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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #75 on: December 31, 2008, 11:17:42 AM »
Yes indeed it does look very much like your ship Clawhammer!...

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #76 on: December 31, 2008, 11:18:32 AM »
Used your Spirit design as a start point, didja Claw?

Not exactly as a start point but more or less as an influence. :) The Spirit is 110 meters long, the Aventine is approx. 670 meters long. I'm glad people see some kind of lineage though! :)

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« Reply #77 on: December 31, 2008, 11:34:20 AM »
Just as there are design similarities between a Defiant Class and a Type 18 Shuttle, I very much see the same between your NX-79995 and the Vesta Concept.

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« Reply #78 on: December 31, 2008, 04:54:32 PM »
I didn't know you worked on BSG, Claw?
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« Reply #79 on: December 31, 2008, 05:17:33 PM »
Wow, the Vesta concept looks extremely promising.  It's very sleek, yet doesn't look insubstantial or flimsy.

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #80 on: January 01, 2009, 01:51:06 AM »
Aventine design concept has been released on trekmovie.com, I havent read it yet, just noticed the picture.

http://trekmovie.com/2008/12/30/preview-of-star-trek-books-for-2009-and-2010/ < scroll all the way down.

Beautiful design. Glad to see the Dauntless/Sovereign combination in there as a major influence. Great job!  8)

Looks like some great books coming out over the next two years too. Some of the cover art is very nicely done.

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #81 on: January 01, 2009, 08:58:28 AM »
Thanks guys!

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #82 on: January 23, 2009, 07:57:41 PM »
I just finished the first book and I'm 3/4ths finished with the second. And to me the Aventine, in my mind, looked like a cross between an Akira and a Saber.

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #83 on: January 23, 2009, 09:13:03 PM »
Good...it would be interesting to hear you comments on that.

What do you think?


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« Reply #84 on: February 04, 2009, 05:38:46 PM »
FYI, in case anyone forgot, "A Singular Destiny" is out.

I'm about 1/4 of the way through.  It's been good so far.  Not extraordinarily action packed: it's very much oriented on politics and the rebuilding process.  I think Articles of the Federation fans will probably be pleased.

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« Reply #85 on: February 04, 2009, 08:09:01 PM »
It came OUT?

Gawd dammit...I was JUST at the bookstore today also...grr...

Thanks for posting that BSS!

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #86 on: February 05, 2009, 05:34:41 PM »
I need to get that, I have 10 pages to go in book Three.

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« Reply #87 on: February 05, 2009, 08:58:37 PM »
Wow, very interesting.  The book is very much a political story - there's traveling, but not really too much in the way of action.  Dialogue heavy, plot-driven.  No Titan or Enterprise.  It builds to a major and potentially lasting change in the dynamics of the Alpha Quadrant. 

Spoiler-laden thoughts below:

- I was originally skeptical about the Legion of Bad Guys idea as it started to become apparent - it felt very "been done".  However, in this context, it seems to have a fair amount of potential.  There has never really been a local rival to the "Big Three", as major threats have always been external: the Borg, the Dominion.  The Federation/Romulans/Klingons are also significantly depleted by the successive Dominion and Borg conflicts, which cannot be said of many of the smaller powers.  I also like the fact that, as Pran points out, the Typhon Pact powers are almost forming their own Coalition of Planets.  However, depending how tight the alliance proves to be, it also seems unreasonable and unrealistic.  Somehow, these often contentious, xenophobic, staunchly isolationist powers are going to cooperate for cooperation's sake?
- Bowers really came off as a prick for about half the book.
- The split of the Romulans, with the State falling in with the Federation and the Empire falling in with the Pact, intrigues me as a Romulan lover
- Interesting concept of expanded Khitomer accords, including the Talarians, Imperial Romulan State, Ferengi, and Cardassian Union.  Unlike the Typhon Pact, this doesn't seem hasty, and feels like a natural evolution of warming relationships with each group in the post-Dominion War climate
- Nice to see Ezri show some mettle as captain.  There were also a lot of references to Dax's age/wisdom in this one, which is a bit of a contrast to the mostly playful allusions and reminiscing in DS9.
- Not enough Aventine techporn.  Boo!  Hiss!
- The book repeatedly emphasizes that the infamous "But we're the only ship in the sector!" scenario is being played out all over, with resources stretched to the breaking point.  So, why in the hell does Titan get sent out to go exploring?  That makes no fricking sense whatsoever. 
- Pran seemed like a decent one-off addition to the universe, but did he really need to be 1/4 of every 'cool' near-human race (1/4 Human, Betazoid, Bajoran, and Vulcan)?  It's a very 'fanfic' heritage.  Also, does anyone find various writers' attempts to integrate Bajorans into the universe at times implausible?  Pran is over sixty years old, yet one of his parents is Bajoran, at a time when they presumably wouldn't have been interacting much with the Federation.  It makes sense to me to see new Bajoran recruits and such in Starfleet, but sometimes their number is just a bit disproportionate or they seem to have advanced pretty far for not having been Federation members for very long.

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #88 on: February 19, 2009, 07:15:07 AM »
tiny update on the Aventine:  I'm nearly done with the armorplating, and slowly moving towards the "coloring/painting/texturing" phase.

I have placed a poll on my blog about the color scheme. I narrowed it down to 2 choices:
Excelsior style, (blues/light greys/whites)
Sovereign style, (darker greys/light greys/whites)

Click the link if you would like to vote: http://mark-rademaker.blogspot.com Thank you!  :)

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #89 on: February 19, 2009, 10:33:24 AM »
I voted for the Sovereign Style because isn't the Aventine a new ship so I think it should have the newer painting.

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #90 on: February 19, 2009, 11:49:49 AM »
I voted for the Sovereign Style because isn't the Aventine a new ship so I think it should have the newer painting.

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Ditto.

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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #91 on: February 19, 2009, 02:44:19 PM »
I like the Excelsior scheme personally, because white generally represents peace and the Vestas are peaceful exploration vessels, with big teeth.

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« Reply #92 on: February 28, 2009, 09:44:19 AM »
Okay...I went and bought "A Singular Destiny" and only about 1/4 into the book because its...

Well...

Quite frankly its not very interesting.

Well...more like...

NOT as interesting as the Destiny Trilogy.

I went through those books at warp speed and went BACK and reread them.

I'll give my own review when I am done, but its not like I am in a hurry to see what happens in this one.


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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #93 on: March 01, 2009, 01:21:19 AM »
^^^ I'm waiting on delivery of it from Amazon. It's taking forever for some reason.

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« Reply #94 on: March 02, 2009, 09:48:47 AM »
That sucks, Bond. There's no book chain by you? I go to Border's myself.

Well...I am about 3/4ths into "Singular Destiny" now and I have to say that its gotten better.

I suppose the "preamble" at the beginning of every chapter (IE: A suicide note in one...a news article in another...casualty list, etc...) threw me off a bit as did the lack of any familiar charcters, but now that Dax and the Aventine are involved in the plot it has gotten more interesting.


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Re: ST: Destiny Trilogy Excerpt & Covers
« Reply #95 on: March 02, 2009, 12:05:23 PM »
Waiting on you to finish it so I can borrow it!...

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« Reply #96 on: March 02, 2009, 09:15:33 PM »
That sucks, Bond. There's no book chain by you? I go to Border's myself.

Funnily enough it arrived the next day, like I summoned it.