regard to your review of the Star Trek novel Provenance
of Shadows, you note:
thing that annoys me about this book, as an obsessive follower
of stardates, is that George completely ignores the stardates
of the episodes to which he refers, sticking to their production
order instead (as indeed do the majority of Trek
timelines). Thus, for example, the events of Errand of
Mercy are said to take place before City, with
Operation -- Annihilate! following immediately thereafter.
In stardate order, both Errand and Operation
would come after City.
I wanted to point out to you that this is not actually the
case. When writing the book, I was faced with the varying
orders of episodes when taken by stardate, by air date, and
by production date. In an effort not to contradict any of
the three, I often referenced episodes in clusters, or with
deliberate vagueness. As far as The City on the Edge of
Forever is concerned, though, there is no stardate in
the episode, and so I stuck with both aired and produced order,
which put Errand of Mercy prior to City, and
Operation-Annihilate! after it.
As for the typographical errors, these haunt me as well. Though
I take responsibility for them, they are primarily the result
of typesetting, and not writing (which is to say that the
errors occurred not during my writing but during the actual
physical setup of the book by typesetters). That doesn't help,
though, when it takes a reader out of the book when they encounter
for reviewing my work. Sorry it wasn't more to your liking.
R George III
concede the point about The City on the Edge of Forever.
Though numerous reference sources state a stardate of 3134,
this is never actually mentioned on the televised episode.
A better example would have been Spectre of the
Gun (stardate 4385.3), which Provenance of Shadows
states takes place after I, Mudd (4513.3), The Trouble
with Tribbles (4523.3) and By Any Other Name (4657.5).
I think all of this says more about my obsession that it does
about George's writing! Stardates aside, I look forward to
reading the next two volumes.