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Old March 29 2013, 09:27 PM   #31
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I recently picked up a copy of the first novel by Sarah Zettel, Reclamation -- and I noticed that the copyright page says "Copyright 1996 by Sarah Zettle." At least it's not on the cover, but I wonder about the legal ramifications of a copyright notice misspelling your name.
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Old March 29 2013, 10:08 PM   #32
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I recall at least one ghastly incident in which the usual copyright page boilerplate about how "This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real people or events is entirely coincidental, etc." was accidentally included in a non-fiction book.

The author was not amused . . . .
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Old March 29 2013, 10:31 PM   #33
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I recently picked up a copy of the first novel by Sarah Zettel, Reclamation -- and I noticed that the copyright page says "Copyright 1996 by Sarah Zettle."
That false rumor that Alan Dean Foster ghost-wrote Roddenberry's ST:TMP novelization was instigated by a French translation that left out the middle chunk of credits for the screenplay.
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Old March 29 2013, 11:15 PM   #34
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I remember that, based on Fallen Heroes and his non-Star Trek novel Arthur War Lord, people believed that Dafydd ab Hugh was a pseudonym for Peter David.
Pocket also misspelled Dafydd ab Hugh - as ""Daffyd ab Hugh" - on the three covers of the "Rebels" trilogy, and he once admitted that he didn't notice when he was acknowledging the advance cover slicks.

True story: Many years ago, I signed off on the cover mechanicals for a Damon Knight novel--without noticing that we had forgotten to put the author's name on the book.

Thankfully, I was able to get Knight on the phone before he received the cover flats in the mail!

"It was a mistake! We're going to fix it! And it will never happen again!"

He was actually very good-natured about it . . . .

I once got cover flats for one of my BBC books that had someone else's name on... (Steve Cole, IIRC)
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Old March 29 2013, 11:22 PM   #35
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Pocket also misspelled Dafydd ab Hugh - as ""Daffyd ab Hugh" - on the three covers of the "Rebels" trilogy, and he once admitted that he didn't notice when he was acknowledging the advance cover slicks.

True story: Many years ago, I signed off on the cover mechanicals for a Damon Knight novel--without noticing that we had forgotten to put the author's name on the book.

Thankfully, I was able to get Knight on the phone before he received the cover flats in the mail!

"It was a mistake! We're going to fix it! And it will never happen again!"

He was actually very good-natured about it . . . .

I once got cover flats for one of my BBC books that had someone else's name on... (Steve Cole, IIRC)
I can top that. I once got a very nice royalty check . . . for a book written by another author.

And, yes, I did the decent thing and returned it!
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Old March 29 2013, 11:46 PM   #36
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I've only read The Final Fury, and that was years ago, but I seem to remember being a nerdy teenager upset at the judicious use of photon torpedoes in the book. That was back when I thought Trek would be concerned with continuity and that even the novels would respect that and not use up a limited resource. Silly me!

I do want to add that I loved the "Invasion!" story-line. And Hugh had a Hell of a job following up L.A. Graf's Time's Enemy, which, at that point in time might have been my favorite Trek novel.
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Old March 30 2013, 12:52 AM   #37
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I can top that. I once got a very nice royalty check . . . for a book written by another author.

And, yes, I did the decent thing and returned it!
Curse that inability to replicate signatures accurately...
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Old March 30 2013, 01:40 AM   #38
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That false rumor that Alan Dean Foster ghost-wrote Roddenberry's ST:TMP novelization was instigated by a French translation that left out the middle chunk of credits for the screenplay.
I thought it would be because he also ghostwrote the Star Wars movie novelization, which was credited to George Lucas, and wrote pretty much every sci-fi movie novelization in the 1970s and 80s.

Now that I think about it...yeah, he was credited with the TMP story.
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Old March 30 2013, 03:35 AM   #39
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That false rumor that Alan Dean Foster ghost-wrote Roddenberry's ST:TMP novelization was instigated by a French translation that left out the middle chunk of credits for the screenplay.
I thought it would be because he also ghostwrote the Star Wars movie novelization, which was credited to George Lucas, and wrote pretty much every sci-fi movie novelization in the 1970s and 80s.
They're both factors in the origin of the rumor. I've also heard Foster wrongly attributed with ghostwriting the Close Encounters of the Third Kind novelization, which was actually ghostwritten by Leslie Waller.
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Old March 30 2013, 06:29 AM   #40
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I recently picked up a copy of the first novel by Sarah Zettel, Reclamation -- and I noticed that the copyright page says "Copyright 1996 by Sarah Zettle." At least it's not on the cover, but I wonder about the legal ramifications of a copyright notice misspelling your name.
I might be mistaken, I'm not a lawyer or anything, but I'm fairly certain the Copyright Act of 1976 fixed the law so mistakes like that don't cause the legal issues they used to.
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Old March 30 2013, 08:02 AM   #41
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I thought it would be because he also ghostwrote the Star Wars movie novelization, which was credited to George Lucas, and wrote pretty much every sci-fi movie novelization in the 1970s and 80s.

Now that I think about it...yeah, he was credited with the TMP story.
Yes, the news was never supposed to break that he ghostwrote "Star Wars" for Lucas. But the incorrect attribution to the first French edition of the TMP novelization had people connecting the dots.
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Old March 30 2013, 05:13 PM   #42
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Yes, the news was never supposed to break that (ADF) ghostwrote "Star Wars" for Lucas. But the incorrect attribution to the first French edition of the TMP novelization had people connecting the dots.
And yet, I seem to remember that ADF's ghost-authorship of the Star Wars novelization was alluded to pretty heavily back around the time Splinter of the Mind's Eye was published. I could get up off my butt and go look through the relevant issues of Starlog, but...

Anyhow, I was aware at least by February of 1986, when I had ADF autograph my first-printing copy (the one with the RMcQ cover and no photo insert) of Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (as it was originally titled.)
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Old March 30 2013, 07:29 PM   #43
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Getting back on topic...

What's the 'window' for writing a trillogy like Rebels anyway? Was it approved and mostly written before the final season showed how bad Kai Wynn was?
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Old March 30 2013, 07:45 PM   #44
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Getting back on topic...

What's the 'window' for writing a trillogy like Rebels anyway? Was it approved and mostly written before the final season showed how bad Kai Wynn was?
There's usually a considerable lead time, except for "rush" projects like movie novelizations.

Just for example, I wrote The Weight of Worlds (which went on sale this week) last summer during a heat wave . . . and the outline had been approved weeks or months before I started writing the book. (I had a few other projects I needed to finish up first.)
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And yet, I seem to remember that ADF's ghost-authorship of the Star Wars novelization was alluded to pretty heavily back around the time Splinter of the Mind's Eye was published. I could get up off my butt and go look through the relevant issues of Starlog, but...
Who's disagreeing? I said, "the news was never supposed to break".
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