Antonia in the Lit-Verse?

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Ryan's Head Canon, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Ryan's Head Canon

    Ryan's Head Canon Cadet Newbie

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    Hello everyone -- I literally joined TrekBBS to ask this question as I'm putting together my own master "head canon" to use the Lit-Verse to fill in gaps in continuity, hopefully I'm doing this right.

    Anyway, I'm wondering: is there a Star Trek story or novel in which we get to meet Antonia (of Kirk's experience in the Nexus)? I gather from Memory Beta that she's mentioned once or twice, but I'm looking for something to represent her significance in some way.

    Thanks so much!
    --Ryan
     
  2. Leto_II

    Leto_II Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Antonia physically appears in the appears in David R. George III's Crucible-trilogy, although that series is set in a separate continuity from the greater Litverse. She also gets discussed a bit in Dayton Ward's recent Elusive Salvation, which takes place shortly after Admiral Kirk's post-"retirement" return to Starfleet (but prior to The Wrath of Khan).
     
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    Part of my Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again takes place while Kirk is living with Antonia, but I don't think she appears therein.
     
  4. JD

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    It's not part of the Novelverse/Litverse/whatever you want to call it, but Antonia is featured in the Kirk autobiography.
     
  5. Ryan's Head Canon

    Ryan's Head Canon Cadet Newbie

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    Thanks, all -- I'll start with reading Elusive Salvation and see if that feels like enough. The autobiography doesn't cut it for me, being so separate from other books. I'm surprised nobody has jumped to fill in this particular gap -- Christopher, any plans for this one? ;-) Or is it just tradition to keep her as an essentially anonymous person from Kirk's past?

    Y'all are the best! Thanks again.
    --Ryan
     
  6. Ryan's Head Canon

    Ryan's Head Canon Cadet Newbie

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    Also, should I have read From History's Shadow before reading Elusive Salvation?
     
  7. TheUsualSuspect

    TheUsualSuspect Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Elusive Salvation is a sequel to From History's Shadow, so probably yes. It's been quite a while since I read Salvation, so I don't remember how much Dayton Ward filled in the backstory, but if you haven't read History's Shadow, why not read it now? It's pretty good.

    Actually both those books are part of a loosely-connected trilogy, with the third book being TNG: Hearts and Minds. That book also ties in to the TNG relaunch story lines as well as continuing story lines from the two TOS books. I remember not liking Hearts and Minds as much as I liked the first two, but that's just me.
     
  8. Ryan's Head Canon

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    Welp, looks like I'm adding not one but at least THREE books to my list! Thanks everybody, I'll keep an eye out for Antonia as I read through this trilogy as well as the Mere Anarchy stories.
     
  9. JD

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    The three books have flashbacks that follow the same group of characters throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, but if I remember while the stories do build off of each other, they aren't direct continuations of each other, so you could probably get away with just reading one of them. You'd have a better experience if you read all three, but if all you're really interested is the post-TMP stuff in Elusive Salvation, you'd probably be able to get away with reading just it.