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The outline is done!

My Star Trek: DTI outline is now on my editor’s (virtual) desk, right on schedule.  It’s still a little rough here and there, but that’s detail work to be filled in later.   And as I remarked before, it’s quite long enough as it is.  I tried streamlining it for Jaime’s convenience, but was only able to trim it by 15 percent or so.

I expect this is going to be a rather long novel.  But its structure might help me write faster.  Normally, I write in a linear fashion; I don’t jump around much in a manuscript, but go scene by scene in order, unless I belatedly think of something I need to add and have to go back.  But this book will have several different parallel, fairly independent story threads for the various main characters, plus various sidebars, so I figure if I get stuck on one storyline, I can find some other part to work on.

In any case, I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting project.

  1. thierry
    April 28, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Hi Christopher,
    I guess it’s good that you have so many ideas that you won’t have to delay a short story into a full lenght book… (Don’t you hate when the plot is defined and that the authors are delaying and delaying before coming to the conclusion?)
    Can’t wait to read your new book (even if i do have a few old one to get at first !lol!)

    On another totally unrelated subject, in France (and in Europe more generally) there are people trying to pass a law who would forbid women to wear burqa. I understand the arguments pro (avoid the slavery of women) and against (freedom of choice) that law. And even if i do personaly believe that making a law is the wrong approach, i recognize the fact that cultural tradition (imprinted with over zealous religious spirit) can not change if not coerced to change one way or another. I think, a metaphor of this kind of topics would do wonders in a Star Trek book. Especially since Federation “openess” to different cultur is based on the fact that those culture have little impacts on the day to day life of other members. So it’s (more or less) “easy” to promote an open mind about it… But what if one particular thread of culture, one that is “wrong in some way” use the “openess” of Federeation to undermine it’s very efforts to “openess” ?

    I wonder what do you think of such a subject and if you could write about it in a Trek Book what would be your approach ?


    • April 28, 2010 at 8:05 am

      Those people trying to pass that law are missing the point. A law forbidding women from wearing something is just as oppressive as a law requiring them to wear it.

  2. thierry
    April 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Well, i have the same point of view as yours. I think people aknowledge there is a problem. A real one that can lead to changes in the society for the worst. The worst being the degradation of the freedom of the women in general.
    The argument in favor of the law is that freedom under “alienation” is no freedom at all. “alienation” is a french word i’m not sure if it translate litteraly in english. It means that their mind is subdued by an external factor (here it’s clearly religion that we are speaking about) to such extend that they would “Think” that they choose to wear burqa when in fact they are “forced” by an outdated tradition to do so.
    The argument is that making a law is the lesser of two evils…

    • April 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Well, this really isn’t the place to discuss this. But underlying their argument is a stereotype about veiling that isn’t really true. In some extremist cultures like the Taliban, yes, the custom of hijab is subverted into a tool of male oppression. But that’s not the only function it ever plays. It’s a custom that’s been around for thousands of years and has been defined differently in different cultures. Originally, veiling was a way for upper-class women to distinguish themselves from lower-class dancers and prostitutes. It was thus a symbol of prestige and power, the right to keep one’s body to oneself. In many cultures it’s been a way for women to feel free to move around in public without harrassment and to be judged for something other than their looks — a source of empowerment, not oppression. To assume that a woman who chooses to wear a veil is always being “forced” to do so is culturally ignorant and prejudiced.

      I mean, really, we’re talking about France here, right? There’s nothing stopping a Muslim woman in France from taking off the burqa if she wants. So saying that a law is needed to “free” her from something is ridiculous. She already has the freedom to choose.

  3. Thierry
    April 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    You’re right it’s not the place, i’m sorry. I was just mentionning that such a topic could be a baseline for a Trek story with pro’s and against in a metaphorical way with less “heat of the moment” over such a debate.

  4. May 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

    On proposed burqa laws in France and Québec alike(yeah, we’ve got the Quebecois legislature considering similar things up here in Canada)…I suspect that we are in agreement on this point.

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