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View Poll Results: Grade "The Needs of the Many"
Excellent 7 17.95%
Above Average 9 23.08%
Average 10 25.64%
Below Average 5 12.82%
Poor 8 20.51%
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Old March 25 2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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STO: The Needs of the Many by M. A. Martin Review Thread (Spoilers!)

I picked this (and Unspoken Truth) up at Wal-Mart today...

Prior to the terror-filled times of the Long War–the seemingly endless struggle against the Undine, a paranoid, shape-shifting race once known only as Species 8472–enemy sleeper agents quietly penetrated every echelon of Federation society, as well as other starfaring civilizations throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. The ensuing conflict shook humanity to its very core, often placing its highest ideals against a pure survival instinct. All too frequently, the Undine War demanded the harshest of sacrifices and exacted the steepest of personal costs from the countless millions whose lives the great interdimensional clash forever altered.

Drawn from his exhaustive research and interviews, The Needs of the Many delivers a glimpse of Betar Prize–winning author Jake Sisko's comprehensive "living history" of this tumultuous era. With collaborator Michael A. Martin, Sisko illuminates an often-poorly-understood time, an age marked indelibly by both fear and courage–not to mention the willingness of multitudes of unsung heroes who became the living embodiment of the ancient Vulcan philosopher Surak's famous axiom, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few".
This is a discussion thread so spoilers are permitted. You have been warned.
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Old March 26 2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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I didn't know this was out already. I'll see if I can pick it up tomorrow.
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Old March 26 2010, 12:59 AM   #3
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Finally backstory to tell me what the frak is going on.
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Old March 26 2010, 03:13 AM   #4
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^ It even has a helpful little timeline
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Old March 27 2010, 08:10 PM   #5
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Old March 27 2010, 08:27 PM   #6
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It shouldn't be USS Tucker. USS Charles Tucker III sounds a lot less like Australian food.
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Old March 27 2010, 08:27 PM   #7
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Keep in mind that Star Trek Online isn't beholden to events in the book continuity. So
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Old March 27 2010, 09:22 PM   #8
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^ I know that. But, at least, it'll keep the "Bring Back ______" fans happy for a few moments.
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Old March 28 2010, 12:47 AM   #9
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^ I know that. But, at least, it'll keep the "Bring Back ______" fans happy for a few moments.
Wanna bet?

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It shouldn't be USS Tucker. USS Charles Tucker III sounds a lot less like Australian food.
Well, the USS Bush Tucker has a whole different meaning. Then there's the USS Tuckerbox.
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Old March 28 2010, 03:41 PM   #10
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Isn't this book co-written by Jake Sisko? So maybe it's a fiction novel that's been written in the regular novel continuity?
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Old March 28 2010, 06:36 PM   #11
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^ The novel is a series of interviews with Starfleet Officers and persons who participated in the Undine (Species 8472) War. In the opening chapter Jake says he is completing this Project at the request of the Federation Department of Peace and that it's an historical project, not a work of fiction.
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Old March 28 2010, 07:39 PM   #12
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Yes, we know the book presents itself that way. The suggestion is that maybe, in the TrekLit universe, Jake Sisko wrote this as a work of fiction and presented it as an epistolary work in which he interviewed the participants in an alternate history -- just as Bram Stoker wrote Dracula as a collection of journals, interviews, and articles even though it was actually fictional.
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Yes, we know the book presents itself that way. The suggestion is that maybe, in the TrekLit universe, Jake Sisko wrote this as a work of fiction and presented it as an epistolary work in which he interviewed the participants in an alternate history -- just as Bram Stoker wrote Dracula as a collection of journals, interviews, and articles even though it was actually fictional.
It's actually a nice little idea, which reconciles STO with Trek Lit

Nice to see that I'm not the only one coming up with these ideas (yeah, I'm referring to my STO thread on this board..)
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Old March 28 2010, 09:33 PM   #14
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So is there now two continuities or just one in the Trek lit universe?
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Old March 28 2010, 09:58 PM   #15
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^I think it's about four. Destiny, STO, Shatnerverse and New Frontier.
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