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Old February 4 2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Forgotten History blurb

The Simon and Schuster listing for Forgotten History has finally gotten rid of the Watching the Clock blurb in favour of something new:

The agents of the Department of Temporal Investigations are assigned to look into an anomaly that has appeared deep in Federation territory. It’s difficult to get clear readings, but a mysterious inactive vessel lies at the heart of the anomaly, one outfitted with some sort of temporal drive disrupting space-time and subspace. To the agents’ shock, the ship bears a striking resemblance to a Constitution-class starship, and its warp signature matches that of the original Federation starship Enterprise NCC-1701—the ship of James T. Kirk, that infamous bogeyman of temporal investigators, whose record of violations is held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history. But the vessel’s hull markings identify it as Timeship Two, belonging to none other than the DTI itself. At first, Agents Lucsly and Dulmur assume the ship is from some other timeline . . . but its quantum signature confirms that it came from their own past, despite the fact that the DTI never possessed such a timeship. While the anomaly is closely monitored, Lucsly and Dulmur must search for answers in the history of Kirk’s Enterprise and its many encounters with time travel—a series of events with direct ties to the origins of the DTI itself. . . .
I didn't need convincing on this one, but if I did, I think that would have done the trick.
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Old February 4 2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: Forgotten History blurb

I recently finished the STO novel "Needs of the Many" and there was a noteworthy (and moving) chapter devoted to Dulmer and Lucsly. I've only recently brgun reading any Trek lit. But, yeah, I'll definately be on the lookout for this one.
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Old February 4 2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Damn, that sounds awesome.
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Old February 4 2012, 07:24 PM   #4
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I recently finished the STO novel "Needs of the Many" and there was a noteworthy (and moving) chapter devoted to Dulmer and Lucsly.
Be aware that that book's interpretation of Lucsly, Dulmur, and the DTI differs considerably from the one in my DTI novels.
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Old February 4 2012, 07:30 PM   #5
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The thing I loved about Alan Moore's comic writing was that when he took over something he found a way to turn it on its head and spin it off into something way more interesting.

There's something about the new blurb that just reminded me of that...
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Old February 4 2012, 07:45 PM   #6
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That darn Kirk. The man's a menace.
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Old February 4 2012, 08:02 PM   #7
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The Simon and Schuster listing for Forgotten History has finally gotten rid of the Watching the Clock blurb in favour of something new:

The agents of the Department of Temporal Investigations are assigned to look into an anomaly that has appeared deep in Federation territory. It’s difficult to get clear readings, but a mysterious inactive vessel lies at the heart of the anomaly, one outfitted with some sort of temporal drive disrupting space-time and subspace. To the agents’ shock, the ship bears a striking resemblance to a Constitution-class starship, and its warp signature matches that of the original Federation starship Enterprise NCC-1701—the ship of James T. Kirk, that infamous bogeyman of temporal investigators, whose record of violations is held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history. But the vessel’s hull markings identify it as Timeship Two, belonging to none other than the DTI itself. At first, Agents Lucsly and Dulmur assume the ship is from some other timeline . . . but its quantum signature confirms that it came from their own past, despite the fact that the DTI never possessed such a timeship. While the anomaly is closely monitored, Lucsly and Dulmur must search for answers in the history of Kirk’s Enterprise and its many encounters with time travel—a series of events with direct ties to the origins of the DTI itself. . . .
I didn't need convincing on this one, but if I did, I think that would have done the trick.
Where as I did need convincing and from that blurb, it does sound like it could be a good read. I've still not read the first DTI novel yet.
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Old February 4 2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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Where as I did need convincing and from that blurb, it does sound like it could be a good read. I've still not read the first DTI novel yet.
And you don't need to read it before FH. I wrote FH under the assumption that it would be marketed as a TOS novel, so I tried to make it work as a standalone tale that could introduce the DTI characters to new readers, and even to make its 24th-century portions accessible to readers who are mainly familiar with TOS alone (for instance, at one point having a character reflect that UFP-Klingon relations are far friendlier in his time, rather than just assuming the reader already knows that).

Although of course it does fit into the same continuity as Watching the Clock and works as a followup to that as well. But I don't think it'd do any harm to read FH before WTC.
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Old February 4 2012, 08:31 PM   #9
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i was already going to get this, but now i can't wait.
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Old February 4 2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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Where as I did need convincing and from that blurb, it does sound like it could be a good read. I've still not read the first DTI novel yet.
And you don't need to read it before FH.......
Thanks, but I already knew that, I was just commenting because I was thinking of using DTI as a benchmark on reading any further novels in the "series" because, to put it bluntly, I've liked some of your stories and not others and although it does sound interesting, the vibe of "continuity porn" and hard science from reviews has put me off thus far.

Of course, I could read it and think, this is the best ever regardless of those two issues.
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Old February 4 2012, 08:45 PM   #11
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I've already pre-ordered it. Does the concept of a "pre-order" raise alarms with the DTI? I've taken steps to arrange for receipt of something which does not yet exist in the form I've asked for it. Amazon and I peer through the mists of time and perceive events that have not yet to come to pass, and have undertaken actions in preparation. Is this a new front in the Temporal Cold War?
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Old February 4 2012, 08:54 PM   #12
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—the ship of James T. Kirk, that infamous bogeyman of temporal investigators, whose record of violations is held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history.
This bit actually confuses me. If he never changed history, how can he be "held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history"?
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Old February 4 2012, 09:54 PM   #13
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This bit actually confuses me. If he never changed history, how can he be "held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history"?
From "Trials and Tribble-ations":
LUCSLY: James T Kirk.
SISKO: The one and only.
LUCSLY: Seventeen separate temporal violations. The biggest file on record.
DULMUR: The man was a menace.
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This bit actually confuses me. If he never changed history, how can he be "held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history"?
From "Trials and Tribble-ations":
LUCSLY: James T Kirk.
SISKO: The one and only.
LUCSLY: Seventeen separate temporal violations. The biggest file on record.
DULMUR: The man was a menace.
I know where it comes from. It simply makes no sense.
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Very much looking forward to this...have it on pre-order as well.
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