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Planet X

(Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,047 ratings  ·  118 reviews
On the planet Xhaldia, ordinary men and women are mutating into bizarre creatures with extraordinary powers. But is this a momentous evolutionary leap or an unparalleled catastrophe? The very fabric of Xhaldian society is threatened as fear and prejudice divide the transformed from their own kin. Dispatched to cope with the growing crisis, Captain Picard and the crew of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 265 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Pocket Books
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: small cults in Southwestern Nevada
What something named Star Trek: The Next Generation -- X-Men:Planet X might be, in increasing levels of amazingness:
1. A three-page comic drawn on lined paper during a 1991 study hall
2. A Patrick-Stewart-on-Patrick-Stewart slashfic solely with internet distribution
3. A '90s 'zine that featured avant pop poetry
4. A graphic novel
5. A small cult located on the Southwestern boarder of Nevada that got wiped out by the ATF after making a NevadaCon too awkward
6. A novel
7. A good novel

I congratulate
Apr 05, 2007 rated it did not like it
This is perhaps the most gloriously awful book I have ever read.
D.M. Dutcher
In the star trek: the next generation universe, some aliens suddenly become mutants. Meanwhile the enterprise is surprised to suddenly find the X-men on board, but not too surprised mostly because they have fought besides them before (? Any idea where?) Cue the X-men interacting with the NTTG crew in weird ways, like Worf and Wolverine running sims in the Danger Room-wait the Holodeck, Storm and Picard having some weird romantic tension, and Archangel getting chewed out for flying around in the ...more
Jan 27, 2008 marked it as to-read
X-Men and Star Trek in the same book? Together? Shields up! My nerd brain's gonna go supernova!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although I enjoyed parts of this book I just couldn't give it 3 stars due to its awful writing. I've never read anything with so many sentences that start with "But" and "And". Friedman uses excessive description not for world building but for needless reasons such as describing where characters are in relation to each other. I'm not a writer so I have a hard time describing the problems with the writing, but if you go down a few reviews there's a good example of the wordiness. If you're a fan ...more
Matt Mazenauer
Jul 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
How can you pass this book on a bookshelf and not buy it? Don't judge me, it was like 2 bucks! Actually, it's kinda silly but at least they tried. We get the requisite Star Trek team chumming it up with the X-Men on the Enterprise (where they mysteriously teleported) and get this! They've met before! Anyways, after the stretch Wolverine chatting it up with Worf as long as possible, they move to a planet where a population of mutants is being persecuted, OMG just like the X-men are used to. The ...more
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Well it isn't exactly 5 star writing. It's a bit hackneyed in places and full of obvious shoutouts. The majority of doomed security officers (redshirts!) have the names of famous comic book creators. However as a proud nerd this book hilariously and excitingly manages to distill the essence of what makes both franchises great. I imagine it might be unreadable for noobs as it demands a great deal of foreknowledge of both series. If you have the science fiction background for it though this is so ...more
This was underwhelming...

After having wanted to read this crossover book for years, it was quite a disappointment. I've read better Star Trek books and X-men.

It's basically about how people are becoming mutants on a random planet and being persecuted. Because this is Star Trek though there also has to be an alien invasion thrown in. The X-Men show up to help.

That's about it.

The writing is very wordy. If half the words were chopped out we would still have the entire story and more then enough
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation; it makes for an enjoyable book if you don't try to take it too seriously.

This is actually the sequel to a short comic entitled "Second Contact", which has the hilarious premise of the crew of the Enterprise and the X-men teaming up to defeat a time traveling villain and setting right the time paradoxes he's created. If you've ever wanted to see Nightcrawler and Wolverine tear into some Borg, I'd suggest tracking down the comic as it's very entertaining
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let’s get one thing out of the way: This book is not a masterwork of literature. But it is a delight.

I was surprised to discover that this is a sequel, to a comic called Second Contact in which the crew of the Enterprise and the x-men meet. For the Enterprise, a year has passed - but for the X-Men, they tried to leave the 24th century and ended up right back in it, where they proceed to annoy everyone they meet. Coincidentally (or is it?!), a nearby planet is having a mutant crisis of its own,
One Code 431
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved loved it every character was near and dear to my hear...

This book was recommended to me by Good reads and thak god i it did coz i wouldn't have picked up this book with this cover..

Any i loved picard he is strong , sensible man.
I love storm she is perfect leader ... I love ve every character in this book... I miss them already.. I can read hundred books about them

The more i like this book cuz i reminded me of the flash ... With unique character and the sci-fi i loved loved
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: startrek
I tend to be very forgiving of genre fiction (particularly "Franchise" fiction), but this book was just BAD. (Especially in light of some of the actual good Trek fiction out there over the last few decades!)

You would think by taking 2 franchises I like, you would double the enjoyment factor, but not quite so much in this case.

I found this book to be poorly plotted and tedious, and the characters were barely recognizable as themselves in order to service the laughable "plot.".

I'd give this a
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you really *can* judge by its cover; If you think it's going to be really silly, you're right, but if you think it's going to be AWESOME, you're right, too!

Star Trek and X-Men fans will get their money's worth, here. There's a bit of fun fanservice, the characters do what you expect them to do, and the bad guys are big gross lizard people. Boom, novel.

