STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

FORGIVENESS

David Brin and Scott Hampton (illustrator)


DAVID BRIN's Forgiveness

DC/WildStorm, 2001

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set in the famed Star Trek universe

With approval from Paramount Pictures and DC Comics, Wildstorm Entertainment asked David Brin to script this canonical look at an adventure of the USS Enterprise that fans should find vivid, exciting, fun... and maybe a little stimulating to the mind, as well.

The inventor of the technology that will give the Earth the transporter and the holodeck, caught in a web of betrayal, is beamed into space toward a dangerous rendezvous three hundred years in his future...

... as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ tensely prepares for an encounter that may erupt in new waves of interstellar war, when the Federation can least afford it. What they don't need right now is a distraction — or another crisis.


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The script has been wonderfully illustrated by Scott Hampton, one of the best graphic artists around. Hampton's painted artwork for projects as varied as Batman: Night Cries and The Upturned Stone has won accolades from fans around the world and established his reputation as one of the finest painters working in the graphic novel medium.

Scott Hampton also illustrated another Brin graphic novel, THE LIFE EATERS.


teen dream?

Also, there's one more quirky little feature of Forgiveness. It turns out that the core notion for this story first occurred to Brin in 1965, as a teenager in Los Angeles watching the original Star Trek series. It just goes to show — never throw away any idea.


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"Thanks for pushing me — (kaff) — out of the way of that chariot, Data."
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"It would not do to come out of a simulation needing medical repair."
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"This technology grows more realistic all the time."
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La Forge to Captain Pickard!

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"Our ancestors were already merciful with the Palami. The disease they released —"
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"Accident or not, tens of millions died of the plague, and countless millions more from the wave of insane violence it triggered..."
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The Andorians would rather wipe the Palami out entirely... as a sanitary precaution.

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    David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More


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    Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More


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    praise for Brin's science fiction

    "Extrapolation of the highest and most subtle order."
    — Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

    "David Brin is notable for unquenchable optimism, focusing on the ability of humanity to overcome adversity."

    89.3 KPCC-FM

    "Thanks again for being part of our "kick-off" program for the KPCC Crawford Forum science series (broadcast on our NPR station). The audience loved it, and we all learned a lot — you certainly do have a lot of fans! We hope we can have you with us again at some time in the not too distant future."

    "Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe" (History Channel)

    "David, thank you for letting us interview you! Your insights added a great deal to the show, as you can see from how often we put you on-screen. I hope the show finds you a ton of new readers. Please thank your family for letting us invade your home. It was an honor to work with you. I hope we have a chance to work together or talk in the future."

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    to boldly go...

    "Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror, never Pandora."
    — from Brightness Reef

    DAVID BRIN quote

    "Each of us is many. Within every human, a cacophony of voices rages."
    — from Earth