STARDATES IN STAR TREK FAQ -- Part VI
Last update: Feb 15 1997
by Andrew Main
1996-03-28, stardate [-31]7269.00
PART VI: POINTS OF ORDER
This FAQ is posted to the USENET newsgroup rec.arts.startrek.tech every 30
days. It is cross-posted to rec.answers and news.answers. It can be found by
searching any of these newsgroups for the subject line "Stardates in Star Trek
Mini-FAQ" (without the quotes). Depending on the configuration at your site,
it is possible that it may be expired earlier than intended, and therefore not
It is also available for anonymous FTP from rtfm.mit.edu (184.108.40.206) as file
/pub/usenet/news.answers/star-trek/stardates. This will contain the last
version to be distributed via USENET. rtfm.mit.edu also has a number of
mirrors, in which it is archived as star-trek/stardates. These URLs point to
a selection of mirrors around the world -- pick the one closest to you:
If you do not have access to FTP, you can obtain a copy from rtfm.mit.edu by
email. To do so, send an email message to <email@example.com>
containing the line:
As a last resort, you can obtain the latest version direct from the author by
email. To do so, send an email message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with
the subject line "send stardates". Messages for the attention of the author
should be sent to the same address, using some other subject line.
The canonical version of this FAQ will always be the plain ASCII text version,
as posted to USENET. Conversions to other formats may become available from
time to time, however.
An HTML version can be found at Joseph Creighton's Star Trek web page,
(At the time of writing this
is actually an encapsulation of the ASCII version, but it should become a
proper HTML conversion soon.)
A stardate calculation computer program is
To get the program in the form of a compressed `tar' archive, send email to
<email@example.com> with the subject line "send stardates.tar.gz". To get
the program as a DOS zip file, use the subject line "send stardates.zip", and
to get a Unix shell archive use the subject line "send stardates.shar".
Comments on this FAQ are always welcome. Send email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
PGP encrypted mail is welcome: the author's PGP public key may be obtained
from any of the PGP public key servers, and the key fingerprint confirmed by
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Major thanks to Jason Hinson <email@example.com>, for writing the
Relativity and FTL FAQ. (That document is recommended reading for all
Credits go to the following people on the Internet, either for interesting
USENET postings or for helpful email messages:
Dewitte A. Baisch, Jr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greg Berigan <email@example.com>
Joseph Chen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ted Clancy <email@example.com>
Edgar Governo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Scott F. Ichniowski <email@example.com>
Joseph M. Osborne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Steve Pugh <email@example.com>
Boris Skrbic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Michael M. Welch <email@example.com>
- Version 0.*
Pre-release versions. Mostly consisted of a few thousand digits on a lot
- Version 1.0 (1994-05-23, SD [-31]3892.64, 400 lines, 21kB)
The initial release version. This version is in the public domain.
- Version 1.1 (1994-11-05, SD [-31]4723.71, 449 lines, 23kB)
Minor changes were made to clean up small sections. Section numbering, a
table of contents, and the history section were added. This version was
the first to be posted to the USENET newsgroup rec.arts.startrek.tech,
and is in the public domain.
- Version 1.2 (1994-12-05, SD [-31]4872.95, 709 lines, 36kB)
A fairly extensive revision, including a rewrite of almost all of the
text. The introductory sections were slightly rearranged, and the main
investigative sections were renamed to be more consistent. New sections
were a detailed description of 20th century stardates and a C program to
calculate contemporary stardates. The document became a FAQ.
- Version 1.3 (1995-01-08, SD [-31]5042.92, 883 lines, 43kB)
An intermediate release. The previous flat numbering scheme was changed
to a two-layer hierarchical system, making the document easier to use. A
new section on time standards was added, and the section on other
stardate theories was expanded to become a major division.
- Version 1.4 (1995-04-19, SD [-31]5547.00, 1782 lines, 77kB)
A new part was added to the document, detailing and explaining away some
objections to the theory. The stardate program was improved and moved to
a new part, and another related program was added. An error in the
original calculation was discovered while testing the new stardates
program: the 20th-issue stardate for 2323-01-01 was previously given as
5006.5, whereas it is actually 5006.0. This change does not have
any significant effects.
Version 1.6 (1997-02-09, SD [-31]8857.62, 1199 lines, 61kB)
- Version 1.5 (1996-03-28, SD [-31]7269.00, 1139 lines, 57kB)
A revision of the previous version. The only major change is that the
stardate calculation programs added in the previous version are now
distributed separately. (They took up a lot of room, and seemed out of
place in a textual document.) Parts of the text have been reworded, and
some minor sections have been added.
A revision of the previous version. A few new points of information are
added. Some dates from ST:FC are used. We have also finally passed
stardate 50000 in the current episodes. The major change is the
redesigned stardate program, in the addendum (now available in several
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