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The Wounded Sky (Star Trek: The Original Series #13)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,466 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
An alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive, an engine system that transcends warp drive, and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM will be the first to test it! The Klingons attempt to thwart the test, but a greater danger looms when strange symptoms surface among the crew, and time becomes meaningless.

Captain Kirk and his friends must repair the fabric of the Univers

Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published February 3rd 1985 by Pocket Books (first published 1983)
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Jun 19, 2011 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Diane Duane, author of fantasy novels and even a Star Trek Next Gen episode or two, wrote what was her first novel in the Original Series universe called The Wounded Sky.

The Wounded Sky tends to be a bit tedious reading at first. We meet the alien scientist, who is a glass spider-like alien (why the book blurb says "pretty scientist" is beyond me!) meets up with the Enterprise crew, which crew has won the lottery on which starship will be heading off to parts of the Galaxy Mankind has never been
Mike McDevitt
Mar 19, 2012 Mike McDevitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That jellyfish on the cover made me think it was the story where Nurse Chapel married a jellyfish. But, no, my bad, it's a glass spider called K't'l'k, and she's got a universe to save and a new one to build. Plenty of exotic new aliens in this story, plus the enjoyable Harb Tanzer- Recreation Officer. Every starship needs one, cause everybody needs the simplicity of play.

Put through too many filters and rewrites, this became the TNG episode 'Where No One Has Gone Before'. Stands perfectly well
P.D.R. Lindsay
Having now found my Star Trek books I am enjoying picking out the old favourites. 'The Wounded Sky' is definitely one of the best. Diane Duane is obviously a fan, knows the Trek world well and has an imagination worthy of the best SF writers. K't'lk, a spider like being, is a lovely creation. The descriptions of the other worlds, the astronomy and creative physics are outstanding. There's a meaty story and a lot to think about.

Only in SF, with a good writer, could you get ideas to make the reade
Vincent Darlage
Jan 08, 2012 Vincent Darlage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, star-trek
I don't remember much about this book, except that as a teenager I LOVED it. This, along with "Black Fire," was one of my favorite Star Trek books. I re-read it many times between 1983 and 1988 (at least once per year), more than any other Star Trek book (aside from Black Fire, which I re-read just as frequently). I need to re-read this as an adult to see if it really was that good - but then again, maybe I ought to just leave it be and remember it as one of those books I loved as a kid.
Dec 28, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
An excellent entry in the Star Trek series. Diane Duane captures the characters, the sense of wonder, and the action that make stories, particularly Star Trek stories, great. Some readers may find themselves bogged down with the technical descriptions and high-minded physics concepts, but for the most part, I think Trek fans will find this a perfect depiction of what Star Trek is all about.

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Jul 18, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this one several times, and like it every single time. Good characterizations and lots to think about.
Just read it again, first time in at least a year or two, and it made me cry all over again, the good kind of weeping. The author saw and loved in the ST characters what I saw and loved in them all those years ago, and made a magical, wondrous story about them, and more. I have two copies - one to read, and the other autographed to me. Not letting go of either!
Jun 02, 2008 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Diane Duane wrote a bunch of Trek books in the eighties and every one was a good solid read. She did a nice job of characterization and even created a few background crew members that showed up in several of her books and made it feel like the Enterprise did have a crew bigger than the ten guys we saw on the TV show.

