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Campaign to get the four novels in the series professionally edited.
Campaign to get the four novels in the series professionally edited.
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Campaign to get the four novels in the series professionally edited.

Star Trek: The Four Years War

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What is Star Trek: The Four Years War?

The Four Years War was a protracted conflict between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, which took place roughly ten years prior to the events depicted in Star Trek: The Original Series.

The entire war was outlined in a supplement for the FASA version of Star Trek: The Role Playing Game. While the supplement goes into some detail concerning battles, tactics, and political motives, it is lacking a great deal.

Being an avid fan of military history, I felt that this was a great project to test my abilities at novel writing. Thus, in 2011, this series was born.

As of September 2014, two novels have been completed. To date, they’ve been downloaded over 8,250 times across 68 countries. The 3rd novel, already three-quarters complete, will be finished this year. Depending on the success of this campaign, the 4th could be released by summer, 2015.

Half of the work involved in writing these has been research, trying to blend elements from a great many sources to create a logical flow. I think I've done a pretty good job, and my current followers tend to agree. Here are some of my information sources:

Star Trek: RPG (FASA) (Heavily)
Canon episodes of ENT, TOS, TAS, TNG, VOY, and DS9
Novels from Pocket Books, Comics
Guenther & Sofia - Ships of Starfleet Vol. 1 & 2
Jackill's Starfleet Reference Manual, Vol's 1, 2, & 3
Spaceflight Chronology (Goldstein & Sternbach)
Jaynz Ships of Starfleet
Star Trek Maps (Bantam Books, 1980)
Starfleet Medical Reference Manual (Ballantine Books)
...and a few others.

Having said that, there is no J.J. alternate timeline in here, nor any reference to it. 

Despite the good reviews I’ve gotten on them, I really want them to shine. I think they’re worth the effort, and I know that fans would agree. I simply don’t have the disposable income to pay for editing. With your help I can make that happen.

As I said, you can download the first two novels from my website for free right now--the purpose of this campaign is not to give you access to them. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to make those books, which so far have collectively taken 2 ½ years to write, look as perfect as possible.

They’re going to exist on the web…in theory…forever. Let’s all do our part to make them look amazing! Help by becoming a part of the adventure today.

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3rd Fleet Patch
3rd Fleet Patch

The patch of the 3rd Fleet is now an add-on for anyone who has donated $20 or more to the project. The outer border in blue signifies the mission, the emblem is the official seal of Starfleet command, and the maroon background denotes the area of responsibility--in this case, the Klingon sector. The 3rd Fleet patch is the first in a series that will commemorate the Four Years War.

Stretch Goal #1: $2,400.00 UNLOCKED!

Now that we've surpasses the stretch goal, here are the upgraded perks:

All levels will receive, in addition to the 3rd Fleet Patch, the patch of the Constitution Design Team. Both are depicted below.

3rd Fleet Patch and Constitution Class Patches
3rd Fleet Patch and Constitution Class Patches

Lieutenant Commander-level and above will have their novels upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade (6"x9").

Commander-level backers will receive, in addition to their perks, a sealed envelope bearing the seal of Starfleet Command. This will contain a printed copy of your ships dedication plaque and a personalized 'thank you' letter signed by the author.

Captain-level backers and above (including Palm Leaf-level) will receive, in addition to their normal perks, a sealed envelope (blue--water and tear resistant w/silver interior lining) bearing the full-color seal of Starfleet Command. This will contain your personal orders from Starfleet Command on official letterhead, a single-sheet blueprint of your assigned vessel, and a printed color copy of your ships dedication plaque. All prints will be suitable for framing, and will be on 8"x11" photo-paper.

Stretch Goal #2: $3,600: UNLOCKED!

All levels will now receive both the Starfleet Tactical and Memory Alpha embroidered patches shown below:

Starfleet Tactical and Memory Alpha patches.
Starfleet Tactical and Memory Alpha patches.

Stretch Goal #3: $4,800: UNLOCKED!

ALL backers will receive the following:

(1) Full-color Starfleet Academy Diploma with your name on it. The date of graduation will be commensurate with your pledge level (ie. junior officers will have a much later graduation date than Admirals). The diplomas will be printed on 32lb textured ivory parchment paper (like a 'real' diploma). It will come in a blue heavy-paper folder with the logo of Starfleet Command on the front.

(1) 'Remember Archanis IV' embroidered patch.

(1) 'Santee-class Experimental Fleet Carrier' embroidered patch.

Copies of all 4 novels in TXT format*

(1) Electronic copy of The Army of Light, the first novel in my personal series of science fiction adventures.

*Some eReaders (like Kindle Fire, iPad) can be very picky about which books they will 'read back' to you. For this reason, TXT files are perfect for apps that can perform Text-to-Speech, like Read2Me. When used in conjunction with voices from companies like SVOX, it's a great alternative to audio versions of the novels, and the files are extremely small. I use these programs myself every day, and I'm constantly surprised by how often I forget I'm listening to a computer!)

