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Old April 1 2014, 06:17 PM   #76
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Re: ENT: Tower of Babel by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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And that Valeria is tough as shit! It don't think it was stated exactly, but i assume those First Family rapist-fucko's really did a number on her.
I took care to make it clear that Val was able to successfully fight off any attempted sexual assaults. That wasn't a direction I wanted to take her character.


Any idea when the annotations will be up?...or when Uncertain Logic is coming our way?
Pretty soon for the former. I don't think the latter's been scheduled yet.


Maybe 2015 will see both it and #4 in our hands?
Well, the manuscript due dates are 10 months apart, so it's conceivable if book 3 comes out early enough.


Is the intention to have each book represent roughly one year in the lives of the crews?
Not as a strict rule. It's worked out roughly that way so far, but that would be too formulaic for me.


I know that you've said that the next two are more tightly tied together. Will they take place in 2165 & 2166, or maybe just in 2165?
I haven't quite settled on the chronology for book 4, but probably at least a sizeable portion of it will be in '65.
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Old April 1 2014, 06:19 PM   #77
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Cool. Thanks for the quick response
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Old April 1 2014, 06:39 PM   #78
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Christopher I was wondering how do you pick certain Enterprise tv episodes to be included in your novels and continue unfinished story plots from the tv series in totally suprising and unexpected ways included in your books like the ending of your latest Enterprise novel.
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Old April 1 2014, 06:55 PM   #79
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I just build on ideas that interest me. Often I draw on stories or elements that I would've liked to see followed up but never were.
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Old April 1 2014, 07:01 PM   #80
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Christoher Thanks for answering my question. How long did it take you to plot out the diferent alien Rigellian planets you had in Tower of Babel and the trouble making First families.I certainly glad Valeria Williams and Samuel Kirks' relation was explored in your book. I really like them and T'Pol's Andorian first officer and Liz Cutler was in your book.I hope you'll have more of these characters in your upcoming books.
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Old April 1 2014, 07:27 PM   #81
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I really enjoyed the book. Its good to have authors who really care, and pay attention to little details. Keep it up, but don't kill yourself!

My favourite parts are how old characters react to new ones and vice versa. I think Val is the best for me, and its nice to have finally some use for Mayweather. Oh, and out of curiosity, will we see Donna O'Neill again?

And the ending...I didn't see it coming, but abou a day later when I thought about the book, it seamed so obvious. I don't know why. But sure it was good.

In short: looking forward to the next one!
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Old April 1 2014, 08:11 PM   #82
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There aren't any major armed conflicts for the next century - this is made explicit in several TOS novels regarding the Klingon march to war
But didn't Kirk in the episode Whom Gods Destroy imply there were some rather serious sounding rough patches for the federation in about the early to mid 23rd century.
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Old April 1 2014, 08:26 PM   #83
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There aren't any major armed conflicts for the next century - this is made explicit in several TOS novels regarding the Klingon march to war
But didn't Kirk in the episode Whom Gods Destroy imply there were some rather serious sounding rough patches for the federation in about the early to mid 23rd century.
You're referring to the Battle of Axanar, I think? I hope we get some answers one day about what went down there. The Errand Of... books, which are among those which make it explicit that there hasn't been full-scale interstellar war since the Romulan War, also mention that many consider a victory at the Battle of Axanar responsible for "preserving the Federation".

I know some sources have suggested there were serious political complications involving Axanar's bid for Federation membership; other sources have suggested Klingon involvement. I'd like it all cleared up at some point...
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Old April 1 2014, 08:27 PM   #84
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The Axanar fan films will hopefully do it justice. And hopefully, they won't contradict anything in the novelverse. Just the fact that they've got some real talent working the project gives me hope.
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Old April 2 2014, 04:59 AM   #85
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You know what would be a great thing to see in the next Rise of the Federation novel? A detailed explanation for "Warp Delta". http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Warp...2Warp_Delta.22
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Old April 2 2014, 05:57 AM   #86
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I gave it a five, outstanding. I enjoyed it. I love it when high end politics are involved and the snippets of reporting action. It gives us an overview of what the Federation as a whole is going through.

And I also loved how fast paced it was. It didn't dwell on things for too long.

Nothing I really have any gripe about except I want to see more aliens (Vulcan, tellarite, andor etc) in Starfleet rather than always Humans. I get that Humans "dominate" the Federation institutes ... I guess I just enjoy reading how other species interact with each another.

A personal request to Christoper Bennet, please can you include Shran in the next book?.


