Star Trek: The Rings of Time

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Greg Cox, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. King Daniel Beyond

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    I like that idea. I've always liked to think loads more cool aliens were lurking unseen below decks or just off-camera in Trek, only being seen when budget allowed, like in TMP and STXI.
     
  2. King Daniel Beyond

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    Either follow Christopher's link, visit eBay and grab the DVD's cheap or forever know thy self to not be complete in thy... Trekkie... somethingorother.
     
  3. Christopher

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    Or you could track down the Star Trek Logs by Alan Dean Foster and read them. He added a lot and tweaked a few details (and completely changed the ending to "Eye of the Beholder"), but it's still the same stories.
     
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    Just checked and I can't get them to load either.
     
  6. Thestral

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    I think I just figured out the identity of a Star Trek story that I read, and loved, as a kid that featured the Enterprise - I think - making contact with some giant sluglike aliens but, more interestingly, encountering some sort of vast cosmic beast in the depths of (intergalactic?) space. I Memory Aplha'ed "The Eye of the Beholder" and the "Enterprise crew captured by sluglike aliens sounds familiar... was the rest Foster's addition? I haven't seen that book in years to go back and check...
     
  7. Mr. Laser Beam

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    If it was some huge subplot involving the Klingons, it was probably Foster, since he did that to almost every TAS episode. Even if the original ep had absolutely nothing to do with Klingons, Foster found a way to add them. :lol:
     
  8. Thestral

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    No, there were no Klingons that I recall (though it's been probably 15 years) - just a really massive deep-space creature that they were somehow trying to "lure" somewhere?

    And I forgot to say - congrats Greg!
     
  9. Stevil2001

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    There aren't any Klingons in Foster's take on "The Eye of the Beholder."
     
  10. Christopher

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    Yes, that is the story Foster added to the "Beholder" adaptation. The first six volumes of the Logs had three episodes each, but Ballantine wanted to stretch out the series, so the last four volumes had one episode adaptation followed by an original sequel/continuation story by Foster. Or in the case of Log Ten, adapting "The Slaver Weapon," Foster added three stories, one taking place before the events of the episode, one during, and one after.
     
  11. Greg Cox

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    Thanks!
     
  12. Rush Limborg

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    Awesome, Mr. Cox!

    I remember reading Eugenics Wars, and being impressed with how many real historical "coincidences" actually made a LOT of sense when worked into the Khan storyline! (An example: Clinton's wierd foreign policy...looks like Slick Willy was in on Khan....)

    (Also, I loved the tribute to Ronaldus Magnus--and since she saved the Gipper's life, I'm even willing to forgive Roberta for admitting she voted for Mondale....)

    So...I take it we'll get in this book the reason why Sean Christopher isn't in our "real" history books, as well?
     
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  13. Greg Cox

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    Ah, but we don't know exactly when the Saturn probe was, so it might just not be in the history books yet . . ..
     
  14. Thestral

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    Ah, gotcha! I should get my hands on that again - what's funny is I recall Foster's original story being more interesting to me than the one from the tv episode.
     
  15. Mr. Laser Beam

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    You're right, we don't know...although if I had to guess, it would probably be after 2032, because we were just getting to Mars then ("One Small Step"). If we had already been to Saturn, then why would those Mars missions be a big deal?

    OTOH, and I admit I'm reaching, all they said was that Christopher *headed* the Saturn probe. Didn't say he, or anyone else for that matter, was actually aboard it. The probe could have been unmanned. Given the date of the Mars missions, I find this likely.
     
  16. captcalhoun

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    ^except First Flight featured the mission patch which had 'First to Saturn' on it, along with the names Christopher, Fontana and O'Herlihy.

    so, Greg, will Fontana and O'Herlihy appear?
     
  17. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Oh. Right.

    Guess it could still be after 2032 then. :)
     
  18. zarkon

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    Yeah, I thought the story didn't pick up until they went jawanda hunting. The ending was a real nailbiter.
     
  19. Greg Cox

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    Definitely!
     
  20. BrotherBenny

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    Suh Weet!!