Site Updates from 2002
Sorry for the lack of updates... There's nothing really new on the site, but I wanted to mention a couple of books I've read. First, there was Enterprise: What Price Honor? by Dave Stern (2.5 stars out of 4) and also Voyager: The Nano-Tech War by Steven Piziks (3 stars out of 4). Both were really enjoyable, but I want to give kudos to Steven Piziks for fleshing out the 7 of 9/Chakotay relationship which we missed during Voyager's run...
I am now reading Star Wars: Cloak of Deception by James Luceno, a pre-Phantom Menace book.
Well, I'm about 85% better, so I thought I'd go ahead and get this posted before too much time slipped by....
Stop by the Monthly Contest for your chance to win this month's prize!
And congrats go to Ioan Stefanovici of Canada who knew the answer to Last Month's Contest.
Due to an illness in the family (mine - the flu), I won't be choosing a winner or putting up the new contest until I feel better... So, you last minute surfers, here's your chance!
I actually finished Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma - Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson last week - I just didn't get to post it. If you like DS9, if you miss DS9, if you want more DS9, read the DS9 relaunce books! As for Lesser Evil, I thought it was the best of the four Mission Gamma books and now I have to wait until January for the next book - The Rising Son (just look at that cover! *grin*).
Now I'm reading Steven Piziks' Voyager: The Nanotech War. Although I haven't really been a big Voyager fan, this book is coming along nicely and filing in some much needed storyline gaps.
Back of the Book: Throughout human history, mankind has turned its goals and dreams toward exploration. With wagon trains, ships, satellites and starships, humanity has chosen to seek out the new frontier, to explore new worlds, and to go where no human has gone before-even to the furthest reaches of the Delta Quadrant. There, Captain Janeway and the crew of the Starship Voyager™ have discovered many strange and wondrous civilizations...but few as alien as the Chiar.
An advanced and scientiÞc people who have made great strides with nanotechnology, the Chiar expanded internally rather than externally. Every inch of their planet is crawling with the tiniest bits and pieces of artiÞcial intelligence imaginable, working in concert as the new lifeblood of this mechanical world. The people themselves are inseparable from their nanites, which layer their skin and provide extra limbs or senses as required.
Caught up in a bitter civil conþict, some Chiar will try to take advantage of their meeting with the crew of Starship Voyager. They imagine that their homegrown nanites can harness the incredible power of the deadly Borg, and instead set in motion an experiment that goes devastatingly out of control.
I can't believe I have to wait until January for the next New Jedi Order book... Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Ylesia by Walter Jon Williams was also excellent, buy just too short, but that's an e-book for you. But now I'm back to Star Trek with Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma - Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson, which is the conclusion to the Mission Gamma series.
Back of the Book: Chaos erupts aboard Deep Space 9 as the crew begins a desperate search for a killer in their midst, catapulting Colonel Kira Nerys on a dangerous chase into the heart of the Federation. But the crime she seeks to avenge is part of a plot more ancient and far-reaching than anyone suspects, and that secret, if exposed, could divide worlds throughout the Alpha Quadrant.
Meanwhile, as the Starship Defiant makes its way back toward the wormhole and home to DS9, a startling discovery shakes Commander Elias Vaughn to his core and brings to light the truth behind the most tragic mission of his long life. As the crew struggles with the implications of what they've found, their captain's judgment comes into question... and casts doubt on the final outcome of their historic voyage through the Gamma Quadrant.
It seems like the war is finally turning for the better, and Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams, was an excellent continuation of the New Jedi Order saga. I can't believe it only took me a few days to read this book... And to continue with Mr. Williams, I am now reading his e-book novella Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Ylesia (which takes place during Destiny's Way).
