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Planet X (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

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On the planet Xhaldia, ordinary men and women are mutating into bizarre creatures with extraordinary powers. But is this a momentous evolutionary leap or an unparalleled catastrophe? The very fabric of Xhaldian society is threatened as fear and prejudice divide the transformed from their own kin. Dispatched to cope with the growing crisis, Captain Picard and the crew of ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Pocket Books (first published May 1st 1998)
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Aaron
Jan 28, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it
Recommends it for: small cults in Southwestern Nevada
What something named Star Trek: The Next Generation -- X-Men:Planet X might be, in increasing levels of amazingness:
1. A three-page comic drawn on lined paper during a 1991 study hall
2. A Patrick-Stewart-on-Patrick-Stewart slashfic solely with internet distribution
3. A '90s 'zine that featured avant pop poetry
4. A graphic novel
5. A small cult located on the Southwestern boarder of Nevada that got wiped out by the ATF after making a NevadaCon too awkward
6. A novel
7. A good novel

I congratulate thi
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ihtsham
Jul 31, 2014 ihtsham rated it did not like it
This is perhaps the most gloriously awful book I have ever read.
Jenny
Jan 06, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok
Although I enjoyed parts of this book I just couldn't give it 3 stars due to its awful writing. I've never read anything with so many sentences that start with "But" and "And". Friedman uses excessive description not for world building but for needless reasons such as describing where characters are in relation to each other. I'm not a writer so I have a hard time describing the problems with the writing, but if you go down a few reviews there's a good example of the wordiness. If you're a fan ...more
Robbie
Jan 27, 2008 Robbie marked it as to-read
X-Men and Star Trek in the same book? Together? Shields up! My nerd brain's gonna go supernova!
Matt Mazenauer
Oct 24, 2007 Matt Mazenauer rated it really liked it
How can you pass this book on a bookshelf and not buy it? Don't judge me, it was like 2 bucks! Actually, it's kinda silly but at least they tried. We get the requisite Star Trek team chumming it up with the X-Men on the Enterprise (where they mysteriously teleported) and get this! They've met before! Anyways, after the stretch Wolverine chatting it up with Worf as long as possible, they move to a planet where a population of mutants is being persecuted, OMG just like the X-men are used to. The ...more
Slayerscott
Jan 08, 2010 Slayerscott rated it it was amazing
Well it isn't exactly 5 star writing. It's a bit hackneyed in places and full of obvious shoutouts. The majority of doomed security officers (redshirts!) have the names of famous comic book creators. However as a proud nerd this book hilariously and excitingly manages to distill the essence of what makes both franchises great. I imagine it might be unreadable for noobs as it demands a great deal of foreknowledge of both series. If you have the science fiction background for it though this is so ...more
Jubilation Lee
So you might be saying to yourself, "Monica, why in the name of all that is holy would you give this book five stars? Isn't it ridiculously bad? With a poorly-conceived plot and fairly wretched writing?"

Why yes, in fact. Yes it is. It's even worse than you would think possible.

But guys... LOOK AT THE COVER! The sheer magicalness of X-Men and Star Trek frolicking together like a bad fanfic basically caused my brain to explode. With glee.

It's worth a read for the giggles alone. :)
D.M. Dutcher
In the star trek: the next generation universe, some aliens suddenly become mutants. Meanwhile the enterprise is surprised to suddenly find the X-men on board, but not too surprised mostly because they have fought besides them before (? Any idea where?) Cue the X-men interacting with the NTTG crew in weird ways, like Worf and Wolverine running sims in the Danger Room-wait the Holodeck, Storm and Picard having some weird romantic tension, and Archangel getting chewed out for flying around in the ...more
Jessica
Apr 04, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation; it makes for an enjoyable book if you don't try to take it too seriously.

This is actually the sequel to a short comic entitled "Second Contact", which has the hilarious premise of the crew of the Enterprise and the X-men teaming up to defeat a time traveling villain and setting right the time paradoxes he's created. If you've ever wanted to see Nightcrawler and Wolverine tear into some Borg, I'd suggest tracking down the comic as it's very entertaining w
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Shadowdenizen
Jul 28, 2015 Shadowdenizen rated it it was ok
Shelves: startrek
I tend to be very forgiving of genre fiction (particularly "Franchise" fiction), but this book was just BAD. (Especially in light of some of the actual good Trek fiction out there over the last few decades!)