I can't recall what happened to him last, he's still on Andoria with his family?, either way I always thought he was underutilized as a character. His friendship with Archer and the way they played off each other was one of the best things about Enterprise. He should be an admiral in Starfleet, eh Mr Bennet? :wink: :wink:.
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Old April 2 2014, 06:13 AM   #87
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Nothing I really have any gripe about except I want to see more aliens (Vulcan, tellarite, andor etc) in Starfleet rather than always Humans. I get that Humans "dominate" the Federation institutes ... I guess I just enjoy reading how other species interact with each another.
It's not that Humans dominate Starfleet and Federation institutions, it's that the branch of Starfleet that the Endeavour and the Pioneer belong to is the UESPA branch. If the next ENT:RotF book were to focus on the USS Thejal, then it would feature mostly Andorian characters, because the Federation starship Thejal is part of the Andorian Guard branch of the Federation Starfleet.


A personal request to Christoper Bennet, please can you include Shran in the next book?.


I can't recall what happened to him last, he's still on Andoria with his family?, either way I always thought he was underutilized as a character. His friendship with Archer and the way they played off each other was one of the best things about Enterprise. He should be an admiral in Starfleet, eh Mr Bennet? :wink: :wink:.
Shran appeared as a major supporting character in Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures. He is an admiral in the Federation Starfleet! Admiral Thy'lek Shran -- he has apparently legally changed his name from Hravishran th'Zoarhi -- is the head of the Andorian Guard division of the Federation Starfleet.
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Old April 2 2014, 08:29 AM   #88
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Admiral Thy'lek Shran -- he has apparently legally changed his name from Hravishran th'Zoarhi -- is the head of the Andorian Guard division of the Federation Starfleet.
Hravishran th'Zoarhi is Shran's imperial name but that doesn't require him to use it. The captain of Thejal was officially known as Trenkanshent sh'Lavan but went by her native Dreshnan name Kanshent Shelav. We have that on present-day Earth, too: If my native name was Steffen Müller, I might call myself Steven Miller when in the USA. In short, I don't think a legal name change is necessary.

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You know what would be a great thing to see in the next Rise of the Federation novel? A detailed explanation for "Warp Delta". http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Warp...2Warp_Delta.22
And a decent name! Until proven otherwise, I'll assume it's the unseen Neptune-class (ENT: Singularity). The NX-class really seems to stand out with its lettering nomenclature. I wonder wether Starfleet is commissioning new Columbia-class ships? (USS Buran anyone? )
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Admiral Thy'lek Shran -- he has apparently legally changed his name from Hravishran th'Zoarhi -- is the head of the Andorian Guard division of the Federation Starfleet.
Hravishran th'Zoarhi is Shran's imperial name but that doesn't require him to use it. The captain of Thejal was officially known as Trenkanshent sh'Lavan but went by her native Dreshnan name Kanshent Shelav. We have that on present-day Earth, too: If my native name was Steffen Müller, I might call myself Steven Miller when in the USA. In short, I don't think a legal name change is necessary.
Well, the issue here is that "Thy'lek Shran" doesn't seem to have been his native name. Rather, his "imperial" name seems to have been the one he was born with and used for the first part of his life. According to ENT: The Romulan War, "Thy'lek Shran" is an Aenar version of his name that he began to use when living amongst them. Given that he seems now to be known as "Thy'lek Shran" in his service in the Federation Starfleet, that would seem to imply that he's changed his name.
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Nothing I really have any gripe about except I want to see more aliens (Vulcan, tellarite, andor etc) in Starfleet rather than always Humans. I get that Humans "dominate" the Federation institutes ... I guess I just enjoy reading how other species interact with each another.
It's not that Humans dominate Starfleet and Federation institutions, it's that the branch of Starfleet that the Endeavour and the Pioneer belong to is the UESPA branch. If the next ENT:RotF book were to focus on the USS Thejal, then it would feature mostly Andorian characters, because the Federation starship Thejal is part of the Andorian Guard branch of the Federation Starfleet.
I'll admit that I do still find this concept sort of confusing. Christopher, so the Federation Starfleet as of the 2160s consists of several organizations under one umbrella, those being UESPA, the Andorian Guard, the Tellar Space Administration, the Alpha Centauri Space Research Council, and the Vulcan Space Council, correct? Does that mean that each sub-organization has its own fleet of ships, all of them crewed only by members of that sub-organization? For example, is every crewmember of the Endeavour or Pioneer--even those who aren't citizens of United Earth--part of UESPA (and thus wear the arrowhead insignia), or do the ships feature integrated crews consisting of officers from all of the various sub-organizations (each wearing whichever insignia is appropriate for them)?
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