. “University students from around the Federation have created this marvelous homage to the mythology. It is positively breathtaking.” The tapestry delves into the mythological stories surrounding and leading up to the creation of the Scroll of Eternal Feasting, starting with the conception of the universe under the supreme being Hovah, the embodiment of the gleaming qualities associated with the soul, and the pitched battle with Krognik, the wolf-like demon personifying the depths of blackness the Tellarite heart can reach. The confrontation is a heavily symbolic fight of good nature against evil essence. The epic saga is encapsulated with the tale of the Eternal Feast itself; a magnificent celebration of raw fruits and vegetables, symbolising the Tellarite dominance in agricultural engineering, while the hollow bell line plays, symbolising a refusal to submit to the temptations of Krognik and rise into the good graces of their soulful entity Hovah. It is unsurprising that the most consistently debated element to this tale is the presence of Grablin Tlorsh. Though highly venerated in the Hall of Heroes for his early hydroponic techniques, Tlorsh allegedly caused the destruction of an ancient settlement on Tellar due to misuse of inaccurate drilling apparatuses. The featured tale has also been the subject of a revival with a recent holonovel series, A Feast of Farmers, and the three-part epic holonovel, The Hollow Bell Chimes. Both works were written and published by non-Tellarites. While these retellings of the significant historic saga differ considerably in their adaptations, Tellarite fans are quick to advise that it does not mean they are incorrect. The legend has been adapted to fit a variety of purposes throughout the thousands of years it remained oral history before being transcribed, and, in the case of The Hollow Bell Chimes, has provided a fresh spin on the events taking place prior to the Eternal Feast. The author Tis Ch’evhaahlol apparently studied classical Tellarite language to provide her own translation of the literature. Toblis Skaorn, Secretary of Culture on Tellar, was only too happy to be invited to the official unveiling later this month. She spoke joyously of the labour and debate techniques of those students who endured the famous Tellarite stubbornness and pride to craft the masterpiece. “My people are thoroughly honoured by the dedication and commitment shown in preparing this piece,” said Skaorn, upon arriving at Betazed for a pre-unveiling meeting. “I hope this will pique interest in our long and beautiful mythological culture.” The tapestry will be on display at the University of Betazed until late 2397 when it will be transported to Tellar to be hosted. While the unveiling is by invitation only, the exhibition itself is open to all. The Hollow Bell Chimes by Tis Ch’evhaahlol and A Feast of Farmers by Erud Vex are available now at libraries and holosuite providers. This article was written by Lieutenant Jocelyn Marshall of the USS Gorkon. The post Tellarite mythology undergoes a reawakening in contemporary art culture appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  18. QO’NOS — The Great House of J’mpok will host a recreation of the epic saga Romeo and Juliet, penned by the human playwright William Shakespeare. First published on Earth in 1597, this glorification of romance and murder for the honor of their noble houses has long been a favored tale of the Klingon Chancellor, who is reportedly excited but declined to comment. “The name Shakespeare resides in the heart and minds of every Klingon warrior,” political aide Kertak stated during the announcement. “It strikes fear—and rage—and inspires us all. I am partial to his depictions of parricide; however, a romance based on family honor is agreeable. A pox on all your houses! Delightful.” Read the rest of the article here: A pox on all your houses! Klingon Empire presents Romeo & Juliet This story was written for the Federation News Service by Lieutenant JG Jocelyn Marshall of the USS Gorkon.
  19. QANTA CITY, RISA — After three years of qualifications, teams across the galaxy have gathered for the Galactic Soccer Championship to vie to become champion of the Galactic Cup. Risa has promoted this event gracefully among the social networks and is receiving its well-deserved work back. As the planet known throughout the galaxy as the “pleasure planet,” it is receiving already a 64% increase in guests. The Risa Hedony has expanded their hotels and increased the beaches for guests to enjoy their time. Starfleet Security has been asked to oversee the security of the event and the streets at Qanta City. The Risians’ soccer team coach is already expressing the gratitude that the tournament is being held on their beloved homeworld. “We are honored to be chosen by the Galactic Soccer Board as the host of this beautiful event,” said coach Temal when he was spotted by one of the reporters that awaited the team’s arrival at the Rain Resort & Spa. “We look forward to show our skills on the field and fight bravely for the cup.” Read the rest of the article "Galactic Soccer Championship set to break loose on Risa" on the Federation News Service. This article was written by Ensign Nak'aqi Socxo of the USS Za.
