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Old September 2 2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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Mack On 'Destiny'

Star Trek: Destiny will involve characters from three twenty-fourth century Star Trek televised series, Titan, New Frontier, Corps of Engineers, Klingon Empire and oh yeah, the Borg!

Star Trek author David Mack spoke recently with TrekMovie.com regarding the forthcoming Star Trek: Destiny book trilogy. According to Mack,the idea of Borg inclusion in Star Trek: Destiny was his. "...I was the one who suggested that the big crossover event should deal with the Borg," said Mack, "and it was my editors who recoiled and said, 'Not again! We just did two books dealing with the Borg!' When I first sat down in November 2006 to discuss the project with Margaret Clark and Marco Palmieri, all they had figured out so far was that they wanted a big crossover trilogy event for the end of 2008, and they had an image in the book Ships of the Line that served as the inspiration."

Although Star Trek: Destiny is a crossover series, the storytelling will be straightforward with no gimmicks. "I guess what I can tell you at this point is what you will not find in 'Star Trek Destiny'," said Mack. "No absurdly old characters from a previous century still kicking around to show our current cast how to do things 'old school.' No dividing the storyline into one crew per book, with some kind of hand-off at the end of books one and two. Nobody stepping through a door from the past to join our 24th-century heroes. No one awakens from suspended animation. No characters killed on screen or in print will be resurrected in 'Star Trek Destiny.'"

Mack went on to explain the writing process for writing Star Trek: Destiny. "It started with a grueling, six-month story development process," he explained. "My editors and I argued back and forth through multiple revisions of the trilogy concept, and we traveled down a few dead ends before we hit upon a story that we all liked. We then pitched it to Paula Block, the longtime licensing executive in charge of 'Star Trek' books and products. She had no changes but one question: 'Are you sure you really want to do this?' My editors answered in the affirmative, and I went to work on the first manuscript during the summer of 2007."

Following Star Trek: Destiny, other Star Trek authors will follow up on the events from the series. Mack explained that the process of writing Star Trek novels resembles working on a television series. "In many ways, we have begun treating the writing of 'Star Trek' novels like running a writers' room on a television series," he said, "with the editors serving as showrunners and each of us doing our part to tell the individual stories while safeguarding the continuity and narrative cohesion of the franchise as a whole."

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Old September 2 2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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No absurdly old characters from a previous century still kicking around to show our current cast how to do things 'old school.'
Not entirely accurate:
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Old September 3 2008, 01:28 AM   #3
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^

Good point. Has something to do with that image from the 'Ships' book they were talking about.
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Old September 3 2008, 02:14 AM   #4
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No absurdly old characters from a previous century still kicking around to show our current cast how to do things 'old school.'
Not entirely accurate:
Wait to read the book

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Old September 3 2008, 03:31 AM   #5
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No absurdly old characters from a previous century still kicking around to show our current cast how to do things 'old school.'
Not entirely accurate:
Wait to read the book
I already know that person is in it. The spoiler broke quite awhile ago.
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Old September 3 2008, 04:33 AM   #6
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Not entirely accurate:
Wait to read the book
I already know that person is in it. The spoiler broke quite awhile ago.
Mack never said anything about said individual not being in the book. He did say: No absurdly old characters from a previous century still kicking around to show our current cast how to do things "old school."

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^^is it just me or or is that pretty blatant PAD-bashing lol?

Does sound promising though.
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Old September 3 2008, 05:02 AM   #8
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With a headline like 'Mack on Destiny', I thought it would either be an interview about the books or one of those win-a-date-with-a-pornstar contests...

...I guess this is fine.

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Old September 5 2008, 01:02 AM   #9
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^^is it just me or or is that pretty blatant PAD-bashing lol?


Actually, I thought that was a reference to the Shatnerverse novels.


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Old September 5 2008, 03:07 AM   #10
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Re: Mack On 'Destiny'

^Or Diane Carey.
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Old September 6 2008, 01:50 AM   #11
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^

Which novel?
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Old September 6 2008, 06:32 AM   #12
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Ship of the Line, for one. Carey has Kirk spending a large portion of the book on the holo-deck with a representation of Kirk showing Picard how to be a real captain.
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Old September 6 2008, 02:20 PM   #13
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^

Forgot about that one, it's been so long since I read it.
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Old September 13 2008, 03:53 AM   #14
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Ship of the Line, for one. Carey has Kirk spending a large portion of the book on the holo-deck with a representation of Kirk showing Picard how to be a real captain.
Thanks for the memories.
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Ship of the Line, for one. Carey has Kirk spending a large portion of the book on the holo-deck with a representation of Kirk showing Picard how to be a real captain.
Thanks for the memories.
No prob. And for the record, my original post was, of course, supposed to read that, "Carey has Picard spending a large portion of the book on the holo-deck..."
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