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Old February 6 2011, 05:03 PM   #16
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Re: Official Description and Cover up for DTI: Watching the Clock

Cool, I'm a big fan of those kind of pairs, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

I'm also very curious to see what you do with the TCW in this. I think it was actually a pretty cool concept, but in the end they seemed to kind of just drop it in favor of other storylines. I'm really hoping you at least give us a final answer about Future Guy's identity, that is probably one of my biggest unanswered question. TBH I'm still pissed we never learned who he was by the end of the show.
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Old February 6 2011, 05:13 PM   #17
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Well, I don't want to give away the game. A lot of questions will be answered, but as with most answers, there will be new questions raised. I took advantage of the opportunity to explain all sorts of stuff, but I also discovered that in some cases it was more fun to be mysterious.
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Old February 6 2011, 05:18 PM   #18
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Old February 6 2011, 05:56 PM   #19
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Same here.
I'm not sure just yet, it sounds like a fun and interesting concept, Chris' writing has never struck me as that though. I've read most of his stories, they've been ok, nothing as special as others think though in my opinion.
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Old February 6 2011, 05:59 PM   #20
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I'm not sure just yet, it sounds like a fun and interesting concept, Chris' writing has never struck me as that though. I've read most of his stories, they've been ok, nothing as special as others think though in my opinion.

I'm just not that interested in Time Travel nor interested in trying to see how it all fits together within the Star Trek universe. It's the subject matter that's the issue for me, it's just not my cup of tea.
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Old February 6 2011, 06:10 PM   #21
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^For what it's worth, I'm not a fan of time travel stories either. Which is why I tried to do a different angle on the subject and avoid the cliches.
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Old February 6 2011, 06:56 PM   #22
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Same here.
I'm not sure just yet, it sounds like a fun and interesting concept, Chris' writing has never struck me as that though. I've read most of his stories, they've been ok, nothing as special as others think though in my opinion.

I'm just not that interested in Time Travel nor interested in trying to see how it all fits together within the Star Trek universe. It's the subject matter that's the issue for me, it's just not my cup of tea.
The description of this book screams of continuity-porn and and a fair bit of retconning (which your Ex Machina, Christopher, relied on also), and that's what I'm not really interested in.
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Old February 6 2011, 07:33 PM   #23
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^That's fair. To be sure, in a lot of ways this is my most continuity-heavy book ever. But in other ways, it's my most original Trek novel ever, since the protagonists are either barely-developed one-shot guest characters or entirely original characters. And the Temporal Cold War stuff is just one of multiple "cases" that the DTI investigates in the course of this novel.
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Old February 6 2011, 07:55 PM   #24
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^That's fair. To be sure, in a lot of ways this is my most continuity-heavy book ever. But in other ways, it's my most original Trek novel ever, since the protagonists are either barely-developed one-shot guest characters or entirely original characters. And the Temporal Cold War stuff is just one of multiple "cases" that the DTI investigates in the course of this novel.
You are not selling your book very well to this fan
But I liked your dialogues in Ex Machina (which was quite good overall, even though you made Uhura look like a complete idiot with her comment about play-acting the 'damsel in distress'), so I think may give this one a shot - if you built your dialogues for Dulmur and Lucsley on their rather dry conversations with Sisko and each other in 'Trials and Tribble-ations'.
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Old February 6 2011, 08:02 PM   #25
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Well, I don't want to give away the game. A lot of questions will be answered, but as with most answers, there will be new questions raised. I took advantage of the opportunity to explain all sorts of stuff, but I also discovered that in some cases it was more fun to be mysterious.
Is there a possibility of this becoming a series or is only going to be a one time thing?
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Old February 6 2011, 08:10 PM   #26
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But I liked your dialogues in Ex Machina (which was quite good overall, even though you made Uhura look like a complete idiot with her comment about play-acting the 'damsel in distress')
Huh? Is that worse than her actually being as cowardly as she seemed to be in TOS, saying "Captain, I'm frightened" all the time?

so I think may give this one a shot - if you built your dialogues for Dulmur and Lucsley on their rather dry conversations with Sisko and each other in 'Trials and Tribble-ations'.
That was definitely my launching point, along with Bill Leisner's "Gods, Fate, and Fractals" in Strange New Worlds II (which is a fun Dragnet pastiche).


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Is there a possibility of this becoming a series or is only going to be a one time thing?
As usual, that depends on how well this one sells. When I wrote it, I intended it to be my only book on the subject. But inevitably, after having lived in the DTI's world and with its characters for a while, I've come up with some thoughts on where I could go next and wouldn't mind revisiting these guys.
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Old February 6 2011, 08:18 PM   #27
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Re: Official Description and Cover up for DTI: Watching the Clock

I am Personally really looking forward to this one, As had been said b4 i am not a huge fan of time travel stories however i need something to take me away from the rebuild of the federation and the tyhpon pact for a few days b4 i get into the the last 2 typhon pack novels and then the 3rd Voyager installment. I have also enjoyed Christophers last 4 books so i would proberly buy it just cus its got his name under the title lol.
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Old February 6 2011, 08:23 PM   #28
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^That's fair. To be sure, in a lot of ways this is my most continuity-heavy book ever. But in other ways, it's my most original Trek novel ever, since the protagonists are either barely-developed one-shot guest characters or entirely original characters. And the Temporal Cold War stuff is just one of multiple "cases" that the DTI investigates in the course of this novel.
So, out of curiosity, is this kind of an anthology type book with several short stories of the DTI?
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Old February 6 2011, 08:32 PM   #29
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But I liked your dialogues in Ex Machina (which was quite good overall, even though you made Uhura look like a complete idiot with her comment about play-acting the 'damsel in distress')
Huh? Is that worse than her actually being as cowardly as she seemed to be in TOS, saying "Captain, I'm frightened" all the time?
I think it's made worse by her admitting that she did this deliberately.
It also casts a bad light on Kirk, or on her opinion of him.
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Old February 6 2011, 08:44 PM   #30
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[...] and unimaginative government employees [...]
Now that can't be right, can it?
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