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WHAT A NOVEL IDEA

On Saturday the 14th of October, author Peter David tweeted the following…

We couldn’t agree more. And, we also think that Peter David is the man for the job. Peter more than has the chops to handle such an assignment, having written a number of Star Trek novels including I, Q; Vendetta; Q-Squared; and Imzadi. Not to mention the ongoing series Star Trek: New Frontier with John J. Ordover. Peter has also penned original and adapted novelizations of Babylon 5 and Alien Nation in addition to numerous original novels and movie tie-ins including Spider-Man and The Rocketeer. So, yeah… He could do it.

On the Planetary Union Network Twitter feed (@planetary_union) we ran a little poll to gauge interest, and here’s what we came up with…

Out of 104 participants that took the poll, 88% indicated that they would purchase and read The Orville novels written by Peter David, while only 12% were content to just watch The Orville on TV. Now you’re saying to yourself, “Hey, Dan. Ninety-one and a half book sales does not a bestseller make.” True. But, let’s do a little more math…

Last Thursday (Oct. 19, 2017) The Orville aired it’s first rerun–the pilot episode “Old Wounds” and managed to pull in 1.51 million viewers. At the time of Planetary Union Network’s Twitter poll, they had about 550 followers and about 19% of them partook in the poll. So, let’s say 19% of the 1.51 million viewers of a rerun of The Orville would be interested in weighing in on whether or not they’d also be interested in novelizations of The Orville (written by Peter David). That would be 286,900 individuals. Again, this is just people watching a rerun, not those that watched the original airing or viewed at a later time through the magic of DVRs.

Let’s say 88% of those 286,900 The Orville fans would buy and read The Orville novelization. That would be 252,472 people. Now, I realize that all those folks are unlikely to follow through and buy a book to read, even if it’s based on their favorite TV show. So, let’s half that number to 126,236. That said, I’m going out on a limb to say that if one-tenth of those (12,623) purchased the book in the first week of its release we’d have ourselves a New York Times Bestseller. The “magic number” to make that list is about 9,000 copies sold in the first week.

I’m sure that there are holes in my calculations, and that there are experts in the publishing industry that can probably tell me how far off base that I am, but what I’m saying here is that there probably is fan interest in novels based on The Orville universe. So, somebody at 20th Century Fox Television should call whichever publisher they usually deal with and tell them to tell Peter David to sharpen his pencils and get out a notepad.

I want to read a novel based on The Orville, dammit.

 

 

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