Stretch Goal #4: $6,000: UNLOCKED!

Everyone who has donated more than $25.00 will receive the following two perks:

Stretch Goal #5: $8000 +

At this point in the campaign, every dollar has been accounted for. All the perks can be built and shipped to every donor once they are finally assembled in April od 2015. Every level from Captain and above has been filled, and I don't foresee needing any more officers in those billets.


So, what's in the next stretch goal? Right now, I have everyone down for standard shipping (5-7 days in most cases), slightly longer for overseas backers. I'd like to upgrade most (if not all) of those to 2-day or overnight shipping. I'd also like to protect your investment during shipping. This could mean purchasing individual shipping insurance, adding more bubble-wrap/peanuts to the boxes, purchasing document protectors for your paperwork, those sort of things. Of course, I wouldn't mind giving my editor a little bonus for all the hard work she's doing for all of us as well.

Every dollar you give above and beyond your initial contribution will go towards these benefits (and would be highly appreciated by everyone, I'm sure). If you'd like to add to your existing contribution, simply click on the "Manage Pledge" button in Kickstarter and give as little or as much as you want. Your existing perk level will not change.

As a reminder to everyone, even though you may have chosen a perk-level, you can always go back and donate again with any amount you like. 

Purchase Add-ons are used so that you can receive additional perks. Shipping will be added during check-out. The available add-ons are listed below:

One set of pocket-sized paperback novels: $35

One set of US Trade paperback (6”x9”) novels: $55

One set of US Trade Hardback novels (with dust jacket): $105 

Any embroidered patch that has been unlocked: $3

Follow these steps to receive an Add-on:

Go to this URL: http://www.stephenfender.com/?page_id=10

Choose your add-ons and pay using PayPal.

You will be charged for add-ons at that time. All items will be shipped after April 1, 2015.

Risks and challenges

When it comes to fulfillment, every project has potential obstacles, and my novels are no different. While I own my own publishing company, I do not print my own material. This is where, if ever, there are any delays. I'll be working closely with my distributor to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

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    Ensign: Electronic copies of the first three novels emailed to you. Formatted in .PDF, .mobi, .az3, ePub, or .iBook.

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    Lieutenant: All the rewards of Ensign level, plus an electronic copy of Book 4 emailed in your choice of digital formats. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgments section of all four novels.

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    Lieutenant Commander: All the rewards of Lieutenant, plus you'll also receive an autographed copy of Book One. Novel will be printed in a pocket-format of 4.25″ x 6.875″ with a professional front and back cover.

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    Command Staff: All the perks of Lieutenant Commander, with the addition of the 3rd Fleet's official patch and bookmark. You'll also receive a PDF copy of the behind the scenes info. It contains all the ships, characters, locations, and damage tables I use throughout the series.

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    Commander: All the rewards of Lieutenant Commander, but you'll receive autographed printed copies of all four books. Novels will be printed in a pocket-format of 4.25″ x 6.875″ with a professional front and back cover.

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    Executive Officer: A captain is only as good as the pople that sever under him. With this level, your name will appear as a senior crewman aboard a starship of the line. The choice of race/species is up to you. The rank of your character will be dependent on my needs, but you'll have a notable position. Of course, you'll also receive all the perks of Command Staff and above. All novels will be upgraded to US Trade paperback (6"x9").

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    Starfleet Marines: FASA was very clear that Marines played a vital role in the FYW. From boarding parties to ground assaults, the Marines were always ready. You will receive all 4 novels in US Trade paperback, autographed, a diploma signifying your graduation from Fleet Marine Academy, as well as any other perk unlocked. There are at least three major battles in my books involving Marines. Please provide me the name you would like to see in print.

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    Captain: Starfleet needs you, and I need Captains! With this level, you will receive all the perks of Commander level, but your name will appear as the Captain of a starship or starbase. The choice of race/species will be up to you.

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    Du-ko-cha: You are an honored member of the High Council, and a member of the Imperial Klingon Marines! You will receive autographed copies of all four novels, a frame-ready document signifying you allegiance to the Klingon Empire, and a Klingon name that will be used in the novels.

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    Captain - Imperial Klingon Navy: Your service to the Empire is required! You will receive autographed copies of all four novels, a frame-ready document signifying you allegiance to the Klingon Empire, and a Klingon name specific to you for the command of a Klingon vessel. You may choose the name of your vessel, but I reserve the right to make sure it's in accordance with established conventions.

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    Fleet Captain: You're ready to take command! With this level, you will receive all the perks of Captain level. In addition, you will be able to choose the name and class of your flagship from a list of predefined vessels.The choice of your exact race/species will be up to you. The list of available starship classes is in the FAQ section. You will be notified by email when I need your decision. In addition, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade (6"x9").

