Star Traks: Boldly Gone

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Alan Decker

Anthony Butler

Series Synopsis

Star Traks: Boldly Gone... is the story of the USS Anomaly and her crew in the early 26th Century, 120 years after the current Star Traks universe. The Anomaly is a barely tested hybrid of Romulan technology piloted by a somewhat unbalanced living brain, crewed by a somewhat unbalanced crew. Equipped with state-of-the-not-yet-quite-tested "anti-singularity" engines, the Anomaly is rigged for speed and not too shabby in the weapons department either. With enemies like the Breen prowling around and Admiral Kristen Larkin looking over their shoulder, the Anomaly crew has their work cut out for them.

The past is past...and this crew is BOLDLY GONE...

In the 26th Century of Star Traks: Boldly Gone, the Federation and Romulans are allies, the Klingons have been reduced to Third World (or Third Civilization really) status, the Orions are environmentalists, the Ferengi are spiritual gurus, the Multek Enclave has disappeared, and the Borg have fragmented into various factions, each sporting a different color and personality. In the not-so-distant past, though, the Federation has fought a war with the Breen and dealt with a massive rebellion of holographic beings.

Series Status

Series Complete.

The Stories

See List of Star Traks: Boldly Gone Stories

Major Characters

Romulan Officers

Listed ranks are from the character's introduction and may change during the series

Minor Characters

Series Notes

Star Traks: Boldly Gone was created in 1999 by Alan Decker and Anthony Butler. Their goal was to create a series that they could write together and one that was free of the giant tangle of continuity that had formed in the various Traks and Star Trek series set in the 24th Century. At the time Boldly Gone was created, Alan was living in Louisiana and Anthony was living in Maryland, so most of the discussions were held via America Online Instant Messenger. If any of you are too young to know what that is, look it up. I'm sure Wikipedia has an entry.

Several ideas were bounced around in their efforts to find a concept and characters that were different from what had come before and that would be fun to write. Ideas included a robotic helm officer with multiple arms and a sentient ship. For quite a while, the USS Anomaly was not going to be a Starfleet ship at all. The idea was that Starfleet would detect a massive explosion of unknown energy on an out-of-the-way Federation moon and send a team to investigate. That team would find the remains of a scientist's lab and, safely stowed in a hidden hanger bay, a ship with a revolutionary new engine.

The most difficult part of developing the series was settling on the captain. None of the original character ideas were appealing, and for a while Alan and Anthony considered focusing on the lower officers and have different captains constantly coming in due to various mishaps, the insanity of the missions driving them off, and so on. They finally came with with Reginald Bain, though, and decided that he was just the man they needed to command the Anomaly. Other characters and relationships quickly fell into place once Bain had been created.

In the Summer of 1999, Anthony traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to visit Alan, and the two of them cranked out the first two Boldly Gone stories, If I Only Had a Brain and One Track Mind in a matter of days, with each of them taking turns at the keyboard and writing sections. After that, they developed the story ideas for each run together and then divided them up to work on, since they were rarely able to sit down together and write. In some stories, they divided up the individual subplots, wrote them, and then went back later to weave them into a single story.

As Anthony was still writing Star Traks: The Vexed Generation and Alan was jumping between Star Traks: Waystation, The Traks Files, and Star Traks: The Original Series, Boldly Gone acted as a fun change of pace when they needed to get away from their other projects. Unfortunately, this status combined with the increasing demands of their real lives put Boldly Gone on an unintentional hiatus after the end of Series Eight in October 2005. Both authors focused what little free time they had on their individual series, so the expected start date of Series Nine was pushed back from 2006 to 2008 to 2010. Series Nine finally began posting in July 2010, almost five years after the end of Series Eight. Thirteen years after that, Boldly Gone ended with the posting of Series Ten, which started in August 2023.


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