Back of the Book: Ripe for the plucking... That's Jedi Knight Kyp Durron's opinion about the planet Ylesia, home base of the so-called Peace Brigade, a group of traitors dedicated to hindering the war efforts of the New Republic and hastening the victory of the merciless Yuuzhan Vong. Kyp's plan calls for a lightning-fast strike, backed with overwhelming force, to destroy the Brigade's offensive capabilities and teach prospective traitors that betrayal carries a heavy price. But young Jacen Solo, still bearing the scars of his imprisonment by the Yuuzhan Vong, has a better idea: a daring raid into the heart of Ylesia's capital, with the objective of capturing the Brigade's top leaders-including the newly sworn-in President, Thrackan Sal-Solo, cousin to Jacen and his twin, Jaina.
But unknown to the Jedi and the New Republic forces, Supreme Overlord Shimrra of the Yuuzhan Vong has dispatched reinforcements to the Ylesia system. Instead of a swift surgical strike, Jaina, Jacen, Kyp, and their comrades are about to find themselves locked in a desperate battle for survival, with the odds stacked against them and time running out....
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Traitor by Matthew Stover was by far one of the best New Jedi Order books out as of late. I've enjoyed all the NJO books, but I had trouble putting this one down. It didn't help that I was at my in-laws while I was reading it. Now I'm into Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams. I can't wait to see what happens with Jacen!
Back of the Book: In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender—Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms—are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic’s favor.
After capturing crucial Yuuzhan Vong intelligence, Jedi fighter-pilot Jaina Solo prepares to lead a daring surprise strike against an enemy flagship. Meanwhile, Jaina’s brother Jacen—liberated from the hands of the enemy and newly schooled in an even greater mastery of the Force by the Jedi Knight Vergere—is eagerly poised to bring his unique skills to bear against the invaders. And on Mon Calamari, the New Republic’s provisional capital, the retired, ailing hero Admiral Ackbar has conceived a major tactical plan that could spell the beginning of a swift end for the Yuuzhan Vong.
Yet even as opposing squadrons face off in the depths of space, intrigue runs rampant: in the heated political race for Chief of State . . . in the shadows where Yuuzhan Vong spies plot assassinations . . . and in the inscrutable creature Vergere, a Jedi Knight whose allegiance is impossible to predict. And as Luke Skywalker sets about reestablishing the Jedi Council, the growing faction opposed to the ways of the Force unveil a terrifying weapon designed to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong species. But in doing so, they may be dooming the New Republic to becoming the very thing it has sworn to fight against—and unleashing the power of the dark side.
I have added the clue to this month's Contest, so good luck!
Okay, now I have now finished Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Mission Gamma: Cathedral by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels - it was great - I felt as if I were watching it on TV! Kudos go to Martin and Mangels. Now I wish I didn't have to wait so long for Book Four of the Mission Gamma series. In the mean time, I'll be reading Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Traitor by Matthew Stover.
Back of the Book: After the capture of Coruscant, the mighty heart of the New Republic, a stunned galaxy fears that nothing can stop the Yuuzhan Vong. Still, that crushing defeat produces one small miracle: Jacen Solo is alive. Yet he can scarcely imagine himself in stranger circumstances.
The young Jedi Knight is in the care of Vergere, a fascinating creature of mystery and power, her intentions hard to fathom, her cruelties rarely concealed. But this master of inscrutable arts has much to teach the young Jedi ... for she holds the key to a new way to experience the Force, to take it to another level—dangerous, dazzling, perhaps deadly.
In the wrong hands, the tremendous energies of the Force can be devastating. And there are others watching Jacen’s process closely, waiting patiently for the moment when he will be ready for their own dire purposes. Now, all is in shadows. Yet whatever happens, whether Jacen’s newfound mastery unleashes light or darkness, he will never be the same Jedi again....
I have now finished the second installment of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Mission Gamma series: This Gray Spirit by Heather Jarman. While Twilight made me feel as if I were stationed on DS9, This Gray Spirit put me in the characters heads and made me think the way they did. I thought it was an excellent follow-up to Twilight. It's too bad I'm now at the half way point in the Mission Gamma series...
Now I'm reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Mission Gamma: Cathedral by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels (the same dynamic duo who wrote ST:TNG - Section 31 - Rogue, which I also really enjoyed).
