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#1 Christopher

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 09:55 AM

Over on the TrekBBS, the perennial rumor has resurfaced that the Tzenkethi mentioned in a few DS9 episodes were meant to be a hidden allusion to the Kzinti from Larry Niven's fiction and the animated Trek's "The Slaver Weapon" (because of the vague similarity of their names, I guess).  Somebody's claiming that he remembers reading posts from people who had "insider sources" stating that this was the case, and I really don't think that's true.  Since you cowrote "The Adversary," the episode where the Tzenkethi were first mentioned, I figure you're just about the most inside source there is on this.  So can you put this to rest once and for all?
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#2 Kosh

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 12:10 PM

I had always assumed it was a Niven nod.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:44 PM

View PostKosh, on Nov 27 2006, 12:10 PM, said:

I had always assumed it was a Niven nod.

Why???  I don't think "Tzenkethi" sounds very much like "Kzinti" at all.  I mean, there are tons of alien names that sound more similar to each other, even within Trek (Tellarites, Talarians, Tarellians; Andorians, Antarians, Antarans; Takret, Takrit, Tak-Tak).  For that matter, I don't recall anyone ever suggesting that the game Tsunkatse (from the VGR episode of the same name) was named after the Tzenkethi -- which is certainly a much closer similarity than Tzenkethi/Kzinti.  So I'm just bewildered why anyone would hear "Tzenkethi" and think of the Kzinti specifically, let alone why they'd assume it was anything more than a very, very remote coincidence.
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:56 PM

The sound in my head, of how to pronounce it. My bad!!
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Posted 02 December 2006 - 08:14 AM

Bump.
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#6 Robert Hewitt Wolfe

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 01:27 AM

Errr... uh... damn.  I can't freaking remember.  I mean, yeah, I basically made them up.  And yeah, I named them.  But I can't remember if I was making a purposeful homage to Niven or not.

If I had to guess, I suspect I did my usual and combined a couple things.  Probably Kzinti and Tsankth.

But when I picture them in my head, they weren't big cat people.  I thought of them as more like the Hakazit.

And that's the best I can do ten years later.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 03:43 AM

What you didn't keep notes?  :whistle:

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 09:27 AM

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 3 2006, 01:27 AM, said:

But when I picture them in my head, they weren't big cat people.  I thought of them as more like the Hakazit.

I had to look that up -- a species from Jack Chalker's Well World series.  The page I found said that in one book they were like 3-meter-tall T. rexes with powerful arms, but in another they were giant mosquitoes.  At a guess, I'd say you were thinking of the T. rexes?
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#9 Robert Hewitt Wolfe

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 03:00 PM

View PostChristopher, on Dec 3 2006, 06:27 AM, said:

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 3 2006, 01:27 AM, said:

But when I picture them in my head, they weren't big cat people.  I thought of them as more like the Hakazit.

I had to look that up -- a species from Jack Chalker's Well World series.  The page I found said that in one book they were like 3-meter-tall T. rexes with powerful arms, but in another they were giant mosquitoes.  At a guess, I'd say you were thinking of the T. rexes?

Uh, they became mosquitoes in the later books?  Bah.  Heavily armored lizard things FTW.

Wait!  You had to look up Hakazit but not Tsankth?  Dude!

Edited by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, 03 December 2006 - 03:02 PM.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 05:36 PM

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 3 2006, 03:00 PM, said:

View PostChristopher, on Dec 3 2006, 06:27 AM, said:

I had to look that up -- a species from Jack Chalker's Well World series.  The page I found said that in one book they were like 3-meter-tall T. rexes with powerful arms, but in another they were giant mosquitoes.  At a guess, I'd say you were thinking of the T. rexes?

Uh, they became mosquitoes in the later books?  Bah.  Heavily armored lizard things FTW.

That would've been cool.  Too bad you didn't have the kind of CGI tech they later had on VGR and ENT.

Actually, though, my Trek novel editor Marco Palmieri is planning a Lost Era novel about Sisko's involvement in the Tzenkethi conflict.  It was announced at the same time as the "Picard's missing years" novel (which I just finished writing a couple of weeks ago), but as far as I know, it's still in the development stage.  I don't know what direction it'll take with the Tzenkethi, although it definitely won't be the mock-Kzinti route that some fanfiction has taken.

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Wait!  You had to look up Hakazit but not Tsankth?  Dude!

I had to look them both up, but I didn't have anything specific to say about the Tsankth (except possibly "Gesundheit").
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 06:09 PM

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 3 2006, 12:00 PM, said:

View PostChristopher, on Dec 3 2006, 06:27 AM, said:

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 3 2006, 01:27 AM, said:

But when I picture them in my head, they weren't big cat people.  I thought of them as more like the Hakazit.

I had to look that up -- a species from Jack Chalker's Well World series.  The page I found said that in one book they were like 3-meter-tall T. rexes with powerful arms, but in another they were giant mosquitoes.  At a guess, I'd say you were thinking of the T. rexes?

Uh, they became mosquitoes in the later books?  Bah.  Heavily armored lizard things FTW.

Wait!  You had to look up Hakazit but not Tsankth?  Dude!

LOL! In the days precomputer I actually took the old octagonal gaming maps, taped several together and did a giant Well World map, using all the books. I still have it somewhere, I think. I'm an info junkie anyway, but so many species were mentioned over so many books it was hard to track them all. When I reread the books I haul it out. Ok, geek moment SO over now. :p~
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#12 Robert Hewitt Wolfe

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 07:10 PM

View PostChristopher, on Dec 3 2006, 02:36 PM, said:

I had to look them both up, but I didn't have anything specific to say about the Tsankth (except possibly "Gesundheit").

Ah, that's a relief.  So for now, I'm still officially geekier than you.  Go me!

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 12:38 PM

Is this conversation in English?  :Oo:
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 12:41 PM

Que'?

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 02:07 PM

*scratchs head*

Didn't/don't we have a board member with that name?

*blushes* Here I thought it was something like that....like with Andi
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View PostDrew, on Dec 4 2006, 11:38 AM, said:

Is this conversation in English?  :Oo:

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 02:08 PM

Hmmm. You've just given me an idea . . .
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:51 PM

View PostDrew, on Dec 4 2006, 09:38 AM, said:

Is this conversation in English?  :Oo:

133tsp33k ftw 01dth1nkr!  pwewpwewpwew!  




err, sorry, channeling my inner 13 year old.

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#19 Christopher

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 08:17 PM

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 4 2006, 06:51 PM, said:

133tsp33k ftw 01dth1nkr!  pwewpwewpwew!  


err, sorry, channeling my inner 13 year old.

Do us a favor -- change the channel. ;)
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 11:07 PM

View PostRobert Hewitt Wolfe, on Dec 4 2006, 11:51 PM, said:

View PostDrew, on Dec 4 2006, 09:38 AM, said:

Is this conversation in English?  :Oo:

133tsp33k ftw 01dth1nkr!  pwewpwewpwew!  




err, sorry, channeling my inner 13 year old.

Were in ur base killing ur d00ds!
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