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Das Licht der Fantasie

(Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  498 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Datas Schöpfer, Noonien Soong, opferte sein eigenes Leben und erweckte seinen Androidensohn vier Jahre nach dessen Zerstörung zu neuem Leben. Doch nun wird Datas neues Leben durch das Auftauchen eines alten Gegners verkompliziert, dem er vor Jahren auf der U.S.S. Enterprise begegnet ist – dem holografischen Verbrechergenie Professor James Moriarty. Diesem ist es gelungen, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, deutsche Erstausgabe, 380 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by CrossCult (first published July 2014)
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Extraordinary novel!!!

This is a novel of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" set in the expanded universe (Relaunch) time period.


Blood is thicker than every other form of lubricant I know.

I waited several months (back then, in 2014) until the publication of this novel from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the waiting paid off since it was all that I expected and even way more!

Jeffrey Lang, the author, is a remarkable storyteller and he has a gift to merge
Stephen Robert Collins
The Return of the most popular evil genius Professor James Hologahic Moriarty!
Data has recovered Lal his daughter but he has left Enterprise & is working as a Omelette cook in ghastly Cardassian greasy spoon .What come down!
But the Prof has final escaped & he has kidnapped his daughter this a peach. but then goes slow & slower almost to standstill
The biggest problem is this a part sequel to book I read but forgot.
There is no one else no Enterprise just Data & Geordie but by page 100 has not
Lately I've found myself wishing the Pocket Books Star Trek tie-in novels could get a reboot.

I remember the days when you could pick up a Star Trek novel and enjoy a couple of hundred pages with familiar faces and friends from the franchise. There might be a continuity reference to an obscure-to-you episode thrown in or a wink to a previous novel, but it didn't hinder you from enjoying the story or feeling like you were being left out.

But somewhere along the way, the Star Trek novels have become
4.5 stars. I remember enough of the preceding Cold Equations trilogy to place the scene that this book opens with, but I found it partially conflicted with my memory of what occurred in the Next Generation episodes regarding the villain of the piece. I found the way the author managed to tie in The Original Series, Deep Space Nine (*and* the relaunch) as well as Voyager and its relaunch to be utterly fantastic. I hope this storyline continues, since it is a delight to read.
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure with Data and Moriarty. Great to see Lal back too.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Quite a few things have changed in the STNG world. Data died and then was resurrected by Dr. Soong. Now Data has a "daughter" another android named "Lal". Data has resigned his Starfleet commission to take care of his daughter. This is the background for this story.

Those of you who watched the show, may recall an episode where Picard and Data used the holosuite to create Dr. Moriarty. Well it seems the good doctor never went away. Hiding within the computer core of the Enterprise, Moriarty tried
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I have only one complaint: what have they done to Lal? Petulant, moody super-compressed emo teenager? I don't like it...not one bit. Her newly developing personality makes me want to slap her in the face.

It's the only irritant I have with an otherwise epic dash about the quadrant, using "Star Trek" history and fanwank in a far more effective way than Greg Cox's "No Time Like the Present". I especially like the fact that Data's resurrection have left some hurt, complicated feelings in its wake, e
Scarlett Sims
I received this in a reddit exchange. Trek books are all over the map in terms of quality; I liked this one quite a bit. It had Geordi, Moriarty, a little bit of Barclay, the hologram doctor from Voyager... characters kept popping up. But what I really liked about it were the themes of parenthood. The main storyline involves Data and his daughter, but several other characters also make observations about it that I found very apt.
Dorthea Kemp
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Finally, Star Trek gets back to exploring, action, friendship and fun. Fast, funny, character based and uplifting. I really can't say much more without giving away too much.

Wonderful to revisit Data, Lal and get Geordi out front. Some surprising guests and above all, back to the roots of Next Generation.

Highly recommend.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've fallen way behind on my Star Trek prose novel reading. My to-be-read pile is more like a leaning tower these days, that's how far I am behind. So I decided to start whittling down that pile and the first book on the pile was Jeffrey Lang's Star Trek The Next Generation novel The Light Fantastic.

For those not following along with events that have been set after the end of the various TV series, Data is now back among the living and after the 'Cold Equations' trilogy of books, he's no longer
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In the "Next Generation" episode "Ship in a Bottle", holodeck foil Professor James Moriarity becomes sufficiently self-aware to realize that he is merely a hologram, a part of a program, and manages to gain sufficient control over the Enterprise's computers to be able to blackmail Picard & co into finding a way to make him tangible, to give him life outside of the holodeck (along with his wife/lover). Picard & co manage to outfox him, giving him a program in a data solid that sufficiently mimics ...more
John Yelverton
Jeffrey Lang brings out every beloved, android related character in the "Star Trek" universe for this one. What I did not like was the moral ambiguity of Data and the petulant, adolescent attitude by Lal. I realize that the author was trying to figure out how both characters would react with emotions, but it seemed too far away from their core character, and was thus untrue to their character.
Joanna Taylor Stone
It's Star Trek, so on one hand yay! always yay! but really? Harry Mudd and Moriarty again? In the same story with resurrected Lal and Data? Really?
Michael Gleason
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Aricia Gavriel
Possibly inspired by The Persistence of Memory, the original author of Immortal Coil, Jeffrey Lang, came back many years later to continue the story along his own lines, with The Light Fantastic. Hmm. Well, it was interesting; well written; the plot is airtight; but …

