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Früher war alles besser

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Seven of Nine nimmt an einer archäologischen Expedition auf einen Planetoiden im Delta-Quadranten teil. Plötzlich nehmen die Ereignisse eine katastrophale Wendung und Seven wird quer durch Zeit und Raum transportiert. Sie findet sich auf dem Planeten Yusub wieder – Auge in Auge mit einer der größten Legenden der Sternenflotte: James T. Kirk.

Kirk weiß besser als die meisten
Paperback, 380 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by Cross Cult (first published February 25th 2014)
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Time... the Final Paradox...
These are the voyages
of the Starship Enterprise
Its 304-pages' mission is
to explore strange already visited worlds
to help out the mysterious
"Dr. Annika Seven",
who claims to be from the future,
to boldly go where no Borg has gone before!

I wanted to read this novel but to be honest I didn't expect something extraordinary. The very basic premise was that Seven of Nine, a popular character from Star Trek: Voyager will meet the legendary Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek: T
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two nights in a row I fell asleep before getting many pages in. This does not happen to me with a good book. There's awkward writing here, and Santiago does not behave at all like a diplomat should, and we've already killed a redshirt, and Neelix is being much more annoying than charming.... P. 72; I'll try once more but won't be surprised if I dnf.

I guess that pretty much the only ST I still have the patience for are the classically styled ones from the original series. Maybe some Next Gen., i
Gilda Felt

I don't know why I still allow myself to be sucked into these things. I should know better. I stopped reading Star Trek books a long time ago because, once TPTB caught on to slash, they stopped allowing any sort of emotional context in their books. Especially between Kirk and Spock.

But I was hopeful. I mean, it sounded good. I like time travel stories, and what with several of TOS's episodes being highlighted, there appeared to be some meat to the story.

No such luck. Everyone is just sort of the
Brett T
One of the problems that Star Trek fiction had during its glut years was that a large amount of the books being written weren't much better than the fan fiction that had circulated via photocopy and fanzine in the years before the show became a big hit on the big screen. In fact, some of the fan-written work was better than the "official" stories coming out under Paramount and Pocket Books' approval. The recent scaling back of the production line might have helped stem this problem, but if Greg ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so incredibly behind on reading the Star Trek prose novels that I collect that even though I bought this book when it was published in 2014, this is the first time I've had the chance to actually sit down and read it.

Thankfully, it was an experience well worth waiting for. Though this is ostensibly an Original Series novel, it is a crossover tale where Seven of Nine from the Star Trek Voyager series through a series of events best read than explained is transported back 100 years in the past
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up attempting to keep up with all Star Trek books many years ago. The quality seemed to keep decreasing, with the rare exception. Every now and then I'll pick up one that catches my attention, hoping for a gem. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. It honestly seems like Greg Cox took a list of every overworked Star Trek cliche and strung them together into a book. Every time a redshirt is introduced, you know they're about to die. Nobody else, just the security guard. The banter and exposition ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-originalg
Like Cox's previous Star Trek book, THE WEIGHT OF WORLDS, this book starts out dreadful, albeit boring, but slowly transforms into something worth reading. Kirk and Seven are okay together, but she has much more chemistry with Scotty. Everything was Neelix's fault though.
While he's not quite in the same pantheon as Peter David, Greg Cox still offers up more this fair share of intriguing, well-told Star Trek tie-in novels. So when I saw the cover of No Time Like the Past promised an "epic crossover event," I was willing to give this blending of classic Trek and Voyager a chance.

And for the most part, it was a fairly fun read, even if I felt like the book overstayed its welcome by about fifty or so pages.

Thanks to some relic in the Delta Quadrant, Seven of Nine is
Jeff Wetherington
Though this story had its occasional bright spots, this was probably my least favorite Greg Cox novel from the Star Trek universe. Most of the time it seemed more plodding than it needed to be.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, tos
Great interactions between Seven and the classic Trek crew make this novel a memorable one. Greg Cox really captures the voices of the original cast as well as that of Seven of Nine, and the interplay between Seven and the TOS crew felt very genuine. Additionally, revisiting some of the "greatest hits" of the original series is an interesting concept that plays out well. I especially enjoyed the exploration of the culture of Cheron.