The book also takes an enjoyably TNG-esque plot arc - The first half is full of dull (but well crafted) one-on-one
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was exactly what you would expect for a clash of two different worlds. The writing was mediocre but not horrible. It got the story along and the story itself made sense in the way that Star Trek: Next Generation and X-Men stories do. In short, this was a fun piece to read if you really want to get your nerd on, then pick it up lol. But I would recommend not investing too terribly much into this book, and if you expect something horrible, you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you expect ...more
Jonathan Lumpkin
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
My friend showed me this book and a feeling of nerdy obligation floated through my brain. I don't really read star trek books. This was the first and quite probably the last. It wasn't terrible, just a pleasantly decent stab at the meta human genre with a star trek twist. The only annoying thing about it was how much effort the author spent showing a best buddy friendship between the characters of Worf and Wolverine. Because the both like violence. For all the sense that makes. I would have ...more
Daniel McGill
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The author definitely knows Star Trek a lot better then the X-Men (even has trouble keeping track of how many claws Wolverine has) and it also takes place during Wolverine's regrettable bone claw phase. Not bad over all though even if it does read like well written fan-fiction as did the comic book prequel. Too many characters to really go into depth with any of them especially in 260 some pages, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it's generally not a good idea to try to get too deep with ...more
Dec 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
I wish I could give it both 1 star and 5 stars at the same time. The book is absolutely horrible. Just the thought of a crossover between these two franchises is absurd. However thats just what makes this so much fun to read. Akin to watching a bad horror movie where you laugh instead of scream; Planet X, from the very get-go is just one absurd scene after another. If you're a fan of either franchise, or particularly a fan of both, read it for fun. Just dont expect anything amazing.
Matt Randall
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love both the X-Men and the Next Generation. But mixing them? I didn't think it could be done. I was wrong. Michael Jan Friedman manages to do it in this book. Now I'm curious about the meeting between the X-Men and the Original Crew that exidently happened in a comic book somewhere.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, tv
This is nerdy and silly and I loved it. I laughed a lot while reading this.
Sep 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
I dont care if it has awful reviews, it has all of my favorite things. If all else fails I will get smashed and read this and probably love every guilty second if it.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Picard *and* Professor X in the same book? Count me in!

A good friend sent me this book knowing I'm a fan of both the Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men franchises. This is the second novel featuring a crossover between the two teams, and follows on immediately (for the X-Men, at least...) from the first novel. I haven't read the first novel and it while it was referenced in this story, it's not necessary reading.

This dimension and time-spanning story feature a Federation aligned
Adam Neve
I decided to review this book based on as objective an assessment as I can as opposed to from the point of view of HOLY FUCKING SHIT X-MEN AND TNG!

That being said, this book is not great. The characters are pretty poorly done. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of continuity or logic to a lot of the characters actions. For example, why would Wolverine, a man who has spent years training in the Danger Room, be impressed by a holodeck? How does Archangel fly through the corridors on the
Bailey Marissa
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's official: I've hit the highest level of nerd. And I have no shame in my game.

So thanks to someone (we all know who, let's be honest. I should've guessed it, but I didn't), the X-Men minus Prof X are in the ST:NG universe and apparently have met the main NG characters before (?? I want that story). While looking for a way back to their universe, the X-Men help the Enterprise crew deal with a planet that has exploded with mutants.

Logan and Worf have the best friendship and I love it. No
Hannah Givens
When I read this as a kid, I was blown away. I became obsessed with the X-Men. (Yes, this obscure Star Trek novel was my introduction to the X-Men and contributed to my eventual love of comics in a not-insignificant way). Reading it again as an adult, well... meh. Most of the book is the mutants and crewmembers talking to each other. So, it's a nice expansion of the usual comic-book crossover stuff where you never get enough of that, but the plot is bland with no suspense, and because the ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, st-tng
MUCH better than I thought it would be. So the X-Men are accidentally brought into the Star Trek universe just as a local planet's population is undergoing a sudden awakening of mutants. Enterprise and X-Men work together to help these new mutants fight angry mobs, tyrannical governments, and an alien race sworn to use them as soldiers. There's obviously nothing deep or overly technical in this story. Taken as a stand alone Star Trek story it works well. It's pure fun and I think it was done ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi, marvel
Well pretty much pure cheese throughout the whole thing as you would expect from a crossover like this. People are best buddies from a previous adventure that's never mentioned. However, I did not expect a Worf/Enterprise post-Jadzia-wedding reunion at the start which was my favourite part of the book. Having the X-Men in the Star Trek universe was weird but there some neat moments. I felt like I was reading something someone made up while playing with their action figures.
Jason Sacks
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Dumb, poorly written novel that is actually better than the excreable graphic novel it references. Friedman brings neither the X-Men nor the TNG to credible life, delivering a very blah story in a very blah style. Full of half baked ideas and some pretty pointless scenes, this ended up being more dour than fun.

I picked this up for a buck. It was worth a buck.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. 2 bonus stars for sheer nerd cred, but honestly? The writing was awful, the plot (as far as a plot existed in the first place) deteriorated into even more badly written chaos, there was so much unnecessary explaining, multiple unnecessary romances, the list goes on. Don't expect a good book, but if, like me, you're just here for the heck of it, then it's still good fun.
Stephanie Ricker
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Pulpy as your morning orange juice! This would be very well-written fanfiction; as a novel, it's pretty mediocre, but it's a bizarre enough crossover that it's intriguing for the novelty value. Don't expect good literature, but if you enjoy the idea of Picard and Storm making calf eyes at each other, this book's for you.
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Michael Jan Friedman is an author of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, half of which are in the Star Trek universe. Eleven of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television and radio, and scripted nearly 200 comic books, including his original DC superhero series, the Darkstars.

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