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Old March 14 2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Did the "Q" in Q Continuum stand for anything?
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Old March 14 2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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Old March 14 2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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I have the impression from somewhere that the original idea was that Q stood for "question," basically -- Q was the questioner, the inquisitor who challenged humanity to answer for itself. But that's an impression I got from an old interview I read (perhaps with DeLancie, or maybe someone else), and I've never seen corroboration.
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Old March 14 2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Originally there was a A Continuum. It fell, and was replaced by others.

The Q Continuum is the seventeeth continuum.

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Old March 14 2013, 11:37 PM   #5
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Old March 15 2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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On that note, the novel I, Q (co-written by John de Lancie) does say there is also an M Continuum.
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Old March 15 2013, 02:42 PM   #7
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^Oh, I get it. And I suppose there's a 007 Continuum serving under them.
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Old March 15 2013, 02:45 PM   #8
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I have the impression from somewhere that the original idea was that Q stood for "question," basically -- Q was the questioner, the inquisitor who challenged humanity to answer for itself. But that's an impression I got from an old interview I read (perhaps with DeLancie, or maybe someone else), and I've never seen corroboration.
Were other Q judging/challenging species like De Lancie Q? Did the Cardies, Pakleds and whatever had their own Q inquisitors/teachers?
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Old March 15 2013, 02:50 PM   #9
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^Oh, I get it. And I suppose there's a 007 Continuum serving under them.
Well, a Double Oh Continuum at the very least, I'm sure.
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Old March 15 2013, 02:53 PM   #10
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I have the impression from somewhere that the original idea was that Q stood for "question," basically -- Q was the questioner, the inquisitor who challenged humanity to answer for itself. But that's an impression I got from an old interview I read (perhaps with DeLancie, or maybe someone else), and I've never seen corroboration.
Were other Q judging/challenging species like De Lancie Q? Did the Cardies, Pakleds and whatever had their own Q inquisitors/teachers?

I'm not saying that was the in-universe explanation. I'm saying I have the impression that's why Roddenberry chose that name for the character -- because he conceived the character as an inquisitor, an entity that would challenge Picard to answer for humanity. Although that's secondhand. On reflection, I think I got the impression from an old Starlog interview with John DeLancie where he said he was the "Q" and Picard was the "A," or something like that.

Although I have, in fact, offered an in-universe explanation for why Q identified himself and his continuum in that way, late in my TNG-prequel novel The Buried Age. And it's along similar lines to what I've been discussing.
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Old March 15 2013, 11:59 PM   #11
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^ Wasn't Q named for a fan whose last name started with Q?
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Old March 16 2013, 12:36 AM   #12
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I always thought it was odd that Q's name was the exact same as one of the letters of the English language.

It was official too, since all the other Q went by that name!
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Old March 16 2013, 12:40 AM   #13
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We just choose to spell it 'Q'. We could have spelled it Cue or Queue. I don't think Q ever told humans it's to be spelled in a particular way.
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^ Maybe Q just made that name up on the spot, because that's all he thought the humans could handle.
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Old March 16 2013, 02:08 AM   #15
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Q is simply an approximation of the name that humans can comprehend. Just like they don't really look human, that's done for human comprehension. And the Continuum isn't really a gas station in the middle of nowehere, or the American Civil War.

Who knows what they actually call themselves, or what they or the Continuum really look like.
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