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Old March 23 2014, 12:48 AM   #31
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Re: The German Bookshelf

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A few things to remember/consider. The first original novel from Pocket was "The Entropy Effect", which had a white spine to go alongside the US novelization of TMP, but the next few novels all had blue spines. Very consistent for a while. A rerelease of "The Entropy Effect" ended up with a blue spine but, by then, a few novels were popping up with a distinctly different colour spines/covers. Cover/spine design is all about catching the attention of the casual browser. I was quite excited about the arrival of the green-spined "Black Fire", for example, after a long drought between original novels. When the colours began to change regularly, it was a bit disappointing when they slipped back to a blue one.

To keep spine designs consistent in a very long-running series creates the problem that designs can look out-of-fashion with new non-Trek books being produced, and which might attract the casual browser. Dedicated Trek fans are going to buy the books no matter the spine design. Spine design becomes very important in high-turnover shops that can't afford the luxury of "cover out" displays.

Don't forget about first 13 TNG books (Farpoint-original silver front cover version + #'s 1-12) having the space spines.
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Old March 23 2014, 04:36 AM   #32
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Sure but, as great as it is to have consistency in spine art, they can also become less competitive as fresher, newer book cover designs come into vogue and sit alongside them. I recall, in the 90s, readers maligning the distinctive Boris Vallejo TOS covers of the 80s (with others remembered with fondness) and then a backlash against the "floating heads" of the early TNG covers.

The starfield spines on TNG novels do look quaintly retro these days. Space hardware covers often leave me cold, but others love them. It's all very subjective, but we are arguing with trained marketers and designers, and their next job depends on success with the current one.
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Old March 23 2014, 10:22 AM   #33
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While the collection of Cross Cult spines looks great, I prefer my collection of mis-matched, non-conformist books. After all: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations!
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Old March 23 2014, 04:02 PM   #34
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I assume it just comes down to what they think of the originals.
Yeah, that's pretty much what they said in posts on their forum IIRC.

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You're correct.
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Old March 23 2014, 04:59 PM   #35
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Welcome. It's always nice when we get more members of the TrekLit publishing community here.
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Old March 27 2014, 02:51 AM   #36
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I really like Cross Cult's covers for the Romulan War series. I also really like that they split it up into a trilogy. That story really could have used three books; it's a shame the latter two got condensed into the way-too-crowded To Brave the Storm.
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Old March 27 2014, 06:47 PM   #37
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What's up with the Mission Gamma covers being used on ten novels?
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Old March 27 2014, 07:10 PM   #38
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Those spine pictures aren't necessarily from the the cover of the book they are on. For the first ten DS9 they went with the character pics from the Mission Gamma series and for the New Frontier series they went with specifically made character pics.
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Old March 27 2014, 07:27 PM   #39
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Wow, that does look sharp. Most of my purchases are kindle nowadays but I did finish out Vanguard with the MMPB version so the spines would look nice on my shelves. Same for the upcoming Lost Era book. I plan to do the same with Seekers.
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Old May 14 2014, 10:36 PM   #40
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I think no one has posted the German cover drafts for the S.C.E./CoE books #5 - #8 yet:

Interphase 2



Kalte Fusion (Cold Fusion)



Unbesiegbar 1 (Invincible 1)



Unbesiegbar 2 (Invincible 2)

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Old May 14 2014, 11:11 PM   #41
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Is Cross Cult going to debut its refitted Voyager design on an upcoming release this year?
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Old May 14 2014, 11:54 PM   #42
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Love the SCE/Gomez covers. Looking forward to seeing the spines as well.
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