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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