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This story comes from the question (complaint?) of why don't you write Next Gen stories? Actually, I have, but I 'converted' them to the original series simply because it's my favorite. Also, I wasn't particularly impressed by Next Gen, especially during its first season. To me, it was difficult to accept a number of things: children on a first contact/exploratory ship; 'we don't work for pay, just self-improvement' (how do you improve yourself by taking out the trash or doing laundry?); the Ferengi as 'bad guys;' a ship that looked 'awkward' and so on. It took a while for me to get used to, but I was still never completely satisfied with the format.
As I have stated previously, I wrote several scripts for Next Gen, but found out Paramount had closed down the open submission policy before I could send them in, including "A Hero's Death" and "Star Light - Star Bright." Therefore, I rewrote them for T.O.S., simply because I'm more comfortable with that series.
Trouble with the E's is a Next Gen story I recently completed, which picks up after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. I wrote some notes and thoughts after seeing the movie and when I heard it would be the last one, I finished a rough draft of the story.
Recently, I dusted it off (literally) and finished it. It takes a look at a different aspect of Starfleet. In one scene, you'll notice I ignored the 'we don't work for money' part of Next Gen. I hope you don't mind, but it makes sense given the situation.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it regardless of which Trek is your favorite.
PS: I have a Voyager story in the works... but first will be "Final Mission." [Editor's note: Final Mission will start with the Jan/Feb issue of The Wright Stuff and continue with monthly(!) installments.]
-- Brad McDonald
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