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Old October 1 2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Chris Chapel stories

I understand Chris Chapel's main purpose on TOS was her crush on Spock, but are there any good novels about this character beyond this one aspect?
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Old October 1 2012, 10:45 PM   #2
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Re: Chris Chapel stories

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I understand Chris Chapel's main purpose on TOS was her crush on Spock, but are there any good novels about this character beyond this one aspect?
Certainly! She appears in several great scenes in the ST III novelization, even though Chapel did not appear in the film.

Other interesting Chapel stories include "Night Whispers" (with Will Decker) in "Enterprise Logs", the rarely-mentioned novel "The Trellisane Confrontation" (Chapel's on the cover!), and "The Errand of Vengeance" trilogy, a "lower decks" treatment of events paralleling "Balance of Terror" and "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

Don't forget that she becomes Captain Sulu's CMO in the "Excelsior" novels.
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Old October 1 2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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Don't forget Chapel's important role in Crossover by Barbara Hambly.
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Old October 1 2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Don't forget Chapel's important role in Crossover by Barbara Hambly.
I was just gonna call that one-- probably the best Chapel story out there.
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Old October 1 2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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Don't forget Chapel's important role in Crossover by Barbara Hambly.
Ah, and she has some fun stuff in your own "Ex Machina".
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Old October 2 2012, 01:01 AM   #6
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Don't forget Chapel's important role in Crossover by Barbara Hambly.
Ah, and she has some fun stuff in your own "Ex Machina".
"Leonard, wake up!"
"Computer, don't call me Leonard!"

Hahahaaa.

She's in The Lost Era novel "The Sundered" as the Excelsior's CMO, and gets to shine quite a bit there.
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Old October 2 2012, 11:44 AM   #7
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thank you! thank you! I do have some of the books mentioned, but I have not read any of the Cpt Sulu novels or Ex Machina. I always thought she could be a really interesting character~ more complicated than she seemed.
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Old October 2 2012, 11:45 AM   #8
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and I'm glad I figured out how to thread!!
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Old October 2 2012, 09:03 PM   #9
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Re: Chris Chapel stories

I find it surprising that Chapel hasn't been given more 'air-time' in stories. They set her up with an interesting background in bio-research, archaeology, paleobiology, and exobiology (her work with Korby) and almost nobody has built on that since her first appearance. I think her later problem was that making her an MD instead head of life sciences means that she has no separate niche. She will always be second fiddle to McCoy.

I featured her in my online Youtube comic as the more scientific doctor and I've found it almost too easy to feature her instead of McCoy as far as plot devices are concerned because I try to feature characters based on their merits and qualifications and McCoy is just an old country doctor, albeit he is a far more fun character to write.

I do think Chapel deserves a bigger slice of the pie than she's had so far. Lets hope she gets more than one line in the movie sequel.
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Old October 2 2012, 09:45 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=Pauln6;7045993]I find it surprising that Chapel hasn't been given more 'air-time' in stories. They set her up with an interesting background in bio-research, archaeology, paleobiology, and exobiology (her work with Korby) and almost nobody has built on that since her first appearance. I think her later problem was that making her an MD instead head of life sciences means that she has no separate niche. She will always be second fiddle to McCoy.Yes, she has incredible credentials. I did read Crossroads and Barbara Hambly (who is a really talented writer, I think) briefly mentions her inability to pick the right kind of man for a relationship.

She is so intelligent and beautiful and yet she cannot connect with people on a personal level~ she does not pick anyone who could get too close to her even though she seems to want a companion. That's a complicated personality, I think~ similar to McCoy, but different.
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Old October 2 2012, 10:56 PM   #11
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I just watched Pt II of Angels of Acheron~ that's terrific! Do you have a program that inks over the stills? I loved the look of it. I'm excited to see how the story turns out.
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Old October 3 2012, 12:37 AM   #12
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It's not too hard. You can use Gimp2 and download the comic book filter. I use comic book 2. A lot of the motion picture images are quite dark so you have to increase brightness and decrease contrast a little bit but most often the effect is quite groovy. But I think Chapel isn't really in part 2 much, she features more in parts 3 and 5 and part 1 of the second story. She's also in part 3 of the second story that I'm hoping to upload next week.
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Old October 3 2012, 07:09 PM   #13
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"Crossover by Barbara Hambly"

I think somebody has something crossed:

Hambly wrote Crossroad, a TOS era book
Friedman wrote Crossover, a TNG era book.
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Old October 3 2012, 07:11 PM   #14
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^Oops! Sorry, I meant Crossroad, of course. I got my Crosses crossed, and now I'm all cross with myself.
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Old October 5 2012, 06:47 PM   #15
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Generally, when I think of Barbara Hambly, I think of a crossover of a different sort. One that breaks the fifth wall (or is it the sixth?).
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