David C. Mueller
Sep 12, 2010 David C. Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-star-trek
This story is more of a metaphysical romp than an action-adventure, but it does present the psychological cores of the main characters of the classic "Star Trek" series. An interesting alternative to the usually predictable "Star Trek" novel story line.
Aug 01, 2012 Darcee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my very favourite Star Trek books of all time. I love the new characters she creates and she just nails her depiction of the original characters. Love it!
Mike Crate
Apr 09, 2016 Mike Crate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
The Wounded Sky is one of those Star Trek novels that is so high on my scale of all things good and proper in Star Trek it's ridiculous but this story is that good. It kicks off with a description of the ship in warp and that's like nothing you've ever read, it gives the novel such heart and soul you wouldn't believe and then we get to the actual story.
The Enterprise is chosen to test a new drive system designed by K't'ik a member of an arachnid race famed for their design and technology, the "i
Luke Corwin
Jan 21, 2016 Luke Corwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Wow. This isan amazing book; it demonstrates the fun and depth that good science fiction writing can achieve. It had profundity, depth, and wonder encapsulated in a Star Trek novel.I finished it in about three days, part of which was on a plane from Rapid City to DFW. I was actually frustrated when the pilot announced we were landing because that meant I would need to stop reading.

One of the advantages of a science fiction book over a TV show or film is that books are not constrained by special
Jul 21, 2015 Surreysmum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1984, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1984:]. The latest Star Trek novel and rather a good one, tho' the scientific concept on which it is based - the defeat of entropy - is a little boggling for a pedestrian mind like mine. Luckily I can see past the scientese - creating a "heavenly" state of no death or decay is simply Duane's way of creating a situation for dramatizing what she feels is the essence of each of the ST characters: Kirk's joy in command and the trust of his followers; Spock's devotion to tru ...more
Sarah Hayes
Jan 11, 2013 Sarah Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and everything in it - the world-building, the science, the wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey aspects (I've got Doctor Who in your Star Trek - and Diane Duane is a Whovian!), the Duane-created OCs, and Kirk. Kirk being Kirk! Older, wiser Kirk who is still the same Kirk everyone loves! There's tentacles and body swapping and Starfleet folks who don't conform to a gender binary because the galaxy's too big for that mess and Sassy!Bones and a whole lot of eyebrow quirking from Spock and ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sort of kicking myself for having managed not to read this book for so long. This is the same, brilliant vision of the Star Trek universe as Spock's World, which I've loved since my teenaged years.

There's a theme that I can't quite name that seems to run through much of Duane's work that sometimes makes me wonder if the Young Wizards doesn't actually take place in the same exact universe as Star Trek. Her writing makes me hopeful, and even as I come to the depressing realization that the de
Sep 06, 2015 mress_1701 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an exceptional book, the final chapters of which touched me as rarely a Star Trek novel has. The physics and metaphysics were challenging, but I love a challenge, and I love to learn!

The new alien species are fascinating as well. If Duane had only shown the ones we knew from TOS, it would have been vastly less interesting. At the time, no one could have known how the TV franchise would develop. I wish the later series had used her aliens, especially her excellently crafted Rihannsu/Rom
Dec 26, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
The Enterprise has been chosen to test out an exciting new form of propulsion that will take them outside the galaxy in an eye blink. The inventor, an amiable arachnid named K't'lk who is soon on a first name basis with Scotty, spends lots of time explaining her math, which looks more like magic. After a tense battle with the Klingons which Sulu wins by being completely insane, they are off to the Lesser Magellanic Cloud. Unfortunately, they discover that breaking physics has deleterious effects ...more
Ja, die Idee war nicht schlecht, aber mal wieder ging es darum einen Gott zu schaffen oder einen in seine Schranken zu weisen. Man merkt, dass diese Buecher aus dem amerikanischen Raum kommen, wo auf Gott, Glauben und Religion unglaublich viel Wert gelegt wird. Ich weiss nicht, ob das im 23. Jahrhundert noch immer diesen Stellenwert haben wird. Ich habe ueber einen Monat an diesem Buch "gekaut". Diane Duane ist eigentlich sehr bekannt in Star Trek Kreisen und sie schreibt auch Drehbuecher fuer d ...more
Dan Contrino
Feb 18, 2013 Dan Contrino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story with plenty of fantasy in the spirit of the original series. There were a few segments, while in the Inversion Drive, that could have been shortened but all around a good, fast read. I always like when Trek authors write segments with ships chasing each other and using seemingly plausible maneuvers. I had this book, as a child and was always scared of the alien on the cover but she turns out to be a wonderful character who apparently shows up in some other books. Also, I'd like to me ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book always breaks my heart in the most wonderful, joyous way. I don't even have words for how much I love the scenes during the use of the inversion drive; the peek into Lia Burke's reality always brings me to tears, and after they enter the anentropic field I just read the whole thing with my heart in my throat brimming over with emotions. I love the little nods to Diane Duane's other works that she sneaks in here-- not only in that "creative physics" looks a lot like wizardry, but also t ...more
Rich Meyer
Probably my favorite Star Trek novel of all time, The Wounded Sky is full of action, good characterization. and a lot of physics and metaphysics. The Enterprise truly goes where no one has gone before in this one.

