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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%
Poor 6 3.66%
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Old April 26 2011, 08:53 PM   #61
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^Probably not until early May. I'm kinda busy with other priorities right now, and I want to give people a chance to read it before I post a boatload of spoilers that will make their way to Memory Beta.
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Old April 27 2011, 12:39 AM   #62
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Christopher, any chance of a follow up post Ex Machina? I read that you've got a TOS novel coming but I am tired of all the time travel and won't be picking that one up. Sorry, but I just feel that the whole time travel thing has been done to death. Sort of like the Borg were pre Destiny.

I'd love to see more of the post TMP-pre TWOK era.
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Old April 27 2011, 12:56 AM   #63
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^Well, I also feel that time travel has been done to death, which is why I try to find different ways of approaching stories about time.
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Old April 27 2011, 04:29 AM   #64
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About 1/6 of the way through; already totally confirmed in my belief that Christopher was the perfect author to tackle this concept. (I mean, I know he's the one that pitched it, so it's not like any other author would've written it anyway, but if I'd seen the same title with a different author, I'd have been a lot less excited.) The quantum physics stuff is every bit as nifty as I was expecting.

Christopher writes Trek like hard sci-fi, which is a pretty mighty challenge considering how much ridiculous stuff there is, scientifically speaking, in Trek. But this one really works - take out all the references to Starfleet, and this is almost an original sci-fi concept. Certainly all the physics could've been used outside Star Trek no problem.

I haven't gotten far enough in for the plot to really get going, but I love the organization, the spirit of it, and the science.

More when I'm finished, but I'm already feeling like this is the best Trek book in a long while.
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Old April 27 2011, 12:30 PM   #65
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Wow.
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Old April 27 2011, 02:42 PM   #66
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I'm 100 pages in. It's...ok, I guess. I agree Christopher does well with the quantum physics stuff but I expected it to be more...'fun', I guess. So far it's tedious at times. We'll see how it turns out.
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Old April 27 2011, 02:53 PM   #67
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I downloaded it yesterday morning and finished it last night. I think it was a great book and up to Chris's usual excellent standards.



I loved the idea of using the different calendars (especially the Mayan one, dumb conspiracy theorists) but I think I would also have liked the stardate calendar there as well. I also enjoyed knowing what day of the week it was, just like from the episode.

I'm looking forward to the TOS one now.
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Old April 27 2011, 03:03 PM   #68
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I did include stardate ranges for each section on the section-header pages (or whatever you call those, the "Present Time" and "Downtime" intros). But including them scene-for-scene along with the other stuff would've been too cluttered. It's a long enough book as it is.
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Old April 27 2011, 03:45 PM   #69
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I did include stardate ranges for each section on the section-header pages (or whatever you call those, the "Present Time" and "Downtime" intros). But including them scene-for-scene along with the other stuff would've been too cluttered. It's a long enough book as it is.
Fair point. How many words does the book total out at and how many words have you now published (counting all timelines, many worlds and dimensions)?
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Old April 27 2011, 04:15 PM   #70
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How many words does the book total out at and how many words have you now published (counting all timelines, many worlds and dimensions)?
Thanks for reminding me to update my word count list on my blog. With the publication of DTI:WTC and its 125,000 words (give or take), I have now surpassed one million words of published fiction!
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Old April 27 2011, 04:48 PM   #71
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Very cool. Hopefully, you'll make it to 1 million more!
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Old April 27 2011, 09:17 PM   #72
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I know I will definitely be downloading this to my Nook first thing on the 26th.
I bought the nookbook from B&N today. Don't start reading it just yet. There are some major issues with the CSS that I am working on fixing. For example, the fonts are a mess and there is no italic showing. The code in the XML for italics is there, but the CSS is not right for displaying it. I'll can post the CSS once I have it fixed.

If I am not mistaken, I believe there is a way to swap out an encrypted file for one not encrypted. I will see if I can find out how to do this in case you do not have the DRM removed.

It also turns out that S&S left out the bold-italic font and bold-italic is used. I've found the fonts needed and have replaced the ones S&S used. This one is one heck of a mess and it will be fixed.
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Old April 27 2011, 10:08 PM   #73
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Just finished it. Fantastic book. Mind still boggling a bit. I'm usually pretty good at navigating the theoretical science but this one had me a little tied up. I think I got the gist of it though. I'm sure I'll get the rest of it on my customary years-time reread.

I did have one question though about something I thought was a bit of a contradiction.



Looking forward to the next one.
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Old April 27 2011, 11:38 PM   #75
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I did have one question though about something I thought was a bit of a contradiction.

Well, one could say there's a contradiction between the law's attitude toward a criminal pointing a gun at someone and a police officer pointing a gun at someone. The circumstances matter.

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