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Library Computer: Review of Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath The Raptor’s Wing October 15, 2009

by Bill Hunt , Filed under: Books,ENT,Review , trackback

Next week Simon & Schuster releases its big trade paperback "Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing." This book should be of interest to both fans of Enterprise, as well as those who want to learn more about a conflict we first heard about during The Original Series. Today we have an an early review which is extensive, befitting this extra-long trade paperback.  


 

Book Review: Star Trek: Enterprise – The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing
by Michael A. Martin
Pocket Books Trade Paperback – 464 pages
 

[Be advised that this review includes minor spoilers for this and other Enterprise books.]

The Earth/Romulan War. In the minds of Star Trek fans, the words conjure images of sleek battleships decorated with menacing birds of prey. A desperate war for the survival of Humanity, fought over vast distances of interstellar space. Atomic holocaust delivered mercilessly by an unseen enemy from the stars. For more than 40 years now, Trek fans have been left to flesh out those images, and the stories behind them, in their own imaginations. Then Star Trek: Enterprise arrived on the airwaves – a franchise prequel set just a few scant years prior to the conflict. Suddenly, we had context for the era and the events – a fleshed out pre-history in the form of fully realized starships, technology and characters. But for better or worse, Enterprise’s broadcast run was cut short before the Earth/Romulan War could be addressed by the show’s writers. So while the seeds for the conflict were planted during the series’ fourth and final season, the task of chronicling the war itself has fallen to Pocket Books. That effort officially begins now.

Written solo by author Michael A. Martin, who co-penned the two previous installments in Pocket’s Enterprise “re-launch” with Andy Mangels, “The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing” opens just moments after the cliffhanger ending of the previous installment, “Kobayashi Maru,” (see TrekMovie review) and the official declaration of war against the Romulans by the fledgling Coalition of Planets. Over the course of its weighty, 464 pages, Raptor’s Wing unveils the story of the conflict’s first full year, from mid-2155 to mid-2156.

Now, I should probably admit up front that I’m in the minority of Trek fans that actually liked Enterprise, particularly over its last two seasons, and very much warmed its characters. As such, I also enjoyed both previous Enterprise re-launch books, so I’ve been quite looking forward to "Raptor’s Wing," albeit with a degree of apprehension given the enormity of its charge. But on the whole, having now read it front to back a couple of times, I’m pleased to say that the book is a lot better than I was expecting. And I mostly wasn’t disappointed.

The real joy of reading "Raptor’s Wing" for most Trek fans will be in the discovery of its sheer scope and detail. Martin has crafted a surprisingly believable story here – one of vast astro-political scale. As with the previous books, "Raptor’s Wing" splits its focus between various parallel plotlines, including Trip Tucker’s shifting undercover activities and the continued efforts of Archer, T’Pol and the crew of the NX-01 to manage both Coalition wartime politics and the actual fighting of the conflict. This time, however, the cast of characters has been greatly expanded. You see, the story also follows Starfleet’s Admiralty and technical leadership, as they struggle to marshal an effective fighting force and find a way to counteract the Romulan’s telepresence weapon. (In a clever touch, their solution will in part explain why the technology of Kirk’s era a century later looks the way it does.) Martin also focuses upon the various Coalition Council members as they attempt to unify the war efforts of their respective worlds. And for the first time, we get a real look at the crews of other Starfleet ships, including not just Enterprise and Columbia, but those of the newly completed NX-class starships Atlantis, Discovery and Challenger, as well as the more numerous – but less capable – Daedalus-class ships.

On the other side of the war, we get a deeper look at Romulan internal politics, as Admiral Valdore attempts to press his attack against the Humans as aggressively as possible in the face of faltering leadership. We later follow similar developments on Vulcan, as Administrator T’Pau struggles to hold her fragile new reformist government together, while protect her people’s return to logic and peace from contamination by the conflict. And in a very deft nod to current real-life events, we even track intrepid reporter Gannet Brooks (who first appeared in the Enterprise episodes "Demons" and "Terra Prime") as she turns war correspondent and embarks on a front-lines tour of Human settlements across Coalition space – a tour that not only reveals the tension, fear and destruction of the war itself, but also fleshes out the sheer scale of Human expansion into the cosmos, from the Mars colonies and Jupiter Station, on to Alpha Centauri, Archernar II, Berengaria VII and beyond. We even briefly see the MACOs engage in ground combat with Romulan forces.

There are quite literally dozens of references and connections in these pages to other parts of Trek canon (including the films, TV series, other novels and even the old FASA role playing game – no kidding), as well as cameos by the likes of Shran, Sopek and other faces familiar to Enterprise fans. And all of this is thoroughly interesting, ingeniously plotted and planned, and surprisingly entertaining.

But I mentioned earlier being only mostly satisfied with this book. That’s because as good as the larger war story may be in "Raptor’s Wing," the personal stories of the Enterprise crew themselves are given somewhat shorter shrift… or at least tend to pale against the tapestry of larger events. Having read and enjoyed Martin’s previous Enterprise novels with Andy Mangels, "The Good That Men Do" and "Kobayashi Maru," I’m starting to suspect the way the pair tended to write was to split up the scenes between them, with Martin focusing on the larger political stories and Trek canon ties, and Mangels concentrating more on the character’s personal moments and interactions. For whatever reason, Mangels is absent from this effort and I think it’s no coincidence that the character moments here are a bit wanting. What’s missing in this story is any real sense of emotional heft – the little personal moments, bits of humor, the internal monologues that help the reader feel invested in what the characters are going through. Those moments were powerful and memorable in the two previous books, but here they tend to read rather flat and lacking in nuance. Such scenes are particularly important in a war story, to contrast the peril and illustrate why the war is worth fighting in the first place. For example, what would the film Braveheart be, without the tender moments between Wallace and Murron, or the friendly teasing of his comrades in arms right before battle against an overwhelming enemy force? What’s worse, when it comes to the key Enterprise characters, there doesn’t seem to be as much emotional continuity with the previous novels as fans of those novels might hope or expect.

A couple other minor quibbles: The true loyalties and intentions of the (Is-he-Vulcan-or-Romulan?) double agent Sopek continue to be frustratingly difficult to pin down, and there are little logical and story-plotting conveniences some might find hard to buy, like the fact that the MACOs never manage to see the face of a Romulan because when one falls in battle their comrades vaporize the body before the enemy arrives. I was able to let most of the little things slide, but your own mileage may vary.

