Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by JonnyQuest037, Mar 30, 2020.
It's still PADD for Berman-era Trek as far as I know; "data slate" is the 23rd-century equivalent.
I was a little surprised when they called it a "tablet" on the Freecloud episode of Picard. A real-life everyday thing got called by it's everyday real-life name in the world where they used to be a magical futuristic device
I'm not 100% sure, but that's the way I remember seeing them in the recent books.
Well, when it's a become a real-life thing, you might as well refer to it by the name that 90% of your viewers will call it anyway.
Although ordering Uhura to Skype Starfleet Command might be pushing it.
Starfleet has its own secure-as-they-can-make-them systems. Right?
Exactly. PADD is a TNG-era thing, not a TOS thing.
PADD is now apparently a DISCO era thing per "Such Sweet Sorrow part two."
Interesting. I missed that.
As far as I know, we're still using data slates in the TOS novels, though. Just reviewed the copyedited ms. for my next one a few weeks ago and the "data slates" were still intact.
NUMBER ONE: I'll fix the door onsite.
ADM. CORNWELL: Get me a PADD. Number One, I'm with you. We'll have to disarm simultaneously. (To Lt. Nickola) Figure out what kind of weapon we're dealing with and send me a schematic.
It's a single line of dialogue, easily missed. The usage may never filter down to the novel lines, although in 1983 and 1984, Diane Duane did refer to Scotty's "computer-link pad" in The Wounded Sky and "datapads" in My Enemy, My Ally, apparently in reference to the electronic clipboards back when those stories were set pre-TMP.
That's the kind of thing I used to flag when I was giving notes on season-one episodes. The show's writers didn't always take my notes to heart, however.
It won't surprise me if it gets retconned down the line that all such gadgets, however depicted by the prop designers of each series, get treated as PADDs or PADD-equivalent. I don't expect to even consider complaining if that happens.
Hi, any reason why that link to scriptsearch os no longer working? I have tried accessing the scriptsearch link for weeks and it appears to have stopped functioning. Any ideas who to reach out to?
I haven't been able to access the site in a few weeks either.
The tool was created by the reddit user dxdydxdy. He doesn't seem to have been active for a few months.
Thanks for both responding, I reached out to dxdydxdy today & will get back to you when they respond.
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