Here now in this exciting, Strange New World.

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Desert Kris, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Desert Kris

    Desert Kris Captain Captain

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    Hello! As a large-eared alien once said, "I here am new!"

    It seems strange to me that it has taken me so long to find where this forum was, the Star Trek counterpart of similar forums that I had long before found for Star Wars and Doctor Who. But I am happy to have found it at last.

    I love books, and I love Star Trek, and I have long wanted to find where the Star Trek books were discussed in such detail, with such devotion, as the old Doctor Who novels and the new Star Wars novels. The barren desert wilderness that is all I can see in regards to ST on television doesn't daunt me, because I thought it likely that prose fiction would likely flourish, especially under the right management. This is what I saw with DW, and it seems that it is happening with ST.

    Anyway, it's nice to finally see more informal reactions to some of my old favorite ST novels, there is only so far that amazon.com can go in that regard, and a small handful of reviews lack the liveliness of interaction and feedback that I can get more effectively here. It is also nice to get the vibes that newer fiction generate, and have a taste of the new directions the 24th century story lines are headed.

    Some of my favorite novels include Prime Directive, TNG Vendetta, Federation (which I think has a great version of Zefram Cochranes story), and Probe oddly enough (although I was sad to hear that it's developement is a dark, sore point).

    I've sort of liked Diane Carey's contributions, especially the "giant nove" Final Frontier, and to a slightly lesser extent Best Destiny, which is strongly connected to the former, and I wish had been more so. I was gratified at the prospect that the writers of the new movie took some inspiration from that book at least. First Frontier was entertaining, but Ship of the Line was just a shocker to me. I was so disappointed by SotL, I couldn't believe it was the same author (except for the prose, which I do find distinctive). I think a part of it is that she did so well with the top secret maiden voyage of a certain prototype Constitution-class starship without a name, presenting it with a wonderful sense of reverence for that ship; by comparison it feels like the Sovereign-class Enterprise doesn't get a maiden voyage she deserves. Anyway...

    The first, serialized adventure in the New Frontier series was very exciting and well told; and the serialization of it made it easier to manage, as the page count would be daunting otherwise. I look forward to what goes on next in that series, and I've really liked Peter David's work for a long time. Vendetta was the starting point.

    So, turning my attention to the new fiction that has been coming out in the last few years, I would like to try and keep things simple, and prefer to follow the crews of TOS Enterprise and TNG Enterprise. Some of the crossover series, and multi book series look too long for me (I don't have a lot of time and I am a dreadfully slow reader), and are a little offputting because I haven't followed DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.

    I like the relaunch idea, because I like the idea of following the further adventures of the TNG crew beyond the Nemesis movie. I know the movie is not enthusiastically thought of, however it's virtue is contained in the promise of potential story lines people could think of happening to follow up on it. I know I've had fun concocting alternative crew line ups, the political fallout with the Romulans, and the place of the prototype android in Dr. Soong's legacy. I know the TNG relaunch hasn't gone in this direction, that's ok, its the potential story ideas that Nemesis leaves open for exploration that excite me. So far I've collected for later reading the TNG relaunch books, the first of the Titan novels (just to get an idea of how Riker and Troi are getting on), and the ST: Destiny trilogy.

    I could go on, but at this point I think I've overwritten my introductory post. Hi to all, and it's nice to see Star Trek getting this affection. Thank you.
     
  2. KRAD

    KRAD Keith R.A. DeCandido Admiral

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    ^ Welcome aboard! Speaking as the author of one of the TNG post-Nemesis books (Q & A), I look forward to your thoughts on them. :)
     
  3. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Welcome to the nut house. LOL, just kidding. Trust me, you've found a really good site, we have lots of nice people, and we even get quite a few of the authors posting on here, including most of the TNG Relaunch writers.
     
  4. Rosalind

    Rosalind TrekLit's Dr Rose Mod Admiral

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    nah, 'nut house' describes this place pretty well. :D

    Welcome to the board, I hope you'll have a good time here.
     
