A Stitch in Time audiobook...finally?!

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  1. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    If they re-issue the paperback, I'd re-buy it simply to get a copy without the advert on the cover and tacked on excerpt at the end. I know that sounds stupid, but there it is.
     
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  2. Therin of Andor

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    It has been customary for CD sets of the recent unabridged audio to be available, but they don’t seem to have an endless supply and they are quite expensive. (Mainly created for public libraries by Blackstone Publishing for S&S Audio.) Best bet is to keep watch on Amazon and preorder the CD set when offered.

    I would imagine a trade PB might come out at the same time, and the audio download.

    Likely to be a trade PB. Similar to recent reprints of TMP novelization and “Ex Machina”.
     
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  3. USS Firefly

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    We are talking about "A Stitch in time" so it doesn't sound stupid. You will be forgiven ;)
     
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  4. captainmkb

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    thinking of the bygone era where there was a hole in the schedule so they dumped a reprint of some random TNG numbered book into the schedule just to sell some paper when the JJTrek novels were cancelled. or even a more bygone era where Black Fire and Triangle ran for four or five printings well into the following decade after their release. but we still havent seen re-issues of seminal books from the turn of the century 22 yrs ago
     
  5. Brendan Moody

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    “Some random TNG numbered book” by Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the NYT-bestselling Anita Blake series. They didn’t just pick a backlist title out of a hat…
     
  6. Therin of Andor

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    I remember Marco Palmieri once saying that you can't always judge the popularity by number-of-printings alone because print-runs can vary wildly. So one book's first printing might have been way overestimated (and warehouse storage is expensive, so they try to guess well) while other books may have had many rather short print-runs.

    As for "Nightshade", yes, Pocket suddenly had requests for her Trek title to go into reprint due to Hamilton's rising popularity. So it wasn't a random selection.
     
  7. captainmkb

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    whatever. i wouldnt pick Nightshade as one of the standout highlights of the TNG numbered era
     
  8. Therin of Andor

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    No, but the Hamilton completists wanted it.
     
  9. Christopher

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    That doesn't matter. They wanted to draw in the readers who would buy the book because of Hamilton's name alone. They were in the business of making money, not curating a list of best books.
     
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  10. captainmkb

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    thanks, i read that the previous two times someone said it. the popularity of the author (that i'd never heard of) is a valid point (which must be why you took it upon yourself to repeat the previous posts)

    my point to be made though - curating a list of decent readables would also turn into sales. a reissue of an old book that generates buzz (like A Stitch in Time) could conceivably do that, without the added cost of commissioning a new author to write a lower quality book (which they've done a lot over the intervening decades)
     
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  11. Smiley

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    Star Wars is rereleasing some older titles with new covers in trade paperback as part of an essential Legends collection. I would love to see Star Trek do something like that one day, especially if they can get artists that make the covers pop as much as the German releases.

    Keeping it a little bit more on topic, how long does it generally take to produce a full length audiobook once the narrator is in the studio?
     
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  12. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    "Forgive my delay in responding to your kind communications."

    The book opens with this sentence. This is such a pie in the sky thought, but wouldn't it be great if Andrew was to write a new prologue, said letter from Bashir to Garak, and get Sid to "guest spot" record it for the audiobook? Brand new material and a second Niner? Extra sales, baby. ;)
     
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  13. Therin of Andor

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    I would not be surprised if they co-read this on the audio. I believe they performed some letters together at conventions, after Andy's solo efforts at previous ones.
     
  14. Arpy

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    I can’t wait for this. My favorite Trek book ever!
     
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  15. KRAD

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    I would be extremely surprised if they co-read it, as Simon & Schuster's license is for single-reader audio only. More than one person reads it, it becomes a dramatic audio presentation. They were able to make an odd exception for the early audios where Leonard Nimoy read bits as Spock while George Takei or James Doohan read the bulk of the (abridged) text, but that time has passed.

    And yes, Q-in-Law was an exception, but that audio actually violated the terms of S&S's agreement, and only was forgiven because one of the two readers was Gene Roddenberry's widow.
     
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    Yeah, there was no interaction. I recall chatting to John Ordover about the distinctions of that license (vs dramatic audio), when the audio tracks for the computer games ("Klingon" and "Borg") were being cobbled together to create audio books.

    Although wasn't there an announcement recently that the dramatic audio license had been taken up? (EDIT: As in the original audio, "No Man's Land", performed by Michelle Hurd and Jeri Ryan, with Fred Tatasciore, John Kassie and John Cutmore-Scott.)

    It explains why "Q-Squared" came out as a single reader (John de Lancie) audio in 1994, after it was promoted at a convention with a live reading of extracts by John de Lancie and William Campbell!

    But there had also been "Relics", read by James Doohan and LeVar Burton.
     
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  17. James Swallow

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    This "two readers makes it a drama" rule is interesting... I wonder if that's a common clause on all audiobook licenses? I'd always assumed single readers are used because it's cheaper and easier than using multiple ones, but maybe it's because of that. Then again, I have seen other IPs that have two readers on their audiobooks... I remember the audio version of the Halo novel Contact Harvest had both a male and female reader (although it seems to be an outlier, as all the other Halo books are single-voice).
     
  18. Christopher

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    Also in the Captain Sulu audios, where they had multiple cast members but never allowed them to exchange dialogue with each other directly, instead having them read separate parts as personal logs or monologues. They came as close as they could to making them feel like dramas without ever having two performers in the same scene (unless you count vocalists performing under the narration/monologue).
     
  19. Tosk

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    If you can have two people but keep them separate, then Stitch is still the perfect vehicle for that approach. No conversing between Garak and Bashir, just letters to each other. But I feel bad now for introducing the idea...it's not like it's needed, just thought it would make for a neat prologue. :)
     
  20. Christopher

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    As Keith said, the time for such exceptions has apparently passed.