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Old March 14 2014, 11:12 PM   #1
Clark Terrell
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TOS Movie Book Anthology?

Disclaimer: This is not a story or book idea.

Now that that's settled, I was curious as to whether a TOS movie anthology collection was ever discussed or in the works. There are anthologies for the each of the TV series, but nothing that spans the time of the TOS films that I'm aware of.
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Old March 15 2014, 12:55 AM   #2
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Re: TOS Movie Book Anthology?

I had never considered that. It could be awesome! But we will almost certainly never see it.
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Old March 15 2014, 01:26 AM   #3
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Re: TOS Movie Book Anthology?

At first I thought you were referring to the omnibus from 2004 called Duty, Honor, Redemption that reprinted the novelizations of Star Trek II, III & IV.

However, there were 2 anthologies printed back in the 80's that spanned, at least, the first 4 movies. Both were by William Rotsler here (for the Star Trek II book) and here (for the Star Trek III book).
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Old March 15 2014, 01:37 AM   #4
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Re: TOS Movie Book Anthology?

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At first I thought you were referring to the omnibus from 2004 called Duty, Honor, Redemption that reprinted the novelizations of Star Trek II, III & IV.

However, there were 2 anthologies printed back in the 80's that spanned, at least, the first 4 movies. Both were by William Rotsler here (for the Star Trek II book) and here (for the Star Trek III book).
I remember seeing those before, but what I'm talking about is something similar to The Sky's the Limit, with a bunch of short stories about the crew detailing different parts of their lives.
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Old March 15 2014, 01:39 AM   #5
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However, there were 2 anthologies printed back in the 80's that spanned, at least, the first 4 movies. Both were by William Rotsler here (for the Star Trek II book) and here (for the Star Trek III book).
I had no idea those even existed!

Love the picture of the upside down Enterprise on the cover of the STII collection.
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Old March 15 2014, 01:46 AM   #6
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Rotsler even did two "Plot-Your-Own-Course" books for Trek II and III.
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Old March 15 2014, 01:57 AM   #7
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Re: TOS Movie Book Anthology?

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However, there were 2 anthologies printed back in the 80's that spanned, at least, the first 4 movies. Both were by William Rotsler here (for the Star Trek II book) and here (for the Star Trek III book).
Keep in mind, though, that most of the short stories in these books were still set during TOS.

There is a great Will Decker and Dr Chapel story, "Night Whispers" by Diane Duane, in the "Enterprise Logs" anthology, and the Spock story by AC Crispin, "Just Another Little Training Cruise", is also TOS movie-era.
http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Enterprise_Logs
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Old March 15 2014, 02:22 AM   #8
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However, there were 2 anthologies printed back in the 80's that spanned, at least, the first 4 movies. Both were by William Rotsler here (for the Star Trek II book) and here (for the Star Trek III book).
Keep in mind, though, that most of the short stories in these books were still set during TOS.
I don't know about the first one, but I recall most of the stories in the second one being set in the movie era, either pre-TWOK or shoehorned in between TWOK & TSFS.
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Old March 15 2014, 02:31 AM   #9
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Re: TOS Movie Book Anthology?

According to Steve Roby's Complete Starfleet Library, the stories in the first book are all set between TMP and TWOK. He also mentions that the stories in the next book are set either before or after TWOK, and apparently some of the after TWOK stories don't even bother to reference The Search For Spock.
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Old March 15 2014, 02:35 AM   #10
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I don't know about the first one, but I recall most of the stories in the second one being set in the movie era, either pre-TWOK or shoehorned in between TWOK & TSFS.
Okay, I'm remembering the first one then. A Saavik story, but most of the other stories were definitely pre-ST II. The UK edition had a different cover (the photo of the crew heading over to the ship on the shuttle) and the "II" of the title deliberately written in very tiny font.

I guess it's worth mentioning Rotsler's "ST II Biographies" too. Not short stories, but plenty of references to the years between TOS and ST II.
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Old March 15 2014, 02:45 AM   #11
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I guess it's worth mentioning Rotsler's "ST II Biographies" too. Not short stories, but plenty of references to the years between TOS and ST II.
And plenty of errors and bizarre creative choices, too. Like claiming that Pavel Andreievich Chekov's father was named Alexei instead of Andrei. And I think it implied that warp drive had only been invented during Scotty's lifetime. It's mainly noteworthy for proposing "Nyota" as Uhura's first name. (Rostler may have proposed it in some earlier context, but it was definitely his coinage, and as far as I know, this is the first professionally published book to suggest it.)
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Old March 15 2014, 03:18 AM   #12
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It's mainly noteworthy for proposing "Nyota" as Uhura's first name. (Rostler may have proposed it in some earlier context, but it was definitely his coinage, and as far as I know, this is the first professionally published book to suggest it.)
Yep. He even telephoned Nichelle Nichols to get her approval! Bill Rotsler was an old friend of Bjo Trimble and well known at those early conventions.
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Old March 15 2014, 04:16 AM   #13
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Therin of Andor wrote: View Post
There is a great Will Decker and Dr Chapel story, "Night Whispers" by Diane Duane, in the "Enterprise Logs" anthology, and the Spock story by AC Crispin, "Just Another Little Training Cruise", is also TOS movie-era.
http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Enterprise_Logs
I've read the Decker story before but not the Spock. The only other example of a TOS-movie anthology that comes to mind is Mere Anarchy, which also includes the timeframe of the five-year mission for its first two stories.

Christopher's The Darkness Drops Again spans more than a decade of the characters' lives as they journey back and forth to Mestiko. It's from one of the chapters of that story that the quote in my signature comes from. I've liked Paul Winfield since I saw him in Terminator and become an even bigger fan once I realized he was Captain Terrell, too.

We didn't get to see much of the captain due to his death in TWOK, but I've always imagined him being similar in demeanor and style to Lieutenant Traxler-- a soft-spoken, gentle man who leads by example and puts the well-being of others before himself. I also believe he's one of Star Trek's most unsung heroes. The choice to sacrifice his life could not have been an easy one, but he did it to prevent himself from taking the life of another Starfleet officer.
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Old March 15 2014, 06:29 AM   #14
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Have you read the Vanguard books yet?
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Old March 15 2014, 07:03 AM   #15
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Have you read the Vanguard books yet?
No, but they're on my list. I've heard great things about them.
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