Paper Moon wrote:
I just finished reading TSW and I have to say, I really quite enjoyed it.
Reading Christopher's annotations, I was interested to see that he considered the Talarian story to be the A-story; the Kinshaya narrative seemed to be slightly more prominent and more compelling. But that may have just been me.
Well, as far as I
was concerned, the Kinshaya plot was definitely the A-story, the one I was more intrigued by and that came to me first. But I knew I had to give Picard and the other familiar screen characters something to do in order for the story to be marketable, and I knew that plotline would get more promotion and get treated as the A-story. And it was -- the cover blurb doesn't even mention the Kinshaya side of the novella.
In a situation like this, the fewer people who know, the better. Picard didn't have any operational need to be read in on this mission (as they say on spy shows), not at this point, anyway.