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Old August 3 2014, 12:37 AM   #256
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New Star Trek books by Therin of Andor, on Flickr

48 copies of "Star Trek Seekers 2: Point of Divergence" at Shore Leave convention, Baltimore, this weekend!. Sold out in about an hour. The "New Life and New Civilizations" book, on Trek comics, also made its debut. Signed by the contributors at "Meet the Pros". The dragon novel was won by me: my number was pulled from the ice bucket by Tor editors Marco Palmieri and Greg Cox! Thanks guys!


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A respectable number of recent "Star Trek" books at retail, locally in Baltimore's Greetings & Readings' book department. At least as many as "Star Wars" books. With books by con guests Kirsten Beyer, Christopher L Bennett, David Mack, Jeffrey Lang and Dayton Ward!
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Old August 6 2014, 04:30 AM   #257
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A few new discoveries today! Barnes & Noble, New York, NY, had several Trek-related goodies in new releases - and a glow-in-the-dark blue variation of the White Walker action figure ("Game of Thrones"), perfect for customizing a zombie Andorian, methinks!


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Quite a good range of recent Trek books at both Barnes & Noble and Forbidden Planet.

As for the kzinti news:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=251221
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Old August 16 2014, 04:12 PM   #258
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Since I recently got back into Trek-Lit after a 10-15 year absence, I've been hitting a lot of used book stores looking for copies of the great books I missed. Most stores are overflowing with the numbered series from the 90s, but occasionally you find some gems.

While working out of town this week, I found a copy of A Stitch In Time, which I never thought I would find. Great shape for only $3

A couple of weeks ago I found a huge stash of books, still in perfect condition, for only $1 each. Lots of titles from the DS9 relaunch and Titan series. I grabbed 28 in all, some just because they were in better shape than what I already have.
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Old August 16 2014, 07:41 PM   #259
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Wow! it sounds like you were lucky to find so many of the ds9 and Titan books. I've found a lot of the StarTrek Sce books at my local used book store, they were in really good shape for a good price. I finally got my copy of One Constant Star by David R. George.
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Old August 17 2014, 01:00 AM   #260
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My most recent acquisitions include...

These Are the Voyages: TOS: Season One Expanded and Revised Edition by Marc Cushman. I already had the original edition, so when I saw how cheap the ebook of the revised version was, I went for that. People will be going back to these books for years to come.

Star Trek: Creating the Enterprise by Paul Olsen. Olsen worked on the TMP Enterprise. He sent me a copy of the ebook a while back, but now there's a print edition, so I bought one.

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics
, edited by Joseph Berenato. Looking forward to this one. After I finish the above Cushman book (and then maybe Chris Taylor's How Star Wars Conquered the Universe) I'll be reading this one.

Fun With Kirk and Spock by Robb Pearlman. Reminded me of the primers Mad Magazine used to do way back when.

Some slightly older ones I may have forgotten to mention around here:

Maybe We Need a Letter from God: The Star Trek Stamp by Bill Kraft. The story about the US Star Trek stamp, including letters written by celebrities, scientists, and politicians in favour of it.

Trek in Texas: The 1970s Star Trek Conventions by Gordon Bailey, Jr. A short book of local fannish history.

Ordered and waiting for Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones. Really looking forward to this one.

(Still not acquired: in two days it'll be nine years since I paid Conlan Press for a copy of Writing Sarek by Peter S. Beagle. Last summer they hoped to have it out before the end of 2013. Nope.)

And all the novels, obviously, but everyone here knows about those. There was a good run ten to twenty years ago of strange and interesting nonfiction books, and maybe that's starting again. It doesn't matter so much that Star Trek is a lot less popular than it used to be because it's easier to get books out now.
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Old August 17 2014, 09:57 PM   #261
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These Are the Voyages: TOS: Season One Expanded and Revised Edition by Marc Cushman. I already had the original edition, so when I saw how cheap the ebook of the revised version was, I went for that. People will be going back to these books for years to come.
Last reviews I had read about the original version said that there were lots of typos and inaccuracies in this, so I haven't got it. I'd be interested in hearing what you think of it when you're done.

Star Trek: Creating the Enterprise by Paul Olsen. Olsen worked on the TMP Enterprise. He sent me a copy of the ebook a while back, but now there's a print edition, so I bought one.
Wow, never heard of this one. You mention you got the ebook a while back... have you read it? Is it good?

Ordered and waiting for Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones. Really looking forward to this one.
I'd really like to get this, but $25 shipping for a $30 book is hard for me to financially justify. And it's coming from the US... The Creating the Enterprise book you mentioned above is only $14 for shipping, and it's coming from England!
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Old August 19 2014, 12:50 AM   #262
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I think Preston's book is going to be a bit larger.

I haven't read Creating the Enterprise yet, but it looks like there's a fair bit of autobiography on either side of the chapters about TMP. Lots of positive quotes from some Trek tech fans, so I'm reasonably optimistic.

The Cushman book is a revision of the first book, but there are still a fair few typos (not nearly as many as some small press books I've seen, though). As for errors, I don't really know, but there is a lot in here I don't remember reading before, especially the info on previous versions of scripts. But it's a long time since I read any TOS nonfiction, so he may be repackaging stuff -- but given the size of the books, I think he must have a considerable amount of new info here. Cushman supposedly had a lot of studio documentation that hasn't been widely seen, and he also draws on interviews he's done and on a wide variety of published material. If you're not sure about the Cushman books and you don't mind ebooks, you can get the revised first for a lot less than a print edition. I will say this: the book has had me really wanting to go back to my TOS DVDs, which had been gathering dust lately. I've rewatched a few eps. That's a good thing, right?
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Old August 19 2014, 01:20 AM   #263
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Harvey has done some good posts pointing out the errors in Cushman's book. Here's the entry from his Star Trek Fact Check blog:

http://startrekfactcheck.blogspot.co...yages-tos.html

There's also this thread:

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=235333
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Old August 19 2014, 05:06 AM   #264
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I think Preston's book is going to be a bit larger.

