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Old September 26 2009, 03:24 AM   #1
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Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

Due March 2010. Anyone know anything about this? I assume it's a tie-in to the Star Trek Online MMORPG...
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Old September 26 2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

The game has its own timeline (it's set a bit ahead of canon), so I assume this book would be filling in some of those gaps.

The game's timeline is here: http://www.startrekonline.com/fiction

Sounds like a story more suited to KRAD, with the lashings of politics...
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Old September 27 2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

It makes sense; Star Wars has had some success with videogame tie-ins. They did a (goddamn terrible) novel that connected with the Galaxies MMO called The Ruins of Dantooine, and of course the Republic Commando series has been a massive hit. And there's a tie-in novel scheduled to go along with The Old Republic MMO, too.
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Old September 27 2009, 06:50 PM   #4
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

Hmm... I'm intrigued by the Old Republic novel. We've got the Knights of the Old Republic games and the comics.
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Old September 27 2009, 08:44 PM   #5
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

I am intrigued, too. I haven't played the KotOR game, but I love the comics, as well as the era in general. I won't be playing this game, either, but I'll certainly pick the book up. There's also a The Old Republic prequel comic that runs for free online, which I haven't been reading... but I haven't heard a good thing about it.
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Old September 27 2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

This could be a novelization of the game's story or a prequel but I don't remember seeing this announced as part of the 2010 Trek lineup..
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Old September 27 2009, 09:30 PM   #7
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This could be a novelization of the game's story or a prequel but I don't remember seeing this announced as part of the 2010 Trek lineup..
And that's why I started this thread. I hadn't heard of it before, didn't find anything through google, and wondered if anyone knew anything more.
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

Is it possible it's a mistake that no one has realized yet or an addendum to the lineup which usually is tentative and subject to change...?
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Old September 27 2009, 11:32 PM   #9
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

Many such things are possible, hence my asking whether anyone else knew anything more.
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Old September 28 2009, 01:12 AM   #10
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

Eeek. I don't think I'll be reading that. Totally disbanding Cardassia's military? Making Macet a carbon copy of his cousin? I don't think so.
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Old September 28 2009, 01:29 AM   #11
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Eeek. I don't think I'll be reading that. Totally disbanding Cardassia's military? Making Macet a carbon copy of his cousin? I don't think so.
Most of Star Trek Online: The Path to 2409's backstory has been full of arbitrary, poor choices.

(Which makes me all the more pissed off when they go and try to add it to Memory Beta without differentiating from the STO timeline and the novels' timeline.)
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Old September 28 2009, 04:02 AM   #12
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It makes sense; Star Wars has had some success with videogame tie-ins. They did a (goddamn terrible) novel that connected with the Galaxies MMO called The Ruins of Dantooine, and of course the Republic Commando series has been a massive hit. And there's a tie-in novel scheduled to go along with The Old Republic MMO, too.
There was also one for The Force Unleashed.
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Old September 28 2009, 02:00 PM   #13
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Re: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

This is gonna get *really* screwy with the STO versions of Donatra, President Bacco and the rest conflicting with the versions in 'standard' TrekLit.

Why does STO use some elements of TrekLit but ignore others?
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Old September 28 2009, 02:04 PM   #14
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This is gonna get *really* screwy with the STO versions of Donatra, President Bacco and the rest conflicting with the versions in 'standard' TrekLit.
Why? They're set in a different continuity. Doing a novelization of STO's history would no more screw with the main TrekLit continuity (which still needs a goddamn name) than doing a comics adaptation of The Dark Knight would screw with the plotlines of Detective Comics and Batman.

Why does STO use some elements of TrekLit but ignore others?
Because it has that creative freedom. Why should STO conform to TrekLit if its creators have different ideas?

Mind you, I think that most of STO's ideas have been bad ideas, but that doesn't mean they should sublimate themselves to TrekLit, especially since they're moving way past TrekLit as they go along. My only complaint is when people try to lump the STO and TrekLit continuities into one when they're obviously separate (as many contributors at Memory Beta try to).
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Old September 28 2009, 02:22 PM   #15
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Mind you, I think that most of STO's ideas have been bad ideas, but that doesn't mean they should sublimate themselves to TrekLit, especially since they're moving way past TrekLit as they go along. My only complaint is when people try to lump the STO and TrekLit continuities into one when they're obviously separate (as many contributors at Memory Beta try to).
For what it's worth, I share that gripe. It irritates me, too
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