The marks of a really bad Star Trek writer

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I've read a bunch of Star Trek novels: Some good, some bad, and some really bad. And I've noticed some things that the bad ones always have in common.

    • Overdoing Scotty's accent, and calling it a "brogue". Some of the worse ones write his accent so thick that I can't even read it.
    • Overdoing the weirdness of the aliens. They just sit there and try to think of the most outrageous aliens they can think of, then spend pages describing them.
    • Lots of filler. The last one I read had at least 3 places where Spock or McCoy was dreaming, so they typed 2 or 3 pages (not exaggerating) of nonsense with no punctuation just to show that it's a dream thought process going on and on making no sense and filling pages.

    What else? Have you guys experienced these things?
     
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    Acesn8s The Deadman's Hand

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    I've only read 1 or 2, but they were by Peter David.
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    What has he written? I assume they're good?

    I'm surprised - I thought there'd be more input on this, since there are so many bad Star Trek books. :rofl:
     
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    Acesn8s The Deadman's Hand

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    He wrote Imzadi and bunch of others. He also was the writer for the Incredible Hulk book, Spiderman, and Aquaman for a while.
     
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    pixie on one wild ride :naughty:

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    & Supergirl, & Young Justice, & a ton of other shit

    I'll read anything he's written, I enjoy his sense of humor a great deal
     
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    muya Patiently waiting.

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    i read the voyager book that was supposed to happen right after the last episode. it wasn't very good. i can't remember why exactly though.
     
  7. baboymo

    baboymo Have you been circumcised?

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    Considering the mess that Voyager's END GAME caused to the Star Trek universe. You'd be hard pressed to finish off that train wreck of a story. :ugh:

    Batmobile armored Voyager anyone?
     
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    Scrum Bаnned bу Ѕuреr Μоdеrаtоrs

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    The "Dominion Wars" series, and the "Section 31" series were both very good.
     
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    baboymo Have you been circumcised?

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    I loved TNG's Dominion War stories.....but what happened in Parts 2 & 4?

    I believe they focused on DS9's storyline.
     
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    I didn't read Section 31, but the Dominion Wars kicked butt.
     
  11. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    It's been a while, but yeah I think the books alternated between the Enterprise's and DS9's story.
     

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