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Old February 23 2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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Definitive editions

David Mack considers the Destiny omnibus to be the definitive edition of his trilogy, as does Michael A. Martin with the MMPB version of Beneath the Raptor's Wing. Are there any other Trek novel "director's cuts" that I should be aware of?
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Old February 23 2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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I think Diane Duane's "Rihannsu: The Bloodwing Voyages" has tweaks for consistancy and so forth, not ever read anything from her saying it was "definitive" or so forth though.
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Old February 23 2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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^Duane did participate in the edits in The Bloodwing Voyages, and you can generally assume that the most recent version of any work, if made with the consent and participation of its creator, is seen by that creator as the definitive version, superseding all others. And The Empty Chair is consistent with the versions of the tales in TBV in terms of the timeframe and character ranks.
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Old February 23 2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! Is Bloodwing still in print?
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Old February 23 2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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Re: Definitive editions

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Are there any other Trek novel "director's cuts" that I should be aware of?
Several of the seven "Signature Editions" omnibuses were able to be tweaked by the original authors. Greg Cox fixed some minor stardate problems in "The Q Continuum". "Pantheon", which reprints "TNG: Reunion" and "TNG: The Valiant" by Michael Jan Friedman, has an all-new bridging arc that connects the two tales (ie. seven extra paragraphs from a reflective Guinan.) The bookend historical chapters for "The Valiant" are widened to embrace both stories in the SE.

IIRC, the corrections to the novelizations of "ST II: The Wrath of Khan", "ST III: The Search for Spock" and "ST IV: The Voyage Home" in "Duty, Honor, Redemption" were made by Marco Palmieri, not Vonda N McIntyre. (The omnibus has had minor errors corrected, such as "McGivers" for "McGiver".) References to Sulu's promotion to captain (in McIntyre's ST II) is removed, since the line was dropped from ST II and then ignored by the other movies.

The omnibus for the Reeves-Stevens' "DS9: Millennium", which is not a "Signature Edition", has a bonus Allyn Gibson timeline (of the complex plots) that didn't appear in the original MMPBs.

The MMPB omnibus collecting MJF's "Starfleet: Year One", which was originally serialized over a whole year, has new material and new characters. Its original chapters were divided up and blended with each other, too.

The second printing of the "Stargazer: Oblivion" MMPB corrected a printing error that had seen the outer margins of several letters' worth of text vanish from about eight pages of all the first printings.

The UK and Australian versions of the TMP novelization have extra sentences in several places, better describing the relationship between Kirk and Ciana. They also contain a generous section of captioned colour plates: publicity pics for the movie. The US Pocket slipcased hardcover has a dedication "To Majel".

The MMPB version of the "Generations" novelization features the as-screened Kirk death scene, revised by Dillard herself. The original hardcover has the scene as featured in the bonus scenes of the DVD.
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Old February 23 2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! Is Bloodwing still in print?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rihannsu-Omn...0031723&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.com/Rihannsu-Blood...9&sr=8-2-spell

Still available at least.
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Old February 23 2012, 10:30 PM   #7
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Ouch! Was it always that expensive?
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Old February 23 2012, 10:32 PM   #8
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You can at least get it used for less than ten bucks. That's not so bad.
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Old February 23 2012, 10:34 PM   #9
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Ouch! Was it always that expensive?
Yup - I was shocked myself, so I just took a quick check of my copy - it's an american import and has amazon.com's list price above the barcode.

Some of the new copies on marketplace seem fairly cheap though.
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Old February 23 2012, 11:45 PM   #10
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Ouch! Was it always that expensive?
No!
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Old February 23 2012, 11:48 PM   #11
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Don't forget about the standalone novel version of The Sorrows of Empire, which doubles the length of the original novella.
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Old February 24 2012, 12:03 AM   #12
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Re: Definitive editions

if you have a ereader of some kind it is aviable in eform. especially on nook color.
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