If you liked DS9’s pilot EMISSARY check these books out!

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Deep Space Nine’s pilot episode EMISSARY is, in my humble opinion, the best of the Star Trek pilots.  The exploration of Benjamin Sisko’s past and present is powerful and poignant.  The moment when Sisko finally understands and admits, “I exist here,” is some of the purest Trek I have ever seen.  So let’s dive in and see what more the novels can offer to expand our understanding of the episode.

The Saratoga Crew

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During the first scene of the DS9 pilot we join Commander Sisko and the crew of the Saratoga in the midst of the battle of Wolf 359 against the Borg.  Unfortunately the Saratoga did not survive the battle but it looks like many of the crew was able to get away in the escape pods.  So who are these people with whom Sisko served?  There are a few books that give us a glimpse of who they are.

Saratoga (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, No 18)
Emissary (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Book 1)

Terok Nor

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The old ore processing station orbiting Bajor has a history all it’s own. It is a wonderful part of the series and we do get glimpses of it’s past.  There are several books that visit Terok Nor during the Bajoran occupation.  Most notably among them is the Terok Nor trilogy which is part of the Lost Era series.  Not only are the books wonderful but the covers are is incredible.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Terok Nor: Night of the Wolves
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Terok Nor: Dawn of the Eagles

Here are a few other stories worth checking out.
Vectors: Double Helix #2 (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 52)
A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #27)
Star Trek: Myriad Universes #2: Echoes and Refractions (Bk. 2)

Benjamin Sisko

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And there is Benjamin Sisko.  More than any of our other Star Trek Captains this is a man with a past.  His wife, his son, his time at the Utopia Planitia shipyards.  We start with a lot of information about his past and a lot of questions.  The show does a good job of filling in a lot of information about his past but we never go on an adventure with young Sisko.

Catalyst of Sorrows: Lost Era 2360 (Star Trek Lost Era)
Deny Thy Father: Lost Era 2355-2357 (Star Trek Lost Era)
The Lives of Dax (Star Trek Deep Space Nine)

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And what about this?  When Sisko arrives on the Promenade for the first time he sees Odo “doing his thing”.  Sisko pulls out his phaser and fires a shot right next to Odo and the thief.    It is a pretty impressive display of marksmanship but no one ever mentions it.  Where did Sisko learn to shoot like that?  Thanks to the books we know the answer.  Check out THE SEIGE to find out.

The Siege (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, No 2)

Curzon Dax

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This post is still “under construction”.  More to come soon!


Lost Era Novels

Awkward Julian what’s his story? With Jadzia then in the infirmary with Kira.  Come on!  Open mouth and insert foot!

If you liked ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT check these books out!

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Is it the most amazing episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation ever?  No, but it is the first episode and it does have it’s moments.  Some of those moments have been followed up on in various Star Trek novels.  Check it out!

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Poor Lieutenant Torres (no relation)!  Frozen by Q after only 6 and a half minutes.  He thawed out but he never truly recovered.  You can read more about his past and future in Keith DeCandido’s novel: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q&A

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This now seems old hat but it sure was cool seeing it for the first time.  Here is a list of novels where the saucer separation (or “seper” as Picard says) is used.

Encounter at Farpoint (Star Trek: The Next Generation) – The novelization of the episode explains a little bit about the history of the Saucer Separation.  It also sheds some light on the awkward manual docking scene with Riker.
Ghost Ship (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 1)
Foreign Foes (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 31)
Rogue Saucer (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 39)

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World War Three and the Post-Atomic Horror.

These extremely important events seem to be hinted at everywhere throughout the 700 plus hours of Star Trek TV but I did not find much in the novels dealing with them.
Parts of the novel Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens follow Zefram Cochrane soon after World War Three and the Post-Atomic Horror.  Other than that there are just bits and pieces here and there.  I recommend checking out the Memory Beta articles linked below.



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“When I was little he brought my father’s body home to us.” – Wesley Crusher

What?  I have some advice for young Wesley Crusher.  When Commander Riker, a person you have just met, asks you if you know “the Captain” I would suggest leading with something like, “My father served with him,” or “Yeah we’ve met.”  But since you brought it up, Wesley, how did your father die?  Michael Jan Freidman’s TNG novel Reunion explains how.