  5. Mistral

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  6. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Aw come on, don't scare off the newbie.:hugegrin:
     
  7. Turbo

    Turbo Anthro Hawk Premium Member

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    Welcome to the board, DK!
     
  8. Scott Pearson

    Scott Pearson Writer Captain

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    Welcome aboard!
     
  9. Steve Roby

    Steve Roby Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    Welcome! It's too bad you're not into DS9, because that's where some of the most interesting fiction has been happening over the last few years, but you've still got Vanguard, the TNG relaunch, Titan, etc to explore.

    Did you read any of The Lost Era books? They're set between TOS and TNG and feature a number of characters from the different TV series as well as new characters, and they're basically standalone novels. You don't have to read all six if you're only intrigued by one or two of the stories.
     
  10. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    ^^Well, technically there are now ten Lost Era books, including the original six, The Buried Age, and the Terok Nor trilogy.
     
  11. Steve Roby

    Steve Roby Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    Right, thanks. The OP should find The Buried Age of interest, though Terok Nor might not appeal to someone with no interest in DS9.
     
  12. Desert Kris

    Desert Kris Captain Captain

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    Well, my first reply vanished into the space between hitting the Post Reply button and the page with the message saying that for some reason, I was not logged in (I thought I had been, having put in my name and password a few short minutes before). Anyhow, I would have posted a reply sooner, but the loss of a much more articulate post was a sore blow.

    I look forward to how Q&A turns out, I definitely grabbed that one in the course of assembling the line up for the TNG relaunch. I had also heard that the Federation’s top level political scene gets "on screen" time, so I went out and got myself a very good copy of Articles of the Federation, in order to have a more proper introduction. Also got the first of the Titan books, just so I have an idea as to how Riker and Troi are doing with a new crew and ship.

    I’ve tried to keep a casual eye on the progress of ST fiction over the years, and yes, the Lost Era books suggested themselves as something that I thought would be user friendly for someone who hasn’t read all the books. I mainly went for the stories that center on the interim starships called Enterprise, an old approach that stems from the opening line: "these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise..." I didn’t dismiss The Buried Age, though (clever title, that one). I don’t have it yet, but its subject matter is of interest, so I think it’s an inevitable thing that I will snag a copy.

    As far as DS9 is concerned, well I confess it’s my own fault that I missed the boat on that one, and these days it seems overwhelming to delve into that corner of ST, in terms of time and money. I am glad that DS9 has a loyal following of fans, and I hope they are enjoying the relaunch of that series, as much as I look forward to the relaunch for TNG.

    I did get the first of the Vanguard series, as I came across some more detailed information regarding what it’s all about, so hope to give that one a go when I have the chance. I blame the Voyages of Imagination book compendium for this one, it’s a great reference book, but a real hazard when it comes to opening a can of worms.
     
  13. Rosalind

    Rosalind TrekLit's Dr Rose Mod Admiral

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    the system log you out after a few (20, I think) minutes of inaction, and typing a reply is seen as inaction from the computer point of view. So if you think you'll be typing a long post, do it in a text editor and then copy and paste in; or tell the system to 'remember me' when you log in (don't do it on public computer though); or after typing your post here, copy it to an editor first, so if the system log you out, you won't lose your post; or keep hitting the 'preview post' button every few minutes, just so it knows you're still there.
     
  14. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    ^^Really? I remember having that problem regularly with the old board software, but not with the current software. Just the other day, I was responding to a post during commercials on a show, and it thus took me over an hour to finish composing my post, and I didn't get kicked out.

    Hmm, re-reading your post, I suppose I probably have it set to "remember me."
     
  15. JD

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    Kris, if you're looking for anymore info on the books, and the stuff in them you really should check out Memory Beta, the non-canon wiki. It's the wiki for the books, comics, video games, RPGs ect, and it really is a great resource for someone just moving out beyond the shows. Myself and several other people on here work on the site. The others have even edited the site on occaision, and it has even been mentioned as a recource that they've used in several books. Just be carefull when you look up in universe content, because alot of it is edited fairly soon after new stuff comes out.