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Old January 18 2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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One or two-off novelists who should come back?

Trek Lit has its stable core of popular, reliable writers, but there are the occasional authors who only do a book or two and then disapppear from Trek, never to be heard from again.

My question is, what are your favorite Trek novels by authors who didn't become regulars - perhaps ones you'd like to see come back?
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Old January 18 2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

I've worked on Janet Kagan a few times. She thoroughly enjoyed writing "Uhura's Song", but has no urge to try to top her lone ST effort.

John M Ford has sadly passed away. A group of us worked on him, too (to follow up "The Final Reflection" and "How Much for Just the Planet?), although he did do a YA under the pseudonym Michael J Dodge.
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Old January 18 2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

I'd like to see another Dafydd ab Hugh (DS9: Fallen Heroes, DS9: Rebels, VOY: Invasion! Final Fury, and more) novel and/or Steven Piziks (VOY: Nanotech War)
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Old January 18 2008, 02:42 PM   #4
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

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Old January 18 2008, 03:09 PM   #5
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

I'd rather not see the drive by authors get a permanent parking space.

I love those books though, because they usually break from the routine, and offer a new and fresh outlook at the ST universe, the same with the occasional actor penned novel. If they became permanent fixtures, then that fresh outlook or skewed view would vanish.

There hasn't been a 'guest' author, or outsider playing in a Trek sandpit for quite a while now...
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Old January 18 2008, 03:24 PM   #6
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

What about Sarah Shaw (Saturn's Children) and Olivia Wood (Fearful Symmetry)? They are both new authors to the Trek fold, and I'm sure there are other recent debuts that I am forgetting, such as S.D. Perry's coauthor for the Terok Nor books.
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Old January 18 2008, 03:56 PM   #7
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

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I'd like to see another Dafydd ab Hugh (DS9: Fallen Heroes, DS9: Rebels, VOY: Invasion! Final Fury, and more)
Dafydd ab Hugh? He started out strong with Fallen Heroes, had two or three decent if not terribly memorable books, and then perpetrated the Rebels trilogy. With the right editor he might possibly tirn out something readable again, but there are other writers with better track records. IMHO, of course. Anyway, ab Hugh doesn't seem to be an active SF writer these days; he hasn't published anything, Trek or otherwise, since the 1990s, and he seems to be focusing his energies on right-wing political blogging.
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Old January 18 2008, 05:08 PM   #8
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

I'd love to see David Gerrold take another stab at ST, especially now that he has developed a distinctive writing style in his non-ST work.

I'd like to see Diane Duane's take on a DS9 novel, too.
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Old January 18 2008, 05:23 PM   #9
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I would like to see more by Steve Barnes, his Far beyond the Stars novelization was awesome.
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Old January 18 2008, 05:48 PM   #10
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

Gladly, the most talented authors who have written Trek books are all still writing, at least on occasion. The only one, I would love to read again would be J. Noah Kym, the author of Worlds of DS9: Bajor, imo the best novel of the entire DS9-Relaunch.
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Old January 18 2008, 07:20 PM   #11
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

I miss Vonda McIntyre.

Her WRATH OF KHAN is one of m favorite books.
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Old January 18 2008, 07:30 PM   #12
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

Vonda did five novels -- does she count as "one or two-off"?
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Old January 18 2008, 07:45 PM   #13
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

^^Well, only two of her Trek novels were original, although the novelizations had a good deal of original material added.
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Re: One or two-off novelists who should come back?

Mike Friedman.

BRING BACK STARGAZER!!!!
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Old January 18 2008, 08:05 PM   #15
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^ How the heck does MJF -- who has written or cowritten more than 35 novels, the most recent of which was published in 2005 -- qualify for this topic?????
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