SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: The Original Series: No Time Like the Past

Star Trek: The Original Series: No Time Like the Past by Greg Cox

STARDATE 6122.5. A diplomatic mission to the planet Yusub erupts in violence when ruthless Orion raiders attempt to disrupt the crucial negotiations by force. Caught in the midst of a tense and dangerous situation, Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise finds an unexpected ally in the form of an enigmatic stranger who calls herself “Annika Seven.”

STARDATE 53786.1. Seven of Nine is taking part in an archae¬ological expedition on an obscure planetoid in the Delta Quadrant when a disastrous turn of events puts Voyager’s away team in jeopardy—and transports Seven across time and space to Yusub, where she comes face-to-face with one of Starfleet’s greatest legends.

STARDATE 6122.5. Kirk knows better than most the danger that even a single castaway from the future can pose to the time line, so he and Seven embark on a hazardous quest to return her to her own era. But there are others who crave the knowledge Seven possesses, and they will stop at noth¬ing to obtain it—even if this means seizing control of the Enterprise!

Voyager’s Seven of Nine meets Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise in this time jumping adventure. Seven’s personality meshes well with the crew, as Dr. McCoy states, it’s like having another Spock. And her Borg implants prove to be a help, as well as hindrance eventually, as she is stuck in the past.

No Time Like the Past is a standalone story that pulls from several known Original series episodes. This was a fast-paced adventure with plenty of mystery, intrigue, and colorful characters. And the continuous killing off of red shirts was pretty humorous. This is a fun crossover that both Original series and Voyager fans will enjoy.