Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by aventinelover, Jul 29, 2017.
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And to boot the latter novels get ridiculously out of sync with the main novels continuity, or at least thematic continuity. If I liked New Frontier I could forgive that, but we don't have that here.
I could forgive the novels getting out of sync with continuity but I do agree that they lost their way a bit post the time jump. There were some highlights still though, such as the Morgan and Selar storylines. I just never found Calhoun, the lead character, as interesting as the writer did.
I would like a fresh start novel showing the ship in current continuity though. I think the problem with the ebooks were that they were just the latest novel dealing with the ongoing storylines broken into three, as opposed to a soft relaunch / jumping on point which is what was needed for new readers. Captain Robin Lefler, War hero from the Borg war, could be one example of how it could come back.
The darkest time
I think some individuals need to get a grip on things.
The end is coming. Prepare! Bananas are falling from the sky!
For me as dissapointed as I am that there is a dry spell, it’s really just an opportunity for me to catch up on my backlog pile so that when novels start coming out again I won’t be quite as far behind.
TrekMovie has posted an intereseting article with rumors about Paramount and Viacom reuniting again into one giant company and The Star trek book line and Tv and Movie licenses would be Affected the with companies being reunited. And having more Star trek merchandise. maybe coming out in the future.
I'm guessing this is the article in question. A lot of it seems to be speculation. Regardless, the separation of the companies didn't really have any impact on the novels, so I don't see how them re-merging would change anything, other than which logo appears on the back cover. And before anyone suggests re-merging would make Kelvin timeline novels a possibility, I'll remind you that Bad Robot still has veto authority as far as anything connected to those movies is concerned.
My kind of apocalypse!
Having gone back and read some of his earlier successful novels, I'm not sure the humor was a new thing, I think we were all just younger and it didn't bother us as much. I recently re-read House of Cards, and something that jumped right out at me is how like 3/4 of the crew are former TNG guest stars for example. Or there is his habit of having characters share qualities with other franchises the actors have been in (he didn't really do this with Bateson, but for example it would be like having Captain Bateson sharing circumstances or qualities with Frasier, things like that). That type of humor really isn't to my liking, but to his credit it was there in some of his novels which sold like crazy so I think we may be in the minority on this one.
^ Though, to be sure, those very first New Frontier books were the first time ever that an entire standalone, ongoing book series was launched that wasn't a direct tie-in to an onscreen Trek TV show, and was to be driven partly by non-canonical characters who were created specifically for those books.
The reasoning behind that initial glut of TOS and TNG "guest-stars" in that opening book was pretty much the same as Paramount's reasoning when DS9 and VOY launched -- have some cameos by established characters (Picard in "Emissary" and Quark in "Caretaker") to "pass the torch" to the new cast, and then carry on from there.
Granted, we get quite a few more than one or two TV characters in House of Cards, but that sort of thing had really never been tried before by Pocket, and it seemed to be an added insurance policy of sorts to attract uncertain readers to the project.
Sure, I guess, though I'm not sure how many people were clamoring for Elizabeth Shelby it Robin Lefler to be main characters that it would have a big effect on sales.
I get the Picard appearance, things like that. But that crew was almost like a contact with Enterprise-D support group.
I am......meh on those two storyllines. I despise Burgoyne and Selar's relationship.
Likely the main reason why characters like Shelby, Lefler, and Selar were selected was because they were supporting characters who had canon-cred from having appeared in onscreen Trek stories, but they also hadn't reappeared in filmed stories in quite some time, and were unlikely to be used again by the then-current production teams. Thus, they were probably considered relatively "safe" to do dynamic things with in the novels without much risk of future canon-contradictions.
Picard, Spock, and the rest were of course more of a different case at that point in time, as far as the franchise was concerned.
Hopefully when this license stuff is resolved, they have the rights to the JJVerse and start their own version of Countdown. I don’t think the comic meshes well with the novel canon. Picard would still be captain at this time.
They could even add a twist to it. Perhaps another ship fell through afterwards that has yet to appear in the JJVerse.
Countdown was never going to mesh with the novels anyhow -- the licensed tie-ins are under absolutely no obligation to remain consistent with one another (only with the screen canon), and it was written long before the novels ever started approaching the same timeframe in their storytelling.
Also, we'd be talking some eight years after the conclusion of Nemesis, with regards to Picard -- eight years is quite a long time, and who's to say that he maybe wouldn't take an ambassadorial post, considering that one of his greatest professional strengths (as we saw for a decade-and-a-half across TNG and four movies) were his diplomatic skills?
While the Countdown comics did several things wrong (especially in how deplorable the wanton "overwriting" of the B-4 character with Data's personality-matrix was), I could still buy their depiction of Picard joining the Federation Diplomatic Corps as an organic outcome for his character, were history to go in a slightly different direction.
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