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Old September 16 2013, 02:29 PM   #36
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Re: Question About "The Chimes at Midnight"

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
^ No, Earth is still around in the Eridanus timeline. Sulu and Demora describe it as "gone" but that's only because they no longer consider it home.
Steve Mollmann wrote: View Post
I'm pretty sure we didn't say that! Earth is mentioned as a potential target in the Klingon invasion of the Interstellar Union on p. 143. And on p. 235, Hikaru refers to Earth in the present tense. "Earth is gone" (p. 158) is just a metaphor as MLB stated.

V'ger is alluded to a couple times: McCoy died in a transporter accident during the crisis (p. 193) and Hikaru remembers assuming Enterprise's helm to stop "an alien cloud" (p.272). I honestly didn't give the role of Spock much thought!

DonIago wrote: View Post
It's interesting that you mention that, because while it never quite got to this point for me, I think a lot of the MyrU stories told were kind of downers. I mean they make things look better for the Primeverse, but it's still kind of sad to see things going to hell in some of the others.
Hm, that's interesting. There were definitely some negative timelines-- which sorta makes sense. What's the point of an alternative timeline where everything goes fine? Our intention in The Tears of Eridanus was that everything was okay in the end. There was a Klingon invasion of IU space after the story's end, but the explosion of Praxis would mean that everything wouldn't go as planned. Sure, an Andorian-dominated polity is more aggressive than the UFP, but it's not meant to be overtly militaristic.
Thank you for correcting me.

I don't know how often I read the story and whenever I read it I was always thinking that not only did Earth not recover from WW3, was significantly unimportant and then eaten by V'ger.
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