Kirk quote?

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Paul Weaver, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. Paul Weaver

    Paul Weaver Fleet Captain Premium Member

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    I have a partial quote floating around in my head, something along the lines of

    "They taught me how to fix an engine, then they gave me Scotty who could rebulid it while asleep, with one arm tied behind his back"

    The speech had mentions of how much better Spock and Bones were too I think.

    Now it might easily not have been Kirk, but I'm sure it was Scotty. It might even have been from TV, but a brief googling couldn't reveal the quote so I suspect it was from a pre-2002 trek book. Anyone got any ideas?

    Ta
     
  2. Elias Vaughn

    Elias Vaughn Captain Captain

    That sounds familiar. I want to say it was one of Shatner's novels.
     
  3. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    ^Shatner writing about how other characters are better than Kirk in any way, shape, or form? That doesn't sound like The Shat we all know and love...
     
  4. DEWLine

    DEWLine Commodore Commodore

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    I could name at least a dozen novelists and two screenplay writers who could write such a thing for Kirk and have their readers believe it to be true. Some of them hang out here.
     
  5. T'Ressa Dax

    T'Ressa Dax Captain Captain

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    Google Books agrees with you. Specifically, Spectre, page 268. I chopped up the quote, and the part "gave me Scotty" got a result.

    Paul Weaver, you didn't have it quite right, which is probably why you couldn't find it.

    Here it is: "In engineering classes, they taught me how to build a starship, if I had to, with my own two hands. And then they gave me Scotty. He could build the same starship in his sleep, with one hand, in a third the time, with fifty percent fewer pieces, and it would run more efficiently too."
     
  6. Elias Vaughn

    Elias Vaughn Captain Captain

    Knew I should have put money on it...
     
  7. Paul Weaver

    Paul Weaver Fleet Captain Premium Member

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    Thanks chaps, haven't read that book for over a decade :)

    If I recall correctly Spectre really annoyed me, more than the previous ones. I don't know why. Strange that phrase should have stuck in my mind.
     
  8. T'Ressa Dax

    T'Ressa Dax Captain Captain

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    Memory can be a strange thing. Know I remember fragments of things from books I haven't read in years, too.
     
  9. vegaslover62

    vegaslover62 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    My favorite Kirk line came from DC Comics shortly after The Voyage Home. It was at a diplomatic reception.

    Klingon Ambassador: "They demoted you? A Klingon would sooner die then be reduced in rank!"

    Kirk: "In my case, it was a commendation for a job well done."