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The Rift

(Star Trek: The Original Series #57)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  866 ratings  ·  33 reviews

Every thirty-three years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away -- much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during

Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published November 1991 by Pocket Books
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Imo, one of the better novelizations I've read. The characters came alive, even the ones I don't know (not being such a fan that I know who Daystrom and Ambassador Fox are). I liked that the aliens and their cultures were more fleshed out than usual, too, and, for the most part, given real respect instead patronization. The science is at least as ridiculous as usual, but I don't read ST for the science, do you? Some reckless actions, including a mind-meld done in haste, but all was fun.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much better than usual for this series.
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Returning to Vega after their adventure on Talos IV, the U.S.S. Enterprise encounters a rift in space. After taking his ship through the rift, Captain Christopher Pike and his crew meet the Calligar, an advanced civilization in the far-off Gamma Quadrant; while initial interactions are promising, the Enterprise is forced to return to Federation space before the rift closes. Thirty three years later the rift opens again, giving the Federation the opportunity to renew the contact, this time with a ...more
Stephen Fender
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The novel opens with Captain Pike's Enterprise, and this section takes place just after the event of 'The Cage'. Pike and his crew is well written, and I feel that it is a direct extension of what has been established as canon about them.

Fast forward thirty-some odd years and now you're on the 'new' Enterprise. I say 'new', because the novel really never explaines what Enterprise you are on. From the cover of the novel (Kirk's insignia is that of an Admiral) you may be thinking that this takes
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just needed to read a Star Trek novel. I get those urges sometimes, and I found this book to read. I enjoy Peter David's Star Trek novels and I enjoy a little element of time. Either moving forward or moving backward or involving different eras of Star Trek. This took place on Pike's Enterprise and Kirk's Enterprise. So there was the element of time and distance. It had good Star Trek humor and a good story. Tension, new technology, and new people. Always a good combination. I enjoyed this ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rift in space exposes a unique connection to the Calligar, a culture on the far reaches of the Gamna Quadrant. Captain Pike and the 'Enterprise' strive to learn as much as they can, for the rift is closing.

Thirty three years later, Kirk escorts Commodore José Tyler to the same sector, as the rift is scheduled to reopen.

Peter David has written a romance, an adventure and a high concept science fiction novel, well worth a read.
Jennifer Nanek
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The story starts with Captain Pike's Enterprise and ends with the movie Enterprise.

I like the continuation theme. Lots of good issues about life and death and what it means to be remembered.

Good book.. good stuff with Spock.
Donny Fraser
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Rob Cook
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good story with some wonderfully written dialogue. Would have benefited from being longer due to the rushed ending. Lots of lovely nods to the series. The UK cover is riddled with errors on both the front and back.
Mike Crate
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, scifi
The USS Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike discovers a tear in the fabric of space, a signal is sent though and they are surprised when they get a reply and an invitation to enter the rift and pay these people a visit. They find a highly developed culture on a single world who admit they are a little xenophobic but are willing to open their world to the Enterprise crew for the duration the rift allows passage. Years later when the rift reopens the USS Enterprise under Captain Kirk ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The great thing about Peter David books is that you can tell he's having an awesome time writing them. They are fanfics in the greatest sense of the word, delving into the mythology of the borrowed worlds and full of easter eggs for anyone who is deeply familiar with the source material. He enriches backstories, fleshes-out relationships, and ties together threads that were unrelated or left dangling in the show.

