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The Higher Frontier

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  40 reviews
An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure featuring James T. Kirk!

Investigating the massacre of a telepathic minority, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise confront a terrifying new threat: faceless, armored hunters whose extradimensional technology makes them seemingly unstoppable. Kirk must team with the powerful telepath Miranda Jones and the enig
Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Pocket Books/Star Trek
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Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having really enjoyed exploring Kirk's early career in Bennett's The Captain's Oath last year, I was excited to discover more about the events between the first two movies.
The book certainly helps fills in gaps between Kirk's transition from The Motion Picture to The Wrath of Khan!

Aswell as being a thrilling adventure that raising some interesting analogies to the present day, the book is chock full of nods to various iterations of Trek.
It feels like every aspect of the show is referenced at som
Kieran McAndrew
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Andorian subspecies, the telepathic Aenar are attacked, bringing Dr Miranda Jones and the Medusan Ambassador Kollos back to the 'U.S.S. Enterprise'.

As Kirk and his crew investigate the massacre, they must come to terms with their own prejudices and reassess their place within Starfleet.

Bennett's politically charged novel makes for an exciting read, leading from the events of the V'Ger encounter into Kirk's assignment to Starfleet Academy.
Dave Stone
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Intellectually exhilarating! emotionally adequate
first off, and right out of the gate Christopher L. Bennett knows his Trek. this book is an absolute masterwork at tying together Enterprise, the Animated series, DS9, Even Discovery and a smidgen' from Picard. all the the "facts" and trivia are accurate and WOW! they all hang together.
If I'd met Christopher L. Bennett at a party and he layed out his fan theory to me over the course of the evening I'd have flipped my lid over the complete attent
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This is packed to the gills with plot, and packed to the gills with fact, this is fanwank overload worthy of a "Doctor Who" writer. Luckily, we're in the hands of a master of Trek fanwank, and the end result is a novel that tells an exciting story, and a novel that fills in numerous gaps and answers numerous continuity questions. It takes an expert to sew this tapestry all together while avoiding the creation of a shapeless lump of fabric...and Christopher L Bennett manages this tas ...more
Brian Stuhr
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Bennett has a knack for weaving different threads of Trek nuggets to make great stories that are as good as the 3rd Doctor's scarf! ...more
C.T. Phipps
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE HIGHER FRONTIER is an excellent "Movie Era" The Original Series novel and I very much enjoyed it as a sequel to EX MACHINA, which is written by the same author. Christopher Bennett has the true Trekkie hardcore fan's love of continuity and effortlessly weaves together hundreds of references as well as continuity nods without actually needing to know what's being referred to in order to enjoy the story. Your enjoyment is enriched by knowing who Miranda Jones, the Medusans, the Aenar, and othe ...more
Daniel Pitterman
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Higher Frontier by Christoper L Bennett is an adventure that incorporates the gambit of events and ideas that revolve around Galactic spanning events, the Aenir and telepathy as well as drawing in sources from all over the place that you will expect. The Higher Frontier weaves from the from the ST:TOS through the first Star Trek: The Motion Picture and preludes events that happen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kan. Bennett expands on the crew of the USS Reliant introducing us to the ship and ...more
Tim Ristow
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’ve heard a lot about how Christopher Bennett’s Star Trek novels are some of the best. So I was eager to jump into The Higher Frontier. Unfortunately I really had to push myself to get through it all.

I do love the way Bennett takes different threads of elements from all across Star Trek lore and weaves them together into the narrative. But there are almost too many of them within this novel. It stretches credibility a bit to think that all these differing threads are all connected the way Benne
Eric Troup
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Usually when I finish a book, I think to myself about how much I liked it or didn't like it, or how well the characterization and growth was handled, but I don't usually find myself thinking a book was important after I finish it.

The Higher Frontier is a really important book.

The plot's engaging and there are so many interesting and fun characters to get to know but beyond that I just feel like, given the current climate in the world (my country specifically) it really brings light to a lot of i
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic deep dive into diversity and inclusion - exactly what I needed given the current state of the world. Lots of race and cultural variety. Only the smallest touch of LGBT+ representation, but it's present very powerfully in the metaphors.

The fight scenes were awesome! And... and somehow managed to make me sad when OC redshirts got killed off? How. Howwww did you do that??

