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Die Glücksmaschine

(Star Trek: The Original Series #80)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Die Sucht nach dem perfekten Glück …

Timshel war einst das beliebteste Urlaubsziel der Galaxis: voller Kultur, natürlicher Schönheit und liebenswürdiger gastfreundlicher Einwohner. Nun aber hat sich Timshel vom Rest des Universums abgeschottet: Niemand darf mehr hinein oder hinaus. In tiefer Sorge hat die Föderation Agenten entsandt, um Nachforschungen anzustellen. Keiner
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 12th 2015 by CrossCult, Ludwigsburg (first published September 1996)
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is just plain weird, even for Star Trek. It makes a good point about free will and humanity, but it just didn't do very much for me. I'm glad this didn't make it onto television. ...more
John Yelverton
This book is exactly why I've avoided reading "Star Trek" novels. The dialogue and story are incredibly non-Star Trek, and it was quite painful in some places. I definitely wish I'd left this one on the shelf. ...more
Jesse A
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
No bueno. Just a drag.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all of the Star Trek novels out there, there are none that I look forward to reading more than the ones by authors who also scripted episodes of the show itself, in no small part because they developed the canon upon which the entire series is based. Though Theodore Sturgeon's novel was developed from a plot outline for the series by another author (the under-appreciated James Gunn), to read a work originating from the writer of "Shore Leave" and the Vulcan-defining classic "Amok Time" was an ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
It's as if someone decided to do a mash-up of two classic Trek episodes ("This Side of Paradise" & "The Ultimate Computer"), throw in enormous amounts of philosophizing, add a marine mammal sub-plot that doesn't amount to much at the climax, and wrap it all up in an overly portentous tone. Where is the warmth, wit, and command of the regular characters that is the hallmark of all satisfying "Star Trek"? In fact, the presence of Uhura & McCoy are surplus to requirements, and Scotty has what might ...more
Jul 03, 2020 marked it as abgebrochen  ·  review of another edition
Dnf - this made absolutely no sense whatsoever. It seems the author doesn’t know Star Trek at all. It begins with small things like genetic engineering happening although canon clearly states it’s forbidden. It then goes on to Spock, being an expert in computer science, has no ideas of computers and then to Spock proclaiming to kill of a whole planet before the planet itself was even outed as a threat to anyone outside.

And how can anyone call what they have their happiness? How can they want a
Kieran McAndrew
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The planet Timshel has ceded control to a machine which rewards workers with a Payday which comes in the form of perfect joy. When contact is lost with two Federation investigators, Kirk and the 'Enterprise' are sent on an extraction mission.

Gunn's novel based on Sturgeon's story feels like a more thoughtful version of a 'Star Trek' story which has already been told too many times: that humans must struggle through life and not give up to pure pleasure.
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-tos
This book has elements pulled from several other Trek stories recombined into a new one. That of course has been done on other occasions - and done better in some cases.

The question the book tries to make is if people deserve to have everything they want most? This was also questioned in TOS: "The Menagerie", "Shore Leave", "This Side of Paradise", "Who Mourns for Adonais", and likely others. Computers controlling a civilization has also featured in many episodes, most notably "Return of the Arc
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really shook me up when I read it in highschool. Correct or not I compared the joy machine in to the religion I grew up in. It's strange to say a Star Trek book contributed to my decline in belief but this one did. ...more
J.W. Braun
The author took a story outline for the original Trek's TV series and turned it into a novel; however, there's not enough story for that, so it's very drawn out. It would have been a good classic Trek tv episode, but as a book I found it predictable and a bit boring. ...more
Tommy Verhaegen
The writer already treated the subject in a previous book. Although his own comments are very positive i do not share his enthousiasm. Most of the time i was bored and always glad i could put it down to do something more usefull. Exception is the part in the ice which feels like a real Star Trek episode with action, danger and contact with intelligent aliens.
But most of the time the action is overshadowed by psychological and philosophical reasoning which is definitely not my cup of tea, at leas
Jason Hojnacki
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
Some of the other reviews have talked about how this book is no different than most Star Trek episodes....that's true to a point, but the 'moral' of this story is different than any of the episodes I've seen. Yes the crew arrives at a planet run by technology...but this technology is not just slowing progress or interfering with the planet; it makes the citizens of the planet work for a 'payday' which consists of a temporary burst of joy. The Citizens only get one a week, so they return to their ...more
Dirk Wickenden
Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only bought this in 2019 from an online used bookseller. The cover painting of Shatner Kirk isn't a good likeness and one doesn't feel the literary Kirk or any of the other characters are their 'likenesses'. It's a very tedious novel, a lot of toing and growing for nothing and no internal logic. In fact, it only reads like a Trek episode in its last twenty pages. I'm glad the story featured faith and specifically the Christian Bible and wasn't used as an attack on faith, as so much SF does, as ...more
Rex Libris
A computer is able to give people a shot of perfect joy and happiness. The society governed by this computer seeks the joy to the exclusion of everything else. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise team up with the rebels to stop it before it exports its "gift of joy" across the galaxy.

