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Old August 21 2014, 05:17 AM   #1
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Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

Does anyone know whether Shane Johnson, author of Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise and other sci-fi works, as well as Christian fiction novels, is still active online? I had interviewed him some years ago for my Trekplace website, but I've since lost touch with him.

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Old August 21 2014, 02:24 PM   #2
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Re: Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

I'd love to know that, myself. Especially because I'm curious if that update to Mr. Scott's Guide he was working on some time ago will ever see the light of day, even as a self-published online deal?
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Old August 23 2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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I think he had some health problems. Last I heard of him was after a heath scare--he posted this on www.starshipmodeler.net some years ago.
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Old August 23 2014, 11:42 PM   #4
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Re: Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

publiusr wrote: View Post
I think he had some health problems. Last I heard of him was after a heath scare--he posted this on www.starshipmodeler.net some years ago.
That link just goes to the main page of the site, not to a post.

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Old August 24 2014, 09:48 PM   #5
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That post was deleted long ago--it just fell away after a certain time period.

This might be him http://www.sljillustration.com/contact.html
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Old August 27 2014, 01:12 PM   #6
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Sounds like a new TV series. "Tonight on Fox, the premiere of Shane Johnson's 'Whereabouts'!"
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Old August 27 2014, 04:44 PM   #7
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Re: Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

I have this overwhelming urge to find Shane Johnson and point out that, despite all the scorn Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise received over the years, they referenced it in the latest movie and thus he wins.
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Old August 27 2014, 09:07 PM   #8
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Re: Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

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They did? What reference was in the latest movie?

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Old August 28 2014, 10:12 PM   #9
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They did? What reference was in the latest movie?

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One of the Enterprise damage graphics visible for a second just before Khan's torpedoes detonate (seen among these) measures shield strength in "diburnium/osmium levels" which is straight out of Mr. Scott's Guide.
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Old August 29 2014, 06:36 PM   #10
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Re: Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

An "alloy of diburnium-osmium" had previously been mentioned in TOS "That Which Survives", so it's not exclusive to Mr Scott's Guide.
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Old August 29 2014, 08:22 PM   #11
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Re: Shane Johnson's Whereabouts?

^Yeah, but it was MSGTTE that posited the completely ludicrous notion that deflector shields are some kind of "energy image" of a really hard diburnium-osmium barrier or some such bizarre notion.

Still, it's silly to pretend that a background graphic you have to freeze-frame and enhance in order to read is meant to be an authoritative part of the universe. It's about creating an overall impression of a scene; the details are not as important as the big picture, and often the details don't make sense in context if you take them seriously. I mean, ILM inserted R2-D2 as a piece of space debris in both Abrams movies, but that doesn't mean R2-D2 is "canon" in the Trek universe.
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Old August 29 2014, 08:57 PM   #12
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Well, someone in the ID art department thought it was good enough. It made me smile to see the reference, mission accompished.
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Old August 31 2014, 02:37 AM   #13
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Agreed on the point of seeing the user interface animators giving tips of the hat to those who've inspired them. It's nice to see the respect shown.
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Old August 31 2014, 03:23 PM   #14
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Well, I've looked all over the web, and there is no sign of Shane Johnson anywhere after about 2010. He hasn't posted on his own website in five years. No indication of any books on the way.

I hate to say it, but I think he's no longer with us. *hat on breast*
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Old August 31 2014, 06:15 PM   #15
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Hi,

I was one of the collaborators on the aforementioned update to Scott's Guide that we were working on back in 2005. I've been in touch with Shane off and on since then, but the most recent was in 2012.
Seeing this thread, I emailed him to let him know that people were wondering about his whereabouts. I haven't heard back yet, nor had the email bounce back.
Hopefully he's alright.

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