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Or accident prone starships only the most disciplined obsessive and unimaginative government employees have what it takes to face the existential uncertainty of it all on a daily basis and still stay sane enough to complete their assignments That’s where Agents Lucsly and Dulmur come in stalwart and unflappable these men are the Federation’s unsung anchors in a chaotic universe Together with their colleagues in the DTI and with the help and sometimes hindrance of Starfleet’s finest they do wha. I m not usually a fan of Christopher Bennett writing but this book was his best writing I ve seen I loved his take on the DTI and time travel and thought he did a wonderful job with the introduction of DTI He seamlessly brought a storyline together while at the same time explaining temporal mechanics which is no easy feat but he successfully pulled it off I am definitely looking forward to reading the next couple DTI books

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Watching the Clock Star Trek Department of Temporal Investigations #1

T they can to keep the timestream or at least the paperwork as neat and orderly as they are But when a series of escalating temporal incursions threatens to open a new front of the history spanning Temporal Cold War in the twenty fourth century Agents Lucsly and Dulmur will need all their investigative skill and unbending determination to stop those who wish to rewrite the past for their own advantage and to keep the present and the future from devolving into the kind of chaos they really really hate. Star Trek Department of Temporal Investigations Watching the Clock is a Star Trek novel by Christopher L Bennett My first thought its title is a bit of a mouthful My second is Goody goody Time Travel I love time travel For the uninitiated the Department of Temporal Investigations was introduced in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode Trials and Tribble ations Someone in the writing room must have noticed that with the literally dozens of time travel related plots in Star Trek there had to be someone whose job it was to deal with their aftermath Agents Lucsly and Dulmur named after the primary X files protagonists pretty much scour the Federation for time travel occurrences and oddball scientific tech to prevent the past from being altered This book is or less impenetrable to non Trekkies because it references elements from all across the many Star Trek series and movies It further includes elements from the Star Trek novels so if you haven t read Star Trek Destiny like me you might be as lost as anyone else The references range from the famous like the Guardian of Forever from City on the Edge of Forever to the obscure For example a minor character from the episode The Neutral Zone plays a starring role Still I m enough of a fan to have gotten the majority of the references even if I have very little experience with the Star Trek Expanded Universe Christopher Bennet is nice enough to explain everything away so it wasn t really necessary to have recently seen the episodes he referenced Which is good since the last time I saw The Neutral Zone was when it was on the air twenty two years ago Surprisingly he improves on the characters in many places Clare Raymond the aforementioned character from The Neutral Zone was nothing than a caricature in the episode she was introduced but comes alive as an outsider s perspective to the United Federation of Planets A human woman from the 1980s she basically gets to talk about how much society has changed from an era not too far removed from our own It s all well and good to be told it s a utopia to viewers every week but Clare Raymond nicely illustrates what a culture shock it must be for someone in the 1980s to be confronted with a world utterly lacking in nationalism sexism crimepollution and homophobia Star Trek doesn t have the best track record in handling gay issues but Christopher Bennett tries to make up for that Much like in Battlestar Galactica 2nd version it s a complete non issue in the 24th century The book is mostly made of short stories dealing with the various temporal loose ends leftover from the shows There s the USS Bozeman which is a ship from Captain Kirk s time and what exactly was to be done about Captain Janeway after she violated the Temporal Prime Directive several dozen times in the Star Trek Voyager finale For the most part all of these incidents were highly entertaining Though frankly I would have liked some follow up on the USS Bozeman incident since I really bonded with those characters The primary protagonists of the book though by no means the only ones are Agents Lucsly and Dulmur and we get to know them extremely well over the course of the book Lucsly is the skeptic of the two basically having a near religious devotion to the idea of a true timeline un tampered with by time travelers Dulmur is the likable of the two basically being a Joe Friday sort of character who treats temporal crime as just another job Frankly I think Lucsly came off as a bit of a lunatic in the book This is ironic because he s meant to be the sensible of the two The very nature of relativity means that ANY faster than light travel is going to involve time travel of one sort or another with Star Trek being the only series to really treat the idea with as much prevalence as it would have So Lucsly s belief that the true history must be protected at the expense of the present is just nonsensical There s also an odd attitude that everyone Uptime automatically has authority over temporal matters versus people in the current timeline This is ridiculous because people up time do not necessarily exist except as possibilities In my opinion giving them authority is a bit like handing over things to Kang the Conueror or Apocalypse since they MIGHT eventually rule the future It s of Lucsly s belief there s one true timeline that the book goes to great lengths to illustrate is just ridiculous Hell Christopher Bennet devotes at least one chapter to talking about how Lucsly s view is erroneous One bit I really appreciated was the level of detail given to real science Star Trek passed the point where hard science was replaced by magic pretty early in the original series About the time the Talosians showed up I think Give yourself a geek point if you get the joke in that sentence Still sometimes I think Star Trek doesn t even try to justify itself Doctor Who can get away with it because that s what Doctor Who is all about I get A LITTLE annoyed by it in Star Trek because Star Trek science is supposed to mean something Call me crazy Christopher L Bennett gives a lot of attention to real ideas in uantum physics which helps make sense of a sort out of the wide variety of oddball ways Star Trek time travel functions I m not sure he really needed to try uite so hard as he does in this book but I appreciate the effort Overall I was very impressed by this book and very much enjoyed it If Christopher Bennett were to make this a regular series I would definitely buy it The characters were interesting the plots entertaining and it tackled large science fiction ideas Which is what I expectwant from Star Trek Good show 910

