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In the twenty-first centruy humanity has united after countless years of warfare, and turns toward the stars. But when an alien spacecraft crashlands in the South Pacific bearing visitors from another world, the Vulcans, Earth must decide whether to extend the hand of friendship, or the fist of war. In the distant future, horrible dreams torment Admiral James T. Kirk, dreaIn the twenty-first centruy humanity has united after countless years of warfare, and turns toward the stars. But when an alien spacecraft crashlands in the South Pacific bearing visitors from another world, the Vulcans, Earth must decide whether to extend the hand of friendship, or the fist of war. In the distant future, horrible dreams torment Admiral James T. Kirk, dreams prompted by his reading of "Strangers From the Sky", a book about that historic first contact. He dreams of an alternate reality where he somehow changed the course of history, and destroyed the Federation before it began....

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Strangers from the Sky Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-04-05 02:47

    Longer and more complex than the standard ST novel, Strangers from the Sky is literally a novel within a novel; that is, Strangers from the Sky is also the title of a work of purported non-fiction concerning the first contact of Vulcan and Earth. The reading of this text triggers suppressed memories in Kirk and leads to the narration of a framed time-travel narrative. And then there are also the points of view of other individuals who lived in the earlier era which the imaginary non-fiction work describes, and also some references to other times that aren't really part of this story but connect to the events of the show... The actual book is less confusing than my attempt to explain, although when I first read it as a kid I got kind of lost.

  • Judith
    2019-04-11 01:22

    This is an oldie but a goody. It was first published in 1987 and then reissued here as a special edition to celebrate Star Trek's 40th anniversary. This special edition has a new forward by Margaret Wander Bonanno where she clarifies a few time line issues for die hard ST fans. However, you don't need to be a fan to enjoy this can stand alone as a good First Contact Science Fiction book. Ms Bonanno is an excellent writer. Here, she demonstrates her unerring ability to capture the voices of the iconic characters from the original series. Additionally, she successfully brings out the magic of the relationships that made them iconic. Many of the ST novels jump into the plot, ignoring character development, and the quality of those books suffers. This book is mature Star Trek, it is a real novel, not just a ST paper back. The frame work for "Strangers From the Sky" is a book within a book. While visiting Jim Kirk, Dr. McCoy tells him that he's reading a wonderfully written and controversial best-selling book called "Strangers From the Sky." He wants Jim to read it, but Jim discounts it as another First Contact conspiracy nut book. However, after Bones finally convinces him of the importance of the book, Kirk picks it up to read. The book, written by Garamet Jen-Saunor, challenges the well established historical fact that Earth's first contact with alien life happened when the UNSS "Icarus" first encountered the humanoids of Alpha Centauri in the year 2048. Jen-Saunor argues that instead, humanity's first contact with an alien species happened years earlier and whatever happened was so important and dangerous that all records of that first contact were purged and both humans and aliens have kept the secret for almost two centuries. The theory is interesting at best, but very controversial as a First Contact conspiracy theory.When Jim Kirk starts reading the book he finds it a compelling read, although he is so disturbed by what he reads that he starts having nightmares. He feels that somehow he's lived the events he's reading about, although he has no real memory of them. Then Admiral Kirk discovers that Spock, who is away on a cadet training mission, is also having the same nightmares. Spock and Kirk get together to do a Vulcan mind meld, to see if they can unlock the past. What they discover is both "fascinating" and extremely disturbing. This book is rich with so many elements and details including practical magic and time travel, that only an author of Bonano's caliber could pull it off. It is not the typical quick read Star Trek paper back that is published today and that everyone is used to reading. This book's success relies on its strong narrative, characterization, and the sense of wonder that good Science Fiction strives for.The extra length of this book is unusual in a ST novel, but it does give the author time enough to really develop the characters and go into all details about the issues of fear, xenophobia, bigotry, and the distrust that would be involved in a First Contact encounter with aliens. There is also a timely and gripping side story that deals with terrorism and which sadly, is still very appropriate today. Fascinating and Highly recommended.

