Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by King Daniel Beyond, May 15, 2012.
If there are two volumes, is that price worth it?
This looks super-interesting. Want!
I think it looks fully worth the list price. I will be preordering locally.
I couldn't resist the $60 pre-order price. I haven't spent that much for Trek related stuff in ages, never did buy any of the seasons on dvd, glad I didn't now that TNG was remastered. This just sounded like a book I needed to add to my shelf, next to my ST encyclopedieas & art of books.
Interesting, I just realized that this is being made by a company owned by Amazon themselves, 47North. In other words, Amazon just got into the original Trek fiction business.
^Well, not fiction per se, since Pocket has the exclusive license for that. It's pretending to be an in-universe document, but it's not a narrative with a plot.
It's basically another Trek reference book, in other words.
Has anyone seen the video commercial for this item? There was a link to it on Blastr.com. After seeing the commercial, I jetted over to Amazon and pre-ordered it. Looks incredible.
Continues to look fun, and I feel like rewarding such an unusual idea.
I am the perfect audience for this. Pre Ordered...
Similar books have usually had a "display only" copy for riffling, with the rest shrinkwrapped or packaged in some way.
I'm happy to support this venture - at essentially any price, but the pre-sell is cool - since it's the kind of thing I'd been hoping would come out decades ago. The artwork on the video clip is wonderful!
I wonder if some of Joe Corroney's work was originally done as a proposal for an IDW project? IDW didn't pick up a license for "Star Trek: Enterprise" comics, but this would give him a way to illustrate some Archer scenes, as suggested by the video clip.
I actually own both the Andorian and Tellarite costumes depicted in the great Archer speech framegrab in this other thread. It's a gorgeous pic.
The publishers just sent us a few exclusive images from this book - you can see them here: http://www.trekcore.com/merchandise/150yrs_images.html
The detailing is REALLY nice!
Okay, definitely some differences from the novelverse, in which Bryce Shumar already captained the Essex in 2156, and Carlos Ramirez still captained the Intrepid at that time (as he canonically had three years earlier in "The Expanse").
Shouldn't it be 'Captain's Starlog'?
Any retcons you can think of to reconcile these?
I don't expect this book and the novelverse to be compatible, and I don't see a need to try to fit them together. They're from different publishers and they each do their own thing, just as the novels and comics do. Trek fiction has always offered a variety of alternative takes on material beyond the canon, and I've always thought that was part of its charm. I'm currently writing my own version of the first years of the UFP, and it should be interesting to see how Mr. Goodman's version differs.
Trekweb.com have posted a positive review: http://trekweb.com/articles/2012/11/27/Book-Review-Federation-The-First-150-Years.shtml
And that's two uses in the cover blurb of "intergalactic" mistakenly used to mean "interstellar." Why does everybody get that wrong? You wouldn't say going to the corner store was interstate commerce or flying to Paris was interplanetary travel, so why do we constantly see "intergalactic" used to describe stories set entirely within one galaxy or even one star system? That never stops bewildering me.
I think most people are given the impression early in life that the universe can be divided into two parts for purposes of relevance: there's the planet Earth, and then there's "outer space" (a generalized "everything else"). Which in practical terms is understandable, I suppose. I think the basic idea of that simple distinction stays with people, and so not much thought goes into "outer space" as a locality in which distance and categorization have to be taken into account; that sort of thing is reserved for Earth. Even though they know otherwise intellectually, the impression that's left on their mind from a very young age is that space is just one big vaguely defined place removed from Earth matters, and automatic attention to practical distances and accurate communication of such is very much an Earth matter, or so I assume?
But the blurb is on the outside of a work supposedly published in 2311 by members of an interstellar civilization. You'd think they'd get it right.
I know it's a minor thing to gripe about, but the rampant abuse of "intergalactic" has been a pet peeve of mine for decades. The most egregious example is probably in the TV-listings description for the original Total Recall, which called it "intergalactic intrigue." Earth to Mars? Intergalactic?! *sob*
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