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Planet X (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  781 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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 th ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Pocket Books (first published May 1st 1998)
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Jan 28, 2011 Aaron rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
This is perhaps the most gloriously awful book I have ever read.
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 o ...more
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
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 m ...more
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
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
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. :)
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
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
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
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 so ...more
Daniel McGill
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
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 love ...more
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
Will Meeks
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, l ...more
B. Reese
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
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
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.
Nate Morse
I am embarrassed to say that I read this, but it looked short and funny and I just finished reading a whole bunch of Xmen comics. For what it is, which is pretty much just fan-fic crossover, it's not that bad.

So the Xmen somehow end up in the Star Trek universe. How this happens, not really explained and apparently this has happened before. At the same time there is a planet that is currently producing mutants. Shocking coincidence. This planet decides to lock up the mutants, or transformed as
Matt Randall
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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.
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.
Here's a weird genre book for a different interpretation of the word weird: PLANET X by Michael Jan Friedman. Published in May of 1998 (before fan fiction was the big phenomenon it is these days), it's an X-Men/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossover. It's not a great book, but it's not bad, either. It has some cute and entertaining moments, and while nothing of much significance to the established continuities of the respective universes transpires, the story and characters stay true to themse ...more
This is nerdy and silly and I loved it. I laughed a lot while reading this.
Dysmonia Kuiper
Mar 14, 2014 Dysmonia Kuiper rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dysmonia by: Patrick Fishbait
Shelves: the-352
I really wasn't equipped to read this book, my only experience with the "X-Men" being the first of the movies starring Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier. I am a die-hard Next Gen fan. With this little to go on, I felt like the book was an excuse to get the two worlds together. Were I to be well-versed in both, I'm sure I would have been excited by this venture. As it was, the plot felt thin. I did, however, enjoy the twist at the end (only half of which I understood, of course: (view spoiler) ...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
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
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
Andrew Perron
Planet X is a book with a strong central idea: An alien race is getting its own mutants! But the rest of the book is an entirely functional but not especially exciting execution of this idea, and of a TNG/X-Men crossover as a whole. If you need more TV sci-fi plus comic book superheroes in your life - and I can't say I don't - then it'll hit that need, but I'm still waiting for the teamup of the last Kryptonian and the last Time Lord.
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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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