Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
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Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009

Volume I
Number 74
Late May 2014
•  Fri.-Sun., May 30-June 1: Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
•  Friday-Sunday, June 13-15: Sci-Fi Summer Con

TrekTrax Atlanta announces date and first guests for 2015
•  TrekTrax Atlanta souvenir t-shirts still available
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated May Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  June Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Star Trek: The Continuing Mission audio drama returns
Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con

Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta GA  30313

Friday, May 30:
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 31:
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 1:
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wizard World is coming back to Atlanta!  After their first and so far only show here in 2010, which was met with... well, mixed reviews, Wizard World has had three years to get its act together by hosting conventions all across the country and is now ready to once again invade the already dense Atlanta convention scene with a bigger and better show.  Wizard World Atlanta has moved to the enormous Georgia World Congress Center and features dozens of actors and, as the name suggests, comic book writers and artists.  Of special note to Star Trek fans are Robert Knepper and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Robert Knepper played Wyatt Miller in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first-season episode "Haven" (1987) and Gaul in the Star Trek: Voyager sixth-season episode "Dragon's Teeth" (1999).  Learn more about Knepper here.

Clifton Collins, Jr. played Ayel, the Romulan cohort and general to Eric Bana's Nero, in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009).  Learn more about Collins here.

Scheduled appearances by actors from other popular science fiction franchises include Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), James Marsters (Caprica) and Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda), as well as Star Trek Online game designer Zeke Sparkes, Star Wars comic book artists June Brigman, Roy Richardson and Dean Zachary, and Star Wars sculptor Brian Muir.  Please visit the Wizard World Atlanta web page to see the full list of all their many confirmed guests.

Regular-price admission for the three-day weekend is $75.00 (plus $10.12 if purchased online) or $35.00 for Friday only, $45.00 for Saturday only or $40.00 for Sunday only (plus $7.32 for Friday, $8.02 for Saturday or $7.67 for Sunday if purchased online).  However, you can get a HALF-PRICE discount on any ticket in any quantity by entering ATL50 in the Discount Code box on the Checkout page when you purchase online.

ENS1 "Wolfy" and ENS1 Sue Lin Lange work the USS Republic and TrekTrax Atlanta fan table at the 2010 Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con.
The USS Republic had a fan table at Wizard World's first convention in Atlanta in 2010 and will have one again at this year's show.  Find us at Table D-16, next to the Batmobile (!!!), for photo opps in the Command Chair, special deals on prereg memberships for the 2015 TrekTrax Atlanta and souvenir t-shirts from previous conventions!
Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 13-15, 2014
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel
6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta GA  30339
Now in its fourteenth year, Sci-Fi Summer Con is for fans, friends and anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics.  The Republic has had an official presence at this convention for the last several years, including our 20th anniversary celebration six years ago and our very own Captain Eric L. Watts being named Fan Guest of Honor four years ago.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy.

USS Republic XO Adm Mike Henigan, ENS1 Julianne Trew, ENS1 Claire Willis and CO Capt Eric L. Watts at the Republic's TrekTrax Atlanta fan table at the 2013 Sci-Fi Summer Con.
As of press time, "Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy" has not announced any Star Trek-related guests or panels for this year's convention, and at this point is unlikely to do so, but it's still worth attending.

The Republic may or may not have
a fan table at the convention, depending on on-site table availability.  If the Republic is able to secure a table (which may not be known until the first day of the convention), please contact the Captain if you'd be interested in helping with it.  Anyone helping with the table must be a registered member of the convention; see details below.

Sci-Fi Summer Con memberships for persons age 13 and up who are not already registered are $35 for the weekend, $20 for Saturday only or $10 for Friday or Sunday only and are available only at the door.  For more information about Sci-Fi Summer Con's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.

TrekTrax Atlanta announces date and first guests for 2015

TrekTrax Atlanta 2014 is now over and a full post-mortem report will be published next issue (or perhaps the issue after that), but we couldn't wait until then to tell you that next year's convention will be held April 24-26, 2015, and that we're pleased to announce our first two confirmed guests: the talented puppeteer troupes Felt Nerdy and Death By Puppets, who presented the enormously popular "Puppets in Space... Opera!" show at this year's convention, as well as the fine podcasting folks over at Earth Station One (Mike Faber, Mike Gordon and Bobby Nash), who have been big supporters of the convention and will record a live broadcast from next year's convention.