Bottom Line
Despite my issues with the way characters are written here, I still found "Raptor’s Wing" to be an engrossing and rewarding read. Those of you who really loved Star Trek: Enterprise (and the previous re-launch novels) might be a little disappointed in the characters too, but the rest of the book will make you think wistfully about what might have been had the series lasted seven full seasons. But the overall war story is so credibly imagined that even those of you who are less appreciative of Enterprise (preferring the various other Trek series instead) should find it an interesting read. While it’s not "War and Peace," the overall war arc of "Star Trek: Enterprise – The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing" is well-conceived, fascinating… and a surprisingly enjoyable read.

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The official release date for "Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing" is October 20th. You can pre-order it from Amazon


[pre-order "Romulan War" from Amazon]

What’s next?
It’s worth noting that unofficial Trek canon describes the Earth/Romulan War as a four-year conflict, and this book only covers the first year. That should, in theory, mean that at least two or three more novels of this size will be required to tell the complete story. Although there was no Romulan War book on the 2010 schedule, former Pocket Book’s editor Margaret Clark had outlined a fairly elaborate history for the conflict, and the follow-up book to "Raptor’s Wing" was expected for 2011.  However, as previously reported, Clark is no longer with S&S by (Margaret, if you’re reading this, I wish you well. You and Marco are greatly missed.), so the future of the Enterprise books and Romulan War is unknown, but hopefully Pocket continues the series. I hope Martin stays with the series, but focuses a bit more on the characters… or (better yet) teams up with Mangels again for the next installment.

 

More post-finale Star Trek Enterprise books
Although not required for you to read The Romulan War, the book does pick up on story threads from the previous two books set after the finale of Star Trek Enterprise: "The Good That Men Do" from 2007 (see TrekMovie review) and "Kobayashi Maru" from 2008 (see TrekMovie review).

 

 

Bill Hunt is the Editor of TheDigitalBits.com, the finest site for all your digital media needs.
 

Comments

1. Enc - October 15, 2009

you want a comment?
ill give you a comment

put the show back on the air.

2. fred - October 15, 2009

i liked enterprise and wished it had lasted seven or so season the books sound like they are worth reading next time im off i will look out for them

3. Commander Crooner - October 15, 2009

If only on the small screen…

I will, nonetheless, read this book, as I’ve read Kobayashi Maru and the Deadalus pair. You know, if it hadn’t been for the damn movie this year, I’m not sure I would have read the 10 Star Trek books I’ve read this year…so far…

4. Tom W - October 15, 2009

Bring back Enterprise.

A TV movie, a miniseries, anything. Just something, it deserves a proper conclusion.

5. LCDR Arch - October 15, 2009

It is too bd we did not get a season 5. Season 4 was some of the best seasons of all of trek. Except of course the worst series finale in the history of trek.

But I really liked the 3 episode story arcs. It made for several short movies.

I am looking forward to checking out this book, I hope it is simular to Red Storm Rising for the Romulan War.

6. T - October 15, 2009

I agree, Enterprise needs to come back on screen. It still can support both verses, the old and new canon verses. I miss Archer and crew there were so many exciting stories to tell and I´d really like to see em again.

7. Dr_beckett - October 15, 2009

I don’t know why Paramount\CBS\Whoever are so averse to Star Trek TV movies or straight to DVD movies… fans have been clamoring for these for years. Shows like Alien Nation, B5, Stargate SG-1 have all enjoyed various degrees of success with this type of venture…

Enterprise deserves a proper sendoff, a series of DVD movies would be perfect. But they had better do it soon before the cast gets too old or loses interest altogether

8. Samuel James - October 15, 2009

Man, seeing Enterprise on the screen again would be nothing short of Astronomical. I would even love to hear that controversial theme again!

Too bad we all know it’ll never happen

9. Bob - October 15, 2009

Enterprise sucked. Canon out the window. May B&B choke on the series.

10. Bob - October 15, 2009

TOS plainly stated that Romulans had not been seen in 100 years. Now here comes Enterprise throwing that away. B&B rot in hell.

11. Craig - October 15, 2009

If you read the books Section 31 is involved with Romulans. I think Trek fans needed to be a littlemore open minded about Canon with Enterprise. I wasn’t at first but the new movie changed my mind about Enterprise/

12. James Heaney - Wowbagger - October 15, 2009

#10 Bob: …Enterprise takes place 110 years before TOS. There is absolutely no canonical contradiction here, and, indeed, we saw both the series and now the books bending over backwards to respect “Balance of Terror.” So are you dumb or daft? Or are you getting at something and simply failing to express it in functional English sentences?

Loved ENT, incidentally, and The Good That Men Do was the last Trek book I really enjoyed. I also love long books, so this sounds like a great buy to me.

I, too, would love to see a Direct-to-DVD movie. It probably won’t happen because D2D movies aren’t perceived as classy, and — if nothing else — Paramount has always at least *acted* as if it thinks Star Trek is a very classy show. But if it did happen, just as a bone thrown to us poor ENT fans, that would be beyond excellent.

13. Craig - October 15, 2009

Sorry I should have said Section 31 is not working with the Romulans but Section 31 is involved in the Enterprise relaunch books.

14. Weerd1 - October 15, 2009

Been looking forward to this. Really hope this series of books has a chance to continue.

Bob- Have a cookie. You seem tense.

15. Imrahil - October 15, 2009

I skipped the review to stay spoiler-free, just reading the sum-up. I’m currently working through the first of the relaunch novels and quite like it; the characterization is dead-on, really.

I think it’s a real shame that Palmieri and Clark were both let go (they both get name-dropped as Starfleet Admirals in “The Good That Men Do,” by the bye), and they’ll be sorely missed.

My question is–who is now in charge of Star Trek? Is there a helmsman at the tiller at all, or is the property just folded into “fiction”? Because that would, I think, be a mistake.

16. Demode - October 15, 2009

DVD movies are a must for this!

Consider this: You make a few DVD movies (say, “3″ two hour long movies based on the Romulan war). You sell them first on DVD as movies, and then sell them back into syndication on TV as “6″ two-part episodes. That gives you more episodes to air on TV, essentially giving veiwers a “5th” season of Star Trek Enterprise. There is certainly money to be made on something like this.

17. Imrahil - October 15, 2009

Assuming there’s anything left of the sets. Didn’t the whole thing get broken up and sold off?

