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The Sackers may be the most hated race in the galaxy, so repugnant that their mere appearance makes most Federation citizens ill. That hatred runs both ways, and now the Sackers have stolen a powerful new device that they use to imperil the rest of the universe. They've torn a hole in the fabric of spacetime, an expanding tear so that one universe is leaking into another,The Sackers may be the most hated race in the galaxy, so repugnant that their mere appearance makes most Federation citizens ill. That hatred runs both ways, and now the Sackers have stolen a powerful new device that they use to imperil the rest of the universe. They've torn a hole in the fabric of spacetime, an expanding tear so that one universe is leaking into another, and unless the EnterpriseTM crew can stop it, it will consume everything in its path....

Title : Three Minute Universe
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ISBN : 9780671658168
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 265 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Three Minute Universe Reviews

  • TheTick
    2019-06-22 19:29

    Okay, not really a review, but one thing has bothered me about this book (which was decently fun otherwise) since I was a kid - it is stated in the book that you can see under the 'Sackers' skin little squiggly things sort of swimming around, which are supposed to be taking the place of the system of nerves like we have. So why don't they have, like, the worst reflexes in the history of intelligent life? At least they get your brain working harder than the typical Star Trek alien of the week, where you pick a skin color, forehead abberation and human culture analogue out of a hat.

  • Grace
    2019-06-25 19:43

    As the National Library Service for the Blind is gradually converting Star Trek novels from cassette to digital format, I've begun working my way through books I haven't read since college. Three Minute Universe is one of the better original series novels because it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's funny and sometimes thought-provoking--a fun, light read.

  • Jerry
    2019-06-05 18:43

    Better than usual for this series.

  • Travis
    2019-05-27 17:43

    Some interesting ideas, the Sackers especially I thought were a creative alien race, but only an 'alright' read.Enjoyed it while I read it, but I felt no urge to keep my copy.

  • Corie Holland
    2019-06-24 16:43

    This was an entertaining read, especially on a long travel day. There were a lot of twists- I thought it would explore the new universe (extremely dangerous but not unknown to the Star Trek series), then there was the build-up of the "suddenly vicious" Sackers. Everything came together in a wonderfully awkward way. I still would've liked to see more about the new universe directly, but the interaction between the crew (especially Chekhov) and the Sackers more than made up for that.

  • Ben
    2019-06-05 21:37

    Originally I gave this book 4 stars, but on re-reading it a good twenty-five years later, I cannot say it stands up to the test of time quite as well as I had hoped. To be sure, it is a Star Trek book, and expectations should not be too high, but I remembered it as being a lot more hilarious than it was.On the good side, it is funny. There are a fair few laughs in the book, and there is a bit of character exploration for Uhura, as well as the usual appearances by the crew favourites.On the down side, the whole idea of the aliens being so disgusting that no one can look at them without throwing up was rather... odd. Further the central threat at the heart of the book seemed to be rather casually dealt with, considering that it pretty much equated to the end of the frickin' universe! Ho hum...A couple of other things that downgraded my enjoyment of this somewhat was that in the ebook version I was reading there was a consistent formatting error where whenever anything was printed in italics, and there were a lot of Enterprises for one, then there was no space between the next word... Further, and more annoyingly, there was no break or proper paragraphing between scenes, so at times there was a bit of confusion.Still, if you are looking for a quick fun Trek book, you could do a lot worse that this.

  • Mike Crate
    2019-06-20 13:41

    A threat to the entire universe reveals itself and the Enterprise is sent to investigate, they determine a huge energy source is expanding into our reality and already the Zirgosian system has been wiped out but perhaps for once they are hoping it was engineered because it was then there may be a way to stop it. Enterprise visits the only colony world of the Zirgosian people and finds a strange and powerful starship in orbit, could these be the people responsible for the energy wave or are they too victims...The Three Minute Universe offers up a pretty epic concept, the death of our universe as it's suborned by another but the introduction of the "Sacker" species and everything they bring to life in the Milky Way is the high point of the novel. The interaction between them and select crew of Enterprise also adds a lot to the overall positive feel of the novel and certainly fits into the ethos of what Star Trek was always meant to be about. That said I don't think the main plot really served to underpin the character based elements that were spun off but I did like the references to non-canon characters from other novels so worth a read if you get the chance.

  • The Fizza
    2019-06-17 15:31

    I'd have to give this 2 Stars - It's a fun little read with some very interesting and creative ideas, such as the 'Sacker' aliens and the Three Minute Universe Weapon itself.That being said the idea that any Space Fleet would let someone with documented psychological issues with fire into it's service is criminally ridiculous. It might, and I emphasize might, have some value in setting up tension but the evidence for that is dubious at best.Trek fans may enjoy this one, if they're not too persnickety.

  • J.D.
    2019-06-01 18:46

    One of my favorite ST books, no matter how many times I read this book, it's still wonderful. From the piles and piles of ST books I have in my collection, this on of the few I return to. I would really love to see Sackers on my screen in canon that's for sure. I would really like to read a sequel for this one. It's really good.

  • Erin Edgar
    2019-06-06 16:41

    What would happen if another universe started to bleed into our own? This book speculates on some of the effects. In addition, the author plays with an idea of an alien race that offends all of the 5 human senses. The book follows the general paradigm of a Star Trek novel, an entertaining good guys versus bad guys read.

  • Rich Meyer
    2019-06-21 13:34

    The Three Minute Universe is one of the better Star Trek novels I've read. It's got all the elan of the original series, along with the expansive view of one of the movies. Well written, we get introduced to an interesting new race, the Sackers, and get immersed in a bit of a mystery and an intergalactic calamity. Fast-paced, great characterizations, this is definitely recommended reading!

  • Heather Domin
    2019-06-12 21:33

    This wasn't what I thought it would be - the cover blurb and the story inside don't match up that well. It was entertaining, though a few plot elements felt tacked on; I thought the concept of the Sackers was intriguing enough on its own not to need the rip-in-space bit.

  • Dennis
    2019-06-02 19:42

    One of my favorites of the pocketbooks collection. It's funny and quite entertaining. Even has some semi-scary moments. It's a great book to start with if you're not sure which Star Trek book you want to read first.

  • Andrew Beet
    2019-06-24 19:47

    i liked this book the idea of another universe leaking into ours intrigued me and the idea that the sackers are children and they have to continue the violence that their elders started in the first place but yep good book the author got the characters spot on

  • John
    2019-06-06 16:40

    3.5 stars. A fun, action-packed story that is fast-paced and keep you on the edge of your seat. Damn those Sackers! If Kirk doesn't succeed, we all die!!

  • Cole
    2019-05-31 18:28

    99 cents at Goodwill.

  • S
    2019-05-28 18:36

    Interesting story idea let down by poor quality writing.

  • Amy
    2019-06-07 20:56

    Loved this book! Read it years ago and found it both entertaining and interesting. Very fun Star Trek read...

  • Crystal
    2019-05-31 13:53

    Drags a bit in parts, but worth reading just for a particularly funny bit near the end in which the crew have to take refuge from a fire in a dark storage container.

  • Wayne Highsmith
    2019-06-03 16:52

    Not terrible. Not great. The Sackers was an interesting concept. But this novel fails to deliver for me.

  • Bradley
    2019-06-09 13:49

    Pretty good story. Definitely a keeper. =)

  • David Campbell
    2019-05-25 19:37

    This was one of my favorite star trek novels back when I started reading science fiction. It stands out from the rest of the dozens of trek books I've read.

  • Ariane
    2019-06-15 13:57

    The book that started it all. Read it when I was 12 and haven't stopped reading Star Trek books since then. I now have 300 and counting...