Back of the Book: As a small child, Jules Bashir underwent illegal genetic enhancements that forever altered the natural course of his life. As an adult, ever since the day he discovered what his parents had done, Dr. Julian Bashir has wondered what he might have become if "Jules" had been allowed to live, certain he would never know the answer. But when the lure of a strange alien artifact in the Gamma Quadrant inexplicably begins to reverse Bashir's enhancements, the person he had thought long dead is given a second chance at life.
Ninety thousand light-years away, as the crew of Deep Space 9 tries to comprehend a shocking tragedy, Ro Laren makes a fateful decision about her life aboard the station. And although political maneuverings and failing diplomacy have already extinguished all hope of a real, lasting peace between Bajor and Cardassia, one man's search for his true calling may lay a new foundation for the future.
A special thank you goes out to New Force Comics for donating this month's prize: Art Asylum's NX-01 Enterprise 12 Inch Starship. Stop by the Monthly Contest for your chance to win!
And congrats go to Brian of Florida who knew the answer to Last Month's Contest.
You have less that 24 hours to enter the Monthly Contest for your chance at a sealed box of ENTERPRISE Season One Trading Cards from Rittenhouse Archives...
I just finished an awesome Star Trek book and I would highly recommend it to you: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Mission Gamma: Twilight by David R. George III, which is book one of a four book story arc. If you miss DS9 as I do, read Twilight and you will feel as if you had never left the station. (Although it would help if you read the DS9 books that take place after the series finale: Avatar, books I & II, Section 31: Abyss, and Gateways (book four of seven): Demons of Air and Darkness.)
Now I'm reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Mission Gamma: This Gray Spirit by Heather Jarman. Back of the Book: The political intrigue aboard Deep Space 9 escalates when Gul Macet's warship arrives at the station with an unexpected passenger. Cardassian Ambassador Natima Lang has returned to the station on a mission of hope, but it's one that will bring back old wounds and old ghosts. As tensions rise on all sides, Colonel Kira Nerys discovers that the line between friend and foe is narrower than she ever imagined.
Elsewhere, the crew of the damaged Starship Defiant forges an uneasy alliance with an unusual alien species--one whose unique biological makeup is the key to the balance of power in that region of the Gamma Quadrant. As the crew becomes ensnared in a web of deceit, Lieutenant Ezri Dax and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane struggle to stave off a genocidal civil war.
I have added the clue to this month's Contest, so good luck!
I have updated the Frequently Asked Questions Section to include what you should do if you see a site that copied graphics off the LCARSCom.Net without permission.
... remember and pray ...
I have added to the LCARS Animations Section are two more AVIs - a DNA Scan Analysis and a Borg Species Analysis animation. Check them out!!!
Added to Vic's Lounge are two more music videos, well worth the download!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
August marks the beginning of our 6th year on the internet (wow, five whole years...), and to celebrate, we are giving away a USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, pewter ship produced by the Franklin Mint in the Monthly Contest -- be sure to check it out!
And congratulations to the 5 winners of the Star Trek: Nemesis Sneak Advance Mini-CDs. Did you win? Check out the Past's Contest Section.
July's Contest is online and there is no question this month, so that means even you could win one of the 5 rare and hard to find Star Trek: Nemesis Sneak Advance Mini-CDs we are giving away this month.
And congratulations to Heather Greer who knew the answer to Last Month's Contest.
(I know it's a few days late - sorry.) The clue for the Monthly Contest has been posted. Good luck!
A new story has been added to the Fan Fiction Section entitled Paralysis by Dennie Kuhn - it's a real thriller, so check it out now!
June's Contest is online and if you know the answer, you could win the Genesis Wave Trilogy, with the third book signed by the author: John Vornholt, just for this month's contest! And I will post the winner of the signed NX-01 hat in a day or two.
I want to apologize for the lack of updates as of late, but I will soon be out of a job and I have been, and continue to be, busy looking for a new one. Hopefully I will find one soon and then get back to updating the site. If anyone want to hire a web developer, drop me a line.
