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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

Synopsis:
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!

Review:
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.

Blu Ray Spotlight: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4

Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Blu Ray

Synopsis and Disc Details:
Packed with hours of newly produced special features, relive the final adventures of Enterprise NX-01’s heroic crew in high definition when STAR TREK®: ENTERPRISE—SEASON FOUR on Blu-ray debuts April 29th from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

A special highlight to the collection is “In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise,” an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special. The compelling discussion includes series creator and executive producer Brannon Braga, along with Mike Sussman, André Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, all detailing some of the series’ most fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. Plus, fans will receive special insight on the creation of the final episodes of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE with a newly produced, four-part documentary “Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise,” which includes more in-depth interviews with the cast and crew.

Featuring all 22 episodes from the final season of the series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE stars Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley, and follows the thrilling adventures of the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier.

Disc One:
•Episodes
o Storm Front, Part I
o Storm Front, Part II
o Home
o Borderland
•Special Features
o Deleted Scene on “Storm Front” (SD)
o Extended Scene and Script Gallery: Original Editing on “Home” (SD)
o Archival Mission Logs:
o Enterprise Moments: Season Four (SD)

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SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods

Star Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods by Michael A. Martin

Synopsis:
Though the United Federation of Planets still reels from Andor’s political decision that will forever affect the coalition, Captain William T. Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan are carrying out Starfleet’s renewed commitment to deep space exploration. While continuing to search the Beta Quadrant’s unknown expanses for an ancient civilization’s long-lost quick-terraforming technology— a potential boon to many Borg-ravaged worlds across the Federation and beyond—Titan’s science specialists encounter the planet Ta’ith, home to the remnant of a once-great society that may hold the very secrets they seek. But this quest also takes Titan perilously close to the deadly Vela Pulsar, the galaxy’s most prolific source of lethal radiation, potentially jeopardizing both the ship and what remains of the Ta’ithan civilization. Meanwhile, Will Riker finds himself on a collision course with the Federation Council and the Andorian government, both of which intend to deprive Titan of its Andorian crew members. And one of those Andorians—Lieutenant Pava Ek’Noor sh’Aqaba—has just uncovered a terrible danger, which has been hiding in plain sight for more than two centuries. . . .

Review:
Now that Andor has left the Federation, Starfleet is trying to pull its Andorian crew from their positions aboard starships to supposedly lower profile postings elsewhere. And Captain Riker has been told to hand over all seven of his Andorian crew. They won’t be forced to repatriate as Andor demands, but Riker and the rest of his crew aren’t happy with Starfleet’s decision.

Meanwhile, the Titan has noticed a planet affected by radiation from a nearby pulsar. And it’s ancient technology has deteriorated to the point of near destruction for the remaining inhabitants. But when an ancient artificial intelligence is awoken, it reaches out to two of Titan’s crew members for help in repairing the planet’s defenses.

This is only the seventh book in the Titan series, but the crew already has a strong bond and camaraderie. The crew is very diverse with fascinating new characters as well as a handful of familiar ones. If you aren’t current in the political climate of the “current” Star Trek universe, don’t let that deter you. Plenty is explained here in regards to the Andorians and as with other series, this is mostly a standalone story. Yet the suspense and mystery builds with the Andorian situation and leaves off in a bit of a cliffhanger ending for several crewmembers. While part of the mystery aboard the Andorian ship is predictable, there is a surprising twist I didn’t see coming in regards to an intriguing alliance. Fast-paced and full of fun adventure, Fallen Gods was an incredibly enjoyable read.

SciFi Book Review: Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game

Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game by Alan Gratz

Jim Kirk has convinced Bones to play the Assassination Game simply because Bones has a crush on the game’s leader. Each person draws a name and has to hunt down and “kill” their target with a metal spork. Meanwhile, Starfleet Academy is on edge with its latest visitors the Varkolak, a violent dog-like race. And Cadet Uhura has been invited to join a secret society at the Academy with an unclear agenda. When a bomb explodes, almost killing the President, clues lead to the Varkolak. But Kirk has reason to believe they are being set up.

The Assassination Game is the fourth installment in the Starfleet Academy series marketed for teens and based on the most recent Star Trek film. And this may be my favorite installment yet. Certain parts of the mystery are a bit predictable to those who read closely and pay attention to details. But the plot is so complex; there are still plenty of fun twists and surprises along the way. Kirk, Bones, and Uhura get the most “face time” in this story. But there are some great cameos by Sulu, Chekov, and Spock as well.

Fans of the original series and latest film will want to check out this exciting and highly entertaining story. With plenty of adventure, intrigue, and humor – this latest installment is captivating. Each of the Starfleet Academy series are stand alone, without any overlying arc, so they don’t need to be read in any order. This series has become just as much as a must-read for me as the rest of the Star Trek novels, if not moreso.

SciFi Book Review: Redshirts

Redshirts by John Scalzi

Official Synopsis:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers. Life couldn’t be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s senior officers always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is . . . and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.


Of course Star Trek fans immediately recognize the “Redshirts” reference, but this is not a spoof as some might think. If you want a spoof, it’s hard to beat Galaxy Quest anyway. Instead, Scalzi has created a similar universe to Star Trek (where the redshirts are seemingly expendable to the point of absurdity) with a metafiction twist. The flagship of Universal Union (or Dub U) is the Intrepid, a ship where all the crew members are terrified of away missions and mysterious and all-too-convenient technology that comes in handy in dire need. But the command crew seems oblivious to the extreme situations surrounding them on such a frequent basis.

Anyone who has watched Star Trek will appreciate the humor and reflection that follows. The science fiction stretches into fantasy-like alternate realities and takes a suspension of disbelief beyond just an exploration of space. I’m finding it hard not to give any spoilers! While not what I expected or was hoping for, the big twist was surprising and quite funny. This was certainly a switch from Scalzi’s other science fiction stories. Redshirts is full of continuous light-hearted humor, amusing (though not overly complex) characters, and a heartwarming drama. While it seems necessary to have at least watched several episodes of Star Trek to at least appreciate the humor and many references, readers do not need to be Trekkies to enjoy this latest inspired release from a talented writer.

Sci-Fi – Fiction Book Review: Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History by Christopher L. Bennett

A mysterious ship has appeared in a new anomaly that appears to be the Enterprise NCC-1701, but touts the name “Timeship Two” and is apparently equipped with a device for time travel. The Department of Temporal Investigations has sent Agents Lucsly and Dulmur to study the ship and James T. Kirk, Captain of the Enterprise NCC-1701, who has had numerous time travel experiences over the years.

It’s important to have read Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock, as it introduces the DTI agents in more detail. This Department of Temporal Investigations novel seems to focus more on stories from the Original series and barely touches on character development. This certainly isn’t an action-packed adventure that most Star Trek novels seem to be. Instead, the story slowly unfolds as the agents investigate the Enterprise’s timeline, experiences with time travel, and a secret kept hidden leading back to the foundation of the DTI. The novel dragged at times, as the dialog was a bit tedious and repetitive. The reader wasn’t experiencing the stories, but being told about various accounts as a history lesson or in a debate on temporal ethics. Though, once the story focused on the Enterprise and the actual reason behind “Timeship Two”, it began to get more enjoyable. I really enjoyed the last half of the book, as the pacing sped up and the plot began to advance. If you’re really interested in time travel and alternative realities in Star Trek, this series is quite interesting. I’m hoping the next in the series focuses a bit more on the characters and plot as Watching the Clock did.