You would think by taking 2 franchises I like, you would double the enjoyment factor, but not quite so much in this case.

I found this book to be poorly plotted and tedious, and the characters were barely recognizable as themselves in order to service the laughable "plot.".

I'd give this a reco
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Adriana
Oct 17, 2012 Adriana rated it liked it
This book was exactly what you would expect for a clash of two different worlds. The writing was mediocre but not horrible. It got the story along and the story itself made sense in the way that Star Trek: Next Generation and X-Men stories do. In short, this was a fun piece to read if you really want to get your nerd on, then pick it up lol. But I would recommend not investing too terribly much into this book, and if you expect something horrible, you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you expect ...more
Norm
Jul 06, 2012 Norm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you really *can* judge by its cover; If you think it's going to be really silly, you're right, but if you think it's going to be AWESOME, you're right, too!

Star Trek and X-Men fans will get their money's worth, here. There's a bit of fun fanservice, the characters do what you expect them to do, and the bad guys are big gross lizard people. Boom, novel.

The book also takes an enjoyably TNG-esque plot arc - The first half is full of dull (but well crafted) one-on-one dialog
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Daniel McGill
Nov 14, 2012 Daniel McGill rated it liked it
The author definitely knows Star Trek a lot better then the X-Men (even has trouble keeping track of how many claws Wolverine has) and it also takes place during Wolverine's regrettable bone claw phase. Not bad over all though even if it does read like well written fan-fiction as did the comic book prequel. Too many characters to really go into depth with any of them especially in 260 some pages, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it's generally not a good idea to try to get too deep with ...more
Jonathan Lumpkin
Jun 19, 2009 Jonathan Lumpkin rated it it was ok
My friend showed me this book and a feeling of nerdy obligation floated through my brain. I don't really read star trek books. This was the first and quite probably the last. It wasn't terrible, just a pleasantly decent stab at the meta human genre with a star trek twist. The only annoying thing about it was how much effort the author spent showing a best buddy friendship between the characters of Worf and Wolverine. Because the both like violence. For all the sense that makes. I would have ...more
Bryan
Dec 18, 2008 Bryan rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
I wish I could give it both 1 star and 5 stars at the same time. The book is absolutely horrible. Just the thought of a crossover between these two franchises is absurd. However thats just what makes this so much fun to read. Akin to watching a bad horror movie where you laugh instead of scream; Planet X, from the very get-go is just one absurd scene after another. If you're a fan of either franchise, or particularly a fan of both, read it for fun. Just dont expect anything amazing.
Matt Randall
Aug 21, 2010 Matt Randall rated it liked it
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Kerry
Jan 02, 2011 Kerry rated it really liked it
I love both the X-Men and the Next Generation. But mixing them? I didn't think it could be done. I was wrong. Michael Jan Friedman manages to do it in this book. Now I'm curious about the meeting between the X-Men and the Original Crew that exidently happened in a comic book somewhere.
Becky
Sep 04, 2012 Becky marked it as to-read
I dont care if it has awful reviews, it has all of my favorite things. If all else fails I will get smashed and read this and probably love every guilty second if it.
Ryon
Aug 23, 2008 Ryon rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, tv
This is nerdy and silly and I loved it. I laughed a lot while reading this.
Jenifer
Oct 25, 2011 Jenifer rated it it was ok
I want to say that I really enjoy both Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men. I know more about Star Trek than X-Men and am the first to admit that I may not know everything about either one, but I know some things.

First of all I have to say that it took a long time time to get into this book, a long time before anything of any real interest happened. I understand that some set up is required, but it seemed like more than half the book was set up for the last 60 or so pages. It made the book
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Jonathan Jones
Oct 07, 2016 Jonathan Jones rated it liked it
A highly entertaining read for anyone who is a fan of these two franchises. Friedman handles the characters masterfully and has a lot of fun with how the two casts interact.
Will Meeks
Aug 03, 2015 Will Meeks rated it it was amazing
I love both Star Trek and X-Men, but I am not into any of the Star Trek books. Then a book like this comes along, and you just have to read it. Based within the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean Luke Picard of the USS Enterprise is informed of the arrival of the X-Men. While traveling to their universe, after another encounter with Captain Kirk and his crew, their teleportation devices send them back into the universe of Star Trek. Around the time of the X-Men's arrival, ...more
Timothy McNeil
I don't want to praise this book, but I don't want to be cruel to it either. Normally I have no problems being hypercritical but an ST:TNG/X-Men crossover is, on its face, an indulgence into fanboy fantasy. And the real problem is that Friedman has to try to serve twenty different characters in a 264 page novel. Many are just in the way, but the assumption is that no ST:TNG fan would be okay with characters cut completely out of story.