I was told the novel is based on a script that would have been used if the original Trek had made it into a season four. I could see this story as an episode of the show. That may have the book's weakness: not enoug
After finishing the book its easy to realize what others mean by "doesnt sound like Star Trek".
Personally I did enjoy the writing style of James Gunn. The story is highly philosophical and ponders a lot on different abstract concepts of human nature and their philosophy.
But it feels detached from actual Star Trek universe and I could hardly imagine Kirk or Spock saying anything they did say..

Not meaning that the book would be bad though - its an enjoyable read and an interesting view on AI beco
Alvin R Mullen
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of not so good reviews, but I liked it. Many say it is too much like old episodes, but originally it was a TOS episode that never got made. Other say too cliche and predictable, but when it was written many of the ideas were not cliche or predictable. This book should be read with a historic understanding of the Star Trek and science fiction community.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an odd one, doesn’t really come across as a trek novel
Monica Leigh
Interesting discussion on the dangers of too much happiness. It was a fun read, but the grammatical errors were distracting and disappointing.
Russell Williams
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Wonderful mystery
Guy Dresher
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice, not best trek ever.
David King
“The Joy Machine” is a Star Trek Original Series novel written by James Gunn based on a story outline written by Theodore Sturgeon. Whilst two of Sturgeon’s outlines got converted into actual episodes, namely “Amok Time” & “Shore Leave” this one didn’t make it and therefore this novel is the only way to actually discover the story.

The story follows the crew of the Enterprise who have been sent to the vacation planet Timshel to find out why the planet has quarantined itself & why two previous Fed
Paul Lunger
Oct 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
From 1996, James Gunn's "The Joy Machine" (based on a story by Theodore Sturgeon) is one of the worst Trek books written in a while. The concept itself doesn't seem all that bad, with the Enterprise being sent to the vacation planet Timshel to find out why the planet has (a) quarantined itself & (b) to find out why 2 previous Federation envoys (including a love interest for Kirk) have come up missing. Upon arrival, Kirk discovers that the people are held under the control of the Joy Machine whic ...more
One of the reasons why I picked up this book was because two of my favorite episodes of TOS were the Theodore Sturgeon episodes ('Shore Leave' and 'Amok Time'). Even though it was written by James Gunn, I thought that perhaps enough was left of Sturgeon's mark to make it worthwhile. After having read the novel, I'm not really certain there was.

The storyline itself is wonderful, in the same vein of many classic TOS episodes; the idea that an intelligent computer was creating such a perfect world
Stephen Fender
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How many Star Trek episodes/novels/comics are about ultimate computers controlling whole civilizations? I've lost count. All things considered, who cares? The Joy Machine is a treu Trek adventure, plain and simple. It could have easily substituted for Return of the Archons, The Apple, or A Taste of Armageddon as an actual episode. Heck, this SHOULD have been a 4th season episode for TOS (had there been a 4th season). It fits perfectly into the Star Trek mindset of the late 60's. The supporting c ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book revolves around Capt Kirk as he travels to a planet where nobody can enter and nobody can leave. While there, he realizes that a machine that can give pure joy to the planet’s inhabitants in exchange for work. I thought that the idea for the book was interesting and had many possibilities. However, I did not feel that they were executed in a manner that easy to understand. I also did not enjoy this book as much as some other Trek novels as the other members of the crew of the Enterpris ...more
Rich Meyer
This Trek novel was actually based on an unfilmed original series script by Theodore Sturgeon. It reads a lot like a TOS episode, though perhaps a third season one. It tries too.much to be Sturgeon and not Star Trek. There are some interesting ideas in the story, but they aren't really pulled off well in the Kirk-heavy framework of the plot.

I'd recommend this for Trek completists, but the average TOS fan can probably give it a miss.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: german, library, sci-fi
Nette Geschichte über eine Maschine, die der Bevölkerung eines Planeten Glückseligkeit veschafft.
Leider könnte es ein einfacher Science-Fiction Roman sein, denn für mich klingen die Figuren eben nicht wie typisch Kirk, Spock, McCoy und Uhura.
Very good classic Trek book, based on the screenplay for an episode never produced.
Joseph Stiles
I want to really like this book. The story was good, but the book itself is written very clinically.
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