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Old December 13 2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Devil's Bargain cover and blurb

http://www.startrek.com/article/firs...devils-bargain

“Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to evacuate the Omega sector frontier colony Vesbius—a pioneer settlement that is on the brink of an extinction-level event threatening not only all of the col¬onists, but biological products that are vital to Starfleet. However, rescue efforts are being thwarted by the colonists themselves, who refuse to abandon Vesbius, claiming that their lives depend upon staying, while giving no reason why. It is after these irrational decisions that First Officer Spock makes a radical suggestion: Perhaps an unexpected ally could aid the colony and help complete the mission.”
The plot sounds like fairly familiar TOS fare. It'll be interesting to see how Tony Daniel can make it stand out from the crowd.
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Old December 13 2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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It'll be interesting to see how Tony Daniel can make it stand out from the crowd.
By making it "fairy familiar"?
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Old December 13 2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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I don't know what you're talking about....

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Old December 13 2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Shifty!
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Old December 13 2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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The plot sounds like fairly familiar TOS fare. It'll be interesting to see how Tony Daniel can make it stand out from the crowd.
Yeah, I'm so tired of yet more 5 year mission 'everything back in the sandbox' TOS novels. That's no criticism of Tony who may produce a great story, but if TOS books sell (and they obviously do) there's loads of gaps to fill elsewhere.

I'll no doubt buy it but compared to the depth of development of the 24thC. I can't get excited about this.

I think the fact that Vanguard sold should point the way forward...
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Old December 13 2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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The blurb hasn't much changed from July:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=182840
As I said then, won't be interested if "Unexpected" means klingon/romulan.

Horta's an instabuy though!
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Old December 13 2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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Very snazzy. I'm looking forward to reading this novel

I've been a fan of Tony's ever since I edited his first two novels, Warpath and Earthling, at Tor years ago. (Both very good books, btw.)
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Old December 13 2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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Re: Devil's Bargain cover and blurb

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Yeah, I'm so tired of yet more 5 year mission 'everything back in the sandbox' TOS novels. That's no criticism of Tony who may produce a great story, but if TOS books sell (and they obviously do) there's loads of gaps to fill elsewhere.
Myself, I would prefer stories set in the second five year mission, following Kirk's resumption of Command at the end of TMP. Alternatively, if the ship spent any time operationally under Spock as CO before becoming the training ship, that would be great too.

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Old December 13 2012, 07:12 PM   #9
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I did like David George's 'otherworld' 8 year mission and female senior officer in Crucible. It seemed so contrary to established wisdom. That would be lovely to see.
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Old December 13 2012, 07:21 PM   #10
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Relayer1 wrote: View Post
King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
The plot sounds like fairly familiar TOS fare. It'll be interesting to see how Tony Daniel can make it stand out from the crowd.
Yeah, I'm so tired of yet more 5 year mission 'everything back in the sandbox' TOS novels. That's no criticism of Tony who may produce a great story, but if TOS books sell (and they obviously do) there's loads of gaps to fill elsewhere.

I'll no doubt buy it but compared to the depth of development of the 24thC. I can't get excited about this.

I think the fact that Vanguard sold should point the way forward...
According to Pocket Books, TOS novels set during the five year mission are the best selling Trek novels, which is why so many are published a year.
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Old December 13 2012, 08:37 PM   #11
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Sounds like an interesting novel I'm looking forward to getting this novel.
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Old December 13 2012, 09:38 PM   #12
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The plot sounds like fairly familiar TOS fare. It'll be interesting to see how Tony Daniel can make it stand out from the crowd.
Yeah, I'm so tired of yet more 5 year mission 'everything back in the sandbox' TOS novels. That's no criticism of Tony who may produce a great story, but if TOS books sell (and they obviously do) there's loads of gaps to fill elsewhere.

I'll no doubt buy it but compared to the depth of development of the 24thC. I can't get excited about this.

I think the fact that Vanguard sold should point the way forward...
According to Pocket Books, TOS novels set during the five year mission are the best selling Trek novels, which is why so many are published a year.
I?n which case, it's time to expand the 23rd century and have interconnectedness (i.e. like Vanguard) the way the 24th century does.
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Old December 13 2012, 09:47 PM   #13
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According to Pocket Books, TOS novels set during the five year mission are the best selling Trek novels, which is why so many are published a year.
In which case, it's time to expand the 23rd century and have interconnectedness (i.e. like Vanguard) the way the 24th century does.
Interconnected with what? In the 24th-century, you have three different television series that you can use to cross-polinate. In the 23rd-century, you have one.

Yes, you can create a novels-only series in the 23rd-century to fill the gap that Vanguard left, but the sales dust isn't going to automatically rub off on that series just because it's the 23rd-century. It's not the 23rd-century that's popular, it's Kirk and Spock and McCoy that are popular. That's the part of the mythology that has seeped into the collective unconscious, that's the archetype that everyone knows. I suspect the reason why 23rd-century, "Five Year Mission" novels sell as well as they do.
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Old December 13 2012, 09:54 PM   #14
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Re: Devil's Bargain cover and blurb

Same reason the new Trek movies are doing Kirk-Spock-McCoy, and not cross-pollinated 24th century stuff, or an original crew. That's what's familiar, that's what the audience likes.

Not that some of the other stuff isn't good, or even great, but the original sometimes resonates better.
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Old December 14 2012, 01:02 AM   #15
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The blurb hasn't much changed from July:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=182840
As I said then, won't be interested if "Unexpected" means klingon/romulan.

Horta's an instabuy though!
The title makes me think it's the Hortas.
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