STAR TREK: A TOUCH oF Greatness by John Erik Edge

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by timothy, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. timothy

    timothy Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    The Draco tavern
    Nearly a hundred years after kirk prevented the kelvan from stealing the enterprise. they've returned to thier original mission of conquering the Milky Way Galaxy.

    I was wondering if anyone has read this book yet it's $5.99 and has a lend me tag on it. also wondering if this part of the main line of star trek books or something else?
     
  2. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    A quick Google search shows it's self-published fanfic, and doubtless a C&D notice will be in the offing...
     
  3. shanejayell

    shanejayell Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Location:
    BC, Canada
    *searches* Apparently it's a fanfic and is not even supposed to be on sale.
     
  4. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
  5. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    Would that be legal if you offer it for free? Because there's another free Trek ebook that popped up on B&N a few months ago, and I've been debating saying something on here. On one hand I'd hate to bring legal trouble down on someone's head, but at the same time people should know better.
     
  6. timothy

    timothy Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    The Draco tavern
    I think you are refering about "true colors".
     
  7. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    How is a free eBook download any different to any fanfic? Or fanfilm download?

    In the old days of hardcopy fiction fanzines, no profit was allowed to be made but money still actually changed hands, ie. postage, packaging, paper/printing costs. Paramount tolerated non profit fanzines. The only people I heard of getting "cease and desist" letters in the 70s-90s were fans who had their vanity press "novels" professionally bound, or those who attempted to replicate the look of a Pocket MMPB, or used the Star Trek logo.

    CBS will no doubt leave the author alone, as long as he doesn't charge money for the eBook download. He probably shouldn't have "Star Trek" on the eCover, though.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  8. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Probably should be OK in the Fanfic forum, I'd have thought... This Ege one too, to spare confusion between in and licensed books.
     
  9. xortex

    xortex Commodore

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2006
    Location:
    Staten Island, NY
    Maybe he'll be on the run selling them out of the back of his van like an illegal drug until he makes it to the border of Mexico and then just before dying at the hand of the Federales, someone at Paramount or CBS will decide he's the best person to start another series on tv and he'll finally get his artistic liscence to work in America in a big office on 57th street overlooking the park. Just a thought.
     
  10. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    I wasn't sure since these are popping right up on major sites, while a lot of the older stuff in the past has pretty much stayed under the radar. But then again, I guess if they can get away with things like New Voyages/Phase 2, and Of Gods and Men then this wouldn't be any different.
     
  11. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    The two ways to raise undue attention: using the "Star Trek" logos (even just using the title) and selling the product for $$$. To be able to do those things, you require an official license. But... Simon & Schuster currently has the exclusive license for ST fiction; IDW for comics.

    Remember, back in the old days of "The Best of Trek" paperbacks, they didn't use "Star Trek" in huge letters, although "from the magazine for Star Trek fans" was part of the cover copy, they didn't carry fiction (except for parody), and any starship artwork on the cover was merely "inspired" by Starfleet vessels.

    A few recent fan things have skirted rather close to the wind. "Of Gods and Men" was selling an 8" x 10" cast photograph, which came with a bonus copy of the actual production on DVD. And they did use "Star Trek" in their title. I'm surprised they got away with that.
     
  12. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    I see. For those who haven't seen it here's the one on B&N. It does say Star Trek and shows the Enterprise on the cover.
     
  13. Sci

    Sci Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2002
    Location:
    Montgomery County, State of Maryland
    If I were CBS Studios, I'd ask myself one question in regards to allowing the major online realtors to sell ST fan fiction in their eBook services:

    Would I allow the major bookstore chains to give out free paperback-bound physical copies of ST fan fiction in their stores?

    If the answer is no, then I'd go after B&N, Amazon, etc., to stop selling ST fanfiction through their eBook services. If fans want to make fan fiction, they should be the ones who have to distribute it, not mainstream booksellers.
     
  14. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    The problem is that Amazon, B&N, etc. just have too large an inventory to keep careful track of everything offered for sale. It's not like they're willfully breaking the law by selling fanfiction; they just don't notice when people misuse their system like that until it's called to their attention.
     
  15. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    Yeah, and B&N has their pub-it service which allows user to self publish e-books, and as far as I can tell there's no oversight over what people publish.
     
  16. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    Hum.. I might write a fanfiction in which Kirk gets really scared, it can be called "A touch of cloth".
     
  17. Dimesdan

    Dimesdan Living the Irish dream. Admiral

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2007
    Location:
    The Republic of Ireland
    Or that Janeway idea you mentioned recently. :bolian:
     
  18. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008

    I can see it now:




    (stolen and altered from here)
     
  19. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    Are they going to stop professional printing companies with offset printers, and public libraries with photocopiers, from printing fanzines that fans bring in?
     
  20. Brikar99

    Brikar99 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2002
    The terms of service for publishing on both Pub-It and Amazon KDP include you having to affirm that you have the rights to publish your work. After that, there's supposed to be a review period before the story/book goes on sale. Amazon had my books up in just a few hours. B&N took nearly a week.

    All that said, how this story got up there is a bit beyond me.