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Old February 6 2011, 10:06 PM   #31
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Re: Official Description and Cover up for DTI: Watching the Clock

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So, out of curiosity, is this kind of an anthology type book with several short stories of the DTI?
Not exactly, but there is some element of that. My basic intent was to do a sort of a procedural tale with several parallel plotlines as various characters dealt with various cases showing the full range of the DTI's responsibilities. But it ended up with a more elaborate story structure than that.


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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.
But that's not the same thing as saying it makes her look like a complete idiot. That's what puzzles me. Saying it makes her look deceptive or devious, I could understand. But idiocy is just the opposite, isn't it? A complete idiot would be incapable of thinking deviously.


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[...] and unimaginative government employees [...]
Now that can't be right, can it?
In this line of work, dealing with phenomena that can shatter your very notions of reality and threaten your sanity if you think about them too closely, too much imagination can be a liability.

See, I didn't want to make Lucsly and Dulmur over into traditional Star Trek action heroes. I wanted to embrace their onscreen portrayal as drab, by-the-book bureaucrats -- and to make it a virtue.
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Old February 6 2011, 11:24 PM   #32
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Re: Official Description and Cover up for DTI: Watching the Clock

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So, out of curiosity, is this kind of an anthology type book with several short stories of the DTI?
Not exactly, but there is some element of that. My basic intent was to do a sort of a procedural tale with several parallel plotlines as various characters dealt with various cases showing the full range of the DTI's responsibilities. But it ended up with a more elaborate story structure than that.
Kinda like how the CSI shows sometimes have different groups of characters working on separate cases?
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Old February 6 2011, 11:40 PM   #33
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^Well, yeah, or similar procedural shows with large casts of characters involved in various subplots.
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Old February 7 2011, 12:54 AM   #34
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Update: It turns out that what I thought was the tentative cover is the final cover after all. It was decided that the more elaborate cover design I’d seen sketches of, which would’ve featured the faces of the main characters as well as the clock image, wasn’t working out aesthetically, and most of the characters wouldn’t have been recognizable to book buyers anyway. So they decided to go for something more abstract. The “cast photo” approach was basically my suggestion, since I thought it would help to give the readers a visual reference for these mostly new characters, but I guess it would’ve been rather cluttered, and this purer image is probably a lot more striking. Cliff Nielsen is the artist.

As for the error in the blurb (implying that DTI is part of Starfleet), I’m told that will be fixed on the site, and if possible on the final cover.
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Old February 7 2011, 02:24 AM   #35
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Cliff Nielsen is the artist.
Glad to see that he's still getting Trek work other than Titan, after the DS9R stopped commissioning new art from him.
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Old February 7 2011, 03:01 AM   #36
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I like what I'm reading so far. Will it be possible to see the original "cast photo" art?
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Old February 7 2011, 03:18 AM   #37
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Will it be possible to see the original "cast photo" art?
I doubt it. I've never known a case where an unreleased cover was released after the fact. And I don't know if that cover concept went much beyond the preliminary sketch stage. After all, it never showed up as a placeholder cover online.
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Old February 7 2011, 03:26 AM   #38
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Re: Official Description and Cover up for DTI: Watching the Clock

Nice cover. I'm actually glad it's not a "floating heads" one.
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Old February 7 2011, 04:57 AM   #39
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I am time travel's bitch. Hence I would probably be buying this even if it didn't sound awesome.
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Old February 7 2011, 05:02 AM   #40
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I love time travel stories too.
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Old February 7 2011, 06:00 AM   #41
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This novel sounds like a lot of fun Chris. I'm looking forward to getting a copy.

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Old February 7 2011, 07:06 AM   #42
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This is definitely on my list to buy. I liked those two guys.
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Old February 7 2011, 08:13 AM   #43
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I've been looking forward to this book. The Temporal Cold War plotline somewhat diminishes that excitement (as I gave up on Enterprise very quickly after sitting through seven years of Voyager), but it's good to hear that it's only one plotline among many.
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I had no idea that the DTI weren't part of Starfleet, it makes sense though (I'm assuming they're a branch of the Federation?) and glad to know the blurb will be corrected. I just found that to be an odd phrase in the description.
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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.
But that's not the same thing as saying it makes her look like a complete idiot. That's what puzzles me. Saying it makes her look deceptive or devious, I could understand. But idiocy is just the opposite, isn't it? A complete idiot would be incapable of thinking deviously.
You are reading the 'idiot' too literally.
Perhaps it's best not to try and reconcile 1960s portrayals of women on TV with the tougher character of the movies.
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