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Corona

(Star Trek: The Original Series #15)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  741 ratings  ·  40 reviews
An awesome, sentient force of protostarsCoronahas taken control of a stranded team of Vulcan scientists. The Starship Enterprise has come on a rescue mission, with a female reporter and a new computer that can override Kirk's command. Suddenly, the rescuers must save themselves and the entire universebefore Corona unleashes a Big Bang! ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Pocket Books (first published 1984)
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Joel
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, trek
I really liked this one. This felt more like a real sci-fi novel and less like a "Star Trek book". I haven't read any Greg Bear before this, I may have to check out some of his other work.
Charles
The Enterprise is on a mission to rescue a Vulcan science team on an asteroid where they are observing some protostars as they evolve to full status as a star. The Enterprise contains the regular crew and some significant additions. Mason is a female reporter who grew up on a small planet where prejudice against non-humans was prevalent. She is along to chronicle the performance of the monitors, which is a set of computer program created using the knowledge and experience of experts in several ...more
Killarney Traynor
Summoned by a 10-year-old distress signal, the Enterprise rushes to the Black Box Nebula Station One to rescue a team of scientists lead by Spock's cousin, T'Prylla, and her family. Hampered by the presence of an inexperienced young reporter and a new computer system that has the power to over-ride Kirk's command, they arrive at Station One only to find that all seems well - on the surface. But T-Prylla, her family, and the team are being controlled by a sentient force - a force that threatens t ...more
Taaya
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
This novel ignores too many Star Trek facts (Pon Farr, routine medical exams on Federation science outposts, that Vulcans do not touch easily, ... ) to be counted as a well researched novel. And even the storyline has been used for episodes and novels way too often to be of much interest.

But my main problem with the book are the sexist and racist tendencies in storytelling. Sexist because for Bear every woman in Starfleet has to be called Mister as well. Which might have been meant as a was to
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Oleta Blaylock
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
What to say about this book. This is a story of a lonely entity that wants to recreate it time in the universe. Unfortunately that time was the first several minutes of the creation of this universe. For an intelligence of that magnitude we are just germs in the dying body of its existence. A secondary character is the one that finally convinces the intelligence that this universe is worth saving and gives it an idea on how to continue to exist.

We have all the regular characters in this story. C
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Mike Crate
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
A call for help from a decade past has the Enterprise venturing into a region of space where new born stars are abundant in search of a Vulcan led research facility. What they find is at first a miracle of ingenuity and perseverance but things are not quite what they seem and the Vulcans are not behaving as they should. To complicate matters the Enterprise is carrying new oversight systems designed to monitor medical and command decisions, a hindrance or a god send it has yet to be decided.
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Mike McDevitt
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have now read pages and pages with the words 'Ykbara radiation' on them and I'm not one step closer to knowing what that means. I guess it was a sort of Star Trek Vs. Solaris (a movie which, by implication, I hope you'll understand, did nothing for me).

Enterprise crew hamstrung by new and ill-advised advisor computers. McCoy's Magic Machines won't reconstruct the frozen dead from a Vulcan research station until he can convince the Monitors that they're only MOSTLY dead. Hick Reporter Girl and
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Octavia Cade
Parts of this interested me. I'm never not going to like stories about possession; I'm too much of a horror fan for that, and having the possessed kids at the centre of the narrative be Vulcan is a nice twist. And I enjoyed that the young reporter was from a small colony, had only ever seen humans before, and was genuinely a bit bigoted about alien species - clearly she was always going to Learn A Lesson about that, but it's an interesting take that doesn't come up often in this franchise. Shame ...more
Craig
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Dumb, just dumb. I really didn't like this book. Despite the author's claim in the Acknowledgements that "he is a Trekkie" he seems to really only understand the technical side of things and not the essence of what Star Trek is. His additions of technology which have never been seen before or heard from again do not fit into the universe and create unnecessary detriments to the plot. The story was weak and for the life of me I can't figure out why they even had some relatives of Spock's on the s ...more
Ute
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Interesting idea. Unfortunatly, from a today's perspective, it has a lot of strange things in it. The author introduces some strange Vulcan stuff we never heard before - which was okay back in the day of non-fixed canon and no information, but now it makes reading rather bumpy. Also the conclusion is rather rushed and again a Vulcan ritual pops up as the Deus ex Machina. The "monitors" didn't do anything in the end, so what were they for in the story? Although a nice problem in themselves, they ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the 'Enterprise' responds to a ten year old distress call, they find an intelligence in control of the Vulcan science team. A being set on changing the nature of the universe at any cost.

Greg Bear has large ideas but recognises that, at its core, 'Star Trek' is about people and human solutions to problems.
cardassiana
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
There is only a word to define this book : useless…The story revolves around reviving a group of 30 dead vulcans.( May a quote Lost ? What is dead stays dead!)It’s a long boring discourse about ,ethical , legal and pratical problems.Also the original characters are conventional almost obvious.It left me so cold that i didn’t finish it ….
James Spears
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good Star Trek novel written by a science fiction author in his early years. It was one if those novel that reminds me of existentialism from the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus. It would be a good book for a high school student to read however because this is base on an old tv series I don't see many kids reading it due to the lack of familiarity with the series.
Angela
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The Enterprise is testing a new computer system. There's a journalist onboard to see how it goes. Meanwhile, they receive an old distress signal from a Vulcan space station who have been investigating stellar phenomena. This is a Spock centric story, that looks at how to deal with an alien presence. The children are genuinely creepy when taken over. A good read.
John
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
It's always a treat to read a STAR TREK novel written by a real, legitimate SF author. A lot of STAR TREK books from the 70's and 80's feel like glorified fan fiction, but CORONA is not one of them. The whole thing feels very cinematic, reminding me more of the early STAR TREK films than the original TV series. And it's always nice to see such ambitious plotting, even when the book becomes a little too ambitious for its own good.
The deviations from established canon are distracting. I like the i
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Dan
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, star-trek, tos
Corona was penned by Greg Bear, who has had quite a literary career since the publication of this book back in 1984. He has become a distinguished and popular writer of science fiction, thus far having written a total of 44 books. Unfortunately, Corona is his only foray into the world of Star Trek as a writer. In 2010, Pocket Books reissued Nightshade by Laurel K. Hamilton, who had become famous for her series of vampire novels. I was somewhat disappointed that Pocket didn't instead re-release C ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2698455.html

