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Old December 11 2013, 04:19 AM   #1
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Found Trek reference in The Broken Empire trilogy

I believe I found a Star Trek reference in The Broken Empire trilogy that I'm currently reading. For those not familiar with the series, it's a dark fantasy series that you eventually find out is taking place roughly 1,000 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic Europe. The series is by Mark Lawrence.

Anyway, in the second book, King of Thorns, the main character is thinking of a situation from his childhood and thinking that his whole world is a game. He then makes reference to some ancient book; he's always making reference to some ancient book of knowledge or other. He says "When a game cannot be won, change the game. I read that in the book of Kirk."

Who else could that be? I like finding little Trek related Easter Eggs like that.

- Byron

UPDATE: I just received a confirmation email from Mr. Lawrence that this was definitely a Kobayashi Maru reference.
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Old December 11 2013, 04:35 AM   #2
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Re: Found Trek reference in The Broken Empire trilogy

Sounds like it could be to me.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. - Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
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Old December 11 2013, 05:52 AM   #3
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Re: Found Trek reference in The Broken Empire trilogy

That's cool! Definitely a Kirk thing to do, as well. Nice
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And he says that like it's a bad thing...
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Old December 11 2013, 07:23 AM   #4
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Re: Found Trek reference in The Broken Empire trilogy

Yeah, the first thing that came to mind from the quote was his Kobayashi Maru test.

Good to know that Star Trek can survive the collapse of civilization!
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