18. Agentm31 - October 15, 2009

#16 You are making a lot of sense

19. The Middleman - October 15, 2009

From my perspective, out of the 5 Trek TV series, Enterprise had the most potential and the best cast. Unfortunately, the writing fell short. Despite that, Enterprise and its characters remains my favorite of the Star Trek series. The Romulan War story has to be told, on television and it should be told through the eyes of the NX-01 crew. Unfortunately, right now, the books are all we have.

20. Ben - October 15, 2009

can’t wait for the book and the next ones…

I would love to see some sort of miniseries/direct to dvd show which covers the NX-01 Crew, Shran and the Romulan War

21. Losira - October 15, 2009

The whole concept of Enterprise was to address the early years of prefed. History. 2 aaeasons were blown on this goldon opportunity to do this and the series ended. I’m gratified these novels are doing what should hacce done in the first place. I still would like to have utilized. Enterprise to explore the war and many other TOS. Often mentioned history, which gdasonated me. As others do movie on the Romulan. Condlict!

22. TV's Frank - October 15, 2009

I really liked Enterprise and the two previous books. Can’t wait for this one.

23. Losira - October 15, 2009

Ps the talk of canon vs enterprise. As mentioned there was no canon. But ent clearly presented a much needed esyabliseg canon was clearly needed. TOA started it and ent. Should hcr followed through to fill the canon vacum. My 1st thought when ent hit the air. I hope they do the romulan war and uss archon the uss horizon &the Essex fr TNG somany points of history to be canon.

24. sebimeyer - October 15, 2009

A well made audio drama version of this could be truly awesome.

25. CarlG - October 15, 2009

@24: Oh, hell yes! Someone get Big Finish on the line to do this, pretty please?

Regardless, this sounds pretty epic. I’m sold!

By the way, do the Enterprise crew ever find out that Trip survived?

26. Andy Patterson - October 15, 2009

“Now, I should probably admit up front that I’m in the minority of Trek fans that actually liked Enterprise”

I liked it. And the more I watch it in re-runs the more I like it. Sure it strayed from stuff but nothing that irked me like the recent movie.

27. Syd Hughes - October 15, 2009

I never bothered to watch Enterprise when it was on the air, but I’m a massive fan now. Fantastic show, with some admittedly weak episodes, but what show doesn’t have those?

I’d love to see an ENT miniseries or direct-to-DVD movie about the Romulan War. It’d even tie into STXI!

28. Simon - October 15, 2009

#17 – Some of the crew on the show have blogged (with photos) most of the props were auctioned off and the sets were destroyed. They’d have to start from scratch.

29. Anthony Pascale - October 15, 2009

Bob, warning for trolling

30. noirgwio - October 15, 2009

Love ENT, am so chomping at the bit for this one!

31. THX-1138 - October 15, 2009

#26 Andy

That’s an interesting point. Enterprise seemed to get zero love from fans before the new movie came out and now I notice more and more fans, myself included, looking back fondly on it and wishing for more.

You blow up Vulcan and all of a sudden Scott Bakula and T’Pol don’t look so bad, do they?

32. Jcore - October 15, 2009

I dont get why those of us who liked Enterprise are in the minority. The show only lasted four seasons. Most of the Trek shows didnt get good until season four. Its also kinda funny how Enterprise gets the last laugh, it is the only show to survive the new movie! I so cant wait for this book!

33. Spockish - October 15, 2009

What puzzles me is why people hate Enterprise, is was a show meant to be closer to reality than all the other shows. To those that hate to comprehend the concept of science or technology. find your time machines and go back to the 50′s. Since the moon landing technology no longer is magic and the people want to know how things work. So Sci-Fi is turning more realistic and less fantasy.

As for Enterprise getting re-born as a show, I’d love it even if it was a Direct to DVD production. I remember two weeks ago while browsing the many Star Trek sites on the Web one of the sites reported that some fan based movie maker is working on doing Enterprise and the Romulan Wars. But this rumor was not official news and could have been a fan wish statement.

Then came my questions of how much of the TV production actors are included. It would be great if the movie production was 100% the original crew but that it’s self may be a fantasy.

How ever things happen please put serious plans into your efforts, many Star Trek fans will love it. As you know in these harsh times money may be hard to find, at least in amounts bigger than penny’s.

34. Bill Hunt - October 15, 2009

Hey guys – I hope you enjoyed the review, and I can’t to hear what all of YOU think about it when you’re done. It’s a big piece of meat to bite into, so I think you’ll enjoy it. My complaints about some of the character writing aside, it’s a rewarding read, and it’s pretty fascinating to see the events of the Rom War sketched out with the Enterprise crew, characters and settings. I hope you enjoy it.

35. Enc - October 15, 2009

31
LOL

i prefer season 4

any one have a link or copy of .. what was it a letter to fans from B&B cant remember who. re fan reaction about good vs bad ep. if it was good i get credit cause im the boss and nothing happens without my say so and if you didint like it dont blame me it was a group effort.

17, 28

too bad. didnt JW keep his firefly set?

26

i can accept the movies middle portions IF the ends were fix’d. the Kelvin etc didnt look pre-tos. spock prime didnt correct neros interference. But thet didnt and the verse now apparently stays the way it is. Vulcan blown up and spocks mom dead etc. it all just pisses me off.

12

tos = 2266
ent = 2151
dif = 115 yrs

or

tos = 2266 (bot)
ent = 2152 (season2 minefield)
dif = 114 yrs

or

tos = 2266 (bot)
ent = 2164 (season 4)
dif = 112 yrs

36. Geoffers - October 15, 2009

9, 10… Do grow up..

37. Mr. Delicious - October 15, 2009

As a big fan of TOS I lost interest in Enterprise in the first season because it seemed to be more of a prequel to TNG than Kirk’s era — at least until the final season (which I actually did see). The show was great in concept — but just didn’t completely deliver when it came to scripts, performance, or being a true prequel.

I recently saw a number of episodes back to back – most of them from season 4….and Bakula’s tense, awkward, emotionally heavy-handed performance of Archer is just painful to watch. It felt like watching Capt. Cameron in Generations…only ten times worse…and without James T. Kirk to come to the rescue.

Kudos to Manny Coto for at least trying to make it fit in with TOS. Too bad there wasn’t more of it early on.