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    Commodore: The fleet is yours. Your name will appear in the novel. In addition, you will be able to choose the name and class of your flagship from a list of predefined vessels.The choice of your exact race/species will be up to you. The list of available starship classes is in the FAQ section. You will be notified by email when I need your decision. In addition, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade hardcovers (6"x9"). Because there is an additional weight, shipping will go up slightly to $20.

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    Rear Admiral: Well done! Your name will appear in the novel. In addition, you will be able to choose the name and class of your flagship from a list of predefined vessels. The choice of your exact race/species will be up to you. The list of available starship classes is in the FAQ section. In addition to receiving all perks from the other levels, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade hardcovers (6"x9"). Because there is an additional weight, shipping will go up slightly to $20.

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    Vice Admiral: Your star is rising! Your name will appear prominently in one novel. In addition, you will be able to choose the class of your flagship from a list of predefined vessels. You will name the vessel yourself--no restrictions! The choice of your exact race/species will be up to you. The list of available starship classes is in the FAQ section. You will be notified by email when I need your decision. In addition, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade hardcovers (6"x9"). Because there is an additional weight, shipping will go up slightly to $20.

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    General, Klingon Imperial Marines: Your chosen Klingon name will appear prominently in at least two novels. You may also choose which house you serve, and you'll receive a letter of rank from the emperor himself. In addition to all other perks, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade hardcovers (6"x9"). Because there is an additional weight, shipping will go up slightly to $25

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    Fleet Admiral: Rank has its privileges! Your name will appear prominently in at least two novels. In addition, you will be able to choose the class of your flagship from a list of predefined vessels. You will name the vessel yourself--no restrictions! The choice of your exact race/species will be up to you. The list of available starship classes is in the FAQ section. You will be notified by email when I need your decision. In addition, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade hardcovers (6"x9"). Because there is an additional weight, shipping will go up slightly to $20.

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    Admiral, Klingon Imperial Navy: Your chosen Klingon name will appear prominently in at least two novels. In addition, you will be able to choose the class of your flagship from a list of predefined Klingon vessels. You will name the vessel yourself--no restrictions! You may also choose which house you serve, and you'll receive a letter of rank from the emperor himself. The list of available starship classes is in the FAQ section. In addition to all other perks, your print versions of the novels will be upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade hardcovers (6"x9"). Because there is an additional weight, shipping will go up slightly to $25

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    Captain - Constitution-class vessel: Per FASA, there is only ONE Constitution-class vessel that actually entered combat during the FYW, the USS Potemkin. You will assume command of it. You will receive all 4 novels in US Trade paperback, a blueprint of the Constitution class (the only one I'm making), all the patches already unlocked (as well as three additional ones: vintage UFP, Starfleet Command, and a gold Enterprise command emblem). You will also receive any other perk that has been unlocked.

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    Palm Leaf of Axanar: I’m going to need a few people who want to join the adventure alongside James Kirk and Gary Mitchell. Your character will fight alongside them, have a ‘history’ with them, and ultimately receive the same Palm Leaf of Axanar as them. In addition to the perks already associated with Fleet Admiral, you’ll get a laser-cut, 2 ½” medal (in polished silver) with a two-tone blue/gray ribbon placed in a flip-top presentation case. It will come with an engraved plate bearing YOUR NAME placed under the words "Palm Leaf of Axanar"

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    Garth Of Izar: Two copies of the Four Years War in 6" x 9" hardback. Perfect for the collector who needs additional copies. You'll also get the Palm Leaf of Axanar laser-cut medal.

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    Federation President: You are in control of the destiny of billions! All 4 of your novels will be autographed US Trade (6"x9") dust jacketed hardcovers, with an entire page dedicated to you by me. Similar to the Palm Leaf level, you will receive a laser-cut (one of a kind) 2 1/2" medal signifying your stature as the leader of the Federation. You will also receive a "sealed" original FASA Star Trek RPG boxed set (2nd Edition), the Tactical Combat Simulator (FASA #2003), and the actual Four Years War supplement I used to write these novels (also autographed by me). You will also receive four 10"x16" game maps for use with the Combat Simulator. You will have all the tools necessary to relive every battle of the war. Of course, your name will appear in the novel as the President, UFP, and you'll be credited in the acknowledgement section.

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    4 Years War Veteran: In addition to all perks, you will receive 2 copies of the novels, one in hardback format, the other in paperback. You'll also receive the first 6 novels of my own scifi series, the Kestrel Saga, in US Trade Paperback (6"x9"). All copies will be autographed. The covers for these hardback novels will be new designs, and will not be listed for sale in the web store on my site. Your name will appear in ALL the Star Trek novel with a prominent position. These are VERY limited editions!

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Funding period

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