It is also that rare beast in which Paramount allowed the author to develop some great new characters and a couple new alien races I wish were in the Star Trek canon. Especially recreations officer Harb Tanzer, who is perhaps the best "created" crew member in the extended mythos of the
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 11, 2014 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The creative physics part of this novel transforms the concluding chapters into a mind-shredding roller coaster that threatens to leave the reader close to dribbling from the sides of the mouth. I must say, it all but defeated me...and I only stuck around because Dian Duane has such a magnificent command of the the crew of the original Starship Enterprise. Read this primarily as a warm up/prequel to Ms. Duane's magnum opus, "Spock's World"...and read it because, never mind the brain-cramping fig ...more
Benjamin Plume
Like a lot of these earlier original series novels, this one is overall pretty lackluster. These books just don't have a lot of consistency with how the characters - main and supporting - are treated. The same is true of the physics and which futuristic theories happen to apply in Star Trek. As far as the writing itself, it ranged from pretty good to awful, with tendencies to waver drastically in quality even within very short sections. I don't recommend this book unless you're running out of St ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Interesting to read once. This is the novel where some of the original characters from My Enemy, My Ally first appeared. The most entertaining part is the credits at the beginning, where Duane lists the reactions of some other authors when they learned she was writing a Star Trek tie-in novel. My favorite is Jane Yolen's - "Is this contagious? Can I get shots?".
Dec 17, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A revolutionary new engine has been invented, and offcourse the Enterprise gets to test it. Unfortunately, it tears a hole in the fabric of spacetime (as revolutinary engines are wont to do), and it is up to the brave crew of the Enterprise to patch it up. So far so good, but after this the story loses itself in metaphysic mumbojumbo and trumbles of to an completely unbelievable ending.
Dec 04, 2007 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes sci-fi, or metaphysics
You don't actually have to be a Star Trek geek to enjoy this book--you just have to be a geek for metaphysical, existential science. Diane Duane, though she write a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, especially for series, is really more a "science" writer, than just "science fiction." She writes like a very educated, philosophical person.
Apr 15, 2008 Kreg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: star-trek-tos
A bit too far-fetched even for Star Trek. The main piece of technology in the book isn't explained very well (unless you have an advanced degree in physics), and rather than using a fair number of the established races of the UFP, the book introduces many entirely new ones that only add to the confusing plot.
Jan 21, 2008 Chas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-stuff
I have avoided Star Trek books, but this one was suggested by a teacher. So, I held my breath and started. Loved it, very fun. Gives life to parts of Star Trek that would be very difficult to translate to screen.
Jun 21, 2007 ael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sffantasy
This was my favorite book for years and years, and it's still up there. I think this might be Duane's first novel; it's at least a very early one. I think her writing has gone downhill with time, and this is still one of her four or five best books, in my opinion.
Jul 11, 2014 Monk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Such a bargain. Only 255 pages, but feels like 800. During which the characters talk, think, and talk about thinking. Some wackadoo science thrown in to make you suspect that aren't bored, you're stupid.
Judith Paterson
I found I had read this before but had forgotten about it. There is too much philosophizing and not enough action for my liking. I did like the spidery character who saved the day though
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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