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21 Jan 2023

25th Anniversary of EAS

The world of Star Trek was a very different one in the mid-1990's, a full generation of fans ago. I will always remember this as the one and only Golden Age, although after the end of TNG "only" two series, DS9 and Voyager, were on the air at the same time. I had to wait for the episodes at least half a year until they were released on VHS, but it didn't feel like I was left behind. It was a great time to be a Trek fan, especially if you were a nerd. The emerging internet was populated by tech-savvy people like me, who were sitting in front of bulky CRT monitors and were more or less patiently waiting for their downloads to complete. I personally had the advantage of a much faster connection at my university, but generally video streaming and most of the bandwidth-consuming pastimes of today were still a dream in the age of the 28.8 kBit/s modem. Every byte of data we could obtain was somehow precious. Smartphones or social networks would not exist until a decade later. Yet, information on Star Trek was relatively easy to come by if Altavista was your friend. While the studio and the network still mostly relied on traditional communication channels, plenty of fan websites provided pictures, episode reviews, production news and links to other sites. Star Trek in Sound and Vision, Sector 0-0-1, The STArchive, Maximum Defiant, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Mr. Video Productions were among my early favorites.

Following the previews and the speculation on the upcoming feature film "Star Trek: First Contact" and particularly the evolution of the Enterprise-E design in 1996 was my probably most impactful early internet experience. My real-life friends and I used to look up the news almost every day. This arguably fueled our anticipation of a new movie like never before and never again. Then "First Contact" was released, and we loved it! And that was just the start of the madness. It may be hard to believe in the digital age, but after purchasing the VHS cassette, my friend Thorsten and I knelt in front of TV, freeze-framed the movie and tried to sketch up the new ships with pencil and paper. After discussing the ship classes from "First Contact" and other technical issues with other fans in newsgroups and forums, some time in 1997 I felt like sharing my Trek knowledge and creating my own site. Incidentally, I had just started a job as a research assistant in the field of microelectronics. I argued that our university institute shouldn't be the last one without a website, and so my professor assigned the task to me. I began to learn a bit of HTML, or rather how to use the WYSIWYG editor Microsoft Frontpage, so I could kill two birds with one stone.

On 21 January 1998, I uploaded an effectively nameless site "Star Trek - by Bernd Schneider" to the university server - actually to an obscure sub-directory of the new institute website so it wouldn't raise too much unwanted attention. This initial version of the site consisted of pictures of six starships designed by me, a review of the Enterprise-E model (which I had bought in the NASM shop on a trip to an electronic devices conference in Washington D.C.), an outline of my later time travel analysis, a short list of inconsistencies (not even including the Klingon foreheads) and a few jokes. There were 43 files with a total size of 314 kilobytes.

Read the rest of the story: 25th Anniversary of EAS.

Bernd Schneider


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  • 28 Jan 2023
    After DIS season 2, Klingons have been strangely absent from live-action Star Trek. Fans are wondering what they will look like once they reappear. We know that Worf will still be Worf. Regarding other Klingons, a new article discusses four options.
  • 22 Jan 2023
    Dozens of new entries in the article with Observations in TNG: "The Most Toys". Keep watching Jörg's Twitter account, where he is currently posting the rest.
  • 21 Jan 2023
    On this day 25 years ago, I first uploaded a website to the university server that consisted of 43 files with a total size of 314 kilobytes. The foundation was laid to the massive site that EAS is today. Read the whole story and my message to the visitors.
  • 20 Jan 2023
    The heavily illustrated sixth story in Travis Anderson's SID Rebirth series is titled Crusade.
  • 14 Jan 2023
    Several new observations in the article with Observations in TNG: "Hollow Pursuits". Check out Jörg's Twitter account, where he is posting new stuff every day.
  • 07 Jan 2023
    All alien ships from season 3 of Lower Decks are now in the Starship Database: Lower Decks Alien Ship Classes.
  • 06 Jan 2023
    Here is the next story in Travis Anderson's SID Rebirth series: Ascendancy.
  • 01 Jan 2023
    Happy New Year 2023! I have updated many articles with new facts from PRO: "Supernova I/II", such as Locating Starfleet Buildings in San Francisco, The Evolution of the Federation Flag, The Emblem of Starfleet Command and Time Travel in Star Trek: Prodigy (PRO).
  • 30 Dec 2022
    Although the conclusion does not quite live up to the outstanding first part, PRO: "Supernova I/II" is a great season finale of a series that has earned itself a firm place in the franchise by now.
  • 26 Dec 2022
    Here is the season 3 update of the Lower Decks Starfleet & Federation Ship Classes, with dozens of additions and other changes.
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  • 29 Jan 2023
    The trouble really comes from how to explain confrontations with the Klingons in Discovery, which postdates Enterprise but predates TOS. I could try to write some complicated speculative treatise on Klingon biology and politics that shoehorns the square peg into the proverbial round hole, but honestly, i got nuthin'