In other news, we loved our hotel this year and would have liked to return there next year, but we were disappointed to learn that they already have every weekend in April booked with other big events.  The option of moving to March or May was offered to us, but we have decided that we want to keep our last-weekend-in-April date and have already begun looking at other possible hotels to host us next year.  Of course, additional news about next year's convention will be announced here as well as on the Facebook page.
TrekTrax Atlanta souvenir t-shirts still available
Still available!  A limited selection of commemorative souvenir t-shirts from this year's TrekTrax Atlanta!  Featuring a full-color design with this year's celebrity guests Arlene Martel, Felix Silla and Jeremy Roberts on a high-quality Gildan 50/50 polycot blend shirt.  Available in all sizes from Small to 2XL in red, blue or black, EXCEPT for Medium, which is available in black only.  There is only one shirt left in several of these size and color combinations, so purchase yours now before someone else does!  Only $20 postpaid to domestic US addresses.  Please select your shirt from the PayPal buttons below.
Personnel Records

STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  Over 60 Academy Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real world topics.  Each college offers dozens of different courses at varying levels of challenge from super-easy to really hard.  In total, there are nearly 1,000 different courses available.  Take a course today!

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!

Library Computer
Recent Chapter Event Photos
TrekTrax Atlanta   ||  April 25-27, 2014


Friday, May 2
Capt Michael Cowart

Thursday, May 8
ENS1 Glenn Albertini

Sunday, May 18
ENS Lee Johnson

Sunday, May 25
ENS1 Julianne Trew

Friday, May 30
ENS2 Richard Tucker

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in March.  Thank you!

ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS1 "Wolfy"

These members' dues will expire in June
.  Please renew now!

Crmn Eliya Brog
Ens Tov B. Brog
ENS1 Russell J. Broomfield
ENS1 Michael Shipley
ENS1 Jeff Trew
ENS3 Jenilee Trew
ENS1 Joanne Trew
ENS1 Julianne Trew
ENS1 Claire Willis

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  As of May 26, 2014, the Republic crew includes 37 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.
Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  STARFLEET dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership" or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10 per person for either membership option.  A combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Additional information about the two STARFLEET membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and payment instructions is on the "How to Join" page of our our award-winning web site.



AS OF MAY 26, 2014
Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
The award-winning Star Trek: The Continuing Mission audio drama returns
By Bill Watters
May 10, 2014
With the world of video exploding, it's exciting to see that the audio drama format is still alive and well.  After a nearly three-year hiatus, the cast and crew of the USS Montana have returned for an entirely new episode, "Cathedral in the Void," available from the Continuing Mission web site.
During its initial "season" of six episodes released between the winter of 2007 and the fall of 2009, the series amassed a listenership of tens of thousands, garnering critical acclaim and reviewed on CNN.  We had even named it "Audio Drama of the Year" in 2008.
Series producer Sebastian Prooth is proud of the series' use of a ship and storyline set outside of the established series canon, but still able to weave it into the same universe.
The story follows the adventures of a Federation crew plucked out of the 23rd century (from around the time of the events in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) and re-emerging in the 24th, just prior to the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
"The benefits of working in an audio format is that we've been able to utilize technology to bring together talented actors from around the world without having to physically bring them together," said Prooth.
The bulk of the original audio was completed back in 2011, with only a few characters' dialogue remaining.  Finally, it was an offer by Canadian fan and audio engineer Matheiu Blondin to help assemble the episode that restarted the momentum.  That addition to the team, in tandem with Prooth's desire to rejuvenate the series for an audience of today.  This new episode summons up the creations of H. P. Lovecraft, the father of modern horror, who consigned his unspeakable creations to the farthest reaches of the final frontier.  Most call them aliens. Some know them as the Elder Gods.  In the time before time, they ruled the Earth.  Now, the only thing that can stop their return is Captain Edwards and the crew of the USS Montana.
The episode is well-paced and is immersive as an audio experience, and easy to listen to (many effects-laden audio dramas become cluttered, which isn't the case with "Cathedral").  The actors' performances are solid and not over the top.  The cast is headlined by Captain Paul Edwards (Scott Martineck), Commander Darius Locke (Stephen Perkins), Lt. Commander Jack McGuire (Patrick McCray) and Lt. Commander Thomas Plummer (Nathan Wolfenbarger).
This new episode is in part an experiment to see if there's still an audience for Star Trek in an audio drama format.  They have already been drafting ideas for future episodes, but before they proceed, they want to see what number of listens this episode receives.
Personally, I'm a big fan of listening to audio format fiction, as I use them to pass the time on the daily work commute.  Full-format audio plays, however, have become too rare, with World War Z having been an interesting hybrid between a full cast and straight audiobook.  It's refreshing to see something in the tradition of the classic Orson Wells broadcast of The War of the Worlds being created anew today.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 74, Late May 2014.
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