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Twilight's End (Star Trek: The Original Series #77)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  202 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In Twilight's End, inhabitants of the planet Rimillia are forced to live within a thin band of surface because their planet doesn't revolve on an axis. It's up to Kirk, Scotty, and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise to make sure a risky rotation project doesn't spin out of control.
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Dec 04, 2010 Bryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed this book. Reading other reviews, it seems like most people found it to be a weaker addition to the Star Trek novel collection.

But perhaps I'm not the usual Star Trek reader. I fondly remember the original series, but I'm certainly not a Trek fan to any significant degree. I do, however, enjoy the characters, and I do read the Star Trek books by authors whose original SF writings I enjoy.

And I really enjoy Jerry Oltion. He's a great (and sadly underappreciated) SF author! He takes biza
Somewhere in space lies a planet that's not spinning, and that just shouldn't be so. Tidally locked, it poses a great inconvenience to the colonists who occupy the permanent perimeter between frozen wastelands and scorched deserts. Their swelling population of 2 billion has destroyed what fragile biosphere there was, and rather than deciding to stop with the whole being-fruitful-and-multiplying business, they have decided instead to litter the planet with great big engines and then turn them on. ...more
Daniel Kukwa
When the novel's crisis moment finally arrives, it becomes an action-packed, compelling read. Up until that point, however, it's merely a pleasant diversion...when it could be so much more. It's a novel where the author is too enamored with the science plot, and leaves the character drama on a rather mild simmer...which is rather astonishing, considering the massive planetary peril involved. There's also a very odd side-track into the world of beer which borders on the surreal. A case of somethi ...more
The main idea of this book I had to roll my eyes at. Nice thought, but there are just too many things wrong with it. Using 30,000 impulse engines to rotate an inhabited planet tidally locked to it's sun is complete stupidity! At least the author does agree with some points - that the stress involved would cause major seismic activity which nearly caused the planet to break up, and of course the only thing that prevented it was the Enterprise coming through at the last hour (with great damage to ...more
Oh, I've loved this book, really in spirit of TOS. Almost 5 stars.
Mikael Kuoppala
An energetic and fun book with some great political undertones and keen characterization.
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