    Taking what we know, and mostly at face value;

    * The Klingon Empire has been in isolation and disarray since the outbreak of the Augment Virus most likely caused by the outbreak.
    * The Augment Virus would ultimately become endemic according to Phlox so in theory all Klingons should be TOS like but cosmetic surgery might become "a thing" in his opinion.
    * The Federation has barely seen Klingons during that last century, and the events of the outbreak are likely highly classified given Section 31's involvement. The average Starfleet officer knows very little, and the average Federation citizen even less.
    * As of the start of DIS, the "ruling elite" (the 24 Houses) of the Klingon Empire seems to be the DIS type. We see the forces of the various Houses rather than a general military.
    * As of the end of DIS S1 L'Rell is in charge more or less of the Empire and is working to make it a unified entity rather than waring internally as it had been.
    * We know that at least three TOS Klingons later are TNG Klingons, one of whom is the last heir to his house whose heads were eliminated in S1-2 of DIS.
    * "Trials and Tribulations" clearly shows that most Starfleet personnel (including medical personnel who should surely know better) are blissfully ignorant of Klingons having different appearances in the past. [Speculatively this might be a S31 legacy thing].

    We can probably attribute the apparent rise of the TOS Klingons to L'Rell's rebuilding of the Empire or reaction to it and their absence later to some kind of cure/therapy developed near the end of TOS.

    We can probably explain the DIS style as the result of something that occurred fairly early on in the missing century - I'd speculate some form of gene therapy that ended up producing a slightly more primitive appearance of the species than the TNG version but was immune to the Augment Virus.

  • 29 Jan 2023

    I appreciate the time it took to write this short history.

    But the last few years of "modern Trek" finally made me understand what O'Brien meant in "The Wounded" when he told the Cardassian: "It's not you I hate, Cardassian. I hate what I became because of you".

    I hate the type of Trek fan that I've become because of shows like Discovery and Picard. Picard especially because of how much I've always loved the character.

  • 29 Jan 2023

    The genetic experimentation theory is my personal canon. That so many klingons wound up severely disfigured is probably why Worf exclaimed, "it is not something we discuss with outsiders."

  • 29 Jan 2023

    If they follow Enterprise cannon, then the Klingons could easily have four "races" of Klingons--the Discovery version, the Kelvin Timeline version, the TNG-DS9-VOY Klingons, and the Augmented TDV version. References in DS9 and Enterprise suggest that politically speaking, Klingons affected by stages 1 & 2 of the Augment Virus were not considered good enough to serve at the heart of the Empire, so they were mostly assigned to the frontier, which is supposedly the reason we only ever see smooth-craniumed klingons before the Star Trek movie makeover. The trouble really comes from how to explain confrontations with the Klingons in Discovery, which postdates Enterprise but predates TOS. I could try to write some complicated speculative treatise on Klingon biology and politics that shoehorns the square peg into the proverbial round hole, but honestly, i got nuthin'

    If we're just taking these shoes as being a REPRESENTATION of the "fictional truth" of the whole Star Trek Universe, then we can just enjoy the series for what they are--stories told with the available tools, upgraded over time to better approximate a "fictional reality" we all enjoy, and we can adjust to the fact that none of the representations of Klingons in Star Trek are able to accurately depict whatever such a species might actually look like in "fictional real life."