38. Third Remata'Klan - October 15, 2009

I miss Enterprise.

Looking forward to this novel.

39. Brain - October 15, 2009

Are you kidding me (figuratively-speaking)?

THIS is the storyline that should have developed during the run of ENTERPRISE. It fit right into the time period, and it would have been a heck of a lot more interesting to see a man who has never commanded a starship before try to feel his way through it… and end up making a big mistake, one that (perhaps) causes the creation of the Prime Directive. And one that starts the Romulan War. The fall of Jonathan Archer.

And on top of that these guys come up with the story-of-the-century (so-to-speak) AFTER the run of the show. Sheesh.

And on top of that a story idea _I_ came up with/hoped for anticipating the premiere of ENTERPRISE.

Maybe STAR TREK belongs only in the movies…

40. Enc - October 15, 2009

39

i prefer both tv and movie
but no tele-film or direct video

41. Lt. Bailey - October 15, 2009

ENT does need to come back on TV or better yet , DVD series. These books are fantastice and fill the void left by the end of the 4th season. While it would benefit the actors for jobs, the fans get the biggest benefit of all…more Star Trek. ENT was a great show, nothing wrong with it at all if you accept it for what it is. I am not that canon-istic that it was a bad show. You have so much to have in a show like this, the limits are endless. Just because it is not in TOS does not mean it did not or could not have happened in ENT. Besides, it means more air time for T’Pol and I am Ok with that… and Hoshi, too.

42. Chris Dawson - October 15, 2009

I liked all of Enterprise and I have enjoyed the post-season4 books tremendously.

I agree with those above that Enterpriose should be brought back and it has been with these books.

Can’t wait to read this new one. I hope to see more . . .

Between these and the IDW comics “Crew” series, we get to see some of the events that happened before TOS and I, for one, have enjoyed every bitof it.

43. ChristopherPike - October 15, 2009

Bill’s (from the Digital Bits) review sounds really promising. I pre-ordered this a few weeks back. I think we’re a month behind the US here in Britain, with the release date. So I’m going to have to try and dodge those spoilers suddenly everywhere real fast…

Looks like pretty much everything I ever wanted to be covered, actually will be… The Enterprise and its crew given a prominent role in the Romulan War (unlike that proposed Star Trek: The Beginning movie script from Erik Jendresen, which consigned the NX-01 to a holiday on Risa. WTF! The only good part seems to have been a cameo from Shran.) Also fleshing out other perspectives too (Earth Starfleet, Romulans, Vulcans, Andorians) away from the front line. Not surprising that relationships onboard the ship aren’t deeply explored with so much to get stuck into. I can’t wait to read how the MACOs are involved and at this point, I’ll probably be accepting of whatever explaination the author comes up with to address certain well known thorny issues… such as it going down in history that neither side or ally saw each other. I’m sure there are good reasons why certain events would be kept out of official records.

I’ve been a strong supporter of some kind of ENT continuation for years, ever since the Feb 2, 2005 cancellation announcement. Coming up with the ill fated Direct-to-DVD campaign, which comprised an online petition (more than 21,000 signatures to date), fan initative to write into both studios pushing for it, all promoted in the type of videos you’ll discover by clicking on my name above.

I’m extremely grateful to JJ Abrams, Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman for allowing a tip of the hat in their vision of Star Trek – the much discussed “Admiral Archer’s prized beagle” in-joke. I wonder if you guys ever got those DVDs of the Save Enterprise/Direct-to-DVD campaign I posted you?

If your sequel film incorporates any aspects from TOS – it should be episode 9 ‘Balance of Terror’. That way you can tie the plot in with the Earth-Romulan War… and have flashback scenes involving Captain Archer, T’Pol and his (still alive) Engineer Trip Tucker? Maybe you could include somebody from that era in the story advising Pike and Kirk all about these rarely seen Romulans? Nero and his henchmen weren’t exactly the tactical equals of Kirk and Spock, that Mark Lenard’s Romulan Commander was. So there’s some potential there for that villain you’re looking for, to rival the best Star Trek ever had to offer. Just a thought.

A trick I think you missed out on with the last film, was to do what TNG did back when The Undiscovered Country came out. Have a cross promotion event happen on TV, like Leonard Nimoy appeared on TNG “Unification”. Bring back the 22nd Century series, Enterprise and find a way to segway their one last adventure into Star Trek XII, basically setting up a threat that nu Kirk and Spock have to deal with on the big screen.

44. Losira - October 15, 2009

#33 you did indact see a fan made Ent. Movie on the romulan war it is on trekkiecentral.com they are finishing the sets. And the it is NX 01 with Capt. Styles. Mentioned on TOS balance of terror. Enjoy!

45. StarFuryG7 - October 15, 2009

“Enterprise” had serious problems. It paid little to no attention to what was established in the original series while its creators had the audacity to proclaim it a prequel series no less. Meanwhile, they couldn’t get things as basic as to what did and didn’t happen in early Romulan encounters right, and when Starfleet actually encounters a cloaking device for the first time, which occurred on Kirk’s Enterprise obviously. The series showed marked improvement in its fourth and last season, thanks in large part to the fact that longtime Trek devotees were brought in to write episodes finally and clean up some of the mess its creative duo didn’t care about establishing, but it was too late. What was done was done.
I actually liked “Enterprise” more than I did “Voyager,” but I’ll never forgive it for those disgraceful, disrespectful transgressions that were easily avoidable if only the show’s creators actually gave a little bit of a damn, which they obviously didn’t.

46. Bob - October 15, 2009

#36 does your labotomy scars still show or does the drooling give you ?
away?

47. Bill Hunt - October 15, 2009

Just a head’s up… I just picked up a copy of the book at a Barnes and Noble in Orange County, CA a few minutes ago. They were just getting ready to put it on the shelf – just came in this morning. So it’s out there. Happy hunting!

48. Bill Hunt - October 15, 2009

BTW, final page count is 452 pages.

49. Weerd1 - October 15, 2009

46- Bob, seriously- why so tense? There are aspects of Trek we all love and all hate. No reason to be jerk about it. It’s why I stopped talking about Voyager. People enjoy it- just because I didn’t is no reason to bag on them. Some of us enjoyed Enterprise. If you didn’t, I’m sorry. How did the new film grab you? Maybe you should stick to those subjects.

Or have a cookie.