The kind of lousy thing about Peter David books is-- you can tell he's having an
Michael T Bradley
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
After some kind of silly early Peter David goofiness in the first quarter of the book (set a little after the flashback sequences of "The Menagerie," with Pike commanding the Enterprise), this story gets down to the business of being a really good old-school style Trek adventure. For me, the best Trek novels are not ones that do something crazy & new, but that feel like they COULD work as an episode of whichever Trek they're portraying (exceptions being things like Vanguard or New Frontier, ...more
Corwyn Matthew
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
This was a fun little read. I picked it up because Peter David was my favorite author as a kid (80% of the books I read as a tween were Star Trek novels). He's got a great sense of humor and a smooth flow to his writing and dialog. Also, he has a unique way of structuring a dramatic moment (hard to explain without going into detail, but I mean how he literally structures the format of the words on the page) that's clever and inspiring to me even today. It really is the only thing about his ...more
Jul 27, 2011 added it
I've read a lot of Peter David's work (all of the 15+ books in the Star Trek: New Frontier universe that he created, as well as some Next Gen books of his) and I've often commented that he IS one of the best Trek authors out there. This book is the first "Original Series" book of his that I have read, and it is also excellent. This is NOT heavy reading, in fact I found this very "Light" compared to many Trek novels. And that is OK with me. I mean really, not every novel need be about the end of ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek - Original Series fans
Shelves: sci-fi
Highly enjoyable - especially for devotees of the original series.
Some good foreshadowing and use of nuances.
Very good contrasting/comparison of Kirk and Pike, and explanation of changes in the enterprise from Pike's era to the first series. Not a long portion, but a decent inclusion of Pike as a character. It was nice to see Kirk get some comeuppances. I also liked the societal comparisons/contrasts with the Prime Directive.
As much as I have enjoyed many other books in the original series, this
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This one is rather light in the plot department...something Mr. David threw together on the back of a napkin. However, it IS worth reading for the fabulous depiction (and comparison) of two eras: the sweet earnestness of the NCC0-1701 USS Enterprise, commanded by Captain Pike...and the more laid back, humourous & sophisticated movie era of the NCC-1701-A Enterprise, under Captain Kirk and his veterans. It's one of those feel-good, comfort food Trek novels that will leave a broad smile on ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I've always enjoyed Peter David's work in science fiction. This novel is no different. I liked how the differences between Captain Pike and Kirk are highlighted. Kirk is definitely changed Enterprise and it's crew for better. The novel takes somewhere after The Voyage Home. It's really a great story, and so wonderfully written. The one 'Feel good' story a must read if you're a fan of The Original Series and Star Trek in general!
Michael Hanscom
Not a perfect Trek book, but certainly above average. A touch of Captain Pike and a lot of musings as to the changes in the characters over the years. Aside from a mind meld that seems to me to go against Vulcan ethics, not to mention Spock's own (not that this is entirely rare or even non-canon, given a similar mind meld in Star Trek VI), Peter David handles the crew with obvious affection and a good dose of humor.
Rich Meyer
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
An excellent Trek novel by comic book and sci-fi writer Peter David. This combines two crews of the Enterprise: The original crew from the pilot "The Cage" and the crew who took control after The Search for Spock. Good characterizations and a great storyline that reads like an original series episode highlight this one.
Andrew Beet
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
another great novel from Peter David the story was good it was good that it started with christopher pike and then finished with capt. kirk Ecma the master builder was an interesting character the calligar were a good alien race and the rift opening every thirty three years was a very good plot device overall a very good book
Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Star Trek is one of the best TV shows I've ever seen and the book/s are awesome too ;)! Breath-taking adventures of the famous captain Kirk and his crew in a weird, distant civilization, where nothing is what it seems... Adventures that end with an unusual but real love... Great dialogues, deep thoughts, good end!
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Decent read about a rift that only opens every couple of decades and how the last time it opened, Spock was a young ensign.
It's about to open again, so Spock and the survivors of the last group that went through are gathered to make contact with the race that lives on the other side.
Peter David keeps the humor under control and uses some nice bits of Trek history.

Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, e-books, tos
For the most part, a well-written story that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in a classic adventure with the original Star Trek crew. Peter David has a good handle on the main characters, and his particular brand of humour is present here to great effect.

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Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The general standard of these paperbacks is not good. This is one of the better ones, however, particularly in the opening pages, set on the Enterprise in the time of Christopher Pike.

An OK read.
I'm a huge Star Fan and keep giving ST novels not based on episodes a try, even though I've never really loved one. The Rift made me smile a few times, mostly at interactions between Spock/Kirk/McCoy, but on the whole I thought it was just okay.
James  Love
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book helped me maintain my sanity during a college philosophy course that included having to read Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics & Sartre's The Transcendence of the Ego & Being and Nothingness.
Adrianous Maximouse
Loved this as a teenager.
Todd R
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trek, trek-tos
Peter David delivers another concrete and interesting story. Peter is one of the best ST authors, always entertaining.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mindy by: Walter
This book was fun to read. It was just like watching an episode of Star Trek. I'd be interested in reading more Star Trek books.
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