Best Star Trek Books (Part IV)

How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford

This Star Trek book from ‘87 is an unique work of comic mastermind. It’s similar in tone to some of the timeless comedy episodes. If you are a Star Trek fan, especially the original series, you might know which ones I am affectionately talking about.

As an extra surprise, it has many of what are known as “Tuckerisations,” real-life folks used as characters in the book. They are other fantasy writers and science fiction authors who were acquaintances of Ford like Neil Gaiman, Diane Duane, and Pamela Dean. With a cover pictures that brings to mind an American primary, this book is a humorous exploration of political rivalry and economic power. But it’s ways from being an impenetrable piece. Its whole central premise is about a planet whose occupants communicate by instantly coming out and singing. Ford was not only a fantasy and sci-fi writer, but a poet and game designer.

The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre

Published in ’81, Vonda N. McIntyre’s incredible book is one of the primary Star Trek novels to be selected to be picked up by a publishing house. The story is really like a timeless adventure from the original series. It goes like this: Spock goes back in time to stop the murder of Captain Kirk. The novel fleshes out different aspects of the Trek universe, showing us about the background of Sulu, for instance. It’s a quick-paced adventure that shows that the novel form can be used to tell tales just as thrilling as on television. McIntyre is a science fiction author who has won Nebula and Hugo awards for her work and has penned several Trek novels over time. A fan favorite is The Entropy Effect.

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Best Star Trek Books (Part III)

Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda N. McIntyre

James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be put into the rank of captain in the history of the Federation. His crew is comprised of a first officer who sees him as impulsive, a chief engineer who sees him as arrogant, a chief medical officer who sees him as trifling, and a helmsman who desires a transfer.

But this crew, which would ultimately be celebrated space explorers, swiftly put aside their disparities when a horrific starship appears on their flight path.

Prime Directive by Judith Reeves-Stevens

Starfleet’s most sacred commandment, banning interference with alien cultures, has been broken. As a result of the infringement of the Prime Directive, the Enterprise is in shambles, an honored captain is dishonored and the crew is thrown among a thousand worlds. Kirk and his crew are going to get back their reputation by discovering the truth about what really went on on Talin IV that produced their unintentional shame. This writing duo has outdone themselves once more as they take a previous idea and expand upon it in one of the best Star Trek novels.

Ashes of Eden by William Shatner, Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

In the months that follow his unwilling retirement, Captain Kirk is presented with an adventure by a mysterious and beautiful young woman that will make Kirk confront the delicate peace between the Klingons and the Federation.

The Return by William Shatner, Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

A sequel to Star Trek: Generations tells about a fatal alliance between the Romulan Empire and the Borg in which their main weapon becomes the incredibly resurrected Captain Kirk and the Enterprise is called together in a crucial battle. The choice must be who will sacrifice themselves, Kirk or Picard?

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Best Star Trek Books (Part II)

The Romulan Way by Diane Duane & Peter Morwood

Federation Agent LoBrutto has been hiding among the Romulans for a long time. When a Starfleet officer is captured, she is forced to decide between keeping her cover or save Dr. McCoy. Written by hubby and wife Peter Morwood and Diane Duane, this book is part of the Rihannsu series, breaking the norms of book during this period. Like the television show, initial Star Trek books are quite episodic. This specific series was prosperous since the books were all connected and told one bigger story, outside of the normal episodes’ narratives.

Crisis of Consciousness by Dave Galanter

The U.S.S. Enterprise and the crew is ending a mission with the Maabas, an alien race with whom they want to have a treaty with. As immigrants from a great war long ago, the Maabas aren’t indigenous to the planet that they now live on or the solar system. The Federation’s curiosity in this race is because of their excellent intellectual resources. As the peace treaty is signed, the Enterprise is confronted by the Kenisians, a race that once ruled this planet and want their power back.

The Returned, Part 1 by Peter David

The first part of a three-part series, Star Trek: The New Frontier, author Peter David pens another crowd pleaser. The U.S.S. Excalibur and Capt. Calhoun are back after an effort to track down Xenex unsuccessfully. So, he’s now looking for the race that killed them to seek revenge on them. Capt. Calhoun hunt puts the ship and the crew in a pocket universe where he discovers another race and his enemies. Now, the test is on to see if this other race is an friend or an even bigger threat.

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Best Star Trek Books (Part I)

Boldly go where no man has gone before….Truthfully, plenty of folks have gone to the bookstore to purchase the best Star Trek books. In case you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home, we have put together a list.

From the start of Kirk’s career as Captain to his death and all the amazing missions in between, these books contain the best of the first crew and all the folks who join them along the way.

Titles like Q-In-Law, Avatar, and Federation are sure to please the Trek fans from the past and please the Trek fans of the future. A huge number of authors have tried to effectively narrate the story of Star Trek, but only real Trekkies realize who stands out. These are the best Star Trek books that will be favorites among fans.

Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

This long awaited novel has both celebrated crews of the Starship Enterprise in an heroic adventure that spans space and time.

As the crews get ready for their missions, fate brings them together until past and future unify and the destiny of the two famous starships depends on one another.

Q-in-Law by Peter David

A wedding is being held for the Tizarin, two powerful rival families. While Captain Picard is happy about the upcoming ceremony, his happiness is cut short by the arrival of a Federation delegate. In spite of advances by the delegate towards Picard, all goes well with the wedding. However, complications arrive with the notorious being named Q.

Avatar by S.D. Perry

As the Federation gets ready to bring a counter strike against the Dominion, Colonel Kira isn’t pleased with it. With the threat of everything being chaotic, Kira has a hard choice.

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Diamond Select Expanded Star Trek License speculated

It was recently said that McFarlane Toys had inked a deal to create Star Trek figures, accessories and weapon, as well as those from Star Trek: Discovery. Some folks wondered what this new deal implied for Diamond Select, who has been producing Star Trek toys since ’01. Diamond Select Toys began with Star Trek: Enterprise.

Diamond Select’s top people assured Trek fans that they are still creating Star Trek items. Also stated was that Diamond Select has enhanced their license to include other facets of the Trek universe, although there weren’t any specifics on what this development of the their license involves.

There is also a rumor that there are a few formerly revealed Star Trek items still in the works. They are a Star Trek: TNG Cobrahead phaser toy first spotted at the ’15 Toy Fair, an

Khan Noonien Singh

electronic ship from The Wrath of Khan, and a Borg figure. There is hope that these products will be available soon. When they are, you can be sure there will be a big announcement of prices and release dates.

SDCC Exclusive Coming and a New Star Trek Ship

There is talk that Diamond Select is crafting a new Star Trek electronic ship, to be coming soon. Additionally, there is a plan on having a special variation of an earlier Trek ship offered as an exclusive for Comic Con-San Diego.

This is all great news for collectors, who can clear some room on their shelves for Diamond Select merchandise that is coming soon.

Reviews of latest Star Trek releases

In case you didn’t see it, there were some information on the latest Diamond Select releases like the Khan figure from The Wrath of Khan and the Romulan Bird of Prey from the episode “Balance of Terror.”

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Star Trek: Discovery Season Two…It’s On!

Star Trek: Discovery Season Two has the green light! CBS has regenerated this Trek series for a 2nd season. This is fabulous news for all who are Star Trek fans. As long as Star Trek is on television, there’s hopefulness.

A few changes are on board for season two. The show has let go of showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts and gotten Akiva Goldsman. There are plenty of online stories about this.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Release Date

With Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 starting production, the assumption is that Discovery Season 2 will come back to TV about the same time that Season 1 did which means Fall ’18 unless another problem arises with the show’s writers. There is always the chance that it will be later, but don’t worry you’ll know.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 is filmed and produced in Toronto. Even though there isn’t a trailer for the new season two, there are plenty of sneak peeks and behind the scenes of what is coming up in the second season.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Cast

The show has cast the well-liked and talented Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, a role that was given to Jeffrey Hunter in the pilot, Sean Kenney in the episode of the original series Star Trek called “The Menagerie,” and Bruce Greenwood in the Star Trek films.

Jonathan Frakes, who will be directing the second episode of the second season, lately let it slip that his episode will not only show Pike, but also show a young Spock and Burnham. If you recalled, Frakes was a part of TNG.

Tig Notaro has also been cast in Discovery Season 2. Based on reports, she will star as Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the U.S.S. Hiawatha.

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The Future of Star Trek

For a little while, the future of Star Trek has been unclear. But could new announcements give the franchise a much-needed boost? After the update that longtime writer Alex Kurtzman is going to be the showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, reports state that he has also gotten a new contract with CBS.

This brings plenty of amazing possibilities for the franchise. After being off the air for years with the cancellation of Enterprise, Star Trek came back to TV last year. In spite of the reactions for Discovery, fans were happy to see the show back on television. And with this show, we could see other shows airing for the first time in over 15 years.

With Discovery in its 2nd season and Kurtzman getting the new deal, things could be on the up. While it’s not verified, sources state that many new shows are being contemplated.

There is a Starfleet Academy series written by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. A hypothesis that will possibly be well-known to anyone fascinated by the numerous undeveloped projects. What is happening on the Starfleet Academy has been seen via non-main characters like Nog and Wesley Crusher. The best one was in Abrams’ first Star Trek film. This concept has gone through several iterations, such as early versions of both TNG and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The head honchos have now honed their skills in the teen superhero sector with Marvel’s Runaways, making them perfect choices to handle a story about future Starfleet officers.