  20. JALANDA CITY, BAJOR — The Federation Art & Cultural Council has selected Bajor to host an extensive collection of art and cultural works from worlds throughout the Federation. Most historians agree that Bajoran civilization flourished as much as a hundred thousand years ago, with some claiming evidence of civilization as far back as half a million years. The Bajorans had been creating art and music thousands of years before most Federation species were even walking upright. Even today, the Bajoran people are renowned as artists and musicians. Many records of Bajor’s ancient history were lost during the fifty years of Cardassian occupation and have only been rediscovered in recent years. The Jalanda Museum of Art was rebuilt ten years ago, along with the neighboring Jalanda Forum, a renowned music hall. Proponents had been petitioning for the rebuilding of the structures since the end of the Occupation, but it took many years for the resources to become available. Both the museum and forum have been rebuilt, the resulting complex named the Jalanda Cultural Institution. While their internal construction consist of the latest construction techniques and standards, the exteriors of the Institution buildings were designed to replicate the architecture and mortarless construction techniques of ancient Bajoran structures. View the full article This article was written by Lt. Commander Ayiana Sevo, Chief Science Officer aboard the USS Gorkon.
  21. EARTH — For the first time in 70 years, the Olympic Games will return to Earth in 2396 to celebrate the fifth centennial of the storied athletic competition that has since spread across the Federation. The Olympics can trace their origins back to Ancient Greece on Earth, but the Olympic Games we know today were first held in Athens in 1896. These early games were held among the individual nation states of Earth, and it wasn’t till three hundred years later in 2170 that the first non-human entered the competition, the Denobulan swimmer Lerus. It took another 70 years before Earth competed as a single planet. “I am really excited about the games being held on Earth. I have seen plans for new stadium in Havana, and it looks pretty cool,” said Jonas Kowal, who was the bronze medal winner in archery at the 2392 Olympic Games held in the Andorian city of Lor’Vela. “It will give all my family a chance to see me compete together. My great-grandmother has never been more excited as she can’t travel, but I’m lucky as there is usual one member of my family at each of the competitions to cheer me on.” View the full article
  22. Rita Flemming, the award-winning author of the mystery/adventure holonovel Telepathis, discusses the problems between telepathic and non-telepathic species currently seen in the Tacalia system near the Federation’s border. Soon after the release of Telepathis in October 2392, the holonovel became one of the most popular and best-selling ones in its genre. People from all over United Earth, including the colonies have been activating their holosuites to go through the thirty-seven chapters as either female or male protagonist, Yalissa Fields or Frayn Lawrence. In the novel, the author describes a world which is seperated into two different ethical groups – telepaths and non-telepaths – who hardly interact with each other on official channels as well as privately. Telepathis, the only education institution, main employer, and single political party every telepath is forced to join from birth, manipulate and bring their members into line. View the full article This article was written by Sam aka Ensign Tonya Lang of the USS Gorkon. Submit your own stories to the FNS!
  23. EARTH – A new tell-all memoir by a decorated Starfleet veteran is making waves for its unflinching criticism of Federation and Starfleet leadership during the Dominion War. The memoir by retired Starfleet Captain Ignacio Fierro entitled The Sacrifice of Angels: A Captain’s Account of the Dominion War features Fierro’s recollections serving in the greatest war in Federation history. Laden with unapologetic descriptions and strong language, it is not for the faint of heart. View the full article
  24. TRILL — As families across the Trill homeworld observed the first day of the annual Festival of Life, millions of others beyond the planet have also begun partaking in the celebration. “It really has become a Federation holiday and not just a Trill one,” said Ashana Kazor, mayor of Trill’s capital city Mak’ala. “It’s a time to celebrate the joy of existence itself and all of life’s experiences.” Read the rest of the article at fns.news! FNS Home FNS Data Feed FNS on FB
  25. Nash Blaxland reports on the worrying risk of holo-addiction among Luna’s children and one program that gives hope to those dealing with the struggle. Jason Kershaw’s holo-addiction is out of control. Several months ago, the seventeen-year-old procured his own holo-emitters, turning his bedroom into a personal holosuite. Before that, he was spending upwards of ten hours a day in the holo-arcade near his home in Armstrong City. Last year, he was top of his class. Now, he has dropped out of his final year at Aldrin High School. Continue reading the rest of the article at http://fns.news This article was written by Didrik Stennes of the USS Darwin-A. Submit your own news story to the FNS! FNS Home FNS Data Feed FNS on FB
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