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View Poll Results: Rate DTI: Watching The Clock
Outstanding 98 59.76%
Above Average 44 26.83%
Average 13 7.93%
Below Average 3 1.83%
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Old June 14 2011, 10:52 PM   #316
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^ . Classic.

Particularly the ending:

"Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside"
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Old June 15 2011, 06:20 PM   #317
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Can I interrupt again to make a minor inquiry about your annotations, Christopher? You describe an Andorian "Moon" as the interval between alignments of Andor and two other moons in orbit of the gas giant. Would these other two moons then correspond to the "twin moons of Andor" mentioned in several other novels, e.g. The Sundered and Beneath the Raptor's Wing? You mention in the annotations that onscreen Andor clearly had no satellites of its own - is the number of other Galilean-type moons intended to keep the novels' "Twin Moons" more or less consistant with that portrayal?
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Old June 15 2011, 06:25 PM   #318
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I hadn't remembered there were any references to "Twin Moons." I used a resonance between three moons by analogy with the orbital resonance of Io, Europa, and Ganymede; Callisto is far enough out that it doesn't quite maintain the pattern. I assumed something similar here, that only three of the Jovian's large moons were close enough to be pulled into that kind of resonance.

As for whether the "Twin Moons" you mention could be interpreted as other Galilean-type moons in different orbits, that's certainly possible. Perhaps two of the moons other than Andor are nearly identical in size and appearance and thus considered "twins."
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Old June 15 2011, 06:30 PM   #319
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Thanks.

If you didn't have the "twin moons" in mind, then it's a nice serendipity.
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Old June 16 2011, 02:35 AM   #320
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Okay, I just bought this yesterday, and am finished it already. WOW! I loved it, Christopher. Absolute genius of a novel. I hope there are going to be more DTI books in the future, because this book was damn fun!

Didn't I hear about a prequel DTI book set in Kirk's time?
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Old June 16 2011, 03:04 AM   #321
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Didn't I hear about a prequel DTI book set in Kirk's time?
Yes, that's what I'm just about to get started on.
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Old June 16 2011, 03:27 AM   #322
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Cool. Say, looking at the poll results in this thread must be great for your ego. Between and selling your original novel concept, you seem to be enjoying some professional success. Congratulations.

And I eagerly await Only Superhuman.
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Old June 16 2011, 03:28 AM   #323
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Sweet. Looking forward to it.

Is it going to be movie era, or during the original series?
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Old June 18 2011, 02:56 PM   #324
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If CBS/Paramount were to ever do a miniseries for tv based on Trek, make it this. Please God, let is be Watching The Clock!!

This was just amazing! I very much love how you, despite all the huge events taking place, kept focusing on characters, making sure they were not sacrifised as happens so often.

I'm not one for long, intens reviews, I just want to say this one of the best Trek novels I've read, keeping me entertained and intriguid. Like a good novel should.

The only thing that was a bit of a struggle at times was the technobabble explaining the workings of timetravel. But other then that, no complaints!
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Old June 18 2011, 04:37 PM   #325
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I wonder if Jack Blessing and James Jansen have read this. I think they would enjoy it.

It would be a criminal sin to have an audiobook of this and NOT have those two read it!
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Old June 21 2011, 10:19 PM   #326
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I know that I'm chronologically behind everyone else here with regards to reading this fine book but since time travel is (thankfully) not an option, I shall take my chance to express my appreciation for this wonderful work.

The first thing that I found most enjoyable is the humour in particular Dulmur's reaction to certain...ceremonial activities taking place on Risa and the Bacco's interaction. Nicely integrated into the story and smoothy done.

Was I the only one who was quite moved by Lucsly speech at the epilogue? It may sound odd but the idea of the forgotten faceless bureaucrats actually saving the day is quite inspiring to me. (Yes, I work in local government) Plus there was the DTI Directors monologue about defending their timelines againist outside forces.


Ah, the Cardassians. It is quite scary to think that the Obsidian Order was in charge of any temporal investigations within the Union, just imagine the KGB with a Tardis.
It is interesting to note that both aegis agents were Cardassian...


Unfortunately, I'm not much of a writer so I'll have to come back to this later. There will be plenty of time after all.


Thanks for the excellent read
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Old June 21 2011, 10:32 PM   #327
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Was I the only one who was quite moved by Lucsly speech at the epilogue? It may sound odd but the idea of the forgotten faceless bureaucrats actually saving the day is quite inspiring to me. (Yes, I work in local government) Plus there was the DTI Directors monologue about defending their timelines againist outside forces.
Glad you liked them.


It is interesting to note that both aegis agents were Cardassian...
They were Cardassian for the same reason Gary Seven was human and the Aegis agent in Assignment: Eternity was Romulan -- because their assignment was to watch over that particular species. There aren't any Federation-race Aegis operatives in the 24th century because the Federation is mature enough not to need Aegis oversight. So the Aegis agents in WTC had to be from some neighboring power, and Cardassia seemed the one most in need of the Aegis's, err, aegis.
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Old June 21 2011, 10:58 PM   #328
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There aren't any Federation-race Aegis operatives in the 24th century because the Federation is mature enough not to need Aegis oversight.
That prompts an interesting question. The only reason ever given for the Aegis carrying out their generations-long training program was to produce agents. Once a particular species no longer has a need for Aegis help, what do they do with all those people? I can imagine any number of possibilities, which I actually spitballed right here before remembering that they could be construed as story ideas.
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Old June 22 2011, 01:36 AM   #329
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That prompts an interesting question. The only reason ever given for the Aegis carrying out their generations-long training program was to produce agents. Once a particular species no longer has a need for Aegis help, what do they do with all those people?
They put on a really big production number!
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Old June 22 2011, 01:48 AM   #330
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Re: Star Trek: DTI: Watching The Clock Review Thread

If a DTI operative gets punched in the face while carrying out their duties, can they say they have been...clocked?
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