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Old January 16 2013, 08:18 AM   #46
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Re: What unseen Star Trek event do you want to read about next?

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I pitched that to Pocket, but got no interest. It wouldn't feature enough familiar characters or elements to be marketable.
I know this is difficult to answer since you might get to tell this story another time but how might you have done it?
I didn't have solid plans, but I thought it would be cool to organize a multi-author collaboration, sort of a cross between how Mere Anarchy and Vanguard were done. A series of books spanning the whole era and covering major events in that time, from early human-Vulcan relations to the founding of the first human colonies and the rise of the Space Boomers to the Warp 5 Project. But I never actually talked to anyone else about it -- I thought I should float it with the editor first and see if there was any prospect for it before I got anyone else involved.

But it would've been difficult to pull off, and wouldn't have felt too much like Trek, because we couldn't really have used that many aliens -- Vulcans mostly, plus maybe Denobulans and Draylaxians at some point -- and the technology would've been a lot less advanced. It would've felt more like an original near-future SF series than a Trek series -- which would've been an interesting challenge for me creatively, but probably not an easy sell for Trek readers. In retrospect, though, it's more fun to do something like Rise of the Federation where I've got a lot of aliens and interstellar politics and such to play with. And it might give me the opportunity to explore the pre-ENT period in retrospect, at least to some degree.
Sounds interesting! But I agree that it's too close to our time and too far from the Star Trek Universe in terms of what we come to expect from Star Trek. Interestingly I once read a rumor years back before Abrams was doing Star Trek that there were plans for a Star Trek movie set dealing with Spock going back in time to World War III. I think that's one way of doing a story in that setting that links it with the Trek era.
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Old January 16 2013, 10:10 AM   #47
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There's a reason that "STAR TREK" is printed in big type on the front covers--to attract fans of the movies and TV shows!
You'd think they'd want to use the movie or TV show logos, instead of the ugly lump that the 24th century novels have been saddled with for the last few years.
I think it looks rather nice and dignified - something I definitely cannot say for the Next Generation TV-series logo and font.
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Old January 16 2013, 12:13 PM   #48
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Re: What unseen Star Trek event do you want to read about next?

I think that its only sensible that the 'now to First Contact' period is left as vague as possible. Retconning The Eugenics Wars worked well, but you don't want to have to jump through hoops to keep in touch with real world events as time moves on.
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Old January 16 2013, 01:46 PM   #49
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^ I think its a shame trek feels a need to keep in touch with real world events in terms of its depiction of the present. It's a fictional universe, i personally wouldn't mind if its present was nothing like ours.
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Old January 16 2013, 02:08 PM   #50
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Re: What unseen Star Trek event do you want to read about next?

There is already such a lot of cultural 'carry forward' that they can't really go off on a tangent. Besides which, Trek was supposed to show how WE had progressed.

A bit leeway now saves a lot of head scratching later...
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Old January 16 2013, 02:25 PM   #51
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Re: What unseen Star Trek event do you want to read about next?

I'd like to read all the details about humanity's first contact with Deltans.
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Old January 16 2013, 02:33 PM   #52
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I wouldn't mind a little more story on CAPT Tryla Scott and why she was "that good." I could see this accomplished through a similar concept as the Strange New Worlds short story series.
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Old January 16 2013, 03:13 PM   #53
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I'd like to read all the details about humanity's first contact with Deltans.
I established in Watching the Clock that the story Travis Mayweather told in "Bound" about his family's freighter rescuing a stranded Deltan ship was humanity's first contact with the species.

However, that doesn't rule out the possibility of exploring further early contacts with Delta if I get to do more Rise of the Federation books.
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Old January 16 2013, 04:37 PM   #54
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Lot of folks pushing "First Contact" stories. Seems a natural anthology idea.................
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Old January 16 2013, 06:08 PM   #55
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I would like to read about the final mission/loss of the Enterprise B. Haynes' Enterprise Guide touched on an end but I'd like an account told. If the B was MIA, it'd be cool to see a story where her wreckage is found.

I would also like to see a tale of the ring-ship Enterprise told as a primitive space travel story (and could be a great first contact tale).

I love hostory so tales that concrete the legacy of the Enterprise would be great.

Lastly, I want to see the return of the Voth.
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Old January 16 2013, 06:19 PM   #56
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I wouldn't mind a little more story on CAPT Tryla Scott and why she was "that good." I could see this accomplished through a similar concept as the Strange New Worlds short story series.
I recall fan speculation that she was the grandchild of Scotty and Uhura...
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Old January 16 2013, 07:01 PM   #57
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Re: What unseen Star Trek event do you want to read about next?

^ Did Tryla Scott even survive that TNG ep she was in?
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Old January 16 2013, 07:38 PM   #58
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I mean, suppose you picked up a Sherlock Holmes novel, expecting to find Holmes and Watson up to their old tricks on Baker Street, only to discover that it was about a pair of detectives named Bartleby and Malone, who were working out of a brothel in Berlin, that Holmes had retired, and that Watson was now working independently as an undercover operative in Argentina, alongside a reformed Sebastian Moran . . . .
While I completely agree with your point, I'd happily read such a novel, particularly if you wrote it. (And perhaps keep a notepad handy to make a list of turn-of-the-century cameos. )
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Old January 16 2013, 07:39 PM   #59
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I'd like to read all the details about humanity's first contact with Deltans.
I established in Watching the Clock that the story Travis Mayweather told in "Bound" about his family's freighter rescuing a stranded Deltan ship was humanity's first contact with the species.

However, that doesn't rule out the possibility of exploring further early contacts with Delta if I get to do more Rise of the Federation books.
On that note Chris, have you considered developing the Denobulan's any further in your up coming book? I enjoyed the Phlox character on Enterprise and would love to learn more about his people.
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Old January 16 2013, 08:09 PM   #60
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There's a reason that "STAR TREK" is printed in big type on the front covers--to attract fans of the movies and TV shows!
You'd think they'd want to use the movie or TV show logos, instead of the ugly lump that the 24th century novels have been saddled with for the last few years.
Agreed.

Never understood why they got rid of the TV series logo, especially TNG. In the old days, I could spot a TNG book from across the bookstore. Nowadays they just look like everything else around them.
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