50. THX-1138 - October 15, 2009

Bob, my friend, take it easy. How come you’re so snarky? If Enterprise is such a downer for you, why don’t you just ignore it? No point in capping on folks having a discussion.

That cookie sounds good to me, Weerd1.

51. Anthony Pascale - October 15, 2009

Bob, second and final warning for trolling

52. thebiggfrogg - October 15, 2009

8. You’d love to hear the theme again? Is that because of the horrible accident that left you without hearing? That is the only explanation I can think of for wanting to hear THAT again. ; )

That said, I sort of lost interest in the show and drifted away. I think it missed a lot of opportunities. I saw a few of the last season and they were fun, although IMHO they were a bit too self-conscious in their connections to TOS (would have been nicer to see subtler touches throughout the run). I see no harm (other than in the ear drum bursting theme song) in a straight-to-DVD release if the budget was decent

53. Chris_of_ODU - October 16, 2009

I still haven’t really been able to extract from any of the “Enterprise didn’t respect the canon” much of anything.

I’ve only ever been able to really get:

-The look is “too modern”
-The ship’s name “Enterprise” would likely mean that it would be listed among the other Enterprise vessels throughout history. It’s absence is strikingly odd.
-The Borg appear. They’re never mentioned by name and they send out a signal that alerts the Borg to the Human’s presence in Alpha Quad. Q “alerted” them to their presence (as they were ‘on their way’) and Voyager already slightly retconned the previous knowledge of the race anyway.
-Ferengi appear. Not by name, though I’ll grant that the gap between this meeting and their later “official” meeting is pretty suspect.
-The only wrong thing with the Romulan encounter was the use of a cloaking device. Aside from that, they never actually *see* a Romulan – which was the entire dramatic thread involving Spock in Balance of Terror.

I found the series to be extremely faithful, with Season 4 being the closest to ST:TOS’ in spirit (not including the recycled episodes from TNG S1, which are literally the ‘closest’ the franchise has gotten to TOS).

I’ve picked up as many or more “not respecting canon” or “major continuity errors” from the first 5 minutes of Star Trek 09 (or extrapolated as things that Nero’s involvement could *not* have changed) than in the entire run of ENT. Stardates, Kelvin viewscreen, Kelvin size, Kelvin crew compliment, age of Pike, age of Chekov, Appearance of Nero and knowledge that Romulans looked like Vulcans 30+ years before “Balance of Terror”, surface of Vulcan, San Fran skyline, etc. If major qualms are said about how Enterprise is considered a “prequel” then what does that say about the “prequel/sequel” comments for the new film?

54. Enc - October 16, 2009

53

your scratching the surface :)
tmore to add woulf be that he Romulan ships in ENT were too TNG era in detail and color. and too BOT in shape.
Voy established that Quinn started a war between vulcans and romulans and looking at the time lines, T-Pol should have known that. instead of refering to them as a minor species that never posed a threat.
cloaking devices were power hungry buggers. scaleing ‘em down for a minwefield just wouldnt work. oh but that rom tech still dosent sxsist till BOT Damn

the thing about canon errors is that they are just that. and should be taken with a grain of salt. they are also disgusting and should be ignored for continuity. Just like im ignoring ST09. The big problem is when some A-hole makes the mistake or diliberate action of reenforcing the mistake and continueing its miss use.
Do any of us accept that the Enterprise is over 70 decks tall as shown in TFF? or that starships are numbered from the bottom up instead of the top down?

The last thing a trekie/trekker needs is for a new audiance to get it all wrong.
at least sometimes people apologise for it.
When Admiral Bennett reminds Bashir of the risks of genetic engineering by referencing the Eugenics Wars, he referred to it as having occurred “two hundred years ago.” However, established continuity suggests that he is about 200 years off. Ronald D. Moore comments: “This is my personal screw-up……”

Im running out of salt

55. ChristopherPike - October 16, 2009

54. The way ENT played out its Augment revival trilogy, Admiral Bennett could have been referring to knock on effects from the Eugenics Wars. The threat posed by Arik Soong’s “children” in the 22nd Century and of course, how the Klingons sampled their DNA, resulting in a plaque which ravaged their colonies (and altered their physical appearance).

56. ChristopherPike - October 16, 2009

^ My take on how ENT saved Ron Moore’s ass at any rate! :p

57. Capt. of the USS Anduril - October 16, 2009

I never got to see much of Enterprise while it was on except a few scant episodes in the first season. I have, of course, seen the episodes present on the Alternate Realities and Klingon Fan Collectives, and I have to say that I’m disappointed that the show was cancelled before its time was done. I enjoyed the Kobayashi Maru novel, and I think that if Kirk knew what really happened back then, he would’ve been grateful that he didn’t have to deal with telepathic Romulan technology. =P

58. Schiefy - October 16, 2009

Anthony, did my earlier post get deleted?

If so, I would appreciate an explanation on why.

I was trying to comment on the merits of the literary value of Mangels and Martin introducing modern socio-political scenes in such a forced manner with each novel they have done (or at least the ones I read). And, as noted, I was commenting (and thus inviting agreement/disagreement) on the appropriateness of recommending an otherwise fine continuation of the Enterprise story to my kids.

I tried my best to encourage a reasonable discussion without descending into a debate on morality or religion per se which I am fully aware typically degenerates into a heated but unenlightened argument or some type of hate-mongoring toward one side or the other.

Please forgive me if I did make my comments clearly enough but I thought there was enough room in the Trek tent for respectful discussion of opposing viewpoints as long as it did not become personal or totally off-topic in a mean-spirited way.

59. Demode - October 16, 2009

SETS:

Yes, the sets were sold off and some stuff destroyed. But how hard would it be to build a new bridge? They revamped the bridge all the time in the classic Trek movies. They could probably even green-screen the cast in a few bridge shots…. you don’t need to have the entire bridge rebuilt to make an Enterprise DVD movie.

60. Enc - October 16, 2009

i hant followed.
but is it not a FAN production?
i think it comes to budget.

61. Sci - October 16, 2009

57 – Star Trek has always included modern socio-political issues into its stories. What, you thought “A Private Little War” wasn’t an obvious reference to the Vietnam War?

Setting that aside…

I find it interesting that in a review of an ENT novel, almost no one actually talks about ENT novels.

62. StarFuryG7 - October 16, 2009

Chris,

I’ve been all over the new movie for its apparent transgressions also. Of course, you wouldn’t know that by reading a single posting from me here though.

