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Old May 7 2013, 09:49 PM   #16
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Re: is q squared a good book?

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S&S Audioworks license didn't actually allow for what they did with Q-in-Law.

Explain?
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Old May 7 2013, 10:02 PM   #17
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Sounds like the licence might've only allowed for main cast members, whereas de Lancie and Barrett were guest stars.
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Old May 7 2013, 10:04 PM   #18
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Re: is q squared a good book?

^ But if de Lancie has done audiobooks by himself, surely the license must allow for actors such as that? He's never been a main cast member. And if he can do it alone, then one 'guest' actor must be allowed, so why not two?
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Old May 7 2013, 10:10 PM   #19
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Re: is q squared a good book?

Q-Squared was my favorite Trek book for a long time. I probably need to reread it. It seemed to really stretch the boundaries of what Trek books were able to do at the time.
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Old May 7 2013, 10:55 PM   #20
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Re: is q squared a good book?

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S&S Audioworks license didn't actually allow for what they did with Q-in-Law.
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It has nothing to do with main stars versus guest stars (there were Star Trek audio books read by non-Star Trek actors), so tomswift2000's supposition was incorrect.

The situation with Q-in-Law was this.

Majel Barrett really wanted to do it (because she loved the book) and she wanted to do it with de Lancie so they could actually do the back-and-forth dialogue from the book, but S&S Audioworks' license didn't cover audio dramas, and this would have been borderline.

It was decided that they would turn a blind eye to the problem because, as Peter David said at a convention, no one wanted to be the one to tell Majel Barrett that she couldn't play Lwaxana Troi in an audiobook.
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Old May 7 2013, 10:59 PM   #21
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^ Quite.

Also I highly doubt Lwaxana's lines would have sounded quite the same with de Lancie trying to imitate Majel's voice...
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Old May 8 2013, 01:16 AM   #22
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S&S Audioworks license didn't actually allow for what they did with Q-in-Law.
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It has nothing to do with main stars versus guest stars (there were Star Trek audio books read by non-Star Trek actors)

"Q-In-Law" was (aside from the Peter Pan Records of the 70's) the first S&S Audiowork book to feature guest stars or anyone else who was not a main star, having been published in April 1992 (Bibi Besch would be the next in June 1992 with "Faces Of Fire").
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Re: is q squared a good book?

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S&S Audioworks' license didn't cover audio dramas, and this would have been borderline.
Yep. It was definitely a separate license. IIRC, a company actually had an option at one point, but didn't exercise it, or was in negotiations?
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Old May 8 2013, 12:17 PM   #24
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S&S Audioworks' license didn't cover audio dramas, and this would have been borderline.
Yep. It was definitely a separate license. IIRC, a company actually had an option at one point, but didn't exercise it, or was in negotiations?
In the late 90s, John Ordover said the BBC had the rights when he was asked about it. (If I remember correctly, the question was about the Sulu audios and why they were audio books without a book instead of audio dramas.) I don't know about you, but I never heard a Star Trek audio drama from the Beeb.
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Old May 8 2013, 12:34 PM   #25
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I don't know about you, but I never heard a Star Trek audio drama from the Beeb.
No, they never released any, although they may have been sitting on the rights for a time.
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