“Loved I Not Honor More” Notes
I actually based the main storyline here on an experience that a friend of mine went through in real life; for a time he, like Quark, lost track of his values in a controlling relationship. Except in that case it was his partner who was the wealth-fixated materialist. I’ve long since fallen out of touch with that friend, alas, but he was always a big Trekker and I’m sure he’d get a kick out of inspiring a work of Star Trek fiction.
That’s not the only recycling I did in this story. Some of the Odo-Quark exchange on p. 140 comes from a story I unsuccessfully submitted to the Strange New Worlds anthology contest some years back — mainly the first paragraph and the line “Odo had few equals when it came to peers.” (I just couldn’t let a line like that fade into oblivion.) The name “Reletek” comes from the spec script that got me a pitch invitation to DS9 several years earlier, though it’s the only thing I’ve so far managed to salvage from that script. Alrakis (mentioned on p. 141) was home to a dangerous alien race in one of my old, abandoned concepts for my original SF universe. Alrakis is the Arabic name for Mu Draconis, and is also spelled Arrakis, a name familiar to fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. The name Alrakis is less frequently applied to Sigma Draconis, the star system visited in “Spock’s Brain,” which is more commonly known as Alsafi. Although that system had two other inhabited planets besides the one visited in “Spock’s Brain,” I think it’s more likely that these warlords hail from Mu Draconis.
The reference on p. 143 to Kira and Shakaar’s upcoming visit to the Kenda Shrine is an allusion to the next episode after this story, “Children of Time,” which begins with Kira saying that they visited that shrine and were told by the Prophets to break up. In that light, Odo’s words become ironic.
The 270th Rule of Acquisition (p. 145) is my own coinage. One of the best things about writing a Ferengi story was the opportunity to contribute my own Rule of Acquisition! (I chose 270 because rule 266, “When in doubt, lie,” was on a similar topic.) I also coined the Law of Conservation of Property and Exploits of the Nagi.
I don’t know whether Quark’s rendering of “Rom is confused” into Klingon is quite grammatically correct; indeed, I’m hoping it isn’t.
The discussion of the physics of disintegration is based on my own musings about the subject, but it reflects an idea hinted at in the TNG Technical Manual on p. 136: “Cascading disruption forces cause humanoid organisms to vaporize, as 50% of affected matter transitions out of the continuum.”
In the first paragraph of the scene beginning on p. 156, the sentence beginning “As Quark swaggered…” is taken almost verbatim from the script to “The House of Quark” — a very inside joke on the déjà vu of the experience.
Quark’s fight with Odo was loosely based on an event from my own life, when in ninth grade I jumped on a bully’s back to stop him from stealing a ball belonging to a friend of mine. My intent had been to knock him over with my momentum, but I barely budged him. So I hung on for dear life and tried to trip him, but it’s hard to trip someone who’s standing still. However, the bully had by now become aware of this little pest on his back and reached back to swat at it, thus letting go of the ball. To my credit, once I saw that my task was accomplished, I immediately halted my aggression and let go. However, I’d failed to take into account that I was suspended above the ground, and found myself falling back. To my further credit and astonishment, I managed to turn my fall very deftly into a backward roll, and realizing that the bully might have vengeance on his mind, I came up smoothly into a defensive pose. (I was probably thinking, what would Jim Kirk do?) I had neither the strength nor skill to follow up on that pose if he’d called my bluff, but it must’ve looked mighty impressive, because he and his friends broke and ran through a nearby door. …Whereupon my friend angrily threw his ball at the half-closed door, bouncing it directly into the bullies’ hands, and we never saw it again. There’s a lesson there….
In my original proposal, however, the scene went differently — Odo morphed a mek‘leth and sparred with Quark, defeating him handily. Paula Block of Paramount Licensing reminded me that Odo would never use weapons. I figured a fake weapon counted as an exemption, but on reflection I realized Paula’s take was truer to the character and made for a better scene.