Do you see that update below? Well, it applies here to. I, again, moved to a new server. And this should be the last (and again, if you find a bad link, please let me know about it).
Additionally, I saw Attack of the Clones yesterday and I would have to give it 4 out of 4 stars (it's going to be a long three years...).
I have finally (I think) updated all my links as to get them to point to the correct files now since I had to move to the new server, so if you find a bad link, please let me know about it.
I would like to thank Outpost 10F for their honoring my site with their award, which can be seen in our Awards Section.
Well, May's Contest is online and one lucky person will be walking away with an Enterprise NX-01 (replica) Crew Hat signed by Conner Trinneer -- good luck all! And congrats to March's Contest Winner!
With the move to the new server, I know most of the links to the downloadable files are not currently working, so please be patient -- I hope to have them all up and running by the end of the weekend. Thanks.
The LCARSCom.Net is on the new server now, so some may have problems reaching it at the new DNS propigates around the web -- just be patient (as I have to be...), thanks.
If you experience any glitches over the next several days, odds are it's because I am moving the LCARSCom.Net to a new server ... again. You know, I've lost count as to how many the site has been on, and I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this one works...
Well, I am back from the convention, and I want to apologize for not being able to do any live updates from there... But I did come back with some great prizes for future contests (including next months), so stay tuned!
The clue for April's Monthly Contest has been posted.
And I won't be updating the site for about two weeks, save for the StarFest 2002 updates, since I will be driving cross country starting Wednesday to get to the convention. See you all there!
Coming the 19th of April, I will be reporting live for 3 days from the StarFest 2002 Sci-Fi Convention in Denver, Colorado. Stop by the page (off the Databank Page) and see what's in store.
Additionally, I have added the Fusco Construction Yards, also off the Databank Page, where you can get custom or kit model ships made. (More will be added soon.)
April's Monthly Contest has been posted and in it you could win Armada II by Activision, if you know the correct answer... And congrats go to Joey Spampneto of Louisiana for knowing the answer to Last Month's Contest.
I have added a new plaque (and some historical information) to the Dedication Plaques Section on the USS Vulcan (not from Star Trek).
A new section entitle The Deep Space Nine Movie Petition has been added. So if you are or ever were a fan of DS9, please take a moment and sign the petition. I did.
A new version of an old story has been posted in the Fan Fiction Section - Federations End, which is book one of the series. It's a good long read, so you better start now!
Added to the Star Trek in 3-D Section are 10 new awesome wallpapers of both the Enterprise-A and the Enterprise-D.
Additionally, I have been asked to point out that the DS9 Movie Petition is still going strong with over 4800 signatures. Plus there is a new home for the Make a DS9 Movie Petition campaign. So go sign the petition!
I have put on eBay the rare and hard to find diecast USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D with the viewable bridge. This is a real treasure, if you can get it!
I have removed the LCARS Bookstore because it was more of a hassle than it was worth and it just wasn't doing anything besides taking up server space. But on a related note, I have revamped the Star Trek Books Section. Now I just need to update it! =)
I have added the mid-month clue to the Monthly Contest -- good luck!
I'm pleased to announce the addition of Dayton Ward, author of In the Name of Honor, to our Star Trek Authors Section -- stop by and see what he has to say. Thanks Dayton!
I couldn't wait to post these, design class or not, so check out the 3-D Gallery for the latest Enterprise Images by The Light Works -- they are awesome!
Wow! Be sure to check out the awesome new images of the NX-01 Enterprise in the 3-D Images Section.
Due to my exceeding my bandwidth limit this month, several of the downloadable items are not working, but all should be available again February 1st. Anyone have a server they want to donate?
And ENTERPRISE: The Historical Archive has been updated with the review of Dear Doctor.
Happy New Year! This month's Contest Question and prize has been posted and you can be a winner if you know the answer.
And congratulations go out to Jerry Williams of Nevada, the winner of December's Contest.