I would forever be okay with anyone cutting Worf out of every
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Bearded_Brewer
Sep 16, 2016 Bearded_Brewer rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Pardon?

Why yes, I did read the Star Trek / X-Men crossover novel.

What's that?

Yes, it did amuse me. Quite a bit.

My favorite part? Let me think.

Maybe it is that there is the suggestion that our favorite Star Fleet captain may have taken a shining to a certain weather wielding leader of the X-Men. Add to that the insinuation that the feelings may be mutual, and that each character belongs to a different time-space continuum. With that, a tragic love story is thus created. I am just a sucker for
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B. Reese
Jun 26, 2015 B. Reese rated it did not like it
Shelves: abadnoned
Oh boy...

This book is cheesier than a velveeta factory.

I really wanted to read this and enjoy it. I actually had enjoyed the Star Trek/X-Men Comic with Kirk and Gladiator punching the Enterprise, but whoooooa boy, this is something else entirely.

I love X-Men. Alot. I also like Star Trek. A little less, but a lot. I tried to read this in the midst of my deepest interest of both Star Trek and X-Men and I couldn't do it. I've even fantasized about some sort crossover. I think the problem lies wit
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Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
The X-Men that appear in this story are Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Archangel, Nightcrawler and Shadowcat. Planet X seems to take place after some previous engagement between Captain Picard and the X-Men. For the X-Men, it has only been a few minutes since they saw the Captain. But Picard has already been back in his universe for over a year. Some references are made to this earlier adventure, but it is not necessary to read that story to enjoy this one. (I don’t know if the previous adventure ...more
Leila Anani
Planet X is a PUBLISHED Star Trek the Next Generation, X-Men cross over novel. Couldn't believe it when I found this which seems to me far more into the realms of fan fiction than published sci-fi.

I was pleasantly surprised as well. Its not a bad story - the two universes have already collided in the one-shot comic crossover "Second Contact" - this is a direct follow up in novel form.

6 X-Men (Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Archangel, Colossus and Banshee) accidentally materialise on Starbase 8
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Trea
Sep 19, 2015 Trea rated it liked it
Shelves: challenges-2015
The problem I have with reading a Star Trek novel nowadays is that I find that they no longer interest me. I'm firmly in the romance camp, and revisiting my reading past in the form of a Trek book is only done rarely. This month, I've gone back 4 times now, and by this time, things have gotten a bit tedious. Don't get me wrong, on one level, this is a totally epic crossover. However, there are other levels where this doesn't work for me.

The plot was very slow moving for me. It read like an episo
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Phillip
Nov 20, 2014 Phillip rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I read this - I thought it would be some cute crossover, but I wasn't expecting a lot. Boy, was I surprised! ...on so many levels! First of all, it's set before First Contact, on the Enterprise-E, and I have not read many novels set in that time period (outside "Ship of the Line"). Even though the plot of the Xhaldians wasn't hard to figure out, the story of the TNG crew and the X-Men who appear were awesome. The characterizations were on point (I'm not a X-Men ...more
Jake Hawkins
Feb 04, 2016 Jake Hawkins rated it it was ok
This book was... well everything you would expect it to be from the cover, honestly.

It was nothing great, but it was a fun little crossover that had its strengths and weaknesses.

I really liked the sections with Erid's perspective. In fact, they were probably my favorite part of the book. He isn't the most impressive member of his group, in fact the leader doesn't really acknowledge him more than knowing he's there. He isn't loved or reviled by the other members, he's just a guy. Kind of an uni
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Michael Jan Friedman is an author of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, half of which are in the Star Trek universe. Eleven of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television and radio, and scripted nearly 200 comic books, including his original DC superhero series, the Darkstars.
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