Greg Cox has certainly shown a penchant for unique time-twisting
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This was not a top-tier Star Trek book; the plot was fairly pedestrian; basically, the plot was simply a rationalization for the basic idea, which was to have an Original Series/Voyager crossover in which Seven of Nine meets Kirk & co. The idea was fascinating, as Mr. Spock would say, and the characterizations were pretty well-handled. But really, there wasn't much substance here. The conclusion, in which the time-and-space traveling is rationalized, is pretty well a deus ex machina, and not at ...more
Rather than the usual Voyager books that have been released lately, this one is set during the voyage through the Delta Quadrant -- as well as during Kirk's five year mission, which made this book an enjoyable romp through time as well as space. Some of the plot twists were obvious, including the climactic one, but the resolution of the book left me gob-smacked.
John Yelverton
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really expecting this novel to be a rip roaring adventure, but it started off very slowly, significantly picked up the pace, and then puttered out to an all but deus ex machina ending. I enjoyed having the two characters together, but it could have been a lot better.
Michael P. Dunn
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I am a life long Star Trek fan, it's been a while since I'd read any of the novels. There were various reasons behind this. There were too many other novels that I wanted to read, I wasn't really satisfied with the way the characters were portrayed, or the plots were just too farfetched even for Star Trek.

Which brings us to No Time Like the Present.

I was initially intrigued by the concept. A character from the future (Voyager's Seven of Nine) is thrown back to the era of the original serie
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never knew that I needed a Voyager/Original series crossover until I read this novel. It was absolutely fascinating to see Seven of Nine interact with Scotty, Kirk, McCoy, and Spock. The characterizations were well-handled and the time travel plot served it's purpose. The pacing was occasionally slow, but there were some tense moments with the Orions. I particularly enjoyed having an Orion woman as First Mate that wasn't dressed like a slave girl. I wouldn't mind seeing more of K'Mara in the f ...more
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Laurie Kazmierczak
I was not sure about the time travel aspects of this but it turned out to be a decent adventure. Lots of action, a bit of nostalgic tie-ins to the original series, and the characters were true to form. Seven is thrown into a scavenger hunt of sorts looking for pieces of a puzzle that carries her through different time periods all linked to Captain Kirk's time line. A satisfactory read.
Mrs L.A. Bailey
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immensely enjoyable

I grew up with James Kirk. I was seven when the Enterprise flew into our TV screens in th UK. I'm other words, I am picky about my lifelong friends. I came to love Voyager later...and admired her feisty women. I wondered how Seven and Spock would have got along... I'm still not quite sure. But I know that Seven and Kirk made a great team!

Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathryn Lance
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for fans of Seven of Nine

Satisfying time travel and adventure yarn. Held my interest and kept my mind off the present, real-life scum and villainy destroying our civilization.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all star trek fans
4 stars
Read a library copy. I don't think reading a free library copy influenced my opinion.
It was a very good book, meshing the two timelines together well.
No spoilers here.
All star trek fans should enjoy this.
Donavon (
I was surprised that novel acts like a sequel to not only 4 different unrelated TOS episodes (now with Seven tagging along), but also a continuation of sorts to the novels of the Yesterday Saga (Yesterday's Son & Time for Yesterday), so a nice mix of various Trek lore. ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable piece of Star Trek fiction. Cross over of Voyager with Seven of Nine with the original crew in the Prime universe.
Gabriel Mero
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Cox devised the most epic cross over: the original Star Trek group with Seven of Nine. The action was non-stop. I absolutely loved it.
Joey Holweger
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-tos
what started as just another time travel story allowing two Star Trek versions to cross paths, turned out to be a little gem of a story.
Joel Kirk
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Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, st-tos, st-voy
Question: why is the heroic, resolute-looking face of James T. Kirk carved Rushmore-like into a mountainside in the middle of the Delta Quadrant? In search of an answer, Seven of Nine is thrown across space and time into the middle of a firefight, whereupon she rescues Kirk and company from Orion pirates and enlists his and the Enterprise's help in returning home Her quest for home won't be easy, and is made even more difficult by a bureaucrat's big mouth; after the pirates learn there's a woman ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Honestly I wasn't expecting much going into this book. I've never been very into the Original Series though before I'm stoned to death, I didn't like it very much at all until I saw the subsequent movies then I went backward. I grew up with Voyager so that was my anchor into Star Trek which is why I picked this up as it involved Voyager but in a minute sense. Still set during Voyager's trip home & right after recovering the Ares IV module in "One Small Step", they discover an old Starfleet signa ...more
Paul Lunger
In "No Time Like the Past", Greg Cox attempts an improbably crossover between TOS & Voyager as Seven of Nine gets thrust back in time from a mission in the Delta Quadrant to the planet Yusub in time to deal with a diplomatic mission gone wrong for Kirk & co. Seven realizing what has happened introduces herself as Annika Seven & begins the process of returning to her present with as little interference in the past as possible. The problem is from there Cox takes a detour across 3 original series ...more
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