THINGS FALL APART
Star Trek: Mere Anarchy - Book One
A guide to various references, points of interest, in-jokes, and such to be found within the pages of the book. Not meant to be an exhaustive list, but let me know if you find something I've not listed here. It's entirely possible it's something I've forgotten about!
Note that page numbers reflect the pages we got for our final page proofs. With the ability of e-Book readers/reader software to adjust their font sizes and such, page numbers might not exactly line up with the way the e-Book is presented in your reader.
Also, it should go without saying that the following contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for portions of the book. If you've not yet read the book and want to avoid any spoiler-ish info, proceed no further!
(Consider yourself warned.)
- Page 3: Yabapmat: The capital city of the Gelta nation-state for thirty-eight generations. Spelled backwards, it's also the home of my favorite football team....
- Page 4: "Mestiko," the name chosen for the planet, is actually a derivation of the Italian word "domestico," meaning "home."
- Page 5: Mino's dialogue here about not being one to put forth "alarmist theories" or "reckless, uncorroborated declarations" is meant as an homage to Jor-El's remarks to the Council on Krypton (as portrayed by Marlon Brando in 1978's Superman).
- Page 21: "You would accuse me of insurrection?" - another homage to Brando's Jor-El.
- Page 25: As will shortly become clear, this story takes place at a point before the events chronicled in the second pilot for the original Star Trek series, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Note the presence of Dr. Mark Piper in the role of ship's physician, and that Lieutenant Sulu is the leader of the ship's astro-sciences department. Also, Professor Cameron's first name, Lindsey, is in honor of my niece, Lindsey Michelle Bridges.
- Page 29: The narrative describing Dr. Piper's pending retirement is meant to foreshadow events we'll eventually see in the first Star Trek: Vanguard book, Harbinger, written by Dave Mack.
- Page 30: The Verteron Array was first seen in the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "Demons" and "Terra Prime."
- Page 39: "Flash the bridge, Spock." - I couldn't resist using this bit of somewhat anachronistic dialogue as a tip of the hat to its one and only use in all of Trek, in "Where No Man Has Gone Before."
- Page 53: Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell and Lieutenant Lee Kelso were only seen in "Where No Man Has Gone Before"...for reasons which become apparent if you've seen the episode.
- Page 54: The reference to Kirk and Mitchell serving together on the Republic and Constitution prior to their joint assignment to the Enterprise is a nod to the My Brother's Keeper trilogy, written by Michael Jan Friedman. Likewise, the references to the admiral overriding Kirk's desire to have Mitchell serve as his first officer, instead appointing Spock to that post, is a tip of the hat to events chronicled in Enterprise: The First Adventure, written by Vonda N. McIntyre.
- Page 55: "40.77 kilometers per second." - 40.77? That couldn't be a M*A*S*H reference, could it? Nah.
- Page 55: The Smith/Jones yeoman name confusion is a reversal of the gaffe that dogged Kirk in "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Guess it took him a while to get their names straight.
- Page 58: "Deflectors, full intensity." - another nod to dialogue Spock shouts in both "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "The Corbomite Maneuver."
- Page 61: Lieutenant Alden is the communications officer on duty during this and later bridge scenes - another crew member who was never seen after "Where No Man Has Gone Before."
- Page 74: Vlenn is a member of the Deltan species, introduced in Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the personage of Lieutenant Ilia.
- Page 112: Sulu takes the helm! These paragraphs are our attempt to rationalize Sulu's switch from astro-sciences in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" to helm in "The Corbomite Maneuver." Taking into account his different interests and hobbies (botany, from "The Man Trap," fencing, from "The Naked Time," ancient firearms, from "Shore Leave," etc.), it makes sense that he'd hold a similar desire to diversify his skills in various departments aboard ship. Looks like it paid off, eh?
- Page 122: Kirk's penchant for Saurian brandy was established in the original Star Trek episode "The Enemy Within."
- Page 126: "Probably a bad time to ask if you're up for a game of racquetball." - This is another nod to Mike Friedman's My Brother's Keeper trilogy. Mike used "racquetball," along with various other words beginning with "R" as part of a larger joke that goes toward explaining why we saw "James R. Kirk" rather than "James T. Kirk" on the tombstone Gary Mitchell creates in "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Essentially, Mitchell commented that Kirk couldn't play racquetball, to which Kirk replied that racquetball was his middle name.
- Page 133: Piper's talk with Kirk - not really filled with any continuity notes or cool references...we were just rather pleased with the way this scene turned out. We figure that Kirk would have benefitted from being able to talk to somebody who's been around longer, with more experience, and so on. Mitchell is too close to him in age, and at this point in his career Kirk's not yet good friends with Spock, but we felt a conversation like this needed to be held, with Kirk and somebody. The trick was doing it in such a way that Piper didn't sound (too much) like McCoy, and that the men's professional relationship was much different than the one Kirk would later enjoy with McCoy. Here's hoping we got it right.
And that's all you get until the next installment!