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View Poll Results: Rate Indistinguishable From Magic
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Old May 9 2011, 05:31 PM   #271
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Re: Star Trek: TNG: Indistinguishable From Magic Review Thread

I liked the Scotty exit. He died saving many lives, it was very heroic. And as was said, the book left it open for his return same as PD did for Janeway. Of course, I think a more realistic Scotty death would be alcohol poisoning or liver failure.
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Old May 9 2011, 05:33 PM   #272
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I wish Scotty took a swig of Scotch before jumping onto the transporter.
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Old May 9 2011, 07:18 PM   #273
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I would prefer that he materializes somewhere/somewhen viable and continues onward.
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Old May 10 2011, 04:26 PM   #274
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Was it never intended for Geordi's relationship in Typhon 4 to be long term. It seemed to me they were setting him up for something significant and then IFM puts him with Leah and Geordi feels the prior relationship was doomed.

I heard a Leah relationship was set up in Genesis Wave but I never read it.

Either way, I think Leah makes more sense and I like it because if he stays with her, we are in agreement with Countdown plus Geordi was married to her in the anti-time future.
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Old May 10 2011, 05:47 PM   #275
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Was it never intended for Geordi's relationship in Typhon 4 to be long term. It seemed to me they were setting him up for something significant and then IFM puts him with Leah and Geordi feels the prior relationship was doomed.
It's not like there's some overarching master plan here, even when we don't have the kind of editorial shuffle we've had over the past few years. Most of the ideas originate with the novelists. Sometimes one author will introduce something into the mix that future authors may pick up on if they so desire, but sometimes later authors will have different ideas and choose not to pick up on those things. In this case, it just so happened that the author of the next TNG novel after Paths of Disharmony had his own plans for a Geordi romance that required cutting the thing with Tamala Harstad short. If that hadn't been the case, that relationship might've gone on longer. It's just the luck of the draw.
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Old May 10 2011, 08:46 PM   #276
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At least Geordi got a girl. Been long enough.

Next issue?
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Old May 10 2011, 09:18 PM   #277
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I can agree with that.
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Old May 11 2011, 05:54 AM   #278
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At least Geordi got a girl. Been long enough.

Next issue?
Hell, he got two different girls in back to back stories, that's better than he ever did on the show.
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Old May 11 2011, 10:57 AM   #279
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It's not like there's some overarching master plan here, even when we don't have the kind of editorial shuffle we've had over the past few years. Most of the ideas originate with the novelists. Sometimes one author will introduce something into the mix that future authors may pick up on if they so desire, but sometimes later authors will have different ideas and choose not to pick up on those things. In this case, it just so happened that the author of the next TNG novel after Paths of Disharmony had his own plans for a Geordi romance that required cutting the thing with Tamala Harstad short. If that hadn't been the case, that relationship might've gone on longer. It's just the luck of the draw.[/QUOTE]



An thats the problem to me no clear path , you get introduced to a new person and the next writer decided to write them out. it makes it hard to get any new favorites becasue you have to worry about a nother writer coming in and undoing it.. To be honest she seem liked the predictable choice. Like you said it left up tothe writer so next book or two she chould be gone again..gets kind of annoying
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Old May 11 2011, 10:59 AM   #280
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An thats the problem to me no clear path , you get introduced to a new person and the next writer decided to write them out. it makes it hard to get any new favorites becasue you have to worry about a nother writer coming in and undoing it.. To be honest she seem liked the predictable choice. Like you said it left up tothe writer so next book or two she chould be gone again..gets kind of annoying
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Old May 11 2011, 02:44 PM   #281
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So are there some characters that require editorial permission to kill off, like Rees, Choudhury, or Chen? I know the death of Janeway was editorially directed but was Scotty (if her's dead)? Does there have to be some level of consent to kill characters off?
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Old May 11 2011, 03:51 PM   #282
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Does there have to be some level of consent to kill characters off?
Well, there has to be "some level of consent" to do anything in a tie-in novel. Regardless of whether the idea originates with the author or the editor, everything in a tie-in has to be approved by the licensor as well as the editor.

Other than that, though, it's not like there's some formal list somewhere of characters you can't kill off, not that I know of, anyway. If there were still a Trek series on the air, then obviously any books set during the run of that series would be forbidden to make any fundamental changes in its continuity, including cast fatalities. But since all current Trek Lit (aside from the young-adult Abramsverse Starfleet Academy novels) is based on productions whose onscreen runs are concluded, we basically have carte blanche. And there's certainly no reason why CBS would forbid killing off characters created specifically for the literature like Choudhury or Chen.
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Old May 12 2011, 12:24 PM   #283
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Today's the official UK release date...
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Old May 12 2011, 12:58 PM   #284
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Wow...I got mine a month ago!
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Old May 12 2011, 01:23 PM   #285
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I know... I know... There's "official" and there's when it actually turns up. But it seemed like an appropriate moment to plug it again!
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