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Old July 30 2013, 08:41 PM   #67
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Re: shared universe, crossovers and easter eggs

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2. The novel Crucible: McCoy - Provenance of Shadows establishes that there was a real Benny Russell in the mid-20th Century. Of course, the Crucible trilogy is not set in the same continuity as most Treklit novels -- but I personally think there's a reasonable argument to be made that Benny Russell may have existed in the "real" Trekverse and that he may have been given visions of the 24th Century to inspire his writing by the Prophets -- who perhaps deliberately sought to link these two men's lives across the centuries.
I just don't find that convincing. The scenario in FBTS was too allegorical.

Plus it makes the Prophets real jerks, ruining that poor guy's life just so they could send Sisko a cryptic vision they could just as easily have fabricated as a pure illusion.
That's one interpretation -- but what if the Prophets' intent had been to send Benny visions of a better future to inspire him? They're not responsible for the oppression of American apartheid. I certainly never took it as the Prophets ruining Benny's life.
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