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Old October 30 2013, 05:51 AM   #31
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Re: Which non-trek authors would you like to write a trek novel?

As wordy as he might be, I'd love to see David Weber take a crack at writing Star Trek instead of making cracks about the pseudo-military nature of the Federation Starfleet.

I'd love to see Jim Butcher tackle Trek, but in all honesty Babylon 5 would probably be more his speed.

I'd say Patrick Rothfuss, but.... I'm not about to give him anymore distractions before he can get Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicle - Book 3) out the door. [Seriously, if you haven't read THE NAME OF THE WIND yet... just do it.
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Old October 30 2013, 11:30 AM   #32
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Yes, Tb, Name of the Wind is perhaps one of the best debuts in fantasy and science fiction I've read! Everyone check it out!! Admitedly, Rothfuss is deliberately aiming at being a 'literary' fantasist (like Wolfe, one of his influences), so may not be to everyone's tastes, but I think it is worth trying out for having read it.
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Old October 30 2013, 01:21 PM   #33
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Re: Which non-trek authors would you like to write a trek novel?

Name of the Wind is awesome.

I kind of want to see Timothy Zahn. I know he tends to lean more towards dark underbelly of universes, but that's a side I kind of want to see. Episodes like Gambit, the introduction of Calhoun in the first NF book and that side of DS9 really appeal to me.
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Old October 30 2013, 02:37 PM   #34
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Re: Which non-trek authors would you like to write a trek novel?

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I kind of want to see Timothy Zahn. I know he tends to lean more towards dark underbelly of universes, but that's a side I kind of want to see.
IMHO, we've had too much of that already!
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Old October 31 2013, 10:54 AM   #35
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Re: Which non-trek authors would you like to write a trek novel?

That's entirely possible. I'm pretty new to Trek Lit, and am playing catch up.
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Old October 31 2013, 11:14 AM   #36
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Stephen Baxter, Stephen King, Jack McDevitt, and Joe Haldeman (without the constraints)
Joe Haldeman did write a Star Trek book.
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Old October 31 2013, 08:14 PM   #37
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Stephen Baxter, Stephen King, Jack McDevitt, and Joe Haldeman (without the constraints)
Joe Haldeman did write a Star Trek book.
30 years ago when they had to play in the sandbox.
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Old October 31 2013, 09:35 PM   #38
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Joe Haldeman did write a Star Trek book.
30 years ago when they had to play in the sandbox.
Actually he wrote two, and it was before anyone was really bothering to police the sandbox. After all, there was no new Trek being made onscreen at that point, and so Haldeman and other authors were given a lot of freedom to expand and reinterpret the Trek universe. Planet of Judgment and World Without End are pretty faithful to Trek lore, but also add a lot of fresh ideas and new angles to things, like the elaborated security procedures and equipment in PoJ and the fleshing out of Klingon culture in WWE. Indeed, PoJ was the first work of Trek fiction to flesh out McCoy's backstory by depicting a version of his breakup with his wife and his decision to enroll in Starfleet. In other Bantam novels, Gordon Eklund's The Starless World created a backstory for Uhura and her father, David Gerrold's The Galactic Whirlpool fleshed out Trek history and Federation culture rather extensively, and so on. The kind of restrictions on creativity that you're thinking of didn't really become a major issue in Trek literature until later.
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Old November 2 2013, 11:00 AM   #39
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Joe Haldeman did write a Star Trek book.
30 years ago when they had to play in the sandbox.
Actually he wrote two, and it was before anyone was really bothering to police the sandbox. After all, there was no new Trek being made onscreen at that point, and so Haldeman and other authors were given a lot of freedom to expand and reinterpret the Trek universe. Planet of Judgment and World Without End are pretty faithful to Trek lore, but also add a lot of fresh ideas and new angles to things, like the elaborated security procedures and equipment in PoJ and the fleshing out of Klingon culture in WWE. Indeed, PoJ was the first work of Trek fiction to flesh out McCoy's backstory by depicting a version of his breakup with his wife and his decision to enroll in Starfleet. In other Bantam novels, Gordon Eklund's The Starless World created a backstory for Uhura and her father, David Gerrold's The Galactic Whirlpool fleshed out Trek history and Federation culture rather extensively, and so on. The kind of restrictions on creativity that you're thinking of didn't really become a major issue in Trek literature until later.
The Galactic Whirlpool also fleshed out the idea Gerrold talked about in his other Trek books - that of first contact/landing party specialists. He said it made no sense to always have the Captain AND the First Officer constantly putting themselves in danger, and therefore developed the idea of teams of people who were specially trained to do these sorts of things. It was refreshing to see Kevin Riley doing this work.
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Old November 2 2013, 09:28 PM   #40
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Re: Which non-trek authors would you like to write a trek novel?

^ That abortive new animated series was going to have a main character who did exactly that: specialize in first contact/protocol issues.
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