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Old June 29 2013, 12:17 AM   #106
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I saw Christopher depicting Women's Suffrage on Talaria with widening freedoms rather than radical overthrow.
No, that's not it at all. See my comments in post #51. My intent was to create a situation that initially looked like our historic gender-equality struggles, but then turned out to be something different, because, guess what, they're aliens! The idea was that the females didn't really need suffrage, that they had traditionally held full power over certain aspects of the social order while males held authority over different ones, and it had been an effective balance of power/division of labor until the current male regime started horning in on traditional female responsibilities and disrupting the balance. As far as the females saw it, they already held the more important roles in society while the males squandered their time on frivolous power games and fighting. So each sex thought of itself as the dominant one and denigrated the other sex's responsibilities.
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Old June 29 2013, 12:21 AM   #107
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Ah, yes, I see that now.
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Old June 29 2013, 01:19 PM   #108
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I just finished reading this, and enjoyed it - shame it couldn't be longer though, as it felt like there wasn't enough time to fully develop the plot potential. How come the ebook releases are "novellas" rather than "novels"?
I liked the bringing back of Jono and tha Talarians, and the mention of bald tattooed romulan sub-species (like we saw in the first JJ movie).
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Old June 29 2013, 02:10 PM   #109
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How come the ebook releases are "novellas" rather than "novels"?
I'm not sure. Maybe because they can be? Novellas are too short to be sold as standalone print books, but magazines and anthologies rarely publish them. So e-books are kind of the only venue left for stories in that midsize range. We've already got full-length novels and short stories/novelettes in print, so if you're going to do original e-books, why not do something different with them, something that complements what's done in print rather than duplicating it?

I liked the bringing back of Jono and tha Talarians, and the mention of bald tattooed romulan sub-species (like we saw in the first JJ movie).
Not a subspecies, just a subculture/class.
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Old June 29 2013, 06:55 PM   #110
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But yes, I actually do like the hunter/gatherer style culture of the Talarians. Strict segregation of duties versus oppression. That fits well with what we know of the race and explains a bit about how they got this way.

Odd question, do you have an actress in your head for T'ryssa?
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Old June 29 2013, 07:10 PM   #111
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Odd question, do you have an actress in your head for T'ryssa?
Not an odd question at all; we've got a whole really long thread on casting ideas for Trek Lit. But I didn't base Trys on a specific actress. The best suggestion offered in the casting thread to date is a Hong Kong actress named Charlene Choi. Maurissa Tancharoen might also work, although she's shorter than Trys is supposed to be.
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Old June 29 2013, 09:05 PM   #112
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How come the ebook releases are "novellas" rather than "novels"?
I'm not sure. Maybe because they can be? Novellas are too short to be sold as standalone print books, but magazines and anthologies rarely publish them. So e-books are kind of the only venue left for stories in that midsize range. We've already got full-length novels and short stories/novelettes in print, so if you're going to do original e-books, why not do something different with them, something that complements what's done in print rather than duplicating it?

I liked the bringing back of Jono and tha Talarians, and the mention of bald tattooed romulan sub-species (like we saw in the first JJ movie).
Not a subspecies, just a subculture/class.
Fair point- I suppose its because I don't read print novels anymore, I read novels on the Kindle, and the UK pricing for the novellas is the same as a full novel, the only difference to me was the length.
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Old June 30 2013, 12:30 PM   #113
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Of course, I may be falling into the trap of assuming that "progress" will mean becoming like the Federation when dealing with an alien race. As a feminist though, I'm inclined to be okay with this since "more freedom=good" with rare exceptions.
*shrugs* At the end of the day, there is often an inevitable conflict between saying that you believe in universal rights and that you believe in cultural relativity. At some point, one often has to pick between them -- you can't say you believe in feminism, for instance, yet also have complete respect for cultural practices such as female genital mutilation; you can't say you believe in democracy without opposing apartheid systems; etc. Few cultures, not even the cultures of the West, are immune to these kinds of contradictions; we've eventually got to pick which side we're on.
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Old June 30 2013, 10:32 PM   #114
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Tis true.

Yet we hedge our bets anyway, don't we?
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Christopher, I figured you might be interested in what should be the final version of the cover for the German edition: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9318230&type=1

The translation of the title is pretty lame.
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Old August 10 2013, 11:40 PM   #116
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Christopher, I figured you might be interested in what should be the final version of the cover for the German edition: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9318230&type=1

The translation of the title is pretty lame.
Hm. Well, it could be worse -- like, say, if they put a "Mein" in front of it.
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Old August 11 2013, 02:38 AM   #117
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Christopher, I figured you might be interested in what should be the final version of the cover for the German edition: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9318230&type=1

The translation of the title is pretty lame.
Hm. Well, it could be worse -- like, say, if they put a "Mein" in front of it.
Ha! Indeed.

...Is that supposed to be Choudhury?
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Old August 11 2013, 02:44 AM   #118
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^Apparently, yeah.
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Old August 11 2013, 11:42 AM   #119
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Still in my opinion they make great covers, usual better than the english version.
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Old August 11 2013, 10:06 PM   #120
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Christopher, I figured you might be interested in what should be the final version of the cover for the German edition: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9318230&type=1

The translation of the title is pretty lame.
Hm. Well, it could be worse -- like, say, if they put a "Mein" in front of it.
Ha! Indeed.

...Is that supposed to be Choudhury?
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^Apparently, yeah.
I might have misunderstood her descriptions in the books, because I always pictured her more Middle Easter or Indian in appearance than Asian.
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