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Old April 29 2015, 03:36 AM   #1
Location: Pasadena, CA
24th Century Technobabble in the 23rd Century

So I'm reading the Original Series Gateways book, and I'm finding it rather distracting how many of the science fiction elements feel much more like they belong in the TNG era. I realize that visions of the future change and modern technology has advanced far beyond what was available in the sixties, but it can take me out of the narrative a bit when Spock and Scotty are dealing with nanites, optical data networks, and the like. On the one hand, a TOS book featuring Iconian gateways is already NextGentrified to some extent. On the other, the jarring jargon is made all the worse by the fact that the book is a direct sequel to That Which Survives. I had been waffling back and forth between posting about this, and then I came across a reference to synthehol!

Does this kind of thing bother anybody else? Are there other instances you can recall of this sort of "anachronism"? Conversely are there examples of some of the archaic futurism from TOS in modern Treklit--does Kirk still use tapes?

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Old April 29 2015, 02:16 PM   #2
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Re: 24th Century Technobabble in the 23rd Century

Whenever I wrote a TOS-era story, I used the term "electronic clipboard" to describe this device, like the novels of my youth (Duane's, I think):

Some copy editor always changed it to "data slate," which is an ugly word and I hate it.

But Susan Wright was terrible for that kind of thing--it's her TOS Badlands story where Kirk actually uses a comm badge!
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