TOS: The Rings of Time by Greg Cox Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by JD, Jan 12, 2012.

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Rate The Rings of Time.

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  1. Ronald Held

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  2. Greg Cox

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    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I finished this book today (I've been on something of a Greg Cox tear lately, having also just read The Weight of Worlds and No Time Like The Past) and really enjoyed it. The interpersonal relationships between the Lewis and Clark crew were a lot of fun, and the Enterprise crew were their familiar selves. I particularly liked Spock realizing that his lack of empathy could be a liability in certain command situations.

    Another great job, Greg--looking forward to your next book!
     
  4. Greg Cox

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    Thanks. I'm plugging away at it now!
     
  5. trampledamage

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    Small mod note - resurrecting an old review thread because you've just read the book is never a problem. Feel free :)

    Trek books are forever and so are their review threads :D
     
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    Can someone explain to me the origin of the names "Zoe Querez" and "Qat Zaldana"? I've figured where "Zoe" and "Zaldana" come from but not "Qat" and "Querez".
     
  7. Christopher

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    Aren't they supposed to be allusions to her true identity as a Q?
     
  8. Enterprise1701

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    Oh. I thought there was some real person named Qat Querez.
     
  9. Greg Cox

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    Honestly, at this late date, I can't remember how I came up with those names--except that I wanted to them to be similar but not too similar.

    And, believe it or not, I'm not sure if I was deliberately referencing Zoe Saldana or not. It seems obvious when you point it out now, but it might have been unconscious on my part . . ..

    I certainly wasn't imagining Zoe Saldana in the part. In my head, Zoe was more like Sarah Silverman--or maybe "Claudia" on Warehouse 13. A hip, smark-alecky wiseacre, not Uhura.

    (True story: Zoe was originally going to be "Rain Robinson" from Voyager, but I discarded that idea early on.)
     
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  10. Enterprise1701

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    Another quick question about The Rings of Time, Greg, if you do not mind. I was reading some Strange New Worlds stories, and I noticed that "Assignment: One" named Shaun Geoffrey Christopher's (first) wife "Debbie". And The Rings of Time does as well. However, there are major incompatibilites between "Assignment: One" and your 20th/21st century novels. Did you take "Debbie Christopher" from "Assignment: One"?
     
  11. Greg Cox

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    That's not a coincidence. I certainly read "Assignment:One" while writing my book, and lifted the name of Shaun's wife from there.

    I wasn't going to drive myself nuts trying to reconcile the two stories, but I took what I could from that story. If somebody has already given the wife a name, why not use the same one?
     
  12. Enterprise1701

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    I see. Thanks, Greg!

    Too bad Myriad Universes - Seeds of Dissent didn't follow suit. Oh well.
     
  13. Klaus

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    Just finished it, excellent as expected from Greg. :D I also liked the 21st century sections a great deal, perhaps even more than the TOS parts. A rollicking good time.
     
  14. Greg Cox

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    Thanks. That was five or six books ago so it feels like ancient history to me. Great to know that people are still discovering it!