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Old December 11 2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

I would put my money on Bennet but i had not read that many Trek books. Anyone else who is really good at this?
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Old December 11 2012, 02:05 PM   #2
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconning stuff?

Christopher L. Bennett.

Examples include sorting Trek time travel (Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations), making sense of fictional and real world Vega (ibid.), smoothing TAS into the continuity (ibid.) and explaining the absence of the aeroshuttle ("Places of Exile").

James Swallow managed to form the bits of Kriosian canon into a cohesive history (Cast No Shadow).
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Old December 11 2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Christopher. Hands down.
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Old December 11 2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Yup - Christopher.

Edit - there's a number of authors adept at making sense of the occasional hitch or error, but Christopher has proved very capable of untangling the whole temporal / causality / alternate timeline malarkey...
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Old December 11 2012, 03:56 PM   #5
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Thanks, guys, but I'm not sure "retconning" is the word. That means retroactively changing the continuity, doesn't it? I'm more about trying to clarify and reconcile it. Although I guess retconning can be reinterpreting too, revealing a different meaning or explanation for something that happened before.

And Markonian, I'm puzzled -- I only mentioned Vega in passing in Watching the Clock. Did you mean Regulus? (Although the Vega colony does make an appearance in Rise of the Federation.)
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Old December 11 2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

The first author that sprung to mind was Christopher, though I do agree that what he does isn't necissarily "retconing," though that is part of what he does so well.
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Old December 11 2012, 04:36 PM   #7
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

It is a bit of a dual meaning term: we really need two terms - ret-conning (changing continuity) and rec-conning (reconciling contradictory continuity).
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Old December 11 2012, 09:29 PM   #8
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin.
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Old December 12 2012, 12:16 AM   #9
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Have we forgotten how good Greg Cox is at retconning real world history into ST continuity?
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Old December 12 2012, 12:54 AM   #10
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconning stuff?

Markonian wrote: View Post
Christopher L. Bennett.
explaining the absence of the aeroshuttle ("Places of Exile").
How did he do that?
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Old December 12 2012, 02:38 AM   #11
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Another vote for Christopher L. Bennett. It's more making sense of things than changing them, but he's great at it.
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Old December 12 2012, 05:53 AM   #12
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Another vote for CLB. At times it's almost like he's doing a remake of Trek, changing the things that he sees as "wrong" while still keeping it fairly close to the original. It's like watching TOS while squinting.
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Old December 12 2012, 06:00 AM   #13
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I prefer watching it while squinting then.
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Old December 12 2012, 06:34 AM   #14
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Re: Which Trek author is best at retconong stuff?

Christopher and KRAD.
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Old December 12 2012, 06:46 AM   #15
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hbquikcomjamesl wrote: View Post
Have we forgotten how good Greg Cox is at retconning real world history into ST continuity?
That was a masterpiece of retconning.
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