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Old March 22 2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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Corps of Engineer books?

If you read this series how is it I'm trying to decide if I should read it?
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Old March 22 2011, 06:59 PM   #2
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

You do realize that the Corps of Engineers is just a renamed S.C.E. (Starfleet Corps of Engineers) series and that they're e-novellas, rather than full-blown novels, correct?

Just making certain that was clear.

I haven't read any of them personally but I've heard good things about them. I plan to read through the whole series once I get caught up on all the current continuity, sometime in the next couple of years.

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Old March 22 2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

[QUOTE=bfollowell;4829036]You do realize that the Corps of Engineers is just a renamed S.C.E. (Starfleet Corps of Engineers) series and that they're e-novellas, rather than full-blown novels, correct?

Just making certain that was clear.

I haven't read any of them personally but I've heard good things about them. I plan to read through the whole series once I get caught up on all the current continuity, sometime in the next couple of years.

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So they re all stand alone stories?
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Old March 22 2011, 07:51 PM   #4
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

There's ongoing continuity between the SCE books. Personally I like them alot, and have bought most of the paperback collections.
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Old March 22 2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

I've been working my way through them very slowly over the last couple years (I'm only on the 16th story out of 74 novellas and two short stories), but I've really enjoyed them all. IMO of all of the series, it is probably the one that feels the most like another show. Where the other series tend to be big epic stories, the SCE/CoE stories tends to be smaller and more episodic in nature. It's also got a lot of fun, quirky characters. I would definitely recommend checking it out.
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Old March 22 2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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GalaxyClass1701 wrote: View Post
So they re all stand alone stories?
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There's ongoing continuity between the SCE books.
Basically SCE/Corps of Engineers is structured a lot like classic Marvel Comics, say -- each monthly "issue" tells its own story (with the occasional 2-parter) but there's a lot of character-arc continuity from one to the next, and events in one installment will have ramifications in multiple stories further on, and so on.
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Old March 22 2011, 08:47 PM   #7
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I enjoyed them quite a bit. Got most of them either once they were printed or on my Kindle. Except the second half of Remembrance of Things Past, which is apparently not available at Amazon anymore.
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Old March 22 2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

Im confused if there are 74 stories what are these?

1: Have Tech, Will Travel, 2002
2: Miracle Workers, 2002
3: Some Assembly Required, 2003
4: No Surrender, 2004
5: Foundations, 2005
6: Wildfire, 2005
7: Breakdowns, 2006
8: Aftermath, 2007
9: Grand Designs, 2007
10: Creative Couplings, 2008
11: Wounds, 2008
12: Out of the Cocoon, 2010
13: What's Past, 2010
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Old March 22 2011, 09:03 PM   #9
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^It was 74 ebooks. Those are the paperback collections.
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Old March 22 2011, 09:06 PM   #10
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^It was 74 ebooks. Those are the paperback collections.
Cool thanks.
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Old March 22 2011, 09:21 PM   #11
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GalaxyClass1701 wrote: View Post
Im confused if there are 74 stories what are these?

1: Have Tech, Will Travel, 2002
2: Miracle Workers, 2002
3: Some Assembly Required, 2003
4: No Surrender, 2004
5: Foundations, 2005
6: Wildfire, 2005
7: Breakdowns, 2006
8: Aftermath, 2007
9: Grand Designs, 2007
10: Creative Couplings, 2008
11: Wounds, 2008
12: Out of the Cocoon, 2010
13: What's Past, 2010
Those are the paperback collections. The first 7 were released under the SCE title and are mass market paperbacks that collect 3-4 of the ebooks. After that the series title switches to reflect the new ebook title of Corps of Engineers and they then become trade paperbacks and collect 5-8 of the ebooks.
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Old March 22 2011, 09:37 PM   #12
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when are the rest out?
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Old March 22 2011, 11:43 PM   #13
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

sce breakdowns the collection is not aviable in a collection on the nook why is that . and when will the s c e relaunch be collected ?
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Old March 23 2011, 12:40 AM   #14
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Christopher wrote: View Post
GalaxyClass1701 wrote: View Post
So they re all stand alone stories?
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There's ongoing continuity between the SCE books.
Basically SCE/Corps of Engineers is structured a lot like classic Marvel Comics, say -- each monthly "issue" tells its own story (with the occasional 2-parter) but there's a lot of character-arc continuity from one to the next, and events in one installment will have ramifications in multiple stories further on, and so on.
A very good description. You get a very good feel for the characters as they struggle to solve the dilemma in each story. And while there's always a technological aspect to the stories, many still had gripping "human" elements, too (though several of the crew are aliens).

I have all the paperback collections published so far, and have read all but the last 2-3. But they're on my short list to read, now that I have them.
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Old March 23 2011, 02:12 AM   #15
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Re: Corps of Engineer books?

Well, it's a bit of an unnecessarily complex and fanboyish description, actually. A better analogy for readers of this particular forum, and one that the writers themselves used when launching the series, would be to point to the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which each episode/story was effectively standalone, although would occasionally refer to events from previous episodes/stories.

Anyway, I read the series up to the Wildfire story. They're very different from regular TrekLit, but I really enjoyed the majority of the individual stories- and eBook was a great format for them because they were in shorter, more readable, chunks. Also, because they were shorter, they felt more like typical episodes of Star Trek, whereas most Trek novels cover more ground than a single episode usually could. I'd definitely recommend you check out at least the first few, get a feeling for them and see if you like them.
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