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View Poll Results: Rate A Choice of Futures.
Outstanding 54 50.47%
Above Average 39 36.45%
Average 10 9.35%
Below Average 2 1.87%
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Old August 30 2013, 02:10 PM   #241
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Re: ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!

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Of course, such a solution is quite unrealistic, history-wise; indeed, it's far closer to a pipe dream than to a practical solution: in the vast majority of conflicts/wars throughout history, there was no misunderstanding between the combatants regarding the opposing side, their purpose, etc.
Wow. Speaking as a student of history, I find that one of the most naive statements I've ever read. The entire Cold War was an enormous mutual misunderstanding. Both sides assumed the other side planned to invade them, and built up nuclear stockpiles in self-defense, which the other side interpreted as a buildup to invasion, so they built more weapons in self-defense, etc.
And I find your statement naive:
Anyone who read Marx, listened to Stalin, Lenin, Hrusciov, etc public and private statements knew communism's goal of expanding - a goal supported by the soviet leadership until the '80 (revolutionaries and all), when it became clear it's unattainable (beyond a few third world countries which were converted to communism). This goal was no misunderstanding on anyone's part.
The West (itself no angel) used the more enlightened Marshall plan to contain this expansion.

There was some sabre-rattling about nuclear weapons use, the latest one in the '80. Both superpowers based their strategy on MAD: if you attack with nuclear weapons, we're both dead. No misunderstanding here (both sides knew their position, their opponent's position and the goals that motivated them).

When both power blocks wanted to put aside their differences (communism being on the losing side of the ideological struggle) we had disarmament. No misunderstanding here, either.

Heck, even allies misunderstand each other's cultures and priorities all the time. It's hard for people to recognize that other cultures and individuals define the world differently than they do. The history of human cross-cultural interaction is a history of mutual misunderstanding and confusion. Heck, individuals fall prey to silly misunderstandings and comedies/tragedies of errors all the time, so why would civilizations be any different?
The misunderstandings between cultures are VERY seldom about essential aspects (on the rare occasions when they are about essentials, you can only find them in oligarchic/theocratic societies, ruled by irrational meme-sets).
Between allies such misunderstandings - if they exist - are always about trivialities.

Name one war that was caused by 'misunderstandings' and I'll name you 10 wars (off the top of my head) that contained no misunderstandings whatsoever about the enemy and his goals.
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Old August 30 2013, 02:13 PM   #242
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Never mind...
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Old August 30 2013, 06:01 PM   #243
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I really enjoyed this novel. After To Brave the Storm, I was afraid it would be the last Enterprise novel, so I was glad to see the series continue on. I can't wait for Tower of Babel!
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Old August 30 2013, 06:18 PM   #244
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Never mind...
Good call
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Old August 30 2013, 07:03 PM   #245
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To change the subject.... Christopher you stated above that novel#2 in this series is complete? If so are you looking to do a third one?
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Old August 30 2013, 07:20 PM   #246
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I'm hopefully just a couple of hours from finishing up my revised draft on Book 2, since it's due today. I expect a Book 3, but I haven't been formally asked yet.
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Old August 31 2013, 03:39 AM   #247
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Never mind...
Christopher, I don't normally do this but as an amateur student of history (who has often held forth on my theory that the sentiments expressed in Sting's "I hope the Russians love their children too" song was naive claptrap that wholly misunderstood the Soviet mindset to anyone who makes the mistake of sitting still too long any time the subject comes up) I would be interested in reading your reply, even if only in private. We both seem to share a belief in the fundamental complexity and irreducibility of history and even on the occasions that I haven't agreed with your interpretation of an event or period I've found it thought provoking reading.
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Old August 31 2013, 04:30 AM   #248
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I'm hopefully just a couple of hours from finishing up my revised draft on Book 2, since it's due today. I expect a Book 3, but I haven't been formally asked yet.
Congratulations on finishing up your revised draft and crossing my fingers you get book 3!
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Old August 31 2013, 04:57 AM   #249
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I'm hopefully just a couple of hours from finishing up my revised draft on Book 2, since it's due today. I expect a Book 3, but I haven't been formally asked yet.
Are you envisioning ROTF as a trilogy or an ongoing series? And if/when you move on from ENT, do you plan to leave things open-ended for future authors, or are you going to tie your storyline up in a nice, neat bow?
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Old August 31 2013, 02:24 PM   #250
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I'm willing to continue with the series for a while yet, but it's best to keep one's plans for the future flexible -- or at the very least not to spill your whole game plan to the audience ahead of time.
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Old September 2 2013, 02:04 AM   #251
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i like this book a lot. i also like the fact that there is a nod to Captain Kirk in the form of his great grandfather- Samuel A. Kirk.

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Old September 2 2013, 02:12 AM   #252
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^Everyone focuses on Kirk's great-granddad, but they overlook that his great-grandmother and maternal great-great-grandfather are in the novel too. If anything, there's more of Jim Kirk in my portrayal of Val Williams than in my portrayal of Sam.
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Old September 2 2013, 02:38 AM   #253
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There are cases of misunderstanding, and then there are cases of cold-blooded calculation. I don't know which is greater in number IRL.
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Old September 2 2013, 09:01 PM   #254
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Christopher, I just finished A Choice of Futures and really enjoyed it. I love your work (especially Ex Machina, my favorite Trek novel) and look forward to your future writing projects.
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Old September 2 2013, 09:55 PM   #255
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There are cases of misunderstanding, and then there are cases of cold-blooded calculation. I don't know which is greater in number IRL.
Uhh...what?
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