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Old May 28 2013, 02:37 AM   #46
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Re: Novel feature by Empire Film Magazine

Its especially odd that he'd pick on New Frontier. New Frontier was the series that proved that you could create a novels-only series, populate it with a mix of new characters and recurring minor characters from television, and have it work. And not only work, but be hugely popular.

That was one of the things that got me back into trek lit to begin with, after falling away during the early 90s period of stagnation.

In a lot of ways, New Frontier paved the way for "modern" Trek lit - SCE, DS9 relaunch, Vanguard, etc. All of which were successful. It was sort of a template that later series would follow.

If we'd just had nothing but planet of the week books for the past 30 years, would any of us still be reading them? I certainly wouldn't.
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Old May 28 2013, 03:32 AM   #47
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I mean, I can see the argument about New Frontier descending into self-parody (some would argue it started there), but the rest of that is super weird.
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Old May 28 2013, 08:09 AM   #48
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... and recurring minor characters from television...
He didn't like that aspect of "New Frontier" either.
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Old May 28 2013, 08:46 AM   #49
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The author, Tom Holt, is obviously a fan of the David Hartwell & co.'s 80s output ("professionally-written fanfic by authors who'd loved Star Trek for years", who were "writing as much for love as for money") and is quite scathing of what he perceives as the shift to novels by "tie-in professionals (practically full-time Trek novelists)"
Well, that's not very accurate or fair. A number of the early Pocket writers were pre-established professional SF authors, including Vonda McIntyre, "Lee Correy" (G. Harry Stine), Diane Duane, Greg Bear (though not as big yet as he'd later become), and John M. Ford. And the idea that folks like myself, KRAD, Dave Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Kirsten Beyer, and the like are writing only for money instead of love of Trek is ridiculous to anyone who's acquainted with us at all -- not to mention that many of us got our first big breaks writing Trek.
Just a thought, why not contact them and air this opinion and put them in their place, you could possibly even offer to do an interview with them, outlining your love for Trek.

ETA: I just tweeted them to let them know you weren't impressed by what was written.
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Old May 28 2013, 09:01 AM   #50
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A number of the early Pocket writers were pre-established professional SF authors, including Vonda McIntyre, "Lee Correy" (G. Harry Stine), Diane Duane, Greg Bear (though not as big yet as he'd later become), and John M. Ford.
Re this aspect, Holt's article mentions most of the above authors, plus Barbara Hambly, and goes on to say,

Pocket had a policy of paying A-list SF authors small advances; "This weeded out people who wanted to do it for the money and we got authors who needed to care about what they were doing", recalls David Hartwell, the editor at the time.

It worked. The 1980s were wild, heady days on the final frontier...
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