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Immortal Coil (Star Trek: The Next Generation #64)

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He is perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form -- self-aware, self-determining, possessing a mind and body far surpassing that of his makers, and imbued with the potential to evolve beyond the scope of his programming. Created by one of the most brilliant and eccentric intellects the Federation has ever known, the android Data has always beli ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Pocket Books
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Data at his best!


This is a novel from Star Trek: The Next Generation set between the films First Contact and Insurrection. The story is centered around the character of Data.

Data is the only known functional positronic android and since his activation, the Federation has been trying to duplicate the experiment and/or constructing something even better.

During this process, the Federation was able to came up with laws that protect the civil rights of artificial intelligence l
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easily one of the best Star Trek books I've read in a while. A fabulous character study on Data.
Crystal Bensley
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun Data story- filled in the gaps I had from the Cold Equations trilogy.
Darrin Drader
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've recently been on a Star Trek novels kick. This is due largely in part to the fact that I liked the realignment of the Trek universe's political landscape with the Typhon Pact series, and it's also partly to do with the fact that author David Mack is releasing a new Next Generation series called The Cold Equations at the end of the month. It's known that this series will be the first post-Nemesis book to revisit the Data-clone B-4, and it's my hope that the major change that has been discuss ...more
Rebecca  Porter
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Star Trek stories that feature Data and this one was no exception.The author stayed true to oue beloved characters and Gene Roddenberry's vision.I love how the story explored Data's creation and creator a little more as well as doing a good job of tackling the ethics and morals of how humans deal with AI. A good read indeed and I look forward to reading more in a similar vein soon.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
On the positive side, I'd like to thank Jeffrey Lang for being one of the first authors I read in a long time, who had what I consider to be a good grasp at writing Data. I felt that Data's thoughts, actions, responses, etc. made sense and Data with his emotion chip intact, seemed to come through well.

On the negative side, I didn't really enjoy the story that much. It referenced older Trek that I am not overly familiar with, and I found that I lost the thread of the story a few times, leaving me
Sarah Cruz
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this book, but then again, I'm a huge Soong fan. It had a few odd moments, like strange words usage and such, but overall the flaws were pretty minor.
Tom Czarniak
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I once skipped work and read this in one sitting, inside my car.

Good stuff.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Before there were hardcover Star Trek novels, there were the Star Trek Giant novels--books that were a bit thicker in length, a bit heftier in the price and a lot deeper than most of the standard, monthly Star Trek novels coming out on the market. Immortal Coil is one of the few Trek books I've read of late that acutally reminds me of the glory days when the huge, series-tying together, taking Trek to new depths novels often happened first in the paperback editions.

A lot of praise has been heape
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the Cold Equations trilogy I decided I wanted to read this book since the trilogy is at least in part a continuation of the story began here in Immortal Coil. Let me start by saying I think this story was a really good idea & I enjoyed it for the most part, but I think it could've been great if there was a little more story & a little more editing. But it did have some really sweet content though: a mysterious brotherhood of A.I.'s, an immortal human fist encountered in TOS ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first professional (as in not fan fiction) Star Trek novel I read, and I must say I was pleasently surprised. Lang obviously cares a lot about the character of Data, and there are some genuinely interesting thoughts and ideas explored here. It really does feel like watching an episode of the show - Lang gets the voices of most of the characters exactly right, and few things seem to jarr. The story is not without problems though. Firstly, Lang introduces an original female character w ...more
Maurice Jr.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! I enjoyed this look at the history of artificial intelligence in the Star Trek universe, particularly the backstory of a young Noonien Soong traveling with Ira Graves and the enigmatic Emil Vaslovik to Exo III, a planet where flawed androids lived in hibernation, waiting for someone to free them