  • Surreysmum
    2019-03-22 03:35

    [These notes were made in 1987:]. One of the better Star Trek books I've read, this is an ambitious tome of over 400 pages. It covers three times in the ST universe: mid twenty-first century, just before first contact was made with the Vulcans; early in the career of Kirk and Spock, just before the edge of the universe episode; and in the fullness of their friendship, after V'ger. It consists literally in a double flashback -- Kirk and Spock, both troubled by dreams, discover that in the earlier time (which they finally find through a mind-link), they had been time-warped back to the 21st century, where they took part in the events surrounding the first Vulcan contact -- a contact now denied by all the official histories. The novel rather daringly, but not at all confusingly, moves back and forth between all three times. The theme which runs throughout is that of understanding between peoples strange to each other. In the first period, the shock is so great that the Vulcans choose to withdraw, and Kirk's lady doctor friend wipes (with their consent) the memories of all concerned in the transaction. In the second period, Kirk is just getting used to having a Vulcan as first officer and the episode in the past marks a significant advance in their relations. Indeed, it is only by working together that Spock and Kirk manage to avoid time-twisted catastrophe. Bonanno underlines this theme gracefully without getting maudlin about it. In the third period, of course, Kirk, Spock and McCoy are as close and as full of understanding as they ever get. Fortunately, Bonanno dramatizes this rather than waffling on about it in the Marshak & Culbreath tradition. The characters introduced in the 21st century I find less compelling, but that is hardly surprising. Bonanno's characterization of Mitchell and Kelso, one shot characters in a single episode of the series, is full without being jarring. And she has succeeded in putting that episode in a new light without introducing anything that would offend the Great Bird of the Galaxy. Altogether a most satisfying addition to the canon.

  • Lauren Donoho
    2019-04-05 07:30

    So here's the thing about Star Trek tie ins - most of them are precisely what they sound like, which is fairly entertaining Star Trek adventure stories with really uneven writing quality. And then there are Star Trek books like Strangers from the Sky, which is basically an interesting, original science fiction novel about first contact, with Spock, Kirk, and McCoy as bizarrely epic guest stars. And time-travel, which I unabashedly love as a plot device, so...Basically, I read this book a lot of times when I was fifteen, and upon re-read, it still makes me smile a lot. I don't know how many other TV show or movie tie-in novels I can say that about.

  • rivka
    2019-03-22 01:28

    An intriguing book-within-a-book interspersed with scenes from two different ST eras. The "frame" story is set after ST:TMP, and the flashbacks are set just shortly before "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The contrast between the Kirk, Spock, and others in the two eras is well-handled. So are all the original characters -- and there are quite a few, each unique and vibrant. There's even a brief appearance from our old friends from Dwellers in the Crucible.One of my favorite ST novels, which I have reread dozens of times.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-04 04:31

    The first story was good; the second, not so much.

  • Mike Crate
    2019-03-19 03:45

    Imagine an Earth still recovering from the Third World War and Eugenic wars looking into the vastness of space and its first contact with an alien life form is through the eyes of the mass media itself peering through a lens obstructed by political and military cover ups. A blood on the walls scenario in every definition, this is the memory/dream which plagues Captain Kirk after reading a scholarly work from a human with access to information long held within Vulcan archives. Many consider it a work of fiction but when Spock returns from a training cruise of the Enterprise and shares many of the same dreams perhaps there is more to it than an interesting look into an alternate reality.Strangers from the Sky is a very good Star Trek novel dealing with a more vulnerable Earth and humanity and using the crew of the Enterprise as seen in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" so the dynamic is shifted from the established "trio" which makes this story work. The whole premise deals with how humanity can learn and demonstrate the maturity and understanding required to be part of a galactic family and the principle that nobody can do it alone.I did like many of the call backs to other novels and characters which is only going to pay off if you are reading novels from the same author or following the published licensed Trek books, if not then it doesn't harm the story which is a bonus. It was also interesting to see an Earth still hurting and dealing with the social, political and economic fall out before she raised herself to meet the challenge of being a major power in the galaxy. This of course is being told through the eyes of the human characters who deal hands on with the alien visitors and they too are certainly not of a single mind which gives the scifi story the personal touch that adds so much.I've got to highly recommend this novel for anyone looking for a story offering a different first contact, in fact the book has two first contact situations neither of which line up with the TNG movie presentation so enjoy and wonder what the tv series and movies could have done.