  • 29 Jan 2023

    Supplemented the most recent developments and some images.

  • 29 Jan 2023

    Thanks for this Trek down memory lane. EAS is my #1 Trek site and my homepage for 20+ years!

  • 29 Jan 2023

    If I had to retcon the whole thing…I would have there been an atom war on the home world…Worf, then the TMP werewolf variety…with a Stargate Atlantis cross over showing Klingons contract the wraith virus. Disco Klingons being 32 Century types with those oddball ships THEN…with some maybe having Jem Hadar ancestry to help explain the look.

    Each generation looks more hostile than the last. Devolved Worf an end result…or Orks.

  • 28 Jan 2023

    I'm putting even money on an approach somewhere between C and D.

    I suspect we'll have some modifications to Worf's makeup (but very restrained). The LOW and PRO Klingons are obviously close to the classic TNG look, but the animation styles of both could also excuse any differences that bcome apparent later.

    I suspect the SNW Klingons will tend towards a look closer to TNG but retaining some (more) DIS characteristics than what we'll see in PIC3 (if at all).

    Now the thing I am wondering is if SNW also introduces the more human look of augment virus afflicted Klingons that the "Star Trek Discovery : Aftermath" comics showed for Kor; The comic of course did it with no explanation, but the clear implication that Kor took over House Kor as "last man standing" which might go hand in hand with his "affliction".

    Purely speculative thought. From the TNG episode Genesis, we can see that Klingon DNA has a lot of rigidness in its past;

    What if the "untold story" of the 100 years since Archer's intervention is the turmoil caused by seeking a cure based on some genetic regression?

    Dr Phlox suggested cosmetic surgery would be a boon but I don't think he truly understood Klingons, and in general that wouldn't be acceptable as the children would be born with the TOS look regardless. A genetic cure would be the more desirable outcome, even with "slight" compromises to avoid the augment virus re-establishing itself.

    So an early cure gives more primitive Klingons, but still Klingony enough for those that can afford the cure, those connected to the top echelons of the 24 houses (formerly 25 with House T'Kuvma falling from grace..?). This would still leave a large population with the full effect of the Augment Virus, and interbreeding would inevitably occur and probably would only give one of two results in viable offspring. DIS or TOS, which would lead to an increasing DIS like species but with a significant TOS population.

    In general, the Klingons have a "good enough" cure, and in line with their general attitude to medical research pretty much give up on doing better. All of this occurring with the Empire in disarray. Very few TNG Klingons would remain in the greater population, but there may be isolated colonies.

    L'Rell's ascension to the Chancellorship and the rebuilding of the Klingon Defence Force rather than the House fleets may have led to the incorporation of the perhaps previously excluded TOS Klingons, and that's why we start seeing them as the dominant type around that period (willing cannonfodder..?). Because of how the Klingons operated in the war, there's very few people who'd seen DIS Klingons that had survived, just as there had been very few had seen Klingons in the previous hundred years too, so the TOS, and the only crew we know had actually seen TNG Klingons was that of the NX-01 back in the day.

    Somewhen around about end of the run of TOS, perhaps one of these isolated colonies develops a proper cure and/or a revertive cure for the DIS and TOS types that can be generally applied in the population so the "proper" TNG type of Klingon can reassert themselves in the population.

    Of course SNW could do something even more whacky...

  • 28 Jan 2023

    Well-summarized. Though might option F simply be to quarantine DIS and SNW off as a variant universe, like the Kelvin timeline (and thus quarantine their Klingon look there)? In theory, of course, the Lower Decks crossover will make or break that, officially tying SNW (and thus Discovery) in with the TNG aesthetic/era**, or officially noting the visual and tech discrepancies.

    **Though technically, Discovery has already established that the TNG era aesthetics are the great unifier, apparently shared between all alternate universes anyway. By the 24th century all varying aesthetics and continuities will apparently converge to the same look. :-)

  • 28 Jan 2023

    Shouldn't the Klingons have conquered the Romulan Empire after the destruction of Romulus?
    I like the TNG/DS9/VOY Kingon design the most and hope they find the way back to it.