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Yes poor Wesley is a little awkward but when he goes to the bridge with his mother and Picard lets him look around after telling him that he knew his father I could feel the weight of the history contained in the novels.

Some of my favorite Star Trek novels feature Jack Crusher.  Of all the characters we never actually meet on the show he is probably my favorite.

Learn more about Jack Crusher in the novels listed below.

Reunion (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Death in Winter
The Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

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So Geordi feels pain with his VISOR but he chooses not to have implants?  That is a little strange.  He must be able to see some pretty interesting stuff with that VISOR to suffer so much pain in exchange.  I’m just sayin’.

In the novel Ghost Ship (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 1) we learn a little bit more about the VISOR and the pain that Geordi feels.  In the eBook Star Trek: the Next Generation: Slings and Arrows #3: The Insolence of Office  we find out why Geordi finally gave up the VISOR and I think it is a really good reason.

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He isn’t mentioned by name in the episode but we all know the cantankerous old Admiral with an uncharacteristically strong southern twang.  While it is never mentioned explicitly it makes sense that humans would live longer in the 24th century.  Dr. McCoy has quite a few exciting adventures in the 24th century.  Here is a short list of some of the most memorable.

Encounter at Farpoint (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Crossover
Star Trek:The Next Generation: Tales of the Dominion War
Catalyst of Sorrows: Lost Era 2360 (Star Trek Lost Era)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Singular Destiny

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“Have the two of you met before?”

Umm… yeah they have definitely met before.  Read all about it in Peter David’s novel Imzadi (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

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Zorn – “Captain!  The Ferengi would be very interested in a base like this.”

Picard – “Fine, let’s hope they find you as tasty as their past associates.”

Well that is an interesting tidbit.  I think we all know that the Ferengi did not pan out as originally intended.  But if you read the Emissary (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Book 1) novelization you will learn about what made Captian Picard think of making this comment.

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And then there’s Q.  Q is all over the place in the Star Trek Novel Universe.  Here is a list of some of his more memorable Next Generation novel appearances.

Q-In-Law (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 18)
Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
I, Q (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
The Q Continuum: Q-Space, Q-Zone, Q-Strike (Star Trek, The Next Generation)
Q are Cordially Uninvited… (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q&A



If you like THE CAGE then check these books out!

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I love THE CAGE.  What a great vision of the future as seen through this adventure with Captain Christopher Pike.  We will never know what Star Trek would have looked like with this very interesting crew…or will we?  There are several Star Trek novels and comics that expand on the story of Captain Pike, Number One, Doctor Boyce and crew.  Let’s take a look at where we can learn more.

The Early Voyages Comics

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I don’t usually talk about the Star Trek comics.  They are not really in my wheel house.  But in this case I have read some of the Early Voyages comics and they are definitely worth reading.  We don’t get a lot of time with Pike and crew in the Star Trek novels and it is nice that the comics took some time to explore with them.  The stories are quality and the art work is amazing.  Check it out!

Star Trek: Early Voyages #1


Captain Christopher Pike

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There are actually a handful of books that feature Captain Pike as the main character.  Some of them like BURNING DREAMS pictured above delve into his past and help up understand the Captain Pike that we meet in THE CAGE.  There are also several books that feature Captain Pike in more of a guest star type roll.  Here is a list:

Pike as a main character:
Child of Two Worlds (Star Trek: The Original Series) – Not long after the events of THE CAGE there is an outbreak of Rigelian fever on the ship.  Doctor Boyce may have a cure but Pike will have to avoid war with the Klingons to get it.

Star Trek: The Original Series: Burning Dreams (Star Trek (Unnumbered Paperback)) – Dive into Pike’s past. Find out what drives him and what haunts him.

Where Sea Meets Sky (Star Trek: The Captain’s Table, Book 6) – An exciting adventure told from Pike’s point of view.

Star Trek: The Original Series: Vulcan’s Glory – Told from Spock’s point of view.  This is the story of his first mission on the Enterprise with Pike.

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Children of Kings – Pike and crew tangle with the Orions three years before THE CAGE.

Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism (Bk. 1) – In an alternate future where the Federation was never formed Pike is Captain of the Enterprise and Kirk is his first officer.

Enterprise Logs: Star Trek – In the short story, “Conflicting Natures” Pike and crew assist in a mining rights negotiation with a strange alien race.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds I – In the short story, “A Private Anecdote” a crippled Pike reflects on the past.

Captain Pike as a “Guest Star”:
Star Trek Enterprise: The First Adventure – Kirk’s first adventure as Captain of the Enterprise.  He has to get the “keys” to the ship from Commodore Pike.

The Rift (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 57) – While visiting a strange alien race, with Kirk and crew, Spock remembers the first time he encountered the race with Captain Pike.

Legacy (Star Trek, Book 56) – Kirk and Spock face off against one of Captain Pike’s old enemies.

The Lives of Dax (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) – In the short story, “Sins of the Mother” Captian Pike has a close call with a deadly parasite.

Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows – In the Mirror Universe Kirk plots to kill Pike.  See the short story, “Greater Good”.

Number One

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The books above featuring Captain Pike also feature Number One and the rest of the crew from THE CAGE. There are also some interesting revelations made about Number One in Peter David’s New Frontier series.  Below is one of the novels that hints at her past but I highly recommend the entire New Frontier series.  It is amazing!

Renaissance (Star Trek New Frontier: Excalibur, Book 10)

Talos IV

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Talos IV gets a passing mention in a few of the Star Trek novels.  In fact in the novel BURNING DREAMS listed above it seems that the Talosian culture is thriving once again thanks to the efforts of Christopher Pike.

Mission Gamma Book Three: Cathedral (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) (Bk.3) – Nog remembers a mission as a cadet to Talos IV.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q&A – Starfleet now has a scanner that can detect the Talosian illusions.


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Millennium Is An Epic Deep Space Nine Saga

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Deep Space Nine was a pioneer Star Trek series.  Ira Steven Behr and crew gave us serialized story lines, character development and expanded mythologies.  The Deep Space Nine novels followed in the pioneering spirit by continuing the story where the TV show left off.  The Deep Space Nine relaunch series which starts with S.D Perry’s  Avatar Book One is often called Deep Space Nine Season 8.

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But before there was Deep Space Nine Season 8 we had the Millennium Trilogy written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.  This epic trilogy is unique in Trek lit because it takes the characters to their archetypal extreme.  Through an incredible series of events we meet a Kai Weyoun and a Demon Dukat.  Our heroes are pushed to the very limits of their endurance and the entire arch of Sisko’s journey is examined.  Plus if you put the front covers together it make a very cool picture of the station.  I highly recommend this epic trilogy.


To learn more about why DS9 is so awesome check out the links below.





AI Absence Explained in Star Trek Books

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Let’s face it. The Star Trek television series released on September 9th 1966 is a very different TV show than Star Trek: The Next Generation which premiered in 1987. The universe seems to have changed a lot in a hundred years. First of all Kirk and Spock run into godlike beings constantly. Picard and crew run into godlike beings too but much less frequently. There is Q, and Kevin Uxbridge and umm… Q.  What happened? Did we scare them off some how?

Another big different is the presence of Artificial Intelligence. Kirk and crew encounter an almost endless line of sentient computers whether humanoid or otherwise. Here is a short list: M-5, Landru, Beta 5, The Oracle, Vaal, Nomad and The Guardian of Forever. Half of these Kirk had to talk to death! The original Enterprise crew also encountered a whole lot of androids from Roger Korby to Harry Mudd and his android planet.  In short, there was no shortage of artificial intelligence in the universe.

One hundred years later when hologram of Moriarty becomes sentient Picard and crew flip out!  And everyone acts like Data is the most amazing android they have ever seen! He doesn’t even have emotions. Back in the day you could make an android just by spinning a table.  They just don’t make them like they used to.  All the androids they encounter on TNG come from the same guy.  So the question is:


Luckily for those of us who read the Star Trek novels we have an answer.  Jeff Lang does an incredible job of bridging the gap between the abundance of Artificial Intelligence in the Original Series to their apparent disappearance in The Next Generation.  For this reason and many others I highly recommend Jeff Lang’s novel Immortal Coil as well as David Mack’s sequels.  Check them out below.

