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Old February 13 2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

Looking at my Trek-related bookshelves, it struck me how many of the authors who penned the older books on there haven't written any new Trek fiction in a very long time, which in turn made wonder about the reasons.

Of course some of those authors will simply have moved on to other writing work as new opportunities arose, or maybe life took them in different directions entirely. Some perhaps also simply weren't very successful at their Trek outing. But I also wonder, do the editors deliberately change the "roster" over time to keep the line fresh or try for new sales opportunities?

Or maybe as the editors changed they tended to bring new authors along they had previous relations with, or to make their own mark on the line to a greater degree?

Are there any memorable stories of TrekLit authors of yesteryear and why they left, and what they moved on to?

Also, as an adjunct of sorts, are there any "one hit wonders" where you really wish they would come back for another go at Trek?
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Old February 13 2012, 02:01 AM   #2
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

To answer your last question: Ilsa J. Bick.
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Old February 13 2012, 06:21 AM   #3
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

Others know better how to answer your question fully. Of course all of the reasons you list are true to one degree or another.

For some reason, your post really made me miss Marco. Nothing against the current regime - I just really liked him both as a person and his contribution to TrekLit. Seasons change, people move on. Sigh.

I miss S.D. Perry. What is she up to these days? Her DS9 Relaunch novels were the ones I loved far and above all the others.

I miss KRAD too. I know he's got plenty on his plate these days. I think of him as the Ron Moore of the lit world, though - that idea-guy not afraid to pick some fights and push for great stories.

Sure wish we could get Andy Robinson back for more Garak. And I'd love to see the Reeves-Stevens do more non-Kirk-related work. The Millennium Trilogy was awesome.

What about the old stand-bys? When was the last time we saw a Friedman installment? Death in Winter? That was nearly 5 years ago. Considering how he used to crank 'em out, it's like he dropped off the planet all of a sudden.
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Old February 13 2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

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Also, as an adjunct of sorts, are there any "one hit wonders" where you really wish they would come back for another go at Trek?
Some of us worked hard to convince Janet Kagan to write something Trekkish after "Uhura's Song". I was sure she had more Trek to share, although she claims not to have been much of a ST fan. (You'd never guess from reading her book.) Sadly Janet died a few years ago.
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Old February 13 2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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what happened to Sarah Shaw? Saturn's Children was brilliant!*







*this is a joke. i know the story.
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Old February 13 2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

Sakrysta wrote: View Post
What about the old stand-bys? When was the last time we saw a Friedman installment? Death in Winter? That was nearly 5 years ago. Considering how he used to crank 'em out, it's like he dropped off the planet all of a sudden.
Agreed. Friedman and John Vornholt are my all-time fave Trek authors and neither has done anything for a while. Would love for them both to do some more during-the-series-set TNG.
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Old February 13 2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

Friedman is still writing, just not any Trek books right now. here is a link to his site http://www.michaeljanfriedman.net/
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Old February 13 2012, 04:41 PM   #8
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Trek Survivor wrote: View Post
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What about the old stand-bys? When was the last time we saw a Friedman installment? Death in Winter? That was nearly 5 years ago. Considering how he used to crank 'em out, it's like he dropped off the planet all of a sudden.
Agreed. Friedman and John Vornholt are my all-time fave Trek authors and neither has done anything for a while. Would love for them both to do some more during-the-series-set TNG.
VORNHOLT! That was the other name I couldn't think of!
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Old February 13 2012, 09:20 PM   #9
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Bring back John M. Ford!


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Old February 13 2012, 09:22 PM   #10
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

^ Anyone know how to get to the planet Genesis?
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Old February 13 2012, 09:23 PM   #11
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How about John Peel? He wrote a few good adult TNG and DS9 books and young adult DS9's. I'd like Too see him tackle Voyager.
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Old February 13 2012, 09:45 PM   #12
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^ Anyone know how to get to the planet Genesis?
Genesis?! Genesis is planet forbidden!

(Sorry, I couldn't resist)
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Old February 13 2012, 10:04 PM   #13
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

Would love to see Diane Duane return to TrekLit. Although I do understand she has her successful non-Trek work to keep her busy. I would love to see what she could do with the setting/characters of DSN.
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Old February 13 2012, 10:04 PM   #14
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

I'd like to see A.C. Crispin write another Star Trek novel! (After the classics Yesterday's Son and Sarek.

Other authors that should return:
Andy Mangels
KRAD (as others have stated)
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Old February 13 2012, 10:09 PM   #15
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Re: Author turnover: Why did they leave, and where are they now?

tomswift2002 wrote: View Post
How about John Peel? He wrote a few good adult TNG and DS9 books and young adult DS9's. I'd like Too see him tackle Voyager.

Would be nice to see something by him again. I read some of his work before he started writing Trek, and enjoyed that too.
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