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Old November 18 2008, 10:05 PM   #1
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Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

Let's assume, for a minute, a few things:

- That the nu-Trek of Abrams & Co. is successful, and there's a demand for spinoff novels/stories/eBooks/parchments/etc.
- That the rumored plotline is true, and that this is a "canonical reboot" of sorts, starting off the original 5 year mission's events in a new, altered timeline.
- That a new movie series isn't going to have the time to cover all the events of TOS, and fans of the original show would be curious to see how events they were already familiar with would be different in the new Trek universe.

Maybe a lot to assume, but, if you were to pitch a nu-Trek novel, what kinds of topics would you want to revisit in a new timeline? A new take on Mirror Universe, perhaps? A different take on Kodos/Karidian, assuming this new Kirk didn't spend his childhood off Earth? A new take on Journey to Babel, now that Sarek and Amanda have been introduced already? Hell, a modernized, more contemporary "A Piece of the Action"?

Apologies if this has already been discussed -- I poked around and didn't see anything on this topic.
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Old November 18 2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

Like I said, I'd love to do the bodice-ripper of the McCoy and Dax romance now. Urban is MUCH easier to envision in that kind of........

Sorry, went away there for a second.

I just can't envision Kelley in any kind of romance scenario. Doesn't work for me.

But, I highly suspect I'm the only person who'd actually read that book, so I kinda just sit there with the idea in my backbrain, letting it fester and get even more Harlequin-esque as it goes.
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Old November 18 2008, 11:05 PM   #3
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

Tribbles.

Tribbles with fangs. And eye-patches, even though they don't have eyes. Wait. Now, they have eyes. Bionic eyes, with X-ray vision so they can check out chick tribbles in the gym showers. The reason the Klingons are pissed at them all the time? Because the Fanged, Eye-patched Voyeur Tribbles kicked their asses. Twice.
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Old November 18 2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

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Tribbles.

Tribbles with fangs. And eye-patches, even though they don't have eyes. Wait. Now, they have eyes. Bionic eyes, with X-ray vision so they can check out chick tribbles in the gym showers. The reason the Klingons are pissed at them all the time? Because the Fanged, Eye-patched Voyeur Tribbles kicked their asses. Twice.
I pitched that one months ago...
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Old November 18 2008, 11:27 PM   #5
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

To be honest, I'm not going to even think about this until I see the movie, especially since I've been kind of avoiding spoilers so far.

Unless, of course, someone makes me an offer . . . .
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Old November 18 2008, 11:29 PM   #6
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

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I pitched that one months ago...
Yeah, but if it's a reboot, then the slate's wiped clean, and everything's fair game again.
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Old November 18 2008, 11:36 PM   #7
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I pitched that one months ago...
Yeah, but if it's a reboot, then the slate's wiped clean, and everything's fair game again.
So who wants to be Harlan this time?
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Old November 18 2008, 11:42 PM   #8
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

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To be honest, I'm not going to even think about this until I see the movie, especially since I've been kind of avoiding spoilers so far.

Unless, of course, someone makes me an offer . . . .
This gets me thinking -- what about a new Assignment: Earth? Somehow I'm having a hard time seeing Gary and Roberta with the new Trek crew, but the dissonance could be entertaining.
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Old November 18 2008, 11:48 PM   #9
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

Not that I've ever been a writer (of anything other than half-completed fanfic), but I'd love to see how one could update something like The Omega Glory or Patterns of Force with this new crew/ship. Storylines that seemingly have absolutely no place in contemporary media landscape would be fun to see thought through differently, IMHO.
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Old November 19 2008, 12:19 AM   #10
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

Nicholas Campbell as Gary Seven, anyone?

After he's done reviving Da Vinci's Inquest and Kolchak, of course. :-)
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Old November 19 2008, 12:27 AM   #11
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

To be honest, I wouldn't be interested in "re-doing" any of the original stories with Kirk and Company. If this is indeed a reset (which I doubt), then like I said...the slate's clean.
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Old November 19 2008, 02:49 AM   #12
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Not that I've ever been a writer (of anything other than half-completed fanfic), but I'd love to see how one could update something like The Omega Glory or Patterns of Force with this new crew/ship. Storylines that seemingly have absolutely no place in contemporary media landscape would be fun to see thought through differently, IMHO.
Oh, that's tempting. Personally, I kind of like to pretend that the whole last act of "The Omega Glory" happened differently without any of the Earth-parallel stuff. It would be kind of cool to get to rework that story in a way that actually makes sense. Also maybe do that with "Bread and Circuses" -- not an actual duplicate Rome where they speak modern English, but just a Rome-like alien empire. And of course do "Miri" without it being on a physical duplicate of Earth.
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Old November 19 2008, 02:54 AM   #13
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

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Nicholas Campbell as Gary Seven, anyone?
That would be like the SCE sequel I spoke of earlier: Da Vinci's Da Vinci.

And I'm still not convinced there is such a thing as "nuTrek".
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Old November 19 2008, 03:30 AM   #14
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

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This gets me thinking -- what about a new Assignment: Earth? Somehow I'm having a hard time seeing Gary and Roberta with the new Trek crew, but the dissonance could be entertaining.
These days, Gary would have a tortured dark past he needed to hide from his team, Roberta would have constant relationship issues with her boyfriend, Isis would be a lesbian, and they'd all live underground in a dank, poorly-lit secret facility, where they spend more time experiencing sexual tension than fighting aliens.
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Old November 19 2008, 03:48 AM   #15
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Re: Writers: What nu-Trek Story Are You Dying To Write?

So, it's a Torchwood spin-off then, Steve.
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