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Old July 17 2010, 04:33 AM   #1
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Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Just wondering if any of the authors have a ideas for a novel or a series of novels covering the changes following the destruction of Romulus in 2387?
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Old July 17 2010, 06:14 AM   #2
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Well, The Needs Of The Many does take place after that, but it isn't in continuity with the rest.

The mainstream novel continuity is progressing faster than I'd expected, though; Destiny was in 2381, and the last Typhon Pact novel is late 2382 (iirc). I don't think there's any reason to go any faster than that; we'll get that story when we get there.
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Old July 17 2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

They could tell you, but then they'd have to kill you. (Standard writer's contract)
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Old July 17 2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Wrong timeline, anyway. The casual destruction of Romulus is an Abramsverse thing.

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Old July 17 2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

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Wrong timeline, anyway. The casual destruction of Romulus is an Abramsverse thing.

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Well, technically, the destruction of Romulus took place in the Prime Universe--not the new alternate timeline. So, theoretically, you could do a TNG book set in the Prime Universe dealing with the aftermath of the Romulus going boom.

But I'm not aware of any upcoming books along those lines.
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Old July 17 2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Personally, I doubt that the destruction of Romulus will even happen in the Abramsverse. By the time it is due to happen they will have had over 150 years to get ready for it.
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Old July 17 2010, 09:36 PM   #7
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

^True, it could be averted in the Abramsverse. But the destruction of Romulus is an event that occurred within the Prime universe in 2387. That's canonical. And since that's only 5-6 years in the future of the current novel continuity, it's something the books may well have to deal with sometime in the next few years. (Although maybe not. There's no reason the books couldn't proceed at a much more leisurely pace. The DS9 post-finale novels, for instance, have taken the better part of a decade to cover one year of story time.)
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Old July 17 2010, 09:59 PM   #8
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

I hope this isn't going too far into detail...

It would be cool if there were hints of what was to come in books prior to the actual destruction. Some off-hand mention of an SCE team being dispatched to investigate unusual fluctuations in the Hobus star or something, before the situation reaches "crisis" level.

Should I...um...spoiler tag that or something? For the record anyone who wants to use that idea in any work of fiction has my blessing to do so.

I was going to spoiler tag it just to be on the safe side, only to realize I have no idea how to do so...
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Old July 17 2010, 10:05 PM   #9
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

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^ The DS9 post-finale novels, for instance, have taken the better part of a decade to cover one year of story time.)
Soon to be six years though.
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Old July 17 2010, 11:08 PM   #10
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It would be cool if there were hints of what was to come in books prior to the actual destruction. Some off-hand mention of an SCE team being dispatched to investigate unusual fluctuations in the Hobus star or something, before the situation reaches "crisis" level.

Should I...um...spoiler tag that or something? For the record anyone who wants to use that idea in any work of fiction has my blessing to do so.

I was going to spoiler tag it just to be on the safe side, only to realize I have no idea how to do so...

We can't use unsolicited story ideas, period, and saying "you have my blessing" has exactly zero impact on the matter. This isn't really a story idea, though, just a passing detail. And it isn't a viable one anyway, since why would you send engineers to investigate a natural phenomenon?

The spoiler button is the one on the far right at the top of the full editor window, the yellow smiley with an x-shaped "mouth" (as if to suggest a "buttoned lip" or something along those lines).
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Old July 17 2010, 11:08 PM   #11
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I was going to spoiler tag it just to be on the safe side, only to realize I have no idea how to do so...
Just highlight the text you want to spoiler code and then click on the last icon above the text window (the smilie with an x as the mouth). Then a pop-up comes up where you can type in what the spoiler is about (in this case for example "story idea").
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Old July 17 2010, 11:14 PM   #12
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Cool, thanks, though apparently my idea's vague enough that it's safe in any case.

I'd think my mentioning "unusual" fluctuations would suggest it wasn't natural (actually the whole event as portrayed seemed a bit suspicious to me), but...eh, whatever, it was just a passing thought anyhow.
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Old July 17 2010, 11:23 PM   #13
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Lots of natural phenomena are unusual. That doesn't make them the purview of engineers. If a star's behaving in an unusual way, you send in astrophysicists. The only reason you'd send in engineers is if the physicists discovered some technological device causing the unusual effects.
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Old July 17 2010, 11:31 PM   #14
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Re: Any Trek authors pitched a post Romulus story to Pocketbooks yet?

Fair enough. SCE was just the first group to cross my mind.
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Old July 17 2010, 11:39 PM   #15
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Well, technically, the destruction of Romulus took place in the Prime Universe--not the new alternate timeline. So, theoretically, you could do a TNG book set in the Prime Universe dealing with the aftermath of the Romulus going boom.
Technically, there's nothing in the film to suggest that the flashback, 24th-century portions of the film take place in the same timeline as the one Trek's been exploring for the last quarter-decade or so, and a fair amount that would suggest otherwise. There's no need for Romulus to blow up in our timeline, anymore than the Abramsverse is bound by events in the original setting. They're seperate, independant things.

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