I haven't read Creating the Enterprise yet, but it looks like there's a fair bit of autobiography on either side of the chapters about TMP. Lots of positive quotes from some Trek tech fans, so I'm reasonably optimistic.

The Cushman book is a revision of the first book, but there are still a fair few typos (not nearly as many as some small press books I've seen, though). As for errors, I don't really know, but there is a lot in here I don't remember reading before, especially the info on previous versions of scripts. But it's a long time since I read any TOS nonfiction, so he may be repackaging stuff -- but given the size of the books, I think he must have a considerable amount of new info here. Cushman supposedly had a lot of studio documentation that hasn't been widely seen, and he also draws on interviews he's done and on a wide variety of published material. If you're not sure about the Cushman books and you don't mind ebooks, you can get the revised first for a lot less than a print edition.
Thanks for the reply!

I don't mind eBooks, but I like to put them on my Kobo, and their page seems to state that their eBook is not compatible with eReaders and can only be read on a computer. That's not really my preferred way to read books... but I guess for $5 it might be worth a shot. I'll think about it.

I will say this: the book has had me really wanting to go back to my TOS DVDs, which had been gathering dust lately. I've rewatched a few eps. That's a good thing, right?
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Old August 19 2014, 02:16 PM   #265
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Steve Roby wrote: View Post
Ordered and waiting for Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones. Really looking forward to this one.
Thanks for the info - I just placed my order and am "Really looking forward to this one." as well.

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(Still not acquired: in two days it'll be nine years since I paid Conlan Press for a copy of Writing Sarek by Peter S. Beagle. Last summer they hoped to have it out before the end of 2013. Nope.)
This is disgraceful. Beagle and Conlon Press have a horrible record of delaying projects:

http://www.conlanpress.com/html/updates.html

Apparently, though, that hasn't stopped Beagle from having dozens of screenings of his "The Last Unicorn" film all over the U.S. and Canada where he makes appearances to sell and sign merchandise.

Just get on with it, already - or just cancel the project and return the money.


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Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones. Really looking forward to this one.
I'd really like to get this, but $25 shipping for a $30 book is hard for me to financially justify. And it's coming from the US... The Creating the Enterprise book you mentioned above is only $14 for shipping, and it's coming from England!
I agree, the shipping costs to Canada are ridiculous. 25 bucks seems very unreasonable. I am fortunate, though. Living in Kingston, I am close to the U.S. border and have a mailbox there that I ship stuff to. That's where this is going for under 7 bucks. It's the same for Amazon.com with me. I use them instead of Amazon.ca because of the large differences in prices and the vastly larger selection of goods from the U.S. site.

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Harvey has done some good posts pointing out the errors in Cushman's book. Here's the entry from his Star Trek Fact Check blog:

http://startrekfactcheck.blogspot.co...yages-tos.html

There's also this thread:

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=235333
These are sites with very, very valuable reading. Harvey has done a remarkable job in refuting points made in the book and getting to the nitty gritty of some of the details presented. That being said, I have nonetheless enjoyed these books for the incredible behind the scene looks into the making of TOS. I am looking forward to the last book in the series.
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Old August 20 2014, 01:56 AM   #266
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Well, that's disappointing. I vaguely remember the fuss about the use of photos without crediting the source, which was a definite screwup. The revised edition provides sources for all photos. It's still not a professional job of editing and proofreading, but sadly I've become used to that in recent years. There have been a lot of otherwise pretty good books on Doctor Who in particular that have suffered because a self-publisher or very small press thinks it's possible to go it alone there.

Cushman's take on Roddenberry is a little odd, definitely leaning toward hero worship and claiming too much credit for him, but at the same time routinely pointing out how much GR managed to annoy other people.

Unless my memory is worse than I realized and the stuff I've been finding the most interesting (the info on early versions of script outlines and early draft scripts) is widely available elsewhere, though, I'll still expect these books to be a useful resource.
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Old August 23 2014, 01:58 AM   #267
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I didn't need to acquire these again, 'cos I picked them up in USA, but last Thursday night at Galaxy Bookshop, Sydney:


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Seekers 1 and 2, placed in both "New Releases" and "Star Trek" sections, and "Seekers 2" also featured in the "Top Picks" shelf opposite!
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Old August 23 2014, 03:01 AM   #268
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I can't remember if I bought To Reign in Hell, the last Khan novel (superb!) or David Mack's Mirror Universe book last.
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Old August 24 2014, 02:07 AM   #269
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My local chapters has come through once again; i've just got my copy of Seekers 2 before Amazon could have ever shipped it. I'll try and get into it soon...i really want to finish off DRG3's DS9: Twilight before I start anything else.
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Old August 28 2014, 01:01 AM   #270
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Latest Acquisitions:


The Babylon 5 books were only a dollar at the store, I've been looking for these for years but have never seen them in a shop. Still need the first book of the Bester Trilogy it seems.

The Star Trek books were really cheap on Amazon so I couldn't resist. It will probably be awhile until I read these since I'm just about to start Avatar next week (hopefully) and am not up to date on the recent changes in the universe. I'm really looking forward to the day I can pick up the new Trek book and know just what the hell is going on!
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