CPT Shane Vansen is a main character appearing in Season 1 of Space: Above and Beyond and the various tie-in books and comic books.

Shane Vansen is portrayed as an adult by actress Kristen Cloke and as a young girl by Melissa Bullock.


Shane Autumn Vansen learned about duty and loss early in her life. Sixteen years ago her parents were killed by Silicates when they attacked the family home in U.S. Navy Housing in San Diego, California. Shane and her sisters Lauren and Kim hid in an attic crawl space while their parents were killed. [1]

The girls were raised by their Uncle Roger after the death of their parents and also have an Uncle Joe and Aunt Rita.[2]

When Shane was 21 years old she signed up for the United States Marine Corps Air and Space Cavalry. She was almost finished with Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Accelerated Flight Training (AFT) when news of the Vesta Colony and Tellus Colonies being destroyed by aliens was released and the Chig War began. Shane was assigned as a pilot (callsign “Queen of Hearts”) in the USMC 58th Squadron – the Wild Cards, embarked in USS SARATOGA, a United States Navy space carrier.[3]

58th Squadron

58th Squadron insignia

Vansen pool que

"I'm a dead-stroke player going strong for the cheese."

Shane is a skilled pool player and owns a Szamboti cue. While on R&R on the Bacchus, she manages to take down the resident pool shark, a Silicate owned by AeroTech, for a great deal of money.[4]

Military AwardsEdit

Character MotivationEdit

Shane is haunted by memories and dreams of the night that her family was attacked and her parents killed. She has an intense hatred of the Silicates.[5] She is also conflicted due to her ingrained sense of duty and responsibility and her desire to live a life free of anyone's need for her.[6]


Space: Above and Beyond - Television Series
Pilot (appears) The Farthest Man from Home (appears) The Dark Side of the Sun (appears) Mutiny (appears) Ray Butts (appears) Eyes (appears) The Enemy (appears) Hostile Visit (appears) Choice or Chance (appears) Stay with the Dead (appears) The River of Stars (appears) Who Monitors the Birds? (appears) Level of Necessity (appears) Never No More (appears) The Angriest Angel (appears) Toy Soldiers (appears) Dear Earth (appears) Pearly (appears) R&R (appears) Stardust (appears) Sugar Dirt (appears) And If They Lay Us Down To Rest ... (appears) ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (appears)
Space: Above and Beyond - Books
Space: Above and Beyond (novel) (appears) Demolition Winter (appears) The Aliens Approach (appears) Dark Side of the Sun (novel) (appears) Mutiny (novel) (appears) The Enemy (novel) (appears)
Space: Above and Beyond - Comic Books
Space: Above and Beyond (graphic novel) (appears) Space: Above and Beyond 1 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond 2 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond 3 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet 1 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet 2 (appears)


  1. Space: Above and Beyond (novel)
  2. Space: Above and Beyond (novel)
  3. Pilot
  4. R&R
  5. The Dark Side of the Sun
  6. Pilot