Data and the Enterprise were called to Galor IV, to the Daystrom Institute, to investigate a lab accident that injured Commander Bruce Maddox and apparently killed Dr. Vaslovik. Lieutenan
Šárka Blahnik
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading Immortal Coil, but I'm pretty biased given that Data is one of my favorite of all Star Trek characters and artificial intelligence in general fascinates me. Sometimes the plot progressed a little too abruptly, and character development could have been a lot better given that this is a novel with more room to work than a one-hour TV episode. If a non-Trekkie who didn't have the benefit of extensive background knowledge to deepen the experience were to pick up this book, they'd pro ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Adam Czarnecki
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
It was okay. The characterization of Data was good, and I liked Rhea McAdams, but most of the other characters fell flat, which is probably fine because they don't play a huge role in the overall story. I mostly enjoyed the expositions delivered by Sam in the second half of the book (about the history of A.I. in the universe), but the rest of the book's action and mystery elements were kind of boring. I may enjoy them more if I go back and watch the Original Series episodes referenced in the nov ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why read a ten year old, out of print Star Trek novel? Because it does an excellent job of exploring Data's emotions. How would he feel about living forever and watching group after group of his friends die? Ideas like that are probed here.

My all-time favorite Star Trek author, David Mack, mentioned it when writing about his new Cold Equations trilogy. Anything Mack references is worth looking into, and this novel did not disappoint. The author does a good job of tying androids from multiple ep
Brian Lewis
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This one tops my personal list of the very best of Star Trek books. I should say that it's likely only an entertaining read to those that are a fan of both The Next Generation and the original series, because the author takes both series into consideration with what characters he employed.

I am quite limited in what I can write, due to the high degree of spoilers that any detailed review for this book would entail. What I can say is that it is a Star Trek nerd's dream come true. It is clearly wri
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, star-trek, tng
I very much enjoyed Immortal Coil. The exploration of Data's emotions and what immortality would truly mean is fascinating, and a great topic for a novel featuring him. This particular story and the knowledge of the existence of a group that Data could call "his people" makes his death in Nemesis even more tragic than it already was. This novel has gotten me extremely excited for David Mack's new trilogy, and I can't wait to crack open the pages and get reading. I really recommend Immortal Coil, ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was legitimately not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. All I can say is, "Wow." I felt like it was slow to build up, but when the TOS references starting filing in and lining up nicely, I was absolutely hooked. I loved this story.

It goes into some of Data's background and origins, and does a great job of it. I had some fears that it would diminish the role of Dr. Soong in some way (turning him into an android or some such thing), but everything came out amazingly. When an author
Sep 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Data stars in his own adventure/mystery!

I thought the plot was pretty good; fast paced and interesting. The setup was better than the resolution though. Data is emotion-chipped, and coping with / exploring this new perspective on life. I'm not sure I buy Data's internal voice and the interpretation of his (emotional) personality, but I liked the new characters.

I felt like I wasn't nerd enough for this book. There are many, many references to people / events in various Star Trek episodes that I h
Someone is disrupting AI research, and the Enterprise is sent to investigate. This is a really good Data centric story that concentrates on his emotional development. It's a decent story too, that has lots of nods to every AI in Star trek history. There's some fun moments, and its nice to see Data starting to enjoy his emotion chip. A good read.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, it was as good as an extended Next Generation episode, you can visualise all the characters in your head and hear their voices. And Data is one of my all-time favourite characters. This novel tells you a lot about him and his creator Noonian Soong but also manages to bring in other AIs encountered in Star Trek episodes - think back to Kirk's adventures!
Lee Berger
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Following my read of the Cold Equations trilogy, I sought out this novel as it contains much of the back story which became the basis for thst series. I especially enjoyed how multiple TOS episodes and a few TNG episodes are woven together to form the motivations for the events contained in this Insurrection era novel.
Sean O'Hara
This book could've been a lot shorter if Data had said, "Captain, after analyzing 801,493,117 mystery stories, I've determined that 2,000,782 involve cases where the murder victim's body is completely destroyed or otherwise rendered unidentifiable except by circumstantial evidence. Of these, in 99.783% of cases it turns out that the murder victim faked his own death for some reason."
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Great story, the author ties together elements from Original series episodes and TNG into an interesting story that revolves around Data and his origins.

I don't want to mention which episodes because it would be spoliery of me :)
Melanie Surani
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
Data is one of my favorite characters on the show. I was excited to see where this book would go, but 60% in, it just wanted to dawdle in endless banter and wordy descriptions. I'm not even really sure what I was hoping to find out in the story.
Daniel Kukwa
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
I really wanted to enjoy this...the premise is fantastic, and the attempt to interweave various strands of Data's life (and continuity) is technically sound. However, in the end it's far from memorable, and it isn't a patch on "Metamorphosis" for exploring Data's character and psyche.
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