This book contains the backstory of the first, secret voyage of the Enterprise. Captain Robert April and his executive officer, GEORGE Samuel Kirk, ar...moreThis book contains the backstory of the first, secret voyage of the Enterprise. Captain Robert April and his executive officer, GEORGE Samuel Kirk, are sent into Romulan space for a secret mission.
I am not going to give spoilers but this is good Star Trek. Jim Kirk's father is an interesting character and his relationship with Captain April is well developed---inclduing thier conflicts.
Starfleet has just been formed so this book is set before the opening of the original series. It is a nice trip into Star Trek's past--showing where some of Starfleet's early history and telling a good story.
Recommended for any fan of the original Star Trek series;also of interest to most science fiction readers.
Read before I joined Gr so no dates avialable.(less)
An average Doctor Who story, set in the time of the English Civil War.
The time travlers are split up; we follow Ben Jackson's adventures on a mysterio...moreAn average Doctor Who story, set in the time of the English Civil War.
The time travlers are split up; we follow Ben Jackson's adventures on a mysterious ship. The Doctor and Jaime are in London Tower , suspected of treason; and Polly is swept up in a plot between the forces of Cromwell and King Charles I.
The characterization of the se cond Doctor is acceptable, but he is not 'on stage' very much and has little to do. The plot has a few really rough spots. Not a bad book--but very little to lift it out of the ordinary.
Captain Picard and the Next Generation crew find themselves stranded in the Mirror Universe. In this alternate world, the Federation does not exist. E...moreCaptain Picard and the Next Generation crew find themselves stranded in the Mirror Universe. In this alternate world, the Federation does not exist. Earth is head of an evil Empire. The society is totally totalitarian--thought police, assasinations,cruelty, survival of the fittest in its worst form.
This had happened once before by accident--the episode "Mirror, Mirror" from the original Star Trek series. Now the Empire's scientists are trying to creat the transfers between universes--deliberately.
After a bit more physics about "hyperstrings" than I cared for, Diane Duane gets to the meat of the story. Geori LaForge, Counselor Troi and Captain Picard must infiltrate the duplicate enterprise. They need the data which the Empire use to bring them to the Mirror Universe--so they can reverse the effect and get home.
Atypical Star Trek adventure in some ways. But the author really does an excellent job of describing the pyschological difficulties "our" characters have on the alternate Enterprise.
Picard is chilled when he pulls up the record of his other self and finds a record of brutality and murder. He cannot imagine a system where instead of depending on your second in commad, you have to watch out that he does not murder you--that's how you advance in rank in the Empire! And in this universe, 'their' Couselor Troi is the chief security officer--using her mental powers to coerce and terrify the crew. Geordi and the real Troi have similar, disturbing experiences. These scenes are the better parts of the book. Once they escape with the data it is the usual ST chase and escape rountine.
Recommended mainly for Star Trek fans, of course. But non-fans, if they like science fiction, might also enjoy it.(less)
This book was written years ago. It is a continuation of the events in the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made of?".
A couple of things put m...moreThis book was written years ago. It is a continuation of the events in the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made of?".
A couple of things put me off almost at once. First, Kirk posts an inaccurate log entry--deliberately for a very flimsy reason. That is very unlike Kirk. And at the ned, Star Fleet lets this pass--and that is very unlike any military bureaucracy.
Second, Kirk rescues a primitive tribesman named K'leb. Circumstances place him on the Enterprise for a couple of weeks. Conveniently, the universal translator--which works in every other episode-- is not programmed for K'leb's language. We have one crewman who speaks it a little.
I find it hard to beleive with all their computers and linguistics programs and scientist and historians that they can't learn K'leb's language. But of course, it is a critical plot element, as K'leb can't make clear what he knows.
Once started, the story is adequate Star Trek. But there is nothing to lift it out of the ordinary--it is simply one of many Star Trek books--forgettable two weeks after you read it.
I gave it a two because one scene where Kirk and his enemy must fight the Romulans together was a nice touch. After they dispose of the Romulan meance, then they'll resume their own hostilities!
Recommended for the die hard Star Trek fan only.(less)
There are many fan legends and ideas which have grown up in the 40-plus years Star Trek has been with us.
Herbert Solow and Robert Justman were with th...moreThere are many fan legends and ideas which have grown up in the 40-plus years Star Trek has been with us.
Herbert Solow and Robert Justman were with the original Star Trek series from the very beginning. They give a lot of "behind the scenes" details; photoes---not just of the show but backstage; conventions and so on.
Many died in the wool ST fans think Gene Roddenberry was semi-divine. (Really). There is NO doubt he has a great idea in Star Trek and worked very hard to bring a great idea to life. However, he did not do it alone and I believe that people should recognize the many contributions of other people. A TV production is a team effort--the more all work together, the better.
Not just these writers--Solow and Justman--but Dorothy Fontana and Gene L. Coon and Matt Jeffries and many others had a part in making STAR TREK the landmark series it was.
Lots of good background and research material; a must for the Star Trek fan.(less)
This is one of the hardest to find books for Doctor Who; the paperback copy was at one time $70 or more. (It's now coming out as a e-book).
Perhaps the...moreThis is one of the hardest to find books for Doctor Who; the paperback copy was at one time $70 or more. (It's now coming out as a e-book).