Amazon – Immortal Coil (Star Trek Next Generation (Numbered))
iBooks – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Immortal Coil – Jeffrey Lang

Amazon – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory: Book One (Star Trek Next Generation: Cold Equations)
iBooks – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations, Book I: The Persistence of Memory – David Mack

Amazon – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: Silent Weapons: Book Two
iBooks – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations, Book II: Silent Weapons – David Mack

Amazon – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Body Electric: Book Three
iBook – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations, Book III: The Body Electric – David Mack

Star Trek Titan: The Next Animated Series!

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Remember in Star Trek Nemesis when Riker and Troi finally got married and went off on the USS Titan?  It was the second scene of the movie so you most likely got that far before tuning out. (Yes, I said it.)  Well guess what?  There is a whole excellent Star Trek Novel series following the intrepid and eclectic crew of the USS Titan.  Look how pretty their ship is!

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What is so fun about the Titan novels?  They explore the Beta Quadrant and deep space, which is awesome.  They also have a very interesting crew where humans are the minority.  There are some very complex aliens serving aboard this ship.  Plus the novels often feature Leonard James Akaar from the original Star Trek episode “Friday’s Child”  All of this and more make me think it would make an excellent animated show.  I bet Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes would be up for some voice acting.  Maybe Tim Russ would do it too.  (Tuvok is their security chief)

Plus they have a very cool starship.  There was a fan contest to design it back when the Titan novels were first being written.

Anyway if you haven’t read any Titan novels I encourage you to check them out.  They are wonderful.

Amazon – Star Trek: Titan (7 Book Series)
iBooks – Star Trek: Titan #1: Taking Wing – Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels


Essential Star Trek Voyager Reading

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I have been thinking a lot about Star Trek Voyager since the recent release of Kirsten Beyer’s latest book in the Relaunch series Atonement. First and foremost I have been thinking that I am now 3 books behind and I had better get going since I really want to know what is happening with the Voyager crew.

But it has also caused me to look back at the Voyager books of yore.  Certainly you should go an explore it all but some of the highlights for me have been the Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch Voyager novels. Dafydd ab Hugh‘s Invasion novel was excellent and The String Theory Trilogy is not to be missed.

Amazon – Section 31: Shadow (Star Trek Voyager)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Section 31: Shadow – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – The Final Fury (Star Trek: Voyager, No 9: Invasion Book No 4)
iBooks – Star Trek: Invasion! #4: The Final Fury – Dafydd ab Hugh

Amazon – String Theory, Book 1: Cohesion (Star Trek Voyager: String Theory) (Bk. 1)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #1: Cohesion – Jeffrey Lang

One unique element of the Voyager novels is that Jeri Taylor, one of the creators of Voyager, wrote two novels giving more backstory to the characters she helped create.  They are Mosaic and Pathways and they are both worth a read.

Amazon – Mosaic (Star Trek Voyager)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Mosaic – Jeri Taylor

Amazon – Pathways (Star Trek: Voyager)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Pathways – Jeri Taylor

Christie Golden

BUT!  If you love the Star Trek Voyager live action TV show but have not yet started on the novels your best bet is to start with a Christie Golden numbered novel.  When Christie Golden writes a Voyager novel it is the most warm, comfortable and familiar thing you have ever experienced.  The character voices are perfect and the interactions are right on.  I can’t help but smile with every page.

I started watching Voyager late.  The show was already over and I devoured the DVD sets.  When I finally finished with Endgame I was not satisfied.  I NEEDED more Voyager.  Luckily for me there were the Voyager Relaunch novels, the first four of which were written by Christie Golden.  I loved the Homecoming books but was not as thrilled with the Spirit Walk books.  I must not have been the only one because there was a 5 year gap between Christie Golden’s Spirit Walk Book Two and the next Voyager book Kirsten Beyer’s novel Full Circle.

