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Old July 13 2014, 05:40 PM   #16
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I particularly liked the last 1/4 of this book. All of those early relaunch books kind of blur together though.
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Old July 13 2014, 07:01 PM   #17
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I just got home from a funeral (for fellow author and dear friend C.J. Henderson), so seeing this thread really brightened my day. Thank you all.
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Old July 13 2014, 07:48 PM   #18
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Question: How big is the Enterprise which has only Picard as crew, and hotwired directly into the ship, supposed to be? Surely not as huge as most other Enterprises are, yes? A ship with only one crewmember wouldn't need to be much bigger than a runabout, you'd think.

And I love the Klingon version, the IKS Qu'. Considering what the word Qu' means...
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Old July 13 2014, 08:38 PM   #19
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This was my favorite of the pre-Destiny relaunch novels! I've re-read it a few times. It actually made me even more disappointed with Before Dishonor because PAD didn't stay consistent with this books characterizations. I was also a big fan of the glimpses into the alternate Enterprises
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Old July 13 2014, 08:44 PM   #20
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I remember being disappointed by this one. Tying all the Q adventures together as a means to impress the Super Q's (or whatever they were) seemed overly fanwanky and undermining of Q's motivations in several episodes.
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Old July 13 2014, 10:42 PM   #21
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Lots of people have spoken of their appreciation for the alternate realities that we glimpse at the end, so I'd like to instead draw attention to the interludes featuring various characters in different locations responding to the "holes in space". Given my love for continuity - not just references to previous stories or established "facts" but the act of stringing stories and events into a coherent whole - I really liked these glimpses into other peoples' lives. Catching up with Klag and Shelby, seeing Titan exploring the Gum Nebula, getting a sense of how the economic situation is in near-Dominion space, and above all giving us some insight into the changing situation in Romulan space, helping link The Red King to the formation of the Imperial Romulan State at the end of Articles of the Federation. All good stuff. KRAD even worked in a reference to the loss of his Malon super-tanker in Demons of Air and Darkness.
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Old July 13 2014, 11:44 PM   #22
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Question: How big is the Enterprise which has only Picard as crew, and hotwired directly into the ship, supposed to be? Surely not as huge as most other Enterprises are, yes? A ship with only one crewmember wouldn't need to be much bigger than a runabout, you'd think.

And I love the Klingon version, the IKS Qu'. Considering what the word Qu' means...
Well spotted regarding the Qu'. And that particular Enterprise was not as big as the other ones, but much bigger than a runabout. Bigger, more powerful engines, weapons emplacements, and also cargo bays.


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I remember being disappointed by this one. Tying all the Q adventures together as a means to impress the Super Q's (or whatever they were) seemed overly fanwanky and undermining of Q's motivations in several episodes.
Fair enough. Honestly, I freely admit that the book was fanwanky -- it was kind of the point. But that's not going to be to everyone's taste....


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KRAD even worked in a reference to the loss of his Malon super-tanker in Demons of Air and Darkness.
I think you're the first person to catch that................
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Old July 14 2014, 04:02 AM   #23
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KRAD even worked in a reference to the loss of his Malon super-tanker in Demons of Air and Darkness.
I think you're the first person to catch that................
Pretty sure I noticed that at the time; but listing all the continuity references in any given KRAD novel when talking about it online would rapidly approach the length of the novel.
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Old July 15 2014, 09:53 PM   #24
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Do the references in Q & A to Q-including works include Q-in-Law, Q-Squared, The Q Continuum trilogy, and I, Q. Are all those novels fully compatible with the modern novelverse?
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Old July 15 2014, 10:08 PM   #25
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Do the references in Q & A to Q-including works include Q-in-Law, Q-Squared, The Q Continuum trilogy, and I, Q. Are all those novels fully compatible with the modern novelverse?
Several of them are alluded to, though whether that's intended to suggest the events are in continuity or whether the references serve simply as Easter eggs or homage to other Q authors, I couldn't say. (KRAD can, I'm sure ). Q notes being pleased that Troi is gone because that reduces the likelihood of her mother being present, obviously a sly nod to Q-In-Law, and the Galactic Barrier is referenced as an adventure Q and family shared together (Q Continuum).

Since I'm fond of both Q-In-Law and the Continuum trilogy, I like to think they took place in some form, though I don't know if everything is compatible. I'm pretty sure I, Q isn't compatible.
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Old July 16 2014, 12:02 AM   #26
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Well, Q-in-Law doesn't quite fit into canon, because in "Qpid," Q makes it pretty clear that his previous visit, where Picard saved his life, was the one seen in "Deja Q." True, Peter David tried to put in something about Picard saving Q's life in QiL to make it seem like that was what was being referenced, but there are other details that don't quite fit.

Still, QiL is such a cool novel that I want to believe it happened. So my personal view is that it did happen, but Q was so embarrassed by its events that he turned back time to just before it happened and undid it, so that its events are in an alternate timeline all their own.
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Old July 16 2014, 12:18 AM   #27
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So my personal view is that it did happen, but Q was so embarrassed by its events that he turned back time to just before it happened and undid it, so that its events are in an alternate timeline all their own.
I'd like to think that the Continuum occasionally tugs that timeline into view whenever Q needs deflating a little. Like the equivalent of a very shameful old photo.
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Old July 16 2014, 01:19 PM   #28
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Do the references in Q & A to Q-including works include Q-in-Law, Q-Squared, The Q Continuum trilogy, and I, Q. Are all those novels fully compatible with the modern novelverse?
The answers to those two questions are "yes" and "maybe, but only with a really big hammer, in some cases."

But I made sure to at least reference every prose Q story I could. I even through in a veiled reference to I, Q.......
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Do the references in Q & A to Q-including works include Q-in-Law, Q-Squared, The Q Continuum trilogy, and I, Q. Are all those novels fully compatible with the modern novelverse?
The answers to those two questions are "yes" and "maybe, but only with a really big hammer, in some cases."

But I made sure to at least reference every prose Q story I could. I even through in a veiled reference to I, Q.......
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Old July 17 2014, 04:06 AM   #30
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Actually decided to reread this one yesterday. It was one of the first, if not the very first, trek novels I read and I really couldn't remember many details looking back. I'm about 2/3 through it now and things are definitely coming back to me. It's especially interesting seeing the development of his senior staff, since I remember what is to come in Before Dishonor. Most of all the Q stuff is just plain fun to reread and I'm really enjoying all the references to Trek episodes. Outside of Q, I must say my favorite other characters are Q, Q, and q. They're good ones for sure!
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