There are a LOT of great callbacks to events in the series in relevant and sometimes rather amusing ways.

Could have
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
It is apparent that, although CLB had permission to write a Star Trek novel, what he really wanted to write was something more in the vein of Kamen Riders or The Power Rangers. Indeed, a lot of the annotations from his website have references to the Kamen Riders (and one annotation to the Power Rangers).

I was hoping for something more consistent with his other epic works such as Ex Machina, Greater Than The Sum, and The Buried Age. This wasn't it. I struggle to give this even 2 stars. Those ot
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
After the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, James T. Kirk retained command of the U.S.S. Enterprise and he and his trusty crew were assigned a second 5-year mission to explore new worlds. In Star Trek: The Higher Frontier, a new story in The Original Series timeline, Christopher L. Bennett weaves of tale of hatred, destruction, and betrayal, as a group of peaceful telepaths are hunted to near extinction by phantom killers and it’s up to the Enterprise crew to figure out who’s behind these ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is by far not the best Star Trek book I've ever read. It does offer an interesting look at a time that isn't often looked at in the Star Trek book series. There are some things in this book that are obviously digs at recent gender identification issues in the world we live in and trying to make a point about it in a positive light. It's worth a read but not essential reading for the Star Trek fan. ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great adventure set between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There is connective tissue to ST:TMP and also to Star Trek: Enterprise, and even a nod to Star Trek: Discovery. There is also connective tissue to other novels, so the reader may want to check out the Acknowledgments before reading, if worried about missing out on a reference. Personally, I did not and just mentally filled in any blanks sufficiently for a most enjoyable read.
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book feels more a character study than what many tie-ins do, use the original media's characterization to do all the heavy lifting and focus on the plot of the story. That's not bad, just not what I expected. This focus on the characters leads to a slow middle of the book, but the third act really picks up. At times the book also seems to be trying too hard to be inclusive, but isn't inclusiveness a tent poll of Star Trek?

Overall, not what I expected, but an enjoyable read overall.
Lance Schonberg
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
So while there's lots of fan service going on in this story, the author still manages to weave a fun story out of the fan service. It's a quick and enjoyable read, a voyage with old friends, and a Star Trek book to remind us that we need to be who we say we're going to be and to always strive to be better than that.

Which is sort of the point of Star Trek at a fundamental level.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good. You can always expect high quality from CLB & this book was no exception. "Is there no truth in Beauty", is one of my favorite TOS episodes, so it was neat to see some follow up to that episode. Highly entertaining, highly recommend! ...more
Kenneth Hall
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redemption for Gary Mitchell

This was a good, solid adventure that explains past conduct of former TOS officers Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner which helps Kirk come to terms with his grief and
This book is clearly a labor of love. The details are carefully set out, the characters are faithful to canon, and the story is engaging. Props to the author for creating a story that is deep, detailed and exciting to read.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Nobody revisits the series as well as Bennett. He does a good switch on which episode he really wish to relive and it does explain alittle far fetch. But I love how he set the second five mission ending to go into the Wraith of Khan. Thought his solution was thought out and it works.
Joshua Ziefle
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A "contemporary" Star Trek novel that explores the early movie era, and reflects our own cultural climate. I enjoyed it especially in the first half or so, though it does seem to drag on a bit later on. ...more
Adam Spinks
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was good read and I'd read it again

It was good book and I'd read again because it's a good book and I'd read again because it's was a book
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
First half to two-thirds were a solid 4 stars.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing new story delving into "new humans," the aftermath of V'Ger, Miranda Jones and the Medusans. Lots of interesting (and timely) things to think about. ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun Star Trek adventure. Fans of the original series and the first movie will get a lot out it. There are numerous references to classic episodes. Plus it finally explains how Chekov knew who Khan was in Star Trek II. That minor tidbit alone might just be worth the purchase.
Nancy McQueen
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Interesting read
Will J.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A very clever adaptation of an episode from the Original Star Trek Series.
Jennifer Baratta
This book takes place between the Movies Star Trek and The Wrath of Khan. Christopher Bennet is an awesome author.
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Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati. A fan of science and science fiction since age five, he has spent the past two decades selling original short fiction to magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact (home of his "Hub" series of comedy adventures), BuzzyMag, and Galaxy's Edge. Sinc ...more

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