Star Trek: Athena Title Box

Welcome to the "Star Trek: Athena" website, a site on the Web featuring the stories of the Starship Athena. On this site, in addition to the stories, is some background information on the ship and the characters. The creators of this site welcomes reader submissions and ideas and corrections to the stories and any other details that can be found here.


December 19, 2017. Sure, it has been two and a half years since the last update to the "Star Trek: Athena" site, but that is life. Many things are happening and there simply is not enough time to do them all. I have continued to write stories featuring the "Athena" characters, but sometimes it takes a long time to actually get the stories done the way that I want them. Well, finally, there is new content on the site, the third "Athena" novel is now posted, the novel Iceball In this story, the world of Bedrosia is dying, as the planet is turning into a planet-wide glacier, an "iceball" planet. The only inhabitable part of the planet is a band around the equator. The people of Bedrosia know that their world is doomed, but they seek to let the galaxy know that they existed. They sent a message into space, and in time, two ships responded. One was a private research vessel associated with a university, and the other was the Athena, and the two captains have conflicting ideas on how to proceed. The story is available in three formats. It can be read online, or it can be downloaded as an .epub file for reading on an e-reader or in e-reader software on your mobile device. A .pdf version of the novel, formatted as a trade paperback similar to my Lulu novels, is also available. The latter two formats can be downloaded from the index page for the novel.

In addition to the new novel, some stories in Series 4 have been written and are awaiting final editing. These should start showing up shortly, because next year is the twentieth anniversary of the "Athena" website. I know that it is hard to believe that this many years have passed and that this site has been up that long, but it is what it is. See the Series 4 index page to see what is coming.

"ATHENA" on Mobile devices:
Did you know, that if you have a portable device, such as an iPhone, an iPod touch, an iPad, an Android smartphone or tablet or other device that can access the Internet, you can read "Athena" stories on your device? The story pages do display and are readable on such devices. I have looked at the site with assorted iOS and Android devices, and the content does display—and looks quite nice on the tablets. It is true that the site is optimized for computers, and not for mobile. To create a mobile-friendly site would be a rather large undertaking, and given that it is hard enough to find the time to post new content here, redoing the site so it works on a smartphone is not yet in the plans. The e-book files should also work on a mobile device with various apps that can be downloaded from the app store associated with your device).

If you are interested in continuing to be notified when new content is posted on this site, please send me an e-mail and I will add you to the list. A lot of people who have joined the notification list in the past no longer have valid e-mail addresses. If you had sent me an e-mail previously, and have not received any notifications, plesae send another e-mail with an updated address. Please specifically mention that you are referring to this "Athena" website. Without mentioning specifically that you wish to be added to the mailing list for this site, your request may not get past my spam filters.

First-time visitors to "Star Trek: Athena" should read About Star Trek: Athena first, to understand exactly what is going on here. Like all other "Star Trek" fan fiction sites, there are slight differences between the "Star Trek" universe as portrayed in television and film and the universe as it is revealed in these stories.

For those who have a story idea or even a complete story that they would like to see developed into a "Star Trek: Athena" episode, submissions are most welcome, but read the Reader Submissions page first.

To learn a little about the men and women who are the starring characters for "Star Trek: Athena," not to mention the supporting cast in terms of other members of the crew, check out the Crew Profiles page. There are eight individuals who could be called the "main characters," as well as a whole shipful of secondary characters.

The Athena is a Nebula-class starship, although there are differences from other Nebula-class vessels as seen in the movies and various episodes, not to mention other fan fiction sites. To learn a little more about the ship, consult the Starship Specifications page. One warning, though, your browser must support graphics for this page.

Click on the icon to the left to view the Athena dedication plaque, the one found on the bridge. Some of the names on the plaque represents those who helped put this site together. To return to this page, click on the browser back button.

Stories of the Athena are not the only ones on this site. Stories of other ships and crews have been written, and a selection will appear on the Other Ships index page.

These are the longer stories, the novels basically, although so far, there is just one.

The stories that make up the majority of the website can be accessed on the series list page. Click on the icon to go to the series list, which in turn link to the individual series and the stories in each series. Instructions on how to navigate through the stories are given on the individual series pages.

No website is complete without links, and the links page have some of the better "Star Trek" related ones. These are relatively stable sites and the links should be unbroken.

  The map of Known Space where the Athena conducts its travels, showing the relative location of the major space powers is found here. This is an on-going project and more maps will be added in the future. Graphics are required for this section.

WTP logoEnjoy the stories and the other contents on this site, but remember that "Star Trek" is a licensed property of Paramount Pictures. For that reason, this site is provided for the non-commerical enjoyment of the author of the stories and the visitors to the site. All content on this site belongs to the author and White Tornado Publishing and cannot be used for any commercial purposes. Please do not take content from this site and post it on another without permission of the author.

If there are any questions, any comments or any concerns that you may have about "Star Trek: Athena," you are welcome to E-Mail Me. If possible, I will respond to e-mails I receive, and if the comments are of general interest, there could be a "reader response" page on this site in the future. Thank you for taking the time to visit "Star Trek: Athena", and I hope you enjoy your stay here.

The TrekCreative Writers Guild

click here to go to the TrekCreative Writers Guild

The "TrekCreative Writers Guild" is a new attempt to create a directory of Star Trek fan fiction sites, including this one, and other good and recommended sites. The latest story on each site is (usually) listed, especially if the site owner, Garry Stahl, can keep it up to date. Click on the logo to go to the new Trekcreative Writers Guild site for more original-character "Star Trek" fan fiction.

Other Recommended Sites

The following are four original-character Star Trek fan fiction sites that I strongly recommend because of the quality of the story-telling and the effort that the creators have put into making interesting and informative "Star Trek" sites. They features some top-quality story-telling. Although their vision of the "Star Trek" universe do not necessarily agree with mine, they are still quality sites.

click here to go to Epiphany Trek

The stories of Garry Stahl, with various ships and captains set in various eras of the Star Trek universe; very well done with a well-developed alien race, the Ane, always a positive feature in fan fiction when done as well as it is here.

click here to go to Star Trek-Outwardly Mobile

"Star Trek-Outwardly Mobile" is a large collection of well-written stories by Jay Hailey, featuring the captain with the same name (but not the same person). Well done and thought-provoking, and now he has a new and improved site.

click here to go to Dark Horizon

A good to check out is "Star Trek: Dark Horizons," the work of Michael Gray. Climb on board the largest starhip in the Federation, the U.S.S. Chamberlain, on its voyages. This site is one of the best for the images and illustrations that accompany the stories and background materials on the site.

Also check out the TrekCreative Home Page, if you really want to see what I and the other authors here look like, plus brief bios of us and the others on the "TrekCreative" mailing list. If you are interested in the "TrekCreative" mailing list, click on the TrekCreative Writers Guild link and follow the instructions there.

Site last updated: December 19, 2017