I have read few Star Trek books, but back in 2012 on a Loncon 3 site visit I picked up three of them and have now finally got around to looking at them. It's a book that is great on incidental detail, but a bit light on plot (and the back cover of my edition spoilered the important question of Who Is Behind It All, a point not revealed in the book until more than half way through). Still, I've read enough Doctor Who books to know that the point is someti
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Surreysmum
Mar 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1984, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1984. Read the NY: Pocket Books, 1984 ed.] A proto-intelligence - a being that has existed from the beginning of time - possesses a group of Vulcans on a research station, and uses their material and technical skills to prepare for another Big Bang. Meanwhile a somewhat xenophobic female reporter named Mason goes unexpectedly on a mission with an Enterprise crew already greatly disturbed by the imposition of computer monitoring devices which can overrule medical and com ...more
Victor
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though set in the TOS era, the TOS cast takes a kind of a back seat. This will probably turn some people off, but I thought it was kind of nice. The characters who do get the spotlight are somewhat dull, but different enough from Kirk, Spock, etc. to not be a drag to read. Rowena Mason experiences the most change throughout the book, going from a sheltered xenophobe to being more accepting and humbled. It was a believable arc that probably could have been expanded on. The plot plays out like a m ...more
Laura
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Star Trek Reruns, Linda Mitchell
Haven't read this book for probably 25 years, but BY GOD I read it many times in my teen years. It was one of those gateway books to science fiction for me, back when I was, well, going through puberty. I think it's downstairs.

Greg Bear introduced himself to me at a Clarion West fundraiser a few weeks back (Headlined by NEIL FRELLING GAIMAN) and we had a great chat about science fiction, science fiction fandom, and being part of the world non-science fiction world. I mentioned that I got into s
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Daniel Kukwa
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Another early entry in the Star Trek novel series, by another award-winning SF author. Greg Bear's love of hard SF concepts shines through, although he doesn't overwhelm the reader with his concepts. That said, like Vonda McIntyre's contribution, "Corona's" take on the Kirk universe isn't quite on the same level as our current understanding of the canon...it takes some interesting liberties. It also features very solid & charming characterization of the Enterprise crew, and some interesting ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Star Trek novel by the man Nobel laureate Doris Lessing called her favorite author. Bear shows his knowledge of science and Star Trek as he builds an entertaining and thoughtful story that feels a lot like one of the episodes of the series.

I must nitpick a bit about the way technology is being upgraded in this tale though. It seems a bit off considering the philosophy of the Federation as presented on screen. Still, Bear redeems himself somewhat by giving us fans many nice inside moments thro
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Jay
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bear does justice to the depth of the original series' characters. His treatment of science is as close to plausible as Star Trek science gets. I enjoyed this much more than Bear's later hard sci-fi hit Darwin's Radio. I will check out other novels from this series, but I have a feeling this is the best of them.
Jerry
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting much from this book, because Greg Bear wrote Rogue Planet, easily one of the worst Star Wars Expanded Universe novels I ever read. However, Mr. Bear surprised me with this one; he did a great job. It's too bad that he didn't do any further novels in this franchise.
NebulousGloom (FK)
I know I've read this before, but I didn't remember any of it. The story, while not inspired, is acceptable. The deviation from canonical Star Trek technology is a little annoying (there are no fancy brain implants in the Enterprise command crew in the Star Trek universe). However, the ending was very very Star Trek. That, at least, was incredibly satisfying.
Charles
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Pretty good. The science was well done, which you expect from Greg Bear. The ending wasn't that strong to me but it fit the book. This one kind of combined the plot of the Original Trek episode where they have a computer system take over the Enterprise to conduct war games, and the story of Vger from the first movie.
Kirk Harrington
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one. Especially enjoyed the character of the 'small-planet' journalist who has to overcome her prejudices with aliens. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are pretty much the main 'crew' characters in this one, though Chekov and Uhura play interesting roles. Love the contrasts made between the human and Vulcan cultures which becomes an important part of the story.
Cyl
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Shelves: sci-fi-horror
I love the original Star Trek novels and the early ones are very good. McCoy & Spock spar with one another while Kirk tries to maintain control of them. I would recommend this book to Star Trek fans.
Chantel
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a book with nothing in particular happening at any point in time, I thought it was very good. I loved the character development, and the fact that a guy can write about a woman and her perception of the men on board the ship is great to me. :)
Anyway, not bad. :)
Heather Domin
The premise was right up my alley, but the execution didn't do it for me. I'm not against playing with canon, but I didn't savor the flavor of the Vulcan stuff. The plot would've made a great TV episode, though.
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