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Old May 18 2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Re: Star Trek XI tech in future TNG-era novels?

KingDaniel wrote: View Post
Transwarp Beaming
Invented by Scotty, presumably after his TNG-era resurrection, and allows beaming from planet to planet.
As I remarked before, TNG: "Bloodlines" established that the Federation was already aware of interstellar (subspace) transporter technology, but it was rarely used due to its risks and extreme power demands. The simplest interpretation is that this is the technology Scotty invented (probably before he was lost on the Jenolan, because "Bloodlines" was less than two years after his reawakening), and that in the movie, its use was justified due to the extreme emergency. The power usage issue is still a problem, though; as you say, the film implies that even a low-power shuttlecraft transporter can do it. But I agree that this will probably become one of ST's many forgotten technological advances, since its regular use would be too great a change in the status quo (which is no doubt why it was never mentioned after "Bloodlines").

Decalithium and Red Matter
Red Matter is the latest in a long line of Star Trek WMD’s. It’s made from Decalithium (which is, like, Dilithium times 10 or maybe something about plastic model rub-ons).
Well, by that logic it would be dilithium times 5, since di- means 2.

Ships that can survive black holes
Both Nerada and the Jellyfish survived trips though black holes (I’m gonna pre-empt complaints about time-dilation by saying the ships’ warp fields prevented that.). Although the film showed us differently (as did the novel Federation), I can’t imagine anything being powerful enough to destroy a ship that survived a trip though a black hole. That said, it was said in ST: TMP that Voyager VI survived a trip though a black hole, and it was made mostly of tin foil, and some slightly stronger bits of tin foil.
It depends on the nature of the fictional singularity. Heck, in real life, you could survive passage through a black hole if it were large enough, say, a supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy. The thing that does you in isn't the gravity per se, but the tidal stress -- one end of your ship is closer than the other end, and if the gravity gradient is steep enough, that means one end is getting pulled significantly harder than the other end, so the ship gets pulled apart. But gravity goes as the inverse square of distance from the center of mass. The larger the black hole is relative to your ship, then the less relative difference there is between the distances of the front and back ends of your ship, and the weaker the tidal stress gets.

Now, red matter "black holes" exert a gravitational effect that doesn't work much like real gravity at all. Their pull is far stronger at a distance than that of a real black hole. Perhaps their gravity doesn't fall off by an inverse-square law, so maybe the tidal effect doesn't apply. And really, "black hole" seems to be something of a misnomer, since the singularities in the film exhibit none of the properties of a real black hole aside from the blackness.

(the petition for a Starship Kelvin novel series starts here!).
Nope, somebody beat you to it.

Aside from the fact that the Kelvin (like the NX01) looks much more advanced than the ships that follow it in the original timeline (which is just an artistic thing that too many TOS die-hards get wound up about), this shouldn’t cause any troubles for modern Trek novels (it might throw a spanner into Margaret Clark’s plan to explain away the ENT-TOS tech downgrade, however).
I still don't accept the notion that just because the technology looks more modern by our standards, that means it has to be genuinely more advanced. Looks can be deceiving. It could just be a matter of aesthetics. Or maybe the designers of the Prime-timeline Enterprise favored using more reliable, proven technology rather than embracing all the flashy new stuff.

Also there were a few cool new aliens on the Kelvin crew as well, of which we know nothing about.
And at Starfleet and aboard the Enterprise.

So – are we gonna see any of this stuff in forthcoming novels (after we’ve smashed-in the Typhon Pact in 2010)? Or will it all be swept under the Great Space Rug and forgotten? There’s bags of potential for giving all this stuff origin stories, if done right.
The books are only up to 2381, and Countdown was in 2387. It may be quite a few years before these questions need to be addressed.
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