Youth and early TV-existence
Commander McLane can look back to a long and successfull career in a German TV-series of the sixties, which brought him something like a cult-status among German SF-addicts. Serving in the Space Patrol ('Raumpatrouille') as captain of its flagship, the 'Orion', he mastered many an adventure, technically sometimes way ahead of the crew of the USS Enterprise, whose escapades were aired at roughly the same time; the series was especially famous for the use of ordinary household items, like plastic mugs, irons, etc., as props on the ship's bridge.
Rebirth in the Ooniverse
Commander McLane came into being again at 2084004 under the Pseudonym of 'Jameson', but quickly was restored to his original name. His famous ship, the 'Orion', however, had been lost in the maelstrom of time and was replaced with an ordinary Cobra III. So his quest for becoming famous again and regaining a decent ship started. Now, at 2084800, about two-and-a-half years later, he is a proud member of the Imperial Courier Owner's Club and can again look back on an impressive career with a killcount nearing the 9000-mark and a little over four million credits in the bank. Currently in Galaxy 5, he has two major objectives. On a short-range timescale he is hoping to gain a piece of equipment that may be helpful for his further undertakings, and on a medium-range timescale he is looking forward to an exciting career as an assassin. For the future that lies beyond that, considering his financial and reputational background, he may be reflecting either one of two major options, namely an early retirement, continuing to fly his Imperial Courier only for leisure reasons, or starting another quest for Raxxla.
For the time being, however, his progress in any of his career activities is slowed down, mainly due to other activities that require a lot of his time and will be described in the next section.
Contributions to the commOonity
Commander McLane is also known as one of the major contributers of the Oolite Bulletin Boards (currently holding position 12 among the most prolific posters) and takes even a little pride in having been able to contribute some of his thoughts to the community. Among these are externalviews.oxp, that fixes some issues with the custom views of the ships of the original set and will be included in a coming Oolite distribution itself, and Anarchies.oxp (up to now in version 0.1), which will see its final release (hopefully) soon.
Other quests of his include, but are not limited to, the work on some other OXPs (WIP), bug-squashing activities in recent versions of Oolite, and tasks like Understanding commodities.plist or the more occult features of quaternions.