"must read' Star Trek novels?
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in the meantime, can anyone suggest a few "must read" ST novels. I'd prefer stand-alone books I can read without tracking down a complete story arc/series and the more continuity-free the better.
the only ST novel I've read is Shadows On The Sun and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spock's World by Diane Duane fleshes out the history of Vulcan, as well as examining its place in the Federation.
Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens fleshes out Zefram Cochrane's backstory, but is totally contradicted by First Contact.
Dark Mirror by Duane and Q-Squared by Peter David are excellent alternate universe stories.
How Much for Just the Planet? by John Ford is Star Trek humor done right.
9> related out-of-print books are trickier to find than stand-alones, but I'll look out for them.
16> I have Imzadi and Imzadi II (acquired years ago after learning the first book was an inspiration for Human Nature, one of my favourite Doctor Who novels). I don't usually bother with novelizations but I'll look out for the Day of Honor omnibus
Probe - The sequel to Star Trek IV.
Vendetta - The Doomsday Machine meets the Borg.
The Kobayashi Maru - Kirk, Scotty, Chekov, and Sulu's tests.
Kobayashi Maru - Archer's actual enconter.
Engines of Destiny - Fills in the missing blank of TNG Scotty and ST VII.
Strangers from the Sky - Pre-ST VIII conception of first contact between Vulcan and Earth.
First Frontier - Phasers vs. Raptors!
Star Trek: Invasion! - This was the first crossover series, they really made a big deal out of it at the time. If you have trouble finding the Omni version, the four sub-books are:
The Soldiers of Fear
The Final Fury
You know, this message board is a heck of alot quieter than I would expect it to be. Is there another Trek forum here on LibraryThing that's more active? Like the Trek version of Green Dragon or something?
Also recommend The Vulcan Academy Murders although mainly for the guest charactors. Also has a sequel The IDIC Epidemic.
I don't mind them starting off with new actors but tossing out 40-50 years seems like a big f' you to the fans.
I was annoyed by the new movie as well, "Hey, we need something new for the Star Trek universe, but stuff that doesn't involve Kirk and Spock and them isn't as popular. I know! Make it so it never happened the way it did in all the other shows! That'll show we're hip and edgy and creative!"
Not seen the new movie.
Enterprise (the TV show, not the book) threw out canon with the Klingon on Earth before the first NX launched not to mention the Ferengi raiding the vessel. I didn't think that they met the Klingons until Kirk's Era. I KNOW they didn't meet the Ferengi until Picard's Captaincy.
I just don't understand movies in general these days, why the hell can't I see a happy movie (that's not horribly sexist or disgustingly disgusting). Isn't that what books/TV/movies are supposed to be. The world sucks, I'd really love it if the world in my movies was better than the real world, not 'real'.
And last I checked, they're still pumping out truckloads of novels and comics for the TOS and TNG eras.
True, although the Typhon Pact series (TNG, post Nemesis) left much to be desired.
Star trek new voyages (1976)
The price of the Phoenix(1977)
The Fate of the Phoenix(1979) not as good as first...
Death's Angel (1981)
Black Fire (1983) I love this one.
Yesterdays son (1983)
The entropy effect (1981)
The Vulcan academy murders (1984)
Star Trek; the Next Generation - "The Buried Age" by Christopher L. Bennett
It's truly a treasure of a book, even if your not particularly a Star Trek fan, you should still really enjoy this novel.