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Old July 23 2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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Aventine Question

I imagine the answer to this can be found somewhere in these boards, but not without resorting to pouring over hundreds of old threads, so...

I'm wondering, when the Aventine was first conceived, with Dax and the handful of DS9-R characters that were carried over to it, was it done with the intention that Aventine would become a new brand, similar to Titan? It just seems to me that Aventine's whole make-up just screams "I was intended to become my own spin-off book line but that did not materialize for some reason so now Dax and her ship and crew just pop up here and there." Or am I completely misinterpreting that and it was never the intention of the editors to create a series revolving around Dax as a starship captain and her crew? I have been reading Trek novels for over a decade now but have only become aware of the online community, and the fact that authors and editors interact with us and give us insights into the creative process that we otherwise would never know, in the last year or so, although I did know that the Shore Leave convention was usually a good source of info for future novels and story info until the last few years.

Also, if there is a post somewhere in these forums that is easily accessible and explains my questions, by all means lead me to it if you would prefer .
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Old July 23 2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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As far as I remember, the original intention was always to have Aventine pop up here and there, not have its own series. David Mack posts here fairly frequently, though, so he might show up and answer your question more definitively.

Regardless, since then, the editor in charge of whatever books the Aventine would be in has changed three times, so whatever plans were in play then wouldn't have been binding anyway. It seems as though the current editor is happy without a separate Aventine series, so that's probably how it'll stay.
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Old July 23 2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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Re: Aventine Question

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Regardless, since then, the editor in charge of whatever books the Aventine would be in has changed three times, so whatever plans were in play then wouldn't have been binding anyway. It seems as though the current editor is happy without a separate Aventine series, so that's probably how it'll stay.
I have personally wondered if a possible Aventine series was axed when the number of series overall was slimmed down and certain other series like Klingon Empire and SCE were cancelled.
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Old July 23 2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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I don't remember David Mack or any other author ever saying they wanted to have an Aventine series like there is a Titan series.

I do remember DM saying that he wanted Ezri to have a command style like Kirk.
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Old July 23 2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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There was never any plan for a separate series focused on the Aventine or on Captain Dax. I invented the ship and her crew to incorporate DS9 elements into the Destiny trilogy in a way that wouldn't step on the plans that editor Marco Palmieri was at that time still developing for the post-finale DS9 novels.
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Old July 24 2012, 12:07 AM   #6
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Re: Aventine Question

I actually had an Aventine in a fan fic I participate in (completely unrelated to any canon characters, i.e. this is pure chance of course), and because we use the novels' extended universe as a backdrop we ended up renaming it the Ripa to avoid the conflict, after the district of ancient Rome which contained Aventine hill. Always gives me this funny mental image of a bigger ship coming along to swallow a teeney-tiny one.
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Old July 24 2012, 07:14 AM   #7
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I've liked what we've had so far & I'm looking forward to the next appearance in Brinkmanship.
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Old July 24 2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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It would be cool if the Aventine were assigned to the Bajoran sector. Then we could continue to have DS9 stories that would involve the Aventine and Dax. Of course the Defiant is stationed there and possibly the Robinson and they probably have more important missions for the few Vesta class ships than patrol duty in that sector.
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Old July 24 2012, 07:44 PM   #9
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There was never any plan for a separate series focused on the Aventine or on Captain Dax. I invented the ship and her crew to incorporate DS9 elements into the Destiny trilogy in a way that wouldn't step on the plans that editor Marco Palmieri was at that time still developing for the post-finale DS9 novels.
Ah, well that explains that. Thank you, sir.
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