I recently saw the new Trek film when it became available on the cable system’s On Demand channel. The following clip about sums up my feelings about the new movie:
Author Dayton Ward has written a love letter, in my mind, to all Trek fans. In his afterward, he says the idea was kicking around in his head for years before it was agreed to by the powers that be. He references a number of episodes from the different series and brings in characters prominent in most of them. Characters are from the Deep Space Nine episode LITTLE GREEN MEN wherein Quark and family go through a time warp and crashed in New Mexico in 1947, becoming the Roswell Incident, play prominent parts in the tale. Also the ENTERPRISE episode CARBON CREEK gives us the Vulcan that stayed behind when the home planet rescued them to observe the human race and he plays a part in the actions. Finally Roberta Lincoln(played by a young Teri Garr) and Gary Seven(Robert Lansing) from ASSIGNMENT: EARTH play roles, though Miss Lincoln’s is bigger.
The story is told in two time lines, one with Kirk and crew in 2268 and the other beginning in the latter forties and progressing into the late sixties.
Our tale opens when the Enterprise is invaded is invaded by two beings by use of a powerful transporter beam. One a Vulcan named Mestral and the other a Certross. The Vulcan claims to have lived on Earth since the mid-fifties. The Certross says she’s part of a mission sent to Earth to force it to destroy itself before it can mature enough to enter the world of space and destroy her people.
The Certross are known in Kirk’s day as an obscure, pacifistic race that don’t even arm their ships.
At about that moment, a Certross ship arrives at the Enterprise’s location, followed shortly by a Tandaran ship demanding the Certross that sent a signal to their home world. And that ship is heavily armed and coming in hot.
It’s all part of a shadowy time war chronicled in the early years of the Enterprise Trek series.
And then the fun hits when Roberta Lincoln transports in. While it’s only been a week since Kirk and crew last saw the young girl that aide Gary Seven, for her it’s a year. She’s much more professional now.
Dayton Ward brigs in Project Blue Book in that early time line, as well as Majestic 12, a super secret organization that may or may not have existed.
A lot of fun this one and can be ordered HERE..
Pocket has such a wide ranging Trek program that I don’t buy a lot of the books anymore. Being an original Trekkie/Trekker, I limit myself these days to original series novels. With the new film this year, the publishing program is lousy with TOS novels. Greg Cox is one of my favorites(his Khan trilogy is a particular favorite) and THE WEIGHT OF WORLDS does that for which the TV series was always good: disguising commentary on real world events as science fiction.
The Ilatl open a dimensional rift and invade the Federation. They come through at The Ephrata Institute, a think tank on a remote planet, with their Crusade to bring their Truth before it’s too late. Whether we want it or not, their religious fervor demands they convert us by whatever means necessary in order to save us by their version of the end of time. It matters not whether we want it. They will force it on us by fair means or foul. And their foul means is a gravity weapon that can increase one’s attraction many fold or get rid of it all together.
When the Enterprise responds to an emergency SOS, Kirk and Spock find the inhabitants, scientists, artists, thinkers, in the midst of a new fever. The two officers are taken through the rift to Ialat to face the God-King. There they learn there is an underground aghast at what the priest have done to the sciences in their zeal to “save” the many races in this new dimension. They work from that side as the Enterprise is under attack in our dimension to be taken so that the Truth can be spread throughout. They never developed space travel, believing they were the only race. Finding a new dimension populated by uncounted races has warped the priesthood’s psyche and sent them on their impossible mission.
Author Greg Cox makes use of Uhura and Sulu more so than the series ever did. Set during the original five year mission in those last two years never shown on TV(reference is made to shows from all three years as events in the past.
A good one. Available HERE.
I looked forward to this one for a couple of reasons. I’m an old geezer, an original Trek fan(Trekkie or Trekker, I answer to either and am not offended), there for first time broadcast of The Man Trap, the first Trek episode aired. Been a fan ever since. I actually liked the first Trek film with the new actors. No, it wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t go into hysterics because they violated canon. Liked it anyway. I consider myself a fan and have met Nimoy, Roddenberry, and Takei. I remember standing at a con talking with Takei, surrounded by buxom barbarian women, Kilngons, Vulcans, and enjoying it all. Never felt the need to dress up and partake of that sort of fun. Just a fan.
The other reason I looked forward to THE FOLDED WORLD is my admiration for the work of author Jeff Mariotte, original or tie-in. You’re always in for an enjoyable ride when you crack a book of his.
Here, the Enterprise is on a diplomatic mission when they receive an SOS form the McRaven, another Constitution class ship. It was four days ahead on the same course, same destination.
What the crew finds is a strange anomaly, space folded over on itself, dimensions overlapping and a large number of ships caught up in it. The McRaven is one. They also see a Romulan, a Tholian, a Klingon, as well as many of unknown origin, all grouped tightly around a huge ship, also unknown. Sensors find no life and little signs of ship energy.
A rescue mission is sent in, two shuttles, against the wishes of the Ixtolian ambassador aboard the Enterprise, led by the ship’s top three and a contingent of red shirts.
Things start to go haywire inside the fold with people seeing and experiencing weird stuff that is all to real.
At the same time, Jeff has another story going on of a primitive race experiencing giants that stomp through their town, oblivious to what their steps are doing, acid rain decimating folks not undercover, and a race of beings landing, and herding survivors aboard their ships.
How all this ties together is the crux of the story and had me trying to figure it out along the way.
Had a fine time with this one. It can be ordered HERE.