I always wonder if Trek BBS fans are jaded and truly don't represent the Trek Community at large. Case in point, just based on comments in another thread about how well received Ex-Machina is, you'd think it was Pulitzer Prize winning, yet Ian wrote in another thread... "And yet Christopher was unable to continue after "Ex Machina" as full novels because that book hadn't sold strongly enough, so he's revisited the period in sneakier ways, such as an installment of "Mere Anarchy" and within the plot of "Forgotten History". " I guess since I've been reading Trek for over 20 years, suffice to say there is plenty of crappy books out there (not just Warped, Laertian Gamble, and Romulan War books by Michael Martin) --those tend to get bad reviews on this board. Even the last 50 books or so written over the past few years, I think there are a lot more shittier books than people admit. Guess if you didn't like Trek books, why would you even bother to surf TrekBBS let alone make a post. And yeah, I think there are a bunch of EXCELLENT Trek books out there, but I think there a bunch of "I can't believe the author got this crap published." Books. With those I suppose I set my eyeballs on maximum warp to get through the book -- in case I'm surprised that it turns out good. Guess I am saying that even though I thoroughly enjoy Trek Lit (ie. Vanguard, Lost Era, Destiny, The Fall, DS9 Re-Launch), there is a bunch of shit out there that no one wants to admit or goes easy on it. I thought SCE was horrible from the get-go. I always thought the characters were so shallow and lacked dimension (even when a favorite author of mine contributed to it, I thought his story fell flat). I mentioned that once years ago and fellow Trek BBS threw the figurative tomatoes at me. But SCE is no more -- I suppose the sales were flat so it was discontinued, yet again Trek BBSers thought that series was awesome...hence my question is that do you think the Trek BBSers are jaded? Your Thoughts?