Amazon – The Murdered Sun (Star Trek Voyager, No 6)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: The Murdered Sun – Christie Golden

Amazon – Homecoming (Star Trek Voyager Book One of Two) (Pt.1)
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming – Christie Golden

Kirsten Beyer

During that 5 year gap a few things happened elsewhere in the Star Trek Novel Universe.  First and most importantly in Peter David’s novel Before Dishonor under the Next Generation heading Admiral Janeway is killed.  I won’t tell you how because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. (Open mouth and insert foot.)  Then David Mack’s Destiny Trilogy happened and the entire Star Trek Universe got shaken up.

Amazon – Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
iBooks – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Before Dishonor – Peter David

Amazon – Star Trek: Destiny
iBooks – Star Trek: Destiny: The Complete Saga – David Mack

All of these events took a heavy toll on the Voyager crew.  Kirsten Beyer picks up the pieces in her novels and does such a good job of letting the pain develop our characters.  She moves the narrative forward away from safe familiar territory and into unknown waters.  I cannot wait to jump back into Kirsten Beyer’s Star Trek Voyager.

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition – Kirsten Beyer

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement – Kirsten Beyer

If you would like to see a reading order for the Voyager novels I recommend the Wikipedia page for Star Trek books.  I will put a link below.  Don’t forget to find us on Facebook to join the conversation.  Enjoy!


50th Anniversary Strange New Worlds Fan Fiction Contest

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It’s time to polish up your fan fiction scripts!  The Simon and Schuster Star Trek page has a note that says:

The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is coming! Get news about Star Trek book releases, book deals, giveaways, trivia, sweepstakes and a brand-new Strange New Worlds writing contest launching later this year.

Check out the link here:

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For a decade starting in 1997 Pocket Books held an annual contest for Star Trek fan fiction.  Cash prizes were awarded and several of the participants went on to publish full length Star Trek novels.  The result was 10 excellent volumes of short stories written by fans for fans.

I loved the originality and creativity of these stories.  Some of the stories try to fill in the gaps while others expand on characters we only see once.  Some of them are just plain incredible science fiction.

Check out the first 10 volumes below and get your script ready for the next contest.  I know I will!

Amazon – Strange New Worlds Star Trek
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds I – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Strange New Worlds II (Star Trek Book 2)
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II – Dean Wesley Smith, Paula M. Block & John J. Ordover

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds III
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds III – Dean Wesley Smith, Paula M. Block & John J. Ordover

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Strange New Worlds V (Star Trek Book 5)
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds V – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VI
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VI – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VII
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VII – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VIII
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VIII – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IX
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IX – Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds X
iBooks – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds X – Dean Wesley Smith

The Forgotten Star Trek Novel

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I am in love with Jeff Ayers Star Trek Novel Companion Voyages of Imagination.  I often wile away the hours reading the authors thoughts and comments about various Star Trek novels.

One interesting story from the companion is about the Gene DeWeese’s excellent Star Trek novel Engines of Destiny.

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It seem that the novel was literally forgotten about.  Originally slated for release in 2001 there was a mixup during a transition of editors at Pocket Books.  The book had been paid for but never published.  So in 2005 the book was finally released.

This is the story of Montgomery Scott who after surviving 75 years in a transporter buffer finds life in the future difficult.  He decides to go back in time to save his captain.  Of course saving Captain Kirk has a huge impact on the shape of the future.  Will the help of the Enterprise-D crew be enough to help Kirk and Scotty heal the future?

Check out both of these books at the links below.

Amazon – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Engines of Destiny
iBooks – Star Trek: The Next Generation: Engines of Destiny – Gene DeWeese

Amazon – Star Trek: Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion
iBooks – Star Trek: Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion – Jeff Ayers

One-Eyed, One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater

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“It was large, at least eight feet from tip to tail. It possessed a single eye…Above the eye, on its forehead, was a horn, long and pointed like a unicorn’s or some other fanciful beast…Most remarkable were the small wings on the creature’s spine.  They were moving, twitching, and they seemed far too small to be of any use.  The entire monstrosity was covered with a coating of thick purple fur.”

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Just another reason I love Peter David.  Go read this book!

Amazon – Dark Allies (Star Trek: New Frontier)
iBooks – Star Trek: New Frontier: Dark Allies – Peter David