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Old April 19 2013, 05:31 PM   #336
Lenny Nurdbol
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Location: New Jersey, with the Jersey Devil...
Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

Yeah, and Buckaroo Banzai is "canon" in Trek too if you want to rip into all the inside jokes and Okuda screens in TNG... But, hey, if you want to go That far then we can "canonize" Franz Joseph's Technical Manual and Enterprise Blueprints for their inclusion in the first few feature films! Wow!

Let me tell you about 2245. It's a date pretty much plucked out of thin air and given some sort of holy significance by claiming GR said it, which he never did... But it appears in one modern publication and that's all it takes for Pocket Books to lock onto and keep repeating it over and over again...

In Treknical fandom, the 1701 is much older than the 20 odd years given there in relation to the 5-year mission... She's closer to 50 years in fact. Where does this come from? A little book which preceded all these other books called The Making of Star Trek. Gene said he wanted the Enterprise to "have some history" and it states that Constitution class starships are around 50 years old... This is where the speculation started that the USS Valiant in "A Taste of Armageddon" was the first fatality of the Constitution class... This is why the Chuck Graham chronology which was The first chronology, places the Constitution class around 2210-2220 AD... But wait, there's more, much more... In TAS "The Counter Clock Incident" the first captain of the Enterprise, Robert April, has reached mandatory retirement age 75... If he took command of the Enterprise in his 30s, we're talking a 40-year age for the Enterprise and, lo and behold, the Novelization of this episode by Alan Dean Foster (Star Trek Log 7) states that it was 40 years since he first took command of the Enterprise... Captain April, the proto-Captain Kirk is noted in the old writers guides as being in his mid-30s.... Star Trek Maps also states that the Constitution class is slightly more than 50 years old (this is set circa ST-TMP)... The USS Enterprise Officers Manual has a reproduction of the dedication plaque of the Enterprise (with a tiny footnote Constitution Class Circa 2217). 2217 is a rather popular date for the birth of the USS Constitution and is again taken up in the USS Enterprise Heavy Cruiser Evolution Blueprints, Ships of the Star Fleet Volume One, the Federation Reference Series... I can go on and on... It stuck until techie works "split" in the early 80s when we had Spaceflight Chronology come out, placing TOS in the Early 23rd Century, launching Kirk's 5-year mission around 2207 AD, and limiting the age of the Constitution Class to a launch in 2188, if memory serves... Then the shit hit the fan with FASA building their RPG around it all (Paramount licensed, of course) and Shane Johnson in turn used that and its dates for Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enteprise, to further infuriate first generation Treknical Trekkers... It didn't get turned around until Admiral Kirk told Whale Babe in ST IV that he's from the Late 23rd Century, with fans arguing over the 2283 Romulan Ale date in ST II (Terran date or Romulan date?)...

This channeling is getting intense... No wonder it can lead to total mental collapse...
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