  • Oleta Blaylock
    2019-03-19 08:27

    I am not sure I am going to be able to write a review for this book. I will say that it is divided into two parts. The first part is set in the time that James Kirk was an admiral. Spock is a teacher at the Academy. McCoy has a practice in San Francisco. A historical book comes out titled STRANGERS FROM THE SKY and it triggers dreams (nightmares) in Kirk. Spock also starts to have the same dreams. In order to find the cause Spock must mind meld with Kirk and find out what is going on.The second part is what the two find out during the meld. It is a tale of time travel, rescues and keeping history on track. There is also a hint about Khan near the end of the book. Careful you might miss it.This is an intense book and probably one of the best of the STAR TREK: TOS novels. It is definitely in the top five or so. This story pulled me in and wouldn't let me go until the last page was turned. I love finding out anything new about Spock and this story gives a glimpse into Amanda Grayson's family. If you love the original series you should definitely enjoy this well written story.

  • Harrison
    2019-04-02 04:20

    I liked Faces of Fire a bit more, but if only a few things were different, then Strangers from the sky would be the best Star Trek novel of all time. It felt like Carl Sagan's Contact meets that great Trek episode, "City on the Edge of Forever". It had a great story to tell, something that rivals the greatest of the Trek movies. My only complaint, and the reason Faces of Fire was better, was because Bonanno stretched out a great plot into something a little unrealistic. In addition, the introduction of Kirk and Spock into the story was unnecessary, as there were already great characters in the book. But, if you're a Trekkie, go ahead and read it.

  • Chris Schmehl
    2019-03-20 05:39

    I read this book not long after I saw Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I love both. I also recommend the audio book version read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei.Margaret Wander Bonanno weaves an incredible story that spans original series history. Part occurs during the very early days of Kirk's command, part occurs during the time period close to The Motion Picture, and part occurs during the past when humans first met the Vulcans. It's a great read with imaginative characters.

  • Barry Hammock
    2019-04-08 00:32

    It was a excellent tale of political intrigue and race relations set partially in a 21st century still on the road to recovery after the Third World War. War, itself, may be gone. However, apparently, xenophobia is not. Overall, I found the story well written, even though some of the subplots left more to be desired, such as the anachronistic terrorist group that probably appears for less than twenty pages in the text, and really does not contribute much to the text. One character's escape from police custody is completely glossed over, and never covered in the slightest detail. After much build up, with complex world building, and the establishments of relationships between characters, the ending seemed to be a little rush. However, this is understandable in a franchise based book. Some things are just formulaic. All in all, it was a good work. Highly recommend.

  • Skylar
    2019-04-06 01:38

    This isn't just a good Star Trek novel — it's also a good novel on its own. Not only do we get to see rare portrayals of early TOS characters (Dr. Dehner, Gary Mitchell, Lee Kelso), but the author also weaves together two seemingly unrelated plots skillfully. Despite being quite long for a Star Trek novel, it's never boring, and has a satisfying conclusion as well.

  • Drake Tungsten
    2019-04-12 00:23

    This was a good "what if aliens were stranded on Earth before first contact" scenario. Very well written too. I believe this premise was revisited in the "Carbon Creek" episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise".

  • MWT
    2019-03-22 03:41

    By far my favorite of the Star Trek TOS novels. My copy has a double cover.

  • John Barclay
    2019-04-06 04:34

    I like Bonanno's work. What if the Vulcan's came to earth early? A time travel that links Spock into the past in an interesting way.

  • M. Milner
    2019-03-27 06:43

    Fun, but could have used some trimming, especially the terrorist subplot which never ends up going anywhere