63. StarFuryG7 - October 16, 2009

Incidentally, the conditions of the prior Romulan War alluded to in “Balance of Terror” make clear that the technologies that war was fought under and the capabilities of the ships involved were far less advanced than the NX 01, or the Romulan ships that shouldn’t have had cloaking devices, but which did –a blatant transgression that only someone who didn’t care about the original series would have made, since he never bothered to watch it.

The Romulans shouldn’t have been anywhere near “ST: Enterprise.” It was a guaranteed screw up on a large scale.

64. Schiefy - October 16, 2009

#61-My objection wasn’t about including modern socio-political issues but rather the bald and forced insertion of such instead of the subtle stories of TOS such as “A Private Little War” (which maybe was a bit less subtle than other episodes such as “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”).

In other words, previous Enterprise novels by Mangels and Martin seem to be more interested in simply pushing a socio-political agenda by inserting characters/scenes that don’t seem to contribute to the story or utilize more creativity in presenting their particular viewpoint by means of some sort of allegory as seen in the aforementioned episodes of TOS. I firmly believe in an author’s right to use his fiction to somehow comment and/or provoke thought on modern issues but good fiction should do so without clobbering the reader over the head with it.

65. Schiefy - October 16, 2009

Oh, and again, I have enjoyed the continuation of the Enterprise story by Mangels and Martin otherwise. I just feel they try too hard to include certain types of characters in every novel in the series so far for the sake of pressing their agenda which distracts from the fun stories they have created for us.

I think this is a legitimate literary observation without making it a discussion of the particular issue the authors advocate. They are free to do so just as I should be free to object to the manner in which they chose to do so in their novels.

66. noirgwio - October 16, 2009

64; As a reader of the previous Martin/Mangels book, I find myself curious by your coments… Rather than assume anything, I’d like you to specify the subjects you’re referencing. Religion? Sexual preference? Skin color, nationality or sex? A certain moral or amorality? I’m largely concervative but also liberal, a spiritual man, but not religinus, (if we must use lables), and I don’t I recall any standing brow-beaten into anyone. Care to clarify?

67. noirgwio - October 17, 2009

Hug a tribble.

68. Steve - October 17, 2009

Anyone notice the real life parrallel between the romulan war and the war in afghanistan?
Romulans vapourising their fallen comrades, just like the taliban taking their dead with them so their bodies don’t fall into allied hands for body count purposes etc Nice touch.
Also good to see the book’s looking at the bigger picture beyond enterprise. I’m not one for relaunch novels, but i think i’ll dip into this one, looks quality!!!

69. Schiefy - October 17, 2009

#66–While my point is not the specific issue, I am referencing the seemingly artificial insertion in each of their books of same-sex couples–especially the Klingon one in “Kobayashi Maru.”

I recognize that Trek has tried to be inclusive in its philosophy but often it was done in more subtle ways in order to “preach” about a particular issue. I feel Mangels/Martin have gone out of their way to simply have these characters in their novels to make a more blatant statement that is distracting and of no real value in the telling of their stories.

For instance, in Enterprise we learn a great deal about Dr. Phlox including his “marriage” which is a more subtle way (and acceptable in the character background story as an alien race) of talking about the issue of sexuality and so forth. In other words, it is seems neither forced nor frivolous to the character of Dr. Phlox whereas Mangels/Martin character’s and their sexuality does.

Now, I am willing to say that my own personal views may be merely reacting to the inclusion of these characters by Mangels/Martin but at the same time I have “accepted” other characters such as Dr. Phlox because it seemed more natural to the story or character. Thus, I am suggesting that Mangels/Martin might have overstepped the boundaries of good storytelling (of which they do fairly well) when a more overt agenda also seems to be taking place.

Likewise, religion/spirituality has been handled fairly well by Trek when placed in a context that is natural to the characters or story. While I might recognize a modern-day parallel in these portrayals I also can “accept” it as part of the Trek culture being depicted. And I can learn and be taught about my own religion (or sexuality in the former issue) in a less direct offensive (or undergirding) way which is at the heart of my “criticism” of earlier Mangels/Martin novels.

70. Sci - October 17, 2009

#69 – The problem with your entire thesis is that it relies on the assumption that LGBT characters somehow do not “belong” in a given scene or that it is somehow less “natural” to have them present than to have a heterosexual character. But this is a fundamental misunderstanding; LGBT people exist. They do not exist to promote a particular storytelling agenda in real life — they’re just there.

Let’s take, for example, Trip’s brother Bert. In The Good That Men Do by Mangels and Martin, there is a scene where Bert is grieving Trip’s apparent death with his husband, Miguel. Now, you seem to be arguing that that’s an “artificial” insertion–but that assumption is based on the premise that there’s something less natural about a same-sex couple than a heterosexual one. But gays and lesbians make up around 7%-10% of any Human population, depending on who you ask; they’re a widespread and prevalent minority. There is nothing artificial about including LGBT characters in sequences that are not about their LGBT-ness.

By comparison, if someone were to write about my death, they would have to include my mostly heterosexual family’s reaction–but they would also need to include the reaction of two of my cousins, one of whom is a lesbian in a committed relationship with a female partner, and one of whom is a single gay man. Now, would you say it’s “artificial” to include those members of my family? No, of course not, because they exist.

You specifically cite the gay Klingon couple in Kobayashi Maru as an example of LGBT characters that seem “artificially inserted” into the narrative. But what’s artificial about it? The canon has never established that homosexuality does not exist in Klingon culture, nor has it ever established that Klingons share our culture’s anti-LGBT biases. In fact, if we look at real-life warrior cults, we often find that homosexuality is encouraged as a way of getting troops to bond more closely with one-another–for example, the ancient Spartans. So there’s nothing that precludes Martin and Mangels from including same-sex Klingon couples (especially since we don’t even know that Klingons would make a distinction between opposite-sex and same-sex couples).

I’m not saying you have a conscious bias against LGBT individuals. But you seem to be formulating your argument on the basis of an unarticulated premise that it is somehow less realistic to include LGBT characters in a story than to exclude them, unless the story is specifically about gay or lesbian issues. But that’s like saying that a story shouldn’t include black people unless it’s about Africans or African-Americans, or shouldn’t include Jewish characters unless the story is about Judaism. Your entire argument is built on a heteronominative premise that is patently false if we look at real life. My cousins don’t exist to advance an LGBT narrative; they just exist, and they’re just part of my family. Black people don’t exist to advance an African-American narrative; they’re just part of America. Jewish people don’t exist to advance a Jewish narrative; they’re just part of the world.

