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Steve De Young
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Posted: 14 September 2017 at 8:24am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

From the writer's guide for the Original Series:

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John Byrne
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Posted: 14 September 2017 at 8:45am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

First I've heard of the "percentage" representing hours of the day. Don't think anybody told the writers about it, either. Whole lot of stories take place starting at .1 or .2.

I guess Kirk and the gang were working the early/late shift!

At least it gets the 200 years right!

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 September 2017 at 8:47am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

As I said in another topic, I bought some DC and Marvel STAR TREK titles at Birmingham ICE over the weekend. I've been reading the issues, many of which have a letters page.

There have been many questions, including in the UK TNG title (1990-92), about stardates - and editors have often said not to get too hung up on them. I don't think they were ever meant to be anything other than arbitrary. I know that goes against what that series bible states, but I know some letter-writers were obsessed with defining them.


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And then we got the idiocy of turning the current calendar into half-gassed "stardates". Like, today would be 1709.14.

Guk!

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Robbie Parry
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Even as a kid, I didn't take them seriously, I felt they were just a clever substitute for a phrase such as "in the near future" or "in the far future". 

I was most disappointed when the UK TNG comic kept getting letters from fans picking it apart. I believe the editor politely told people to stop writing in about those damn stardates! 
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