  • MC
    2019-04-04 08:20

    There are so many “what if” scenarios in history, that we often wonder what might have gone differently if some seemingly seminal event had transpired differently, or not at all. Of course, in real life, this is just conjecture on all of our parts. The idea of taking a fictional world, using a “what if” scenario and writing with (relatively) free reign, is gratifying in ways that such real-life “what if” questions can not be, for it allows us to answer this question. This is part of why I, and so many others, have enjoyed the book, Strangers from the Sky, by Margaret Wander Bonano. First published in the mid-1980's, it has become a classic Star Trek novel, and almost the standard of what a good Trek novel is. The book is essentially a story within a story. The fictional “history” in the novel (which would later be retconned by the 1996 movie Star Trek: First Contact) is that the Vulcans had finally revealed themselves to Humankind when the crew of an Earth space vessel stumbled upon a damaged Vulcan science research ship. This happens in the Trek universe in the year 2065. Every Federation citizen from the youngest on up to the oldest, knows this to be true. The truth is that every Federation citizen is wrong according to a new book that Admiral James T. Kirk's fellows officers and enlisted personnel (and most other Federation citizens) are reading and raving about. The book, Strangers from the Sky, alleges that two Vulcans visited Earth and were evacuated by rescuers nearly two decades before the official “first contact”, AND that this was all covered up by both the Vulcan and Earth governments.At first, Kirk resists the pressure to read the galactic best-seller that Bones McCoy attempts to recommend to him, but after enough times of having the new “history book” foisted on him from every direction by every person he knows and works with, Kirk finally says no mas and decides to read it after all. That's when the trouble begins.Kirk begins having dreams and nightmares of the events of the novel, and firmly believes that he lived through them. Captain Spock, sensing his friend's distress, begins having his own nightmares as well, similar to Kirk's, but with his own scenarios. This is despite the fact that Spock is out in space training cadets on board the Enterprise and hasn't spoken to Kirk (who is in San Francisco at Starfleet HQ) for some weeks, and thus has no clue what ails him. Of course, this gets them both in serious trouble, as their mental stability is called into question. Others rightfully ask how they could possibly “remember” events that took place long before they were even born. To prove their sanity, the two must delve into their memories via Vulcan Mind Meld, and record what really happened on a scouting trip long ago at the beginning of their acquaintance as they originally began a certain five-year mission....So begins a Star Trek story with so many elements (including magic, fantasy, science-fiction, time travel, speculative fiction) that only an author of Bonano's caliber actually could pull it off. Despite it's quirkiness, the story is beloved by fans, and for good reason. It is not the same typical Trek story that everyone is used to reading or watching (not that such stories are not great themselves, understand), because the “action” is extremely limited to one incident in the last couple of chapters. This story relies for it's success on the strong narrative, characterization, and the sense of wonder that epitomizes the franchise.Not that everything was perfect in the tale. Bonano seems to have a bit too much fun making comedy at McCoy's expense in the book, and that annoyed me, as McCoy is one of my favorite characters. The author seems to include a few potshots at political and cultural ideas that are not necessary to the story. Whether this her trying to stay somewhat faithful to Roddenberry's concept, or her own political bias is unclear, but it does get annoying after a while, especially since, again, it did not need to be there. It gets old quickly to have the internationalist “political” angle gotten into specifically, instead of generally, as usually happens, in Trek stories. That said, the author joins other Trek authors and creators in being somewhat more friendly towards religion than were Roddenberry's more hard-line atheist views. That was much appreciated. All in all, a great read.Highly Recommended.

  • Brett Thomasson
    2019-03-26 03:27

    Margaret Wander Bonanno's Strangers From the Sky doesn't vary much from the official Star Trek canon; tweak its version of the first official meeting between humans and Vulcans and it rests comfortably within established continuity.That's because it's the story of an earlier unofficial meeting between the two races, which happens when a Vulcan scout ship crashes in the Pacific Ocean in the mid 2040s. Earth, still recovering from a series of wars, revolutions and upheavals, is thought not to be ready for contact with an alien species, especially one so different. But the scout ship fails to self-destruct, leaving its captain T'Lera and her son, the navigator Sorahl, injured but alive. First found by a kelp farming station crew and then by an official naval vessel, they are hidden away until government officials can determine what needs to happen with them.Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise, very early in their five-year mission, find themselves stuck in the middle of this situation as a powerful being experimenting with time manipulation has unmoored them from their time and cast them into this one. But something's wrong, because a much older Kirk is having memories of these events he shouldn't have, and they might just cause him to lose his mind.Bonanno does more wandering about in time than is really good for the story, but it flows a little more smoothly when read than when described. She isn't afraid of conflict between her characters, which is something the "everybody gets along in the future" vision pushed by Roddenberry usually didn't allow. She includes a set of terrorists and a set of pacifists who are both very much cartoons, but she also uses three characters TV viewers didn't really get to know, since they died in the second pilot episode. It's nice to see them get some time onstage and to watch the Kirk-Spock friendship take some of its first steps, even if some of the story elements need simplifying and smoothing out.Bonanno had other Trek novels, although not for many years. She, Pocket Books and Paramount had significant differences of opinion over a manuscript she submitted for a book using the mysterious probe from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and she did not return to the Trek universe until 2004.Original available here.

  • The Fizza
    2019-04-16 07:45

    Weird, interesting and way better than it has any rights to be.

