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[2006: NOV-DEC] Writing Challenge Discussion


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I can see 2 obvious ways of attempting this... one from the human view point and one from the view point of whichever species is in the place of the Vulcans. I can see two alternative view points as well though, of which I may try to pursue one.

The wording doesn't seem to exclude Vulcans entirely, it just says if some race other than them, so they could still observe the event. So what if written from the Vulcan perspective watching another species reacting to Earths flight? Or if the Vulcans do make first contact but are themselves being observed by a third party watching Earth and the T'Plana Haths reaction?

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I can see 2 obvious ways of attempting this... one from the human view point and one from the view point of whichever species is in the place of the Vulcans. I can see two alternative view points as well though, of which I may try to pursue one.

The wording doesn't seem to exclude Vulcans entirely, it just says if some race other than them, so they could still observe the event. So what if written from the Vulcan perspective watching another species reacting to Earths flight? Or if the Vulcans do make first contact but are themselves being observed by a third party watching Earth and the T'Plana Haths reaction?

All very interesting ideas :)

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Well, that's interesting.

Doesn't that violate the "no 'canon' characters rule since the first Human warp flight was performed by Cochrane? I only make note of this because of the exact wording of the challenge, which targets a character that has been on a show (or in this case, a movie).

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The T'Plana Hath is a canon ship (though not sure if the name is), as is the Phoenix, though you could write this without mentioning Cochrane by name I suppose.

The same problem had crossed my mind as well though.

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What other races had warp and could tell if we had warp?

Ferengi? or a some non-canon races? I need a clue for this one?

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Cardassians, Bajorans... I know they both had at least limited capability before Earth... perhaps as far back as the 14th Century? Possibly Andorians, Romulans, Klingons...

Most major species I think...

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ahhh so there is open spaces in the writing of this Challenge.... mm mm I think I might go with an assimilation by the borg ... But this one will have to be cannon like mmm might have to focus my creativity in just one direction ...

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Much as I dislike the Xindi, they have a big role in trying to work out the temporal mechanics of my latest idea... I hope it doesn't give me too much of a headache...

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Neither did I but I've got a headache because...

"Timeline, this is no time to talk about time, we don't have the time!" (Ok, so I wasn't as bad last night as Troi was but still...)

No way I was trying to get my head around temporal mechanics last night and I think I'm having some aspirin before and after I try later today...

Really hated the Xindi plot myself but it's technically canon and has a huge impact on the setting I have in mind due to it's effects on sector 001 and its neighbours. Need to work it all out, want to do this properly :)

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Well I have an entry in the works, just don't want to post it before it's ready...

You'd have a thread full of notes about temporal mechanics at the moment for my brainstorming... sorry, that's thought showering for the PC crowd.

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The thing is that topics like this are actually impossible for me to write as I've seen virtually nothing canon, I don't know the effects or the plots and so in essence, I can't do this challenge. Not only that but I have exams. No entry from me this time.

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Hey Cara,

If cuz of exams... good luck!

But...using the previous "What if" as an example...

Some people had Warp flight working until yesterday...some had warpflight never existing...

sooo depending on how you want to approach it would determine what you wanted to write about.

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I'm looking at almost 100 years after First Contact, hence the Temporal Mechanics issues. You don't have to take that approach, it's just the one I'm choosing to do. However, the ideas I raised in my first post on this thread could be set at any time when Earths first contact could occur with little knowledge of canon needed. It could be upon the Phoenix flight (when Vulcans made first contact), it could be earlier or later...

If the entry is a contemporary one, there should be no temporal mechanics issues and thus no need to worry about forgetting or not knowing a piece of canon that would hugely affect your story. Setting mine 100 years after contact means I need to consider all the changes to the timeline over that time, hence why my ideas might seem a bit daunting or off putting. There are multiple paths to take, I'm taking a pretty complicated one...

Don't let my ideas here put you off, people!

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I'm planning to write my entry during my journey from my Uni (in South Wales) to my mums home (250 miles away in East Anglia) for Christmas on Monday... I've got a couple of coach journey's and a train journey so plenty of time. Hope to post it on Tuesday when I visit Cara Maria for the day so you should get at least 1 entry ;)

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In regards to the Sept/Oct Reviews, I thank you dearly, Rocar. ::laughs:: As much as I would love to say I'm a LtCmdr... hasn't happened just yet. ;)

Thank you, though. Much appreciated.

:)

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I've spent two months trying to figure out how to write a first contact. From the human's point of view or the alien's? Last night, I woke to discover a notion running through my head in the guise of a complete story (as usual). I do my best work in the middle of the night. I hope you all enjoy it. Even if there's no decision because I'm the only entry, I hope you enjoy. I did have a bit of fun writing it.

o:)

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