71. Weerd1 - October 17, 2009

Perhaps the issue is the narrative itself. I have no problem with LGBT characters in Trek, and Bert didn’t stand out for me when I read that book. The Klingon couple did, not because they were LGBT, or that I think there wouldn’t be LGBT Klingons, but rather because pointing out their relationship to me seemed to break with the narrative. Most other characters are there, and their sexual orientation isn’t mentioned. When it IS mentioned for those characters it stands out because it isn’t actually contributing (for me) to character development-particularly as minor as those characters were.

I was not in any way offended, but a minor character usually gets a pretty quick treatment (almost like an NPC in an RPG). Those characters did feel a little wedged in, because the story is not progressed by their orientation any more than the story was progressed by Archer being hetero. We found out in the series Archer was straight in stories where the romantic interest was part of the tale. No, I am not saying LGBT characters shouldn’t be there unless the story needs them to be specifically gay, but I’m not sure it was a narrative where orientation would have come up. When you have an African American character, it’s not necessary to say “hey look, a Black guy.”

It would however be very interesting to see a story regarding homosexuality in the Klingon culture. 70- you have some good questions on that. Maybe future novels could explore that, and it BE part of the story.

72. Rocket Scientist - October 17, 2009

I liked Enterprise. Not just the 4th season either. Yes, there were times when they played it fast and loose with canon. Yes, it didn’t always feel like the prequel to TOS that was promised. Yes, there was a lot of potential that wasn’t realized. But bottom line, I was entertained by it. It had a strong cast, interesting stories and was visually striking. If I were to rank it amongst the other shows, I’d say TOS/DS9 tie for first place and ENT comes in second. I’ll be on the lookout for this book.

73. noirgwio - October 17, 2009

69: Thank you for explaining further. And 70: I appreciate and agree with what you’ve said. Very articulate, and well thought out IMO. It speaks well to my way of thinking.

74. Enc - October 18, 2009

63

(well i dont need to remind you) but…
do you remember the line they fed us before the episode aired?

“We know. Trust us, we know”

75. michaela - October 18, 2009

i repeat:BRING BACK ENTERPRISE!IFyou want to see a fan movie with ENTand THE ROMULAN WAR,on YOUTUBE are some videos named STAR TREK ENTERPRISE S5 by MRSPAULNEM
i’m not making publicity,it’s just that i hunt evrything i find about ENT.
INFORTUNATLLY i will not see the books in ITALY!:(

76. Schiefy - October 18, 2009

#70–I appreciate the thoughtful response. I agree with you in that characters of different ethnic or racial background (or alien) do not necessarily need to be any more than part of the natural scenery in a narrative. And, I suppose, I should be willing to extend that to the sexual orientation of a character as well. Thus, I probably accept your point about Trip’s brother being just another family member (I have an uncle who is gay so I can more than concede he is likely to be at my mother’s funeral as one of the grievers).

I must acknowledge that my own personal views might be causing me to react more strongly to the LGBT characters when they appear. However, I would suggest that activist elements in our own society have created an environment of suspicion toward the way these characters have been inserted.

For instance, in the case of Bert–would a heterosexual brother have necessarily compelled the narrative to include mention of a spouse or signficant other as Trip’s brother would have been the only concern to the story? And, while your citation of the Spartans is plausible for a Klingon model, I would still question the introduction of the LGBT characters without some other groundwork suggesting this possibility. And, perhaps, my biggest obstacle is that every novel I have read by Mangels/Martin has felt compelled to include LGBT characters–that suggest some agenda besides trying to portray the possible 7-10% of a population as a “natural” part of the narrative backdrop.

#71 probably reflects what I have been trying to articulate–the LGBT characters thus far have seemed a little more forced because sexual orientation does not normally contribute to a narrative unless we are watching Kirk ogle the girl-in-space-of-the-week so he can save the universe again (or is an essential part of the narrative such as Ursula LeGuin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”).

Again, even though I might be less inclined to want such characters included in what I read, I recognize that culturally (present or future) they might appear in the narrative and would I would be okay with it if I didn’t sense they were put there for the sake of some agenda.

#70 I do appreciate your comments because they have challenged me to think (and continue thinking) about both my personal response to the LGBT characters and what is narratively acceptable in a story. Perhaps Mangals/Martin could (or have) weigh in on the reasons for these characters and how they wrestle (or not) with the decision when and how to include them.

77. Abramsbasher - October 18, 2009

Abrams, “Star Trek” XI and so on rot with your crap in hell and get Enterprise back on screen with REAL sympathic characters and cool stories…

78. Bill Hunt - October 18, 2009

Anyone else out there find the book on shelves yet?

79. Rick James - October 18, 2009

Interesting premise. I’ll check this title out when it hits my local library. However I really doubt Enterrprise is coming back tv mini series, straight to DVD or otherwise. Enterprise’s dismal ratings caused Paramount to pull the plug after four seasons. In Paramount’s eyes Enterprise had four years to get it right and still fell short. Now with the new alternate universe Star Trek (2009) movie’s success, I doubt Paramount will have anything to do with the old prime universe. If there is to be a new Star Trek tv show, it will most likely be set in the new alternate universe.

80. Sci - October 20, 2009

#76:

Read this scene for me.

Finally tired of watching Bert glare sullenly in the direction fo the Starfleet people, Maria said, “It’s not their fault, you know.”

Bert turned that harsh glare upon Maria. “Isn’t it, Maria? Any one of them could have been the one to die. Why did it have to be Trip instead?”

Maria had tried to be patient, but Bert was pushing her to her limits. “That’s not fair. The galaxy is a dangerous place.”

“You’re goddamn right it is. And Trip might still be alive if Starfleet wasn’t out there sticking its head into the lion’s mouth. Lizzie, too.”

Folding her arms across her chest, Maria said, “Why don’t you just start up your own Terra Prime cell, then? I hear they’re looking for a new leader now that Paxton is in jail.”

Bert reacted with speechless incredulity, as though he’d just been slapped across the face. “My God, Maria. Is that what you think of me? That I’m some sort of racist isolationist?”

