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Old February 17 2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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TOS: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)



In keeping with JD's opening of the review thread for The Rings of Time by mid-month in case of not-unheard-of early arrivals, here's the review thread for That Which Divides, a new Pocket TOS novel by Dayton Ward to be released on February 28th, 2012.

His frequent writing partner Kevin Dilmore is absent from the cover this time, however an interview on StarTrek.com (mostly about Vanguard: Declassified) had earlier established him as a collaborator on the story.

That Which Divides is set during the original five-year mission. Here is the blurb from the Simon & Schuster website:

Located in an area of non-aligned space near Federation and Romulan territory, the Kondaii system is home to a unique stellar phenomenon: a spatial rift that opens every three years in proximity to the system’s sole inhabited planet. Only during this brief period is communication possible with the small, mineral-rich planetoid inside the rift. The local population has established a mining colony on this planetoid, and for the limited du ration that the rift is open, a massive interplanetary operation is set into motion: ferrying mineral ore to the home planet while simultaneously transferring personnel and replenishing essential supplies and equipment—everything necessary to sustain the colony before it once again enters forced isolation.

While studying the rift, the science vessel U.S.S. Huang Zhong is severely damaged and crash-lands on the planetoid. After the Starship Enterprise arrives to conduct rescue operations, evidence quickly points to the rift’s artificial nature. It is a feat far beyond the capacity of the local inhabitants, and presents an alluring mystery for Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. It also attracts the attention of the Romulans, who are most interested in studying and perhaps seizing this supposed advanced technology—by any means necessary.
You can also read an excerpt here: http://books.simonandschuster.com/St...650686/excerpt
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Old February 17 2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Pre-ordered on my Nook. Have to wait to the 28th though. Boo.
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Old February 17 2012, 11:59 PM   #3
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

I could have sworn it was co-written by Kevin Dilmore. Was his name removed after the cover was first released?
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Old February 18 2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

I was hoping someone would catch that ball, because I'm very curious what's the story there, too ...

Edit: And yes, an earlier version of the coverdid also list Kevin:



From here.
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Old February 18 2012, 01:53 AM   #5
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

"That Which Divides"

Sounds familiar. Another Rush reference?
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Old February 18 2012, 02:13 AM   #6
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I was hoping someone would catch that ball, because I'm very curious what's the story there, too ...
I suspect it's going to end up like Open Secrets: Dayton gets... whatever the literary equivalent of the teleplay... credit (and cover credit), while both are credited for the story on the title page.
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Old February 18 2012, 02:22 AM   #7
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Hm, why does that happen, though? Does it strictly imply Kevin co-developed the story but didn't actually put any of the words down, or is it a mere artifact of contract negotiation? Do US writers have a guild that regulates/requires crediting rules/standards similar to how it works in Hollywood, or is it more free-form?

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Old February 18 2012, 02:27 AM   #8
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What happened on Open Secrets, IIRC, was that it was originally supposed to be by both authors, and they outlined it together, but Kevin had to bow out due to other things going on in his life and didn't think he deserved full cover credit, so he just got a "Story by" credit inside.

I don't know what the situation is on That Which Divides, though. (And to vegaslover62, could it be that the title reminds you of the TOS episode "That Which Survives"?)
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Old February 18 2012, 04:10 AM   #9
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

I know the TOS reference, but Dayton Ward hasn't really made a habit of doing Trek references in his titles. He does have a habit of making Rush references, though. I think I'm thinking of their song Territories:

Better the pride that resides
In a citizen of the world
Than the pride that divides
When a colorful rag is unfurled
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Old February 18 2012, 04:11 AM   #10
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I wasn't saying that was Dayton's intended reference, I was just saying that might be why you thought it sounded familiar.
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Old February 23 2012, 12:54 PM   #11
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TOS: That Which Divides review thread

This one's coming late, I guess; usually people start getting them about a week before the on sale date.

I remember reading a while ago an interview with Wardilmore (or maybe just one of them) where they lamented never having been able to write an honest to goodness 5ym story; I'm really excited that they finally got the chance.
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Old February 23 2012, 01:01 PM   #12
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides review thread

Already one posted I'm afraid.

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=162097
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Old February 23 2012, 01:07 PM   #13
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Haha; look at that. It'd fallen off the front page, I didn't see it.

Oops!

Mods, feel free to kill, merge, or lock this; whatever's easiest.
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Old February 23 2012, 04:01 PM   #14
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Re: TOS: That Which Divides review thread

Hmm, I wonder if review threads for current/recent books should be temporarily pinned to avoid such duplications? Mods?
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Old February 23 2012, 09:33 PM   #15
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Christopher wrote: View Post
Hmm, I wonder if review threads for current/recent books should be temporarily pinned to avoid such duplications? Mods?
This. Other forums do it.
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