Perhaps the high price has something to do with the fact that fans want to read it. It must be good if its worth that much, right?
Well,as a Dr. Who fan for 30-plus years, I was disappointed. Trying to indicate the zombie-like existence of the Doctor's cousins in his home--the ancinet House of Lungbarrow--Marc Platt presents a story of weird decadence. Its meant to be eerie and atmospheric, but it was overdone.
Imho, Mr. Platt read the Gormenghasttoo often. It does not fit with Gallifrey. I sure in person I would enjoy this author but this book is too arty; too pretentious for me.
Okay, I liked a few things. A few neat quotes. the Lady Romana has become Lord President. Leela and Romana have become friends. A particularly enjoy scene is Leela jousting with a member of the CIA (Celestial Intervention Agency.) A few nice peeks into Gallifrey's past, and so on.
Worth reading once, but unless your are loaded with cash, don't pay a huge price for this book. Try to borrow or download the e-book.
I thought this would be a spoff all the way through. I was plesantly surprised to find it much better written than I had expected. Not an award winner...moreI thought this would be a spoff all the way through. I was plesantly surprised to find it much better written than I had expected. Not an award winner---but definitely worth reading once.
The slow build-up of how Jim Pike pulls a diverse group of fans together to survive is well done. I liked the ending. And I do not want to say much because I do not want to spoil things for readers.
It starts a little slow, but I recommend keep reading for a bit. I thought it improved as it went along. It is defintely a bit 'different' than some Star Trek novels, but I enjoyed that difference.
Btw, not recommended for real young Trek fans as the violence level--particularly descriptions of zombie destructions--is a little high.
Recommended for Star Trek fans; those who have attended any Sf convention; and any Sf reader looking for something a bit different.(less)
I have read an enjoyed several Doctor Who books by Gary Russell.
This was the most average of the lot. The basic idea is good--we have two hostile gro...moreI have read an enjoyed several Doctor Who books by Gary Russell.
This was the most average of the lot. The basic idea is good--we have two hostile groups of aliens (the Foamasi from the Tv episode "The Leisure Hive" and the Wirrrn from the Tv episode "The Ark in Space". We have the IntergalacticOlympcis going on. We have people disappearing and corpses of aliens being found. With all that going on, you'd expect some really slam bang scenes....
It was an okay read--it's Doctor Who, after all--but nothing exceptional. I did not want to throw it across the room, but I was not really impressed either. Try Gary Russell's "The Scales of Injustice " instead, if you can find a copy--it's the best book of his I have read so far.
Worth reading for Doctor Who fans or any other Sf readers who find the ideas interesting.(less)
This book begins with Spock and the Enterprise being called to Vulcan. A political situation has arisen on Vulcan, and the subject to be handled in a...moreThis book begins with Spock and the Enterprise being called to Vulcan. A political situation has arisen on Vulcan, and the subject to be handled in a formal, public debate--a Vulcan custom--is whether Vulcan should cut off all contact with all other worlds.
The sections in Spock's modern time alternate with various historical events in Vulcan's history. Although well written, I sometimes read some of the historical chapters and thought "Vulcans would not do that". Of course, this is just one author's ideas on Vulcan's past.
I did prefer the 'modern' sections. Of course, the Federation does not wish to lose Vulcan as an ally, so Spock and Kirk are scheduled to testify in the public debate. The scens where the two testify are high points of the section set in the current time on Vulcan, and Ambassador Sarek as well. But McCoy also testifies, and Duane did a really good job with his testimony--his scenes are great!
Also, while the debate is going on--it takes several days--our Enterprises crew gets curious about the events behind this sudden move to secede, and start snooping around......I will not spoil it to tell you what they find, but it was certainly a surprise for me!
Well-written and true to the established characters of our well known crew.
Recommended for all Star Trek fans--this is one of the superior books in the series. Highly recommended if Vulcan is a subject that you have always wanted to her more about.(less)
In an attempt to understand humans better, the Doctor decides to become one--temporarily. He places his real memories and his Time Lord Dna into a bio...moreIn an attempt to understand humans better, the Doctor decides to become one--temporarily. He places his real memories and his Time Lord Dna into a biodata pod. He now has only the false memories of being Dr. John Smith from Aberdeen, which he had previously prepared.
He drops Benny Summerfield, his companion, off in the same village so she can look after him during his experiment. He leaves her a memo of things--not to let him do--"don't let me commit suicide, harm animals, eat meat (he's vegetarian) oh and don't let me eat pears-I really hate pears".
But when Benny finds an alien invasion beginning, she knows only the Doctor has the knowledge to stop it. She needs to slap the biodata pod on the Doctor's forehead, which will restore his memory. Unfornately the alines would really like the device also--the Time Lord DNA in the biodata pod would be really useful to their plans....
And the pod is missing from where the Doctor told Benny to look...
NOte, that the author of this book, Paul Cornell. wrote the two part Doctor Who episode (Human Nature/Family of Blood) for the Tenth Doctor. I liked this book a lot; and the character of the Seventh Doctor is quite different than the Tenth Doctor. The events seem to fit better with Sylvester McCoy's portrayal of the Doctor. Both the book and the re-adaption of the book into the Tv episode are very good--pivotal Doctor Who. A treasure for any Doctor Who fan--fansof mainstream SF could follow the story with no problems. ".(less)