  • JJ
    2019-04-10 05:39

    Star Trek: Strangers From The Sky by Margaret Wander Bonanno, "the second giant Star Trek novel" is not so good. A time-travel story about Vulcans arriving on Earth 20 years too early and the Enterprise crew's attempts to set the timeline straight, this novel is profoundly mediocre. The characterizations are flat; big and important story elements happen in a cursory way, often 'off-screen'; and large portions of the tale read like a tepid, weak, Cold-War-era spy novel. Containing little vim, little vigor, Strangers From The Sky reads more like a treatment or an outline than a novel proper. It was drudgery to get through this book. The Vulcan commander was written relatively well, and there were a few passages near the end of the book that were nice, and so because there a few slender elements of enjoyment in it, the book gets an 'OK' rating, but that's me being generous. There are lot of good Star Trek novels; this was not one of the better ones.

  • Kate
    2019-04-04 04:32

    One for the files of "oh, what harm every came from opening a book?" LOTS apparently! And I'm sure this is the last time Kirk ever takes a book recommendation from McCoy.Kirk is reading a book, a sensational bit of 'history' called "Strangers from the Sky" challenging about when exactly first contact with Vulcans happened. Kirk begins having really, really indepth and odd nightmares about the book and it changing history. Spock, on assignment with the Enterprise, has similar nightmares and there is no sense of drama spared when it comes to how bad this could be. There are three narratives to keep track of: the text of the book, the Admiral Kirk plotline, and the Captain Kirk plotline. The Captain Kirk plotlines takes place prior to "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and features Lee Kelso, Elizabeth Dehner, and Gary Mitchell. That was really cool to see more from these characters. We also see Kirk being a jerk to Spock but also them starting to reach an understanding, much like humans and vulcans in general. I liked more of those than reading the 'text' of the book but it was a really, really neat idea that works out quite well. I can see why this novel is so well liked among Trek novels. There's a lot to keep track of, and sometimes reading about not Kirk and the crew get a bit boring, but it's a great story. Tense as heck with mystery and as usual some wonderful moments between our trio, especially between Kirk and Spock.

  • CleverBaggins
    2019-04-14 02:21

    So this audio book was read by both George Takei and Leonard Nimoy who are both, of course, wonderful. And while I didn't hate the story or anything most of this one I was just confused and lost through it. I don't know if its just better if I was reading it myself (I'm a much more visual person) or if it was badly edited because I couldn't tell always when the story changed perspectives or maybe my copy of it was just done badly or something.It seemed to be a fairly interesting story about a book that is really popular but when some people read it, they're being sort of haunted in their dreams about it. Kirk is one of these. He actually gets put in an institution because his brain scans are so bad. Meanwhile the book tries to tell the story of first contact before the known first contact by Vulcans when a ship of theirs crash landed on earth. It also tells of Spock using a mind meld to help Kirk and discovering memories of traveling back in time to the event and helping.If that sounds confusing you'll know how I felt trying to listen to it. I might try this one again as a regular book if I ever come across it because it could be interesting but mostly I was just lost and kind of felt bombarded by things I had no idea what was going on.

  • Sydney
    2019-04-18 06:39

    At first, I didn't know what to think do the book. I didn't like the format (switching from excerpts from the novel to reality) and the characters really weren't that engaging. However, when I was about 50-75 pages in, I started to appreciate the novel for what it was. I feel as though the author accurately portrays a variety of ways how humans would react at the first meeting of extraterrestrials. (Accurate, that is, as far as how closely the portrayals fit my own speculations. But that's beside the point!)The relationship that Spock and Kirk have in this book is wonderful and stays true to the relationship that is portrayed in the Original Series. That being said, the characterization of the new characters introduced in the novel was lacking. I didn't find myself engaged by them as I felt the author intended the reader to be. Overall, once the plot starts to really move, "Strangers From the Sky" is an entertaining novel. I don't think that I would reread it, however, simply because the fact that the novel is so plot driven and the characters are less than engaging. Anyone who is a fan of the Original Series will most likely enjoy this book. If nothing more, he novel proves to be an entertaining read despite it's daunting size.

  • Michael
    2019-04-03 02:42

    In the "Star Trek" novel "Strangers From the Sky", Margaret Wander Bonanno demonstrates what so many Star Trek novelists have not -- her ability to capture the voices of the characters we love. Additionally, she successfully brings out the magic of their relationships. So many of the shorter S-T novels jump right into the plot, ignoring character development and the "painting" of the scenery."Star Trek" may get a bit confused because as the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" movie "First Contact" taught us is when Zephram Cochrane launched the "Phoenix" on Apri 5, 2063 and achieved warp drive for the first time, he caught the attention of the "T'plana'hath," a Vulcan survey ship, which lands on Earth and makes first contact with humans. But all you need to do to make this all work out is to replace what happened in "First Contact" with the story of the "Icarus" and it still works out. In fact, the idea that we are now talking about Vulcans instead of Alpha Centaurians makes everything resonate a bit more.