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There’s likely no of a thankless job in the Federation than temporal investigation While starship explorers get to live the human adventure of traveling to other times and realities it’s up to the dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations to deal with the conseuences to the timestream that the rest of the Galaxy has to live with day by day But when history as we know it could be wiped out at any moment by time warriors from the future misused relics of ancient races. How do you ruin a fun time travel novel I think that one of the best ways to do so is to attempt to explain the time travel via some stultifying made up pseudo science And that s unfortunately what Bennett does offering some weird theory about divergent timelines that reconverge and erase each other and who cares Just say that time travel is a threat to the present and have fun with it Mind you he does hit some other great time travel tropes like time loops and predestination and such but you don t need the stupid science for thatHow else do you ruin a fun time travel novel Don t allow the protagonists to time travel I mean sure you can make them the guardians of the present but that doesn t mean that you have to take the core joy of the time travel experience awayEven aside from that the book has troublesFirst it s relatively plot free for at least the first 250 pages and it doesn t really come together for 400 pages Oh there are a few different plots but they re all over the place and all of the character flashbacks really don t help Even after we get a big plot the story continues to be scattered Second it s got an ending that s a murky muddle that then anti climaxes by moving everything off screen At least Bennett gets the codas right one of which is the strongest part of the bookThird it s slavishly devoted to Star Trek continuity I mean I love me my continuity and I think that trying to figure out the hash of plots about the Temporal Cold War from Enterprise is a worthy cause but referencing every time travel story ever in Star Trek canon just drags the book down as do the continued attempts to retcon other temporal events that the author doesn t agree withOverall this was a struggle to finish I definitely won t be continuing the series


10 thoughts on “Watching the Clock Star Trek Department of Temporal Investigations #1

  1. says:

    I'm beginning to think Bennett is my favorite Star Trek author; his style is comfortable humorous and he captures the canon characters correctly completely and comprehensively Bennett knows his Trek and we feel like we do too after reading one of his novels Agents Lucsly and Dulmer Department of Temporal Investigations were first introduced in the Deep Space 9 episode Trials and Tribble ations One of my all time favor

  2. says:

    This not a book that you can just pick up as a Sci fi reader and read it helps to be a die hard TrekkieBased on the DTI agents Lucsly and Dulmur from DS9's episode Trials and Tribble lations This book covers all t

  3. says:

    How do you ruin a fun time travel novel? I think that one of the best ways to do so is to attempt to explain the time travel via some stultifying made up pseudo science And that's unfortunately what Bennett does offering some weird theory about divergent timelines that reconverge and erase each other and who c

  4. says:

    'So was it altruism or fear? 'It can be both People are complicated' 'HmThat's the problem with them'I bought this on a whim figuring a story out of the flow of any of the television series' or novel arcs would be different enough to warrant spending £5 Bennett has nailed characterisation superbly and the fact that many of the characters aren't ones with which we are overly familiar means he's got an open canvas and boy does it showa fo

  5. says:

    This book is kind of a mess It's the first in what I guess will be a series of novels detailing the adventures of the Federation's Department of Temporal Investigations or DTI As it is the first in a potential series there of course has to be

  6. says:

    I'm not usually a fan of Christopher Bennett writing but this book was his best writing I've seen I loved his take on the DTI and time travel and thought he did a wonderful job with the introduction of DTI He seamlessly br

  7. says:

    Like watching uantum leap episode It was interesting but It was like an I don't care episode

  8. says:

    Star Trek Department of Temporal Investigations Watching the Clock is a Star Trek novel by Christopher L Bennett My first thought its title is a

  9. says:

    My head was spinning during the final act of this novel; I felt as if my brain was going to turn into jelly if I didn't receive a flow chart keeping track of all the time line changes or possible changes But in spite of the mind shredding I have no ualms about awarding this novel 5 stars This is the most monumental achievement in fanwank sinc

  10. says:

    This is a fun story centered around the two humorless guys in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode Trials and Tribble ations Dulmur and Lucsly are members of the Federation's Department of Temporal Investigations and their job is to protect the timeline from damage from threats past present and futureThe plot of this nov