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Old December 7 2013, 01:01 PM   #16
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Re: Questions for Mr. Bennett and Mr.Mack

I see it just fine
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Old December 7 2013, 02:17 PM   #17
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That's odd. Why wouldn't IMDb images be accessible to everyone?

Okay, let's try it again.

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I wonder what mirror universe Dulmur and Luclsy would be like?
This.
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Old December 7 2013, 06:49 PM   #18
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That's odd. Why wouldn't IMDb images be accessible to everyone?
Just a guess here, but maybe it's because it doesn't actually link to IMDB.
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Old December 7 2013, 10:52 PM   #19
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That's odd. Why wouldn't IMDb images be accessible to everyone?

Okay, let's try it again.

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I wonder what mirror universe Dulmur and Luclsy would be like?
This.
That was the funniest thing I've seen in a while. Guess they would be like that indeed.
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Old December 7 2013, 11:11 PM   #20
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That's odd. Why wouldn't IMDb images be accessible to everyone?
Just a guess here, but maybe it's because it doesn't actually link to IMDB.
Course it does. The letters "imdb.com" within the URL confirm that.

The site probably just doesn't allow direct linking to images; the poster loaded fine when I refreshed the error page.
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Old December 8 2013, 12:00 AM   #21
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Christopher wrote: View Post
That's odd. Why wouldn't IMDb images be accessible to everyone?
Just a guess here, but maybe it's because it doesn't actually link to IMDB.
Course it does. The letters "imdb.com" within the URL confirm that.

The site probably just doesn't allow direct linking to images; the poster loaded fine when I refreshed the error page.
huh hum!

This be the link that Chris posted second time around, it really isn't IMDB.
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Old December 8 2013, 01:45 AM   #22
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At the moment, there are no plans for further DTI novels.
If you came up with something suitable, would you consider pitching a standalone DTI novel or ebook novella? DTI seems like the sort of thing that could easily fill the void left by the end of the monthly Corps of Engineer ebook releases.
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Old December 10 2013, 02:56 AM   #23
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Just a guess here, but maybe it's because it doesn't actually link to IMDB.
Course it does. The letters "imdb.com" within the URL confirm that.

The site probably just doesn't allow direct linking to images; the poster loaded fine when I refreshed the error page.
huh hum!

This be the link that Chris posted second time around, it really isn't IMDB.
That one isn't, no - that's why it works. The first one was. IMDb do not allow direct linking to their images, I've come across this problem before.
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Old December 10 2013, 08:01 PM   #24
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I want to ask Mr. Mack How long did it take for you to come up with the story ideas for the Cold Equations book trilogy and the return of a favorite TNG character?I really enjoyed reading this miniseries .I recently listened to Trek.fm's podcast interview with you about these books and wondered how long did it take you to write these novels.
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Old December 10 2013, 11:00 PM   #25
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I want to ask Mr. Mack How long did it take for you to come up with the story ideas for the Cold Equations book trilogy and the return of a favorite TNG character?I really enjoyed reading this miniseries .I recently listened to Trek.fm's podcast interview with you about these books and wondered how long did it take you to write these novels.
I started brainstorming story ideas for the trilogy with the editor in December of 2010, even before we had a contract. For a variety of reasons, I ended up using none of the ideas from that first round of pitches.

I started work on the trilogy in March of 2011. I had first drafts of story outlines by May of 2011. In its original incarnation, the working title of the trilogy was Star Trek Kindred. The theme for the trilogy was "family." Book one was an early version of The Persistence of Memory, but without the Soong story, and the resurrected character was revealed near the start of the story. Book Two was about the death of Picard, and Book Three was about the ascendance of Worf to control of the Klingon Empire.

As one might imagine, there were a lot of plot and continuity problems with the first-pass outlines.

My second proposal for the trilogy (still under the banner title of Kindred) was submitted on August 15, 2011.