There is also a partial series with connections to the everyone’s fav Star Trek movie, which is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Presently, it’s not clear what precisely the story would revolve around. With Trek, there are plenty of options.

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Star Trek and Fashion? Yes!

It’s simple to think of the fashion of Star Trek exclusively as the brightly colored, form-

A Fashionable Future?

fitting uniform preferred by Federation Starfleet. Iconic costume designing is burned into the collective mind, and has over time been rethought for spin-offs and movies, as well as Comic Con. Different from Star Wars, you’re doubtful to find Spock on a Rodarte dress, or the obvious runway shout-outs that shout product placement. The Trek impact is understated. It’s less about color-blocked spandex and a mandarin collar and more about an examination of futurism that challenges conventions.

Any Trekkie will tell you that Star Trek isn’t just a show concerning space exploration. Captain Kirk and his crew devote alot of their time traveling through the galaxy in search of new civilizations. But the “to boldly go” refrain said at the start of each episode is an open-ended call to action.

The series’ goals focus on navigating the Milky Way and increasing the horizons of human understanding, pushing past predetermined notions, and arriving in unexplored territory with the purpose of testing accepted norms. Star Trek’s cultural impact comes in part from its commitment to break the rules that outlined television during its era. The show’s multi-racial cast, stories tackling social issues, and concepts of a future defined by its all-inclusiveness were all revolutionary. Even more so when you understand that most of those problems are still open to debate today.

The costumes extended from those now well-known uniforms to bizarre wares that reflected the spirit of the ’60s, mod touches and psychedelic prints weren’t unusual.

The variation of adventures the crew got themselves into varied with the fashion. Crop tops and thigh-high boots indicating a shift into a mirror universe. Rawhide and furs for a trip to a primitive planet. A metallic mini-dress because, well, why not?

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Why Do Vulcans Look Like Humans?

Human life, scattered to other planets by an extraterrestrial society, could explain why many of the aliens in Star Trek look like human women and men.

After reviewing scenes from the numerous films and shows, someone said that the wide

Alien vs Human

distribution of Earth-based life forms could aid in explaining the similarity between Spock & Kirk.

The model disregards things like the variance in heart placement, perhaps doubtful, or the Vulcan copper, instead of human iron-based, blood, also unlikely. This comes from a scientist at UNC. The overall belief is more possible than the idea that the species grew completely autonomously to look almost the same after billions of years.

Life on Earth might not have began on the planet itself. Scientists have long contemplated the option of panspermia, the impression that our planet’s life came from outer space. After wandering unplanned, into the habitable setting, the seed material might have settled into life as we know it today.

A similar idea was explored in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” An ancient alien species was exposed to have seeded many planets with the same genetic material. Over years, comparable plants, animals and humanoids established on a variety of worlds, based on the story given in the episode.

But some don’t buy it. Even with identical conditions, the likelihood of plants & animals with alike appearances able to breed with humans, evolving on numerous worlds from only genetic material is very low. With the passage of lots of time, the numerous worlds would advance creatures very different from one another.

By the show’s model, we are factually more closely related to an amoeba or grass than we are to a Vulcan, state some research and studies. I can’t see us having children with another species. Then again, you never know.

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What You Need to Know about Klingons

The Sword of Kahless, Bat’leth Sword, Klingon Valor Pin, and Klingon PADD

Klingons are one of the most famous Star Trek alien races. Over the years, they’ve changed from deceiving villains to decent allies. Now, with Star Trek: Discovery, they’re turning into spiritual warriors once more, on opposite sides with our heroes. Here’s what you need to understand about them.

Klingons have been one of the most constant elements of Star Trek. They made their entrance in the 1st season of the original show and have since been seen on all spinoffs, like Discovery. Not to mention the Trek films too.

The Klingons first met by Kirk and his crew way back in 67 and were extremely different from the Klingons we see today, both in their characterization and physical appearance. Planned as a Soviet parallel to the Federation’s US, the first Klingons were regarded as inferior to the Federation’s principles in every manner. The Klingons were a violent, hateful, and crafty race, ethically corrupt and willing to whatever to get their way, particularly if it meant having the upper hand against the Federation, their rivals in an interstellar cold war.

The Klingons are the most identifiable alien race in the universe of Star Trek. Those distinguishing mud skin tone, head ridges, and goatee beards for the men and sneering countenances are what instantly comes to mind.

Yet down the line, the Klingons have experienced numerous updates. Some fairly subtle, others very extreme. As Star Trek: Discovery puts us into Star Trek’s new era, we’ve seen plenty of the most fundamental changes yet.

Just take a look at the past and present episodes of Star Trek to view the real substantial stages in Klingon evolution. You can also take a look at how universal and canonical decrees have tried to make sense of those changes. But Klingons are here to stay.

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