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The user known as Shran is a regular contributor of Memory Alpha, on which he has been a member since June 18th, 2005. His real name is Charles. His username was chosen in honor of the Andorian character of the same name, played by Jeffrey Combs on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Born in Virginia, Charles has been a Star Trek fan since the early 1990s, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation, when he was living in Germany. He has since followed the franchise faithfully, having seen every episode of the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise, most of Voyager, and owns all ten Star Trek films.

Charles considers himself a die-hard "Trekker" (or Trekkie, whichever you consider to be the more obsessed of the two). He believes in the optimistic vision created by Gene Roddenberry, and is obsessed with creating explanations for apparent continuity errors to ensure the Star Trek timeline remains internally consistent. Most importantly, however, he enjoys the good, high-quality entertainment which Trek almost always offers. His love of Trek encompasses all ten feature films and all of the television series (with the exception of the animated series, which he has seen very little of and does not consider fully canon).

Currently residing in his birthstate of Virginia, he is attending Christopher Newport University, where he intends on majoring in theatre (on an acting track) and minoring in film studies. Outside of school, he does very little with the exception surfing the net and watching television. (Schoolwork figures in there somewhere). Besides Star Trek, he is a huge fanatic of film and TV in general, and is what many people would consider a "film encyclopedia," as he has a vast amount of trivia about all types of movies: the old, the new, and the yet-to-be-released.

Charles had a less-than-auspicious start as a named member of Memory Alpha. Unfamiliar with the rules and policies of this wiki, he began by adding useless nonsense to a few articles and also blanked articles. However, he was quickly set straight by the likes of Alan del Beccio, and has since become a valued member of Memory Alpha – or so he likes to think. He also likes to think that he's become an expert on the Star Trek universe; however, he admits that he is always learning new, interesting details... but he wouldn't have it any other way.

Charles must be doing something right, since he is now an administrator on Memory Alpha. He was initially nominated for administatorship by Tim Thomason on September 24th and was formally "initiated" by Cid Highwind on November 4th.

Be sure to also visit Charles's Memory Alpha user page, located here. You can contact him via his talk page here, or at MA.

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