Maria regretted her words the instantly they’d left her lips. After all, hadn’t Terra Prime wounded Bert as well? The death of the half-Vulcan child that Paxton’s terrorists had created, in part, from Trip’s flesh, was no doubt also an open wound.

“You tell me, Bert,” she said, trying to shift to a more conciliatory tone. “Look, I know you’re in pain. But here we are, among thousands of people who’ve come from all over the planet–a lot of them are even from other planets–to celebrate the arrival of the future.”

A future that just might make your family’s sacrifices worthwhile, she thought. She knew she couldn’t utter the thought aloud–at least, not yet.

Bert merely fixed her with another hard stare that seemed to last for hours.

Finally, Bert’s expression softened. “I’m sorry, Maria. I know you’re just trying to help. I guess I’m just not int he mood to celebrate. At least… not yet.”

Maria nodded, and gave Bert a gentle hug. She knew that the grieving process always took time, just as it had for Bert after Elizabeth Tucker died in the Xindi attack. And she understood that some wounds could tear the scabs right off all the other ones.

That was taken from The Good That Men Do. The only difference is that I changed Miguel’s gender–Miguel is now Maria.

Now, does anything in that really draw a lot of attention to the fact that, as a heterosexual couple, they’re, well, heterosexual? Is heterosexual sex a subtext to that scene? Does it make you stop and go, “Why did they give Bert a wife? Why couldn’t he just be single?”

Would you have even noticed the heterosexuality of the characters if it had been Bert and Maria rather than Bert and Miguel?

Quoting from you:

For instance, in the case of Bert–would a heterosexual brother have necessarily compelled the narrative to include mention of a spouse or signficant other as Trip’s brother would have been the only concern to the story?

Almost certainly! Can you really imagine a man mourning the death of his brother or other close family member without sharing it with his spouse or significant other? I cannot. I wouldn’t blink for two seconds if the scene had had Bert sharing his grief with his wife–I would consider that a completely natural piece of characterization. Heck, the scene that introduces Bert and his husband itself comes almost immediately after a scene in which Trip’s father shares his grief with his mother.

I don’t think anything about the scene between Bert and Miguel in any way interrupted the narrative or drew a disproportionate amount of attention to their being LGBT individuals. It drew as much attention to Bert and Miguel being gay as the previous scene with Charles Tucker Sr. and his wife did to their being heterosexual individuals. It wasn’t even about the fact that they were gay, but about Bert’s misdirected anger over Trip’s apparent death.

With respect, sir, I would suggest that it stuck out to you not because there was anything ungraceful about its presence in the narrative, but because you are used to heteronominative narratives in which there is no homosexuality–homosexuality is invisible. And so when a narrative is not composed in a manner as to make homosexuality invisible — when a narrative constructs homosexuality as existing and being just as visible and important as heterosexuality — it sticks out more to you.

And, while your citation of the Spartans is plausible for a Klingon model, I would still question the introduction of the LGBT characters without some other groundwork suggesting this possibility.

Why? There’s nothing in the canon that precludes it at all, and we know that in real life, homosexuality does occur among warrior cults. There’s no reason to not to have gay and lesbian Klingons–especially since, for all we know, their culture may consider homosexuality completely unremarkable.

And, perhaps, my biggest obstacle is that every novel I have read by Mangels/Martin has felt compelled to include LGBT characters–that suggest some agenda besides trying to portray the possible 7-10% of a population as a “natural” part of the narrative backdrop.

Well, first off, I would point out to you that plenty of other LGBT characters have been introduced by numerous other writers. Bart in Corps of Engineers, for instance, or T’Prynn and Anna from Star Trek: Vanguard by David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dillmore.

Secondly: Is there an agenda? Yes, there is. There’s a pro-diversity agenda. That agenda means that the writers of TrekLit are pro-gay, and pro-African-American, and pro-women, and pro-men, and pro-European, and pro-African, and pro-Asian, and pro-Jewish, and pro-Muslim, and pro-Christian, and pro-Atheist, and pro-straight, and pro-bi, and pro-alien!

Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations. It’s the same philosophy Gene Roddenberry had when he did TOS. I mean, at that time — and even today — African-Americans only constituted around 10%-15% of the US population — not much larger a percentage than LGBT individuals. Yet that didn’t stop Gene from putting an African-American woman on the bridge, whose race was almost never commented upon. She was just there. So was Sulu, so was M’Benga. And so are the LGBT characters we find in TrekLit.

As far as I’m concerned, the inclusion of LGBT characters in TrekLit is perfectly appropriate, and I don’t think any of it has in any way been unnatural. I never once felt that the narrative stopped and said, “HEY, BY THE WAY, THESE CHARACTERS ARE GAY! SAY HI, BIG GAY BERT!”

#71 probably reflects what I have been trying to articulate–the LGBT characters thus far have seemed a little more forced because sexual orientation does not normally contribute to a narrative unless we are watching Kirk ogle the girl-in-space-of-the-week so he can save the universe again

Actually, it does. It’s just that we don’t tend to think of everything related to heterosexuality as being sexual. A scene between a married man and woman doesn’t register to most straights as being sexual, because we just take it for granted that people are straight. Yet the fact that those characters are heterosexual is an essential element to those characters and their relationship. For example, with Trip’s parents, an essential element of their characterization is that they are heterosexual, married, and have had sex. Hell, the fact that they have had heterosexual sex defines those characters, since they are to the narrative, first and foremost, the parents of Trip Tucker.

But, like I said, we’re used to it, so we don’t think of it as being sexual (even though it is). So when we see Bert and Miguel, it registers–not because the scene draws any more attention to their sexuality and the fact that they have had sex than it did with Trip’s parents, but because it’s not heteronominative. We pay more attention to a homosexual couple because we do not usually see homosexual couples in fiction produced in American culture (or, at least, did not until the last twenty years or so), and therefore we are much more aware of their sexual orientations and of its implications (i.e., that they have had sex). It actually doesn’t draw any more attention to those implications than a scene between a straight couple, but, again, we’re not used to it, so we’re more conscious of it.

Again, even though I might be less inclined to want such characters included in what I read, I recognize that culturally (present or future) they might appear in the narrative and would I would be okay with it if I didn’t sense they were put there for the sake of some agenda.

I’m not trying to be mean to you, but you may need to just accept that TrekLit, like Star Trek in general, has a pro-diversity and pro-equality agenda and always has. For better or for worse, that has always been a part of Star Trek; including LGBT characters is just its logical extension.

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