Joy Class Androids

As the fifth aniversary of the USS Hawking approached, a reunion of the old Hawking's crew and the new Hawking B was plotted. This being Star Trek, the reunion was done as a temporal disturbance, with a time anomaly merging the two crews and two ships into the prime requirement for any Hawking plot line.... a confused mess. The following is a bit heavy in techno babble, but is intended in part to cue the crew to the next step in the plot line. While most of the other logs in An Android's Tale show the climax or aftermath of various plots, this one is an example of a set up log, giving other players just enough idea as to what is going on to let them ad-lib the build up to the climax.

Diagnostics and Analysis

Subject : Diagnostic and Analysis
From : LtCdr Joy Eleven
To : Lt1 As'lan, Lt Tamacy, Ens Xiang, Ens Kyle
CC: VAdm Alpha, Cmdr Bravo, Dr. Us'qho, LtCdr Taylor, LtCdr Zoma
Stardate : ???
Prioirty : High

This unit recently underwent significant failure of internal memory data structures. On command from LtCdr Stuart, parity verification and tree structure rebuild were initiated. Structures and data that could not be confirmed were deleted. This purge and reconstruct is now complete.

The failed data structures are associated entirely with Joy Eleven and the USS Hawking. Memories assimilated from other Joy Class units seem intact. This unit could assume without significant difficulty Joy Ten's role of operatons officer, Joy Five's role as security officer, Joy Nine's role as dancer, or even Joy Seven's role as politician. However, recent memories of Joy Eleven as science officer have been corrupted and purged. This unit will be performing only in a degraded mode of operation.

The more recent memories are more apt to have been purged. Older data, from the first several mission of the Hawking, seem unaffected. However, older data is normally purged from the Joy class systems to free storage. Thus, even data related to Hawking's original missions is incomplete.

Lt. Aslan will be asked to review and verify major decisions within the Science Department. It may be advisable to transfer the science lead role until this unit can communicate with another Joy Class unit, and the corrupted memories restored.

The failure was induced. Systems outside of this unit are also effected. This unit attempted communication through subspace relay with other Joy Class units. Communications with the subspace relay network is down. This may be due to a software failure. LCARS' memory is corrupted in a matter similar to this unit. It may be that software corruption has rendered communications inoperable. Diagnostics indicate possible misconfiguration. However, preliminary sensor readings also suggest some sort of subspace disturbance preventing communications.

This unit recommends Operations should diagnose possible communications failure. Science should explore possible subspace disturbance blocking communications, and confirm subspace sensors and projectors are properly calibrated and configured.

This unit recommends Operations should monitor computer diagnostics closely. Memory failure within LCARS is system wide and could result in total system failure. Any operation requiring intensive computer support and control should be preceded by diagnostics and initiated with caution. Preliminary readings indicate LCARS is attempting to purge, reload and reconstruct its data structures in a matter similar to this unit. Any attempt to use computer or data intensive functions could result in system failure. At this time, fail safes and degraded software modes are not uncommon. Intensive use of any system could collapse LCARS. Engineering should be prepared to scram power systems, or back down to low powered modes requiring little to no computer support.

This unit has no theory on cause of concurrent failure of this unit and LCARS. This unit suggests shuttle computer systems should be verified. It seems that similar data and memory failures have occurred in various organic systems. Had the failures occurred only in positronic and electro-optical computers, and had there been overload burn out effect, electro magnetic pulse (EMP) might be suspect. If only organic minds seemed disturbed, perhaps some sort of psi disturbance might be suspect. As positronic, electro-optical and organic-neuron systems are all effected, neither explication seems satisfactory.

There shall be an immediate meeting of the science department meeting to consider possible causes, lines of investigations, and possible damage control assistance to Operations and Engineering.

Joy Eleven

May 20, 2000