  • The other John
    2019-04-08 08:31

    This is one of those rare times when I pull a beloved book off my shelf and end up thinking less of the tome than I did on my previous readings. Strangers is a Star Trek novel, telling of a first contact between Vulcans and Humans. (This was written before the movie Star Trek: First Contact, so now we know that this story never really happened.)(Well, you know what I mean.) Like the movie, it wasn't enough to simply present the tale of this event. The author also had to include time travelling members of the Enterprise crew, in this case, from the original series. In the past, I enjoyed the cultural anxiety of the encounter and the building drama of the story. This time around, I also (eventually) got caught up in the plot, but I spent far too much time noticing the clichés and two dimensional characters. I may hang onto the book out of nostalgia, but I really couldn't recommend that any one else pick it up outside of the waiting room.

  • Jonathan S. Harbour
    2019-04-08 00:43

    This is IMO one of the top five of the Star Trek Pocket Books (the old numbered series). Margaret Bonanno was not credited for the premise of this story in the screenplay of the film, Star Trek: First Contact (TNG cast), wherein, as you know, two Vulcans land on Earth after noting the warp signature of Zephram Cochran's prototype ship. This story sends the Vulcans on an adventure of intrigue and danger on Earth, whereas the film simply presented them as guests for a few minutes at the end of the film, but the premise was the same. I remember watching the movie in the theater, and when the alien ship was landing, I blurted out really loud in the theater, "THE VULCANS!" (thinking of this novel). Embarrassed, I sunk into my seat to hide.. LOL.. but I'll never forget that moment or this book.

  • Robert
    2019-03-19 05:34

    A history book all the rage. Something is disturbing Kirk as he reads. That same something is disturbing Spock, even though he is on the Enterprise at some distance away. Spock comes to Kirk. A mind meld. The truth.I am reminded of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode in which the ancestor of the Vulcan officer lives incognito on earth a long time before the historical "First Contact." How I wanted to know more of the stories of what happened to that ancestor. I felt that Pocket Books could have done a series of novels following that character, that they had missed a golden opportunity.At any rate, I enjoyed the book. The break at the center of the book was jarring to me, like a highway traffic bump at full speed. To me the ending was not as satisfying as I might have hoped, but was good enough that I thought I might like to read other Star Trek work by this author.

  • Du4
    2019-04-06 00:22

    I've recently rediscovered a bunch of these old Star Trek books as ebooks, and they're a BLAST rereading years later. I particularly dug STRANGERS IN THE SKY from way back when not only because the book was awesome but also remembering fondly George Takei's reading of the audiobook version. The story is particularly fun because of its nonlinear pace, jumping back to a pre- "Where No Man Has Gone Before" era where Gary Mitchell and Lee Kelso are major characters on Kirk's Enterprise. Bonanno - a longtime Trek fan and writer - constructed great characters in Mitchell and Kelso given that they had only received one episode of screen time.Aside from the characterization, it's just a really great story. My views may be colored with nostalgia but I don't mind. :)

  • Jay Daze
    2019-04-03 05:26

    The time travel plot didn't work. There wasn't much tension or meaningful action for the characters to do. For a book that wants to argue that individuals can make a different, the story leans exactly the other way. All the events in the book are fixed and everyone just plays their part. The novel ably juggled a book-within-a-book and three time periods without confusing me. I did enjoy young Kirk and company, as well as the new characters. Though I do think the military duo, Nyere and Sawyer, should had been the nexus point where a dramatic choice should have been made. Fat Kirk and Spock weren't as enjoyable because they didn't get to do much and because Bonanno told us that they were very, very close but didn't show it.

  • Mrklingon
    2019-04-07 01:43

    Golden Age TrekThere's a window in time when the Trek novels were more unencumbered by editorial oversight, story arcs and trying to be more canonical - and this is a novel from that era. Really kind of quirky in many ways (there's magic, for one!), but still a fun story. [Not a complaint about the current state of Trek literature - just an observation.]I'd read this long ago, but picked up the abridged audio version with great voice work from George Takei and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. There's sound effects too! Not your serious full text audio book, almost more of a radio play - but *I* liked it.