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Old May 24 2013, 02:15 PM   #68
CorporalCaptain
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Re: Updating FJ's technical manual?

blssdwlf wrote: View Post
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Any Tech Manual that went to those extremes would be one that I'd altogether shun.
Then to that same extent, did you shun FJ's Tech Manual? He went to such extremes yet those extremes aren't even on screen. Did he need to calculate out the time slow down at warp speeds?

By grabthar's hammer, it really should be called the Technical Speculation Manual. At least the one good thing TOS got right was kept the details vague for us to disagree over
The FJTM isn't even close to being golden. Does that answer your question?

Now, that said, and I always say this when discussing the FJTM, some of the cutest things about it are the forewords. They basically provide a backstory that explains all the errors, including, if not especially, the phony science.

Could the "science" be better? Well maybe, but let's be real: only if the shit were real could the notes in there actually stand up to scrutiny, and that's too high a standard. But, probably the navigational stuff should be deleted, at least in its current form.

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I want something that I can actually believe (in the sense of being willing to suspend disbelief) that the characters in-universe would be reading.
If an in-universe character was reading it, and the manual mentioned the cracked wall resulting from CharlieX's powers then sure. But would an in-universe character read something about Nimoy accidentally cracking a stage set of TV show set in the 1960's? Maybe but not as a Tech Manual...
No, in universe, there is no spoon—err, crack.
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