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  • 18 Nov 2020
    The whole interior of the WaveRider MkII, a refit of the atmospheric shuttlecraft assigned to and docked on the ventral primary hull of the Nova class refit starship. This one belongs to the U.S.S. Nova. Along with the refit of the Nova class, this little ship also received a complete redesign incorporating many of the newest designs and technologies of other small Starfleet ships and shuttlecraft. It can easily and comfortably accommodate up to eight people on relatively long missions and can carry even more people on shorter trips. It is equipped with a transporter, sleeping quarters, cargo hold, lounge, conference table, scientific equipment and even emergency medical facilities.

    For more info on the shuttle, see the WaveRider Technical Manual here.

    Other WaveRider images: Exterior Bullet; White Cockpit Bullet; White Lounge Bullet; White Quarters Bullet; White Cargo Hold
    Other U.S.S. Nova interiors: Briefing Room Bullet; White Corridor Bullet; White Turbolift Bullet; White Cargo Bay 1 Bullet; White Cargo Bay 2

    This project has been long in the making. It was a collaboration with Ray9012, who's been a huge help with the design of the ship, and we've been working on it on-and-off for the past seven months. Fitting such a large interior space into a single model was quite the challenge. Plus, it was the first interior I attempted after starting to learn Blender, which presented it's own hurdles! But I learned a lot from it and I'm very happy with how it turned out.
    My thanks also goes to Geoffryn for his input and financial contribution to the project.

    EDIT (26/08/2021): I overlay the interior cutaway on an image of the exterior to put it into better perspective with the exterior of the shuttle.

    Modelled and rendered with Blender. Computer display textures made with Inkscape.
    Based on and inspired by original designs from:
    -Star Trek (ViacomCBS)
    -Star Trek Online (Cryptic) (LCARS colour scheme)
    -QS Supplies (bathroom components design elements)
    -Po Wang (cockpit seat design elements)
    -Tesla Model X (cockpit seat design elements)

    Some of the assets used are available for purchase on CGTrader:
    Stools in cargo bay
    Conference table

  • 23 Jun 2019
    "The folks over at the Tyfersia Yards looked at the Nova Class and said: 'We can improve a few things'."

    Christened the "Super-Nova" by its engineers, the Elysion Class is an enlarged iteration of the Nova frame. No longer restricted by its scientific profile, the type places emphasis on its multimission capability. Increased range, marked improvements in amenities and a high capacity engine rated at Warp 9.98 are notable features. Currently, all LRIP Elysions are exclusively built at the Tyfersia Fleet Yards, making it a rare vessel in mainline fleets. Starfleet Command sees the Elysion as a specialist light cruiser and advises a further year of trials before the design goes into fleet-wide production.

    Models by Rengers, JLS and Captain Fingers

  • 10 Oct 2022
    This is the bridge of the USS Lalo NCC-43837, an unassuming Mediterranean-Class freighter which is unfortunately remembered for being the first starship to be lost to the Borg incursion of 2366.

    For several additional renders, please visit my portfolio.

    The Mediterranean-Class ships are small freighters often tasked with urgent cargo deliveries inside Federation space. They have a small crew complement of only 30, most of which are non-commissioned officers or Ensigns on their first deep space posting. The commanding officer is usually a Lieutenant Commander, as the uneventful and routine assignments provide a good first test of command in relatively safe conditions.

    The bridge of the Lalo was minimal in its layout and comforts. Only the helm was expected to be crewed at all times, with the commanding officer often away overseeing cargo operations or schedules. Usually the only times where all four stations were crewed was when the ship is at port, while the delicate procedure of loading or unloading cargo is taking place, which necesitases the higher level of readiness for a ship of this function.

    For the exterior shape of the Mediterranean seen in the LCARS displays, I'm using a fan-created design by Bernd Schneider, which has since used to represent the class on official Star Trek comics and ebooks. You can see this design in detail here www.trekships.org/mediterranea…

    Software used:
    3D Modeling and rendering: Blender 3.3
    LCARS panels and textures: Inkscape 1.2
    OS: Ubuntu 22.04
  • 23 Nov 2020

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