The truth is, bratty teenagers are not my favorite reading, and this story could have been (one cringes to fall back on the threadbare cliché but here we go) "so much more" if it hadn't focused on the bratty teen aspect of Lal. The
Elliot Weeks
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alydia Kardel
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy a good Trek novel now and then and this doesn't disappoint. I did feel like I was coming into the middle of a story with Data returning from the dead along with Lal, but the book was able to stand on its own. If I want to know more about that particular story, it looks like I need to go find the Cold Equations trilogy.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. Was on my "to read" list since it was released, but i had a long backlog of star trek books ahead of it. Didn't think the cold equations trilogy was all that great, other then the return of Data, so that made me slightly worried about this book, but i loved it from cover to cover. 4.5 stars.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting continuation of the adventures of "I got better" Data. Some of the twists and intentional misleads were a bit "really" but I can't say it doesn't fit the genre.

An enjoyable read. After my friend got me to read this and the Cold Equations trilogy, I think I am a Star Trek fan now.
Scott Williams
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enjoyable read. Lang does a good job of exploring the person that Data has become. Geordi provides a useful mirror in which Data can see himself. Lang seems to have fun visiting places and people who are very familiar to Trekkies. I certainly had fun reading about them. I’m very excited for where this book leaves us positioned to go next.
Ross Vincent
As part of my celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Trek The Next Generation's launch, I read this adventure.

Bring back several of Data's (and Kirk's) nemesis from the past, to cause problems.
Donavon (
Very enjoyable Trek book that links several unrelated TOS, TNG, DS9, and even Voyager episodes... making it feel like connected universe.
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Brett T
Gene Roddenberry's different Star Trek series featured at least one character who sharpened the show's frequent pondering of the question, "What does it mean to be human?" In the original series, Leonard Nimoy's half-alien Spock was often the focal point of that kind of narrative, and in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the android Data took the role. This situation placed him at the center of many of the series' storylines, which was unfortunate because next to blunderkind Wesley Crusher, Data w ...more
Paul Lunger
It's very rare that a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel leaves me as conflicted as I am after reading Jeffrey Lang's "The Light Fantastic". The book is a both a sequel to David Mack's "The Body Electric" as well as Season 6's "Ship in a Bottle" which is an odd combination to begin with. Set a year after "The Body Electric", we find Data, Lal & Alice (his nanny/housekeeper & one of the androids from "I, Mudd") on Orion Prime living life as undercover as they can. When Professor Moriarty kidnap ...more
Maurice Jr.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since Data was restored to life, I've wanted to see what he would do with his new life. Jeffrey Lang gave us his most compelling tale since he opened up the world of artificial intelligence with Immortal Coil.

In keeping with the best of the Star Trek authors, Lang brought back characters from the Next Generation television show so we could see what became of them. As if seeing Data and Lal again wasn't thrill enough, we got to see the return of Moriarity. Last time we saw him, he and the Co
Alex Templeton
I was psyched to read this book, being that it was a continuation of the non-canon story of Data post "Star Trek: Nemesis" that began over a decade earlier in Lang's novel "Immortal Coil", which I quite enjoyed. Like that novel, this one is kind of silly when you really think about it, but then, really thinking about it is not the point. You're just there to enjoy the somewhat implausible intersection of characters from different years and series. In this one (*SPOILER*) Data, who has been resur ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Trek book in a while that I had a bit of trouble picking back up again. While the story was mildly interesting, I felt that the drive was a little bit lacking and that the order of how things were written (constantly flashing back to past events in a broken fashion) made it a bit hard to read. Most of the characters who were brought in to meet (view spoiler) felt a bit forced, like it was a game of, "How many familiar TNG faces can we introduc ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tng, star-trek
In an interview on's "Literary Treks" podcast (an interview in which I had the priviledge of taking part), Jeffrey Lang said that Margaret Clark—editor of the Trek literature line at Pocket Books—called Lang's story a "nice dessert" after the seriousness of The Fall and its political intrigue and machinations. I would have to agree. While the threat in The Light Fantastic is quite real, the story felt like a much-needed bit of lighter fare, and one that I enjoyed immensely. In my opinion ...more
Friedrich Haas
It starts with Moriarty, one of my favorite ST Characters, and how I love the Anti-Heroes. One little exchange has cemented my love for this book, when Lal the android, (Data's daughter), accuses the hologram Countess, (Moriarity's Consort), of being a computer program. The Countess counters that so is Lal, who responds that she is "something more". Countess :" Then perhaps you'll grant me the courtesy of believing I might be, too." All the worst people in our world are about limiting others, t ...more
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