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Old February 28 2013, 05:18 AM   #46
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I was just reading about the Star Trek: Legacy video game that was co-written by DC Fontana. Apparently one of the things it deals with is the Vulcan/ Romulan split which is referred to as the Sundering.

I am curious where this term originated from. Does it come from the TV shows because I don't remember it. Does it come from DC Fontana's other works? Does it come from Diane Duane's Rihannsu stories or does it originate somewhere else? If it does come from Diane Duane's works, does this mean Duane's and Fontana's works coincide on Vulcan/ Romulan history?
It's not from the shows. I believe Duane originated it, though it may have come from fan fiction. And no, using the same word doesn't necessarily mean the continuity is the same; it's just an homage. "Sundering" seems to be a fairly common word in fantasy fiction; in addition to the Warhammer reference mentioned above, there's a Jacqueline Carey fantasy duology called The Sundering (and an SF novel of the same name by Walter Jon Williams). Like most things in high fantasy, it originates in Tolkien, which contains references to "the Sundering of the North" and "the Sundering Seas." "Sunder" is simply an old-fashioned English word meaning to split, separate, or divide (as in the Biblical "let not man put asunder" -- it's also related to "sundry," meaning various or diverse).

Duane has written a lot of fantasy, so she probably introduced the term "Sundering" into Trek, and others followed her lead.
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Old February 28 2013, 11:16 AM   #47
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made up powerful alien races which are supposedly major players in alpha quadrant, but just in a single novel
When first publicized, the alien felinoids in "The Captains' Honor", the M'doc, were the kzinti from "The Slaver Weapon".
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Old April 21 2013, 02:00 AM   #48
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Was just wondering what your opinions might be about Kirk's rank in the Five Year Mission after TMP. I've noticed some novels and comics have him as a Captain and some have him as an Admiral. Which do you think it should be?

Some examples are Marvel's ongoing and Untold Voyages have him as a Captain, while DC vol.1 #19 and IDW's Star Trek: Infestation have him as an Admiral.

Also, it's not always consistent amongst an individual writer's works. For example, Howard Weinstein's Covenant of the Crown and Better Man have the Captain's rank but Deep Domain which was written between has the Admiral's rank.

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Old April 21 2013, 02:10 AM   #49
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Strictly speaking, if he's the commander of the ship, he should be addressed as "Captain" regardless of his rank -- although this has rarely been acknowledged in onscreen Trek. However, in TMP, once he changed out of his dress uniform into a standard duty uniform, he had captain's braid on his sleeves. In Ex Machina I interpreted his demotion as the price Nogura exacted in exchange for giving him the Enterprise back.
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Old April 21 2013, 02:25 AM   #50
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Thanks Chris. I always appreciate your well informed answers and insights.

Why do you think that he is addressed as Admiral in Deep Domain. I read this when it came out many moons ago, but I seem to recall that this was the final mission of the Second Five Year Mission. Would he have been given his Admiral Rank back because he's about to assume desk duties again? Was any of this addressed in the book?
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Old April 21 2013, 02:33 AM   #51
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^As you said, there was no consensus at the time on whether he was a captain or an admiral in that period. Maybe Howie made him an admiral in Deep Domain because the editor at the time felt he should be.
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Old June 12 2013, 12:33 AM   #52
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I've got a few more questions for my Extended DC vol.2 timeline I'm building.

1. Michael J Feilding wasn't a regular writer for DC Vol.2 but he did contribute a few stories and was the regular writer of the TNG sister title. How well do his novels correspond to DC Vol. 2 continuity? They would be Legacy, My Brother's Keeper trilogy, Double Double, Faces of Fire, and Shadows on the Sun? Does My Brother's Keeper stay consistent with Kirks back story in "Starfleet Academy" or "Star Crossed"?

2. I read that Legacy has connections with Vulcan's Glory. To what extent and in what form?

3. Christopher mentioned that his novel Forgotten History depicts the end of the 5-Year-Mission. How does this correspond with the version in "Star Crossed"

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Old June 12 2013, 12:59 AM   #53
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1. Michael J Feilding wasn't a regular writer for DC Vol.2 but he did contribute a few stories and was the regular writer of the TNG sister title. How well do his novels correspond to DC Vol. 2 continuity? They would be Legacy, My Brother's Keeper trilogy, Double Double, Faces of Fire, and Shadows on the Sun? Does My Brother's Keeper stay consistent with Kirks back story in "Starfleet Academy" or "Star Crossed"?
His name is Michael Jan Friedman. And no, his novels did not acknowledge comics continuity.


2. I read that Legacy has connections with Vulcan's Glory. To what extent and in what form?
The novel contains flashbacks to Spock's time under Pike's command. It reuses some of the crewmembers introduced in VG.


3. Christopher mentioned that his novel Forgotten History depicts the end of the 5-Year-Mission. How does this correspond with the version in "Star Crossed"
It does not. At this point there are, as far as I know, seven distinct versions of that event: The Lost Years, DC's Vol. 1 Annual 2, "Star-Crossed," my Ex Machina/Forgotten History version, the Crucible trilogy, a Strange New Worlds story, and IDW's Mission's End miniseries. My own is extrapolated from Icheb's report in VGR: "Q2" stating that Kirk saved the Pelosians from extinction (in a way that played fast and loose with the Prime Directive) shortly before the end of the mission. I interpreted it to be the very last adventure of the 5YM, though I've since recognized that Icheb's line doesn't unambiguously require that.
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Old June 12 2013, 01:22 AM   #54
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Chris,
Sorry about mistyping the name. I know his correct name but haven't had a lot of sleep lately.

Do you remember which characters were shared between Vulcan's Glory and Legacy? I thought the chief engineer was interesting and would like to read more about her.

As for the rest, thanks for the info as always.
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Chris,
Sorry about mistyping the name. I know his correct name but haven't had a lot of sleep lately.

Do you remember which characters were shared between Vulcan's Glory and Legacy? I thought the chief engineer was interesting and would like to read more about her.

As for the rest, thanks for the info as always.
I just checked my notes (I used to have a Pike website, which might be out on the Internet still if I could remember what the host was), and I don't think there are any shared (non-canonical) characters between Legacy and Vulcan's Glory. The flashes of the Pike era in Legacy are really brief.

Caitlin Barry, chief engineer in Vulcan's Glory, does, however, reappear in The Rift, the beginning of which is set in the Pike era.

EDIT: Ah, it does still exist: http://origin.0catch.com/chrispike/ There's some conjectures there I wouldn't stand by anymore, not to mention some outright errors, and it's hugely out of date, but there you go.
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