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Drago-Kazov December 11 2012 09:11 AM

Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
I would put my money on Bennet but i had not read that many Trek books. Anyone else who is really good at this?

Markonian December 11 2012 02:05 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconning stuff?
 
Christopher L. Bennett.

Examples include sorting Trek time travel (Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations), making sense of fictional and real world Vega (ibid.), smoothing TAS into the continuity (ibid.) and explaining the absence of the aeroshuttle ("Places of Exile").

James Swallow managed to form the bits of Kriosian canon into a cohesive history (Cast No Shadow).

ryan123450 December 11 2012 02:15 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Christopher. Hands down.

Relayer1 December 11 2012 02:19 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Yup - Christopher.

Edit - there's a number of authors adept at making sense of the occasional hitch or error, but Christopher has proved very capable of untangling the whole temporal / causality / alternate timeline malarkey...

Christopher December 11 2012 03:56 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Thanks, guys, but I'm not sure "retconning" is the word. That means retroactively changing the continuity, doesn't it? I'm more about trying to clarify and reconcile it. Although I guess retconning can be reinterpreting too, revealing a different meaning or explanation for something that happened before.

And Markonian, I'm puzzled -- I only mentioned Vega in passing in Watching the Clock. Did you mean Regulus? (Although the Vega colony does make an appearance in Rise of the Federation.)

EliyahuQeoni December 11 2012 04:18 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
The first author that sprung to mind was Christopher, though I do agree that what he does isn't necissarily "retconing," though that is part of what he does so well.

diankra December 11 2012 04:36 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
It is a bit of a dual meaning term: we really need two terms - ret-conning (changing continuity) and rec-conning (reconciling contradictory continuity).

DS9forever December 11 2012 09:29 PM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin.

hbquikcomjamesl December 12 2012 12:16 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Have we forgotten how good Greg Cox is at retconning real world history into ST continuity?

George Steinbrenner December 12 2012 12:54 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconning stuff?
 
Quote:

Markonian wrote: (Post 7381258)
Christopher L. Bennett.
explaining the absence of the aeroshuttle ("Places of Exile").

How did he do that?

JD December 12 2012 02:38 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Another vote for Christopher L. Bennett. It's more making sense of things than changing them, but he's great at it.

RPJOB December 12 2012 05:53 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Another vote for CLB. At times it's almost like he's doing a remake of Trek, changing the things that he sees as "wrong" while still keeping it fairly close to the original. It's like watching TOS while squinting.

ryan123450 December 12 2012 06:00 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
I prefer watching it while squinting then.

Turtletrekker December 12 2012 06:34 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Christopher and KRAD.

Geoff Peterson December 12 2012 06:46 AM

Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?
 
Quote:

hbquikcomjamesl wrote: (Post 7384558)
Have we forgotten how good Greg Cox is at retconning real world history into ST continuity?

That was a masterpiece of retconning.


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