Here’s something I think is more like what I wanted in my header. I switched the script font from the word “Starfleet” to the words “tech brief” and inserted a cool Corps of Engineers logo from Star Trek Minutiae. I like the logo because it does not have the Enterprise arrowhead. I don’t know when, probably during the original run of TNG, it started bugging me that ALL of Starfleet was using Enterprise‘s emblem. So a new Constellation wouldn’t have the pretzel-shaped logo that Commodore Decker had on his tunic, nor would the crew of a new Exeter wear the totem pole emblem we saw in “The Omega Glory.” Not that it’s as serious a problem as Starfleet having psychopaths like Tracy in command of starships.
The header above is missing some stuff, like the distribution information that was in some others. (EDIT: I also added a second version with a grittier feel that I like.) There should also be a masthead going down the side below the Corps of Engineers emblem. The masthead would give the stardate and the starbase where the publication originates, list the commander of SCE, list the editorial staff and contributors, basically what’s in a real masthead. I also wanted to add a tiny silhouette of a starship with a streamline following it, swooshing up through the word “Starfleet,” but when I tried it, it looked to busy. Maybe it could be an underline across the page under the header.
So the idea for Starfleet Tech Brief is this: I have my own ideas about how stuff works in the Star Trek universe, and love building models of Star Trek ships and photographing them (though I need to improve on my photography and post-production to give the photos sufficient realism). This is a 23rd century publication, so it’s not a paper magazine: it’s transmitted by subspace radio, and Starfleet personnel get to interact with it, the way you can post comments on blog entries. It will be a blog, and allow comments, but never will it break the fourth wall. All dates will be stardates: except for historical references prior to stardates, nowhere will it have Gregorian dates. I’d like to have comments and even posts from other fans, but the idea is that all posts and comments are coming from Starfleet personnel. This means comments will have to be moderated, and there will have to be some way to list the contributor’s name, rank, and assignment in Starfleet. As yet I’m not 100% sure how to effect this in the blog format. Posts will not necessarily be in chronological order, but the stardate when we jump into the Star Trek is during the TOS era. At some point, events will diverge from the events of TOS, likely early on.
References will be made to USS Enterprise, Capt. James T. Kirk commanding. It will also come out that there is a series of adventure stories in the current media that is popular with youngsters, and it presents the exaggerated and somewhat fictionalized exploits of this starship and her captain and crew. Kirk’s a good sport, and doesn’t mind the good-natured ribbing he gets from other Starfleet officers about his fame as a semi-fictional character. Turns out his real-life exploits are fully as impressive as the stories the kids hear. He really was the youngest officer ever to make captain in Starfleet, and he really does have all those decorations listed in “Court Martial.” You know, Palm Leaf of Axanar Peace Mission, Grankite Order of Tactics, Class of Excellence, Prantares Ribbon of Commendation, Classes First and Second Awards of Valor, Medal of Honor, Silver Palm with Cluster, Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry, Karagite Order of Heroism… He just doesn’t often have occasion to make a big double fist with interlocked fingers and hit people over the back of the neck.
Of course, someone more likely to be mentioned is Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott. There will be lots of stuff he’d like to read more about in his technical journals, and it will relate to events that transpire in his world: a saucer separation followed by an emergency landing, with attention to the effects of reentry on the hull’s thermal coating and landing procedures. Subspace technology and how it relates to warp travel, subspace radio, phasers, artificial gravity, deflectors, shields, tractor beams, inertial damping, structural integrity fields, confinement force fields, and the transporter. Variations on faster than light travel, both those understood by Starfleet engineers and those not yet comprehended. A comparison between phasers and disruptors. The effect of a disruptor blast on the hull of a starship fired upon by Klingons, and how it leads to rethinking the practice of applying the thermal coating over the polarized dispersive plating with allotropic zirconium telluride emissive coating (AZTEC). What is known and theorized about the Romulans’ plasma weapon and cloaking device, and their exchange of military technology with the Klingons. Partial intelligence on Romulan and Klingon ships, and ships of other races, like the Gorn, Tholians, Orions, Ferengi, and Cardassians. Vulcan ring ships, and speculation on technologies the Vulcans do not share with the rest of the Federation. The capture of a Klingon D-7 with a jettisoned warp core. The study of said D-7 and how it contributes to greater understanding of warp theory and new warp nacelles on USS Endeavour prior to the full suite of modifications seen on Enterprise in ST:TMP. New ships in Starfleet, with attention to improvements in the Constitution class on the new NCC-1710 Kongo, and the launch of the new class ship NCC-1830(?) Miranda. That’s enough for starters…