I'd added the Soong story arc to the middle of The Peristence of Memory, which was very close to its eventual final version. (One big difference: this intermediate version involved the return of Rhea McAdams; in retrospect, maybe I should have kept that, to set her up better before book three. Oh, well.)

Book Two was changed to a story about Worf and his adult son, Alexander. It was plotted as a sequel to Keith R.A. DeCandido's novel Diplomatic Implausibility.

Book Three was the tale of elderly Jean-Luc Picard battling his own deteriorating mind and the cruel schemes of the time-and-space-hopping Devidians (TNG: "Time's Arrow," Pts. 1 & 2). It would have ended with the death of Picard, and served as a swansong for Pocket's line of Star Trek books. (At that time, S&S was considering letting go of the Trek license.) It would have been a bittersweet and deeply personal novel, and it's the only one of the scrapped ideas that I'm sad I won't get to write.

The next curve ball in the process was the decision by S&S to renew its Star Trek license. By late August, my mandate to "turn off the universe on my way out" was changed to "deliver a trilogy that keeps the story going and sets up a new status quo." So, in fall of 2011, I had to go back to the drawing board.

My next round of proposals, which were pretty much near-final versions of all three stories, was submitted on October 28, 2011. After parsing the notes from the editor and fellow authors, I revised the outlines for books one and two and resubmitted them on November 11, 2011. The final version of book three's story outline was turned in on November 29, 2011.

I got the green light to proceed with book one on December 13, 2011. The stories for books two and three were approved on January 18, 2012.

I started writing book one, The Persistence of Memory, in December 2011. I delivered the manuscript on February 1, 2012.

Started writing Silent Weapons on February 3, 2012. Turned in the manuscript on April 14, 2012.

Started writing The Body Electric on April 17, 2012. Turned in the manuscript on June 30, 2012.

So, from first brainstorm to final manuscripts: approximately 18 months.
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Old December 10 2013, 11:18 PM   #26
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Book Three was the tale of elderly Jean-Luc Picard battling his own deteriorating mind and the cruel schemes of the time-and-space-hopping Devidians (TNG: "Time's Arrow," Pts. 1 & 2). It would have ended with the death of Picard, and served as a swansong for Pocket's line of Star Trek books. (At that time, S&S was considering letting go of the Trek license.) It would have been a bittersweet and deeply personal novel, and it's the only one of the scrapped ideas that I'm sad I won't get to write.

The next curve ball in the process was the decision by S&S to renew its Star Trek license. By late August, my mandate to "turn off the universe on my way out" was changed to "deliver a trilogy that keeps the story going and sets up a new status quo." So, in fall of 2011, I had to go back to the drawing board.
S&S was seriously considering letting go of its Trek license? Wow. This is a huge piece of news -- I don't think I'd ever heard that before. Do you have any more information on this that you can share?

ETA: Hopefully the fact that three Star Trek novels this year have made it to the New York Times Best Seller List has convinced S&S of the wisdom of its decision to keep the license....
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Old December 10 2013, 11:29 PM   #27
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WOW. Thanks for the indepth look into that whole process. The death of Picard would have definitely been bittersweet. S&S was thinking of not renewing the license? Wild. I wonder what changed their minds? I wonder if it was sales? You'd think that if the books were selling well, that they never would have considered dropping the license. curious...
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Old December 10 2013, 11:42 PM   #28
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Interesting to learn that those rumours about S&S perhaps losing their license were true. And it's both a shame that we'll never get that story about Picard's death and good to know that when S&S and Trek finally part ways, we might get something extra special as a last hurrah.
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Old December 10 2013, 11:43 PM   #29
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That is shocking indeed!

Now that I've experienced the depth and arc-welding novelverse, the actual TV episodes seem shallow and raw. It would be a shame to see it gone, Imho. There's too much unfinished business yet and the remainder of the 24th century with stories to fill.
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Old December 10 2013, 11:47 PM   #30
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I'd get a kick out of seeing a MU
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