I'm hoping this page can eventually become a
one-stop site for the fanfic writers out there, from the budding scribe
to the seasoned veteran looking for that elusive reference. I've
already collected a number of pretty decent website that are loaded with
juicy tidbits for writers thirsty for information, but I know there is
still much more out there that I haven't found yet.
U.S.S. Voyager crew manifest
Thought I'd try something that might benefit
the writing community (at least for authors of Star Trek: Voyager
fiction.) I've compiled a canon list of Voyager's crew (all
characters described by the television series and the published novels).
You can find the list here. Updated: April 22, 2001
Whether we like it or not, the crew roster is slowly getting completed by
the writers of the television series and the novels. We Voyager fan
writers already take some creative liberties when writing our stories, making
up our own characters to write about. However, undoubtedly there will come a
time when the number of officers we consign to Voyager will push the
number over the limit set by canon (if it hasn't already been done! :) Some
writers simply may not care too much about violating this limit - after all,
we are not canon, so we shouldn't be obliged to stick too closely with
it (and there's always the "parallel universe" argument, too. :) But at any
rate, this list is here as a facilitation to those who might get stuck for
names, ranks, or whatever, and to make stories more tightly bound to canon.
(Of course, whether or not one chooses to stick with canon is one's own
decision - I'm not trying to force this on anyone!)
Looking for someone to smooth out the egdes of your latest Star Trek story? Or perhaps you're interested in dispensing your own knowledge and advice for other Star Trek fan fiction writers? Either way, this is the place to go. The BRI List is a one stop shop of people graciously willing to offer their time and services as beta readers for Star Trek fan fiction.
Other Resources I've Run Across
Encyclopedia and Lexicon courtesy of Tracy L. Hemenover. I haven't
had the occasion to make use of this resource personally (for obvious reasons),
but I'm sure writers of DS9 fan fiction sure appreciate Tracy's efforts.
Heck, I applaud her anyway!
Steven McKinnon's Roll Call, my source of inspiration for creating the Voyager manifest. He also manages to keep it more current! Roll Call gives you as much info you need of who's on board, including the episodes they've either appeared in or been mentioned.
Zlanna's Imzadi Writer's Resource Centre - for everything you need to write an Imzadi story. (Still under construction)
Macedon has encouraged me to link to his own resources as well: The Craft of Writing and How do I get my Star Trek novel published?. Who am I to say no?
Shawn Layton's Star Trek Fanfic Generator. Need help proofing your latest
draft? Stuck for story lines? Got an idea for a story
you'd like to see written, but you can't seem to get it done yourself? Then this might be the place for you!
The Muses' Sector This took a little longer to put up than Ms. Elizabeth and the others truly deserved, but that's what happens sometimes when Real Life interferes.
Their site is another of the few fanfic beta-reading services available on-line, and I was happy when they asked to be linked to The Writers' Corner. Yet another example of IDIC at work!
Cristoph Reuter's Star
Trek Voyager - Starfleet Database D
Central Archives, courtesy of the Shakaar
Trek: Voyager Encyclopedia D
in Star Trek: FAQ
SF Collective Database D
Roget's Thesaurus - when you want
to turn a more colorful phrase
Dictionary - a nifty tool for aspiring poets, this search engine will
supply all varieties of similar sounding words for a query
Biographical Dictionary - An
interesting idea. Locate information on over 27,000 famous people
who've shaped the course of history. Perhaps a site of interest for
fanfic writers who like wading in the time stream?
Foriegn Languages for
Travelers - maybe this isn't the best place to go for a dictionary, but
it's still a neat place to check out. Provides translations (with
sound bytes) for just about any pair of languages imaginable.
A Web of
Specialized On-Line Dictionaries - now that I've provided a few samples
out there, visit the place that seems to have everything under the virtual
roof! Sorted by category, you can locate dictionaries for such topics
as Space, Law, Medicine, even Slang!
- Star Trek: The Ship of Fools - an open collaborative fanfic workshop for those with a thirst for creating new, original Star Trek realms.