Star Trek: The Three Minute Universe (1988) – Barbara Paul

Space, the final frontier… I dug into another Trek novel this week, hey, there’s a lot of them, so they’ll probably be appearing on here fairly regular, I haven’t read this one since it first came out in ’88, and I don’t remember being a big fan of it when I first joined Captain Kirk…

Star Trek: Bloodthirst (1987) – J.M. Dillard

Captain James T. Kirk and the stalwart crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise take on a Trek-verse version of the vampire legend in this novel written by J.M Dillard. Set during the third season of The Original Series the Enterprise responds to a distress call from the remote Federation outpost of Tanis. What they discover is…

Star Trek: Deep Domain (1987) – Howard Weinstein

It’s time to delve into strange new worlds, and new civilisations again as I boldly go venturing into the next novel in the Pocket Book Star Trek series. Set between the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the novel has a bit of an ecological theme,…

Star Trek: Crisis On Centaurus (1986) – Brad Ferguson

Well, except for the product placement, the implication that the Earth isn’t under a one government rule, and that the economics of the future are a little different (according to Picard) which is not followed here, most of this tale is fairly enjoyable. In fact, of it had been rewritten and edited a little more…

Star Trek: The Original Series (1968) – Plato’s Stepchildren and Wink of an Eye

Captain’s log: stardate 5784.2 Plato’s Stepchildren first screened on 22 November, 1968 and was written by Meyer Dolinsky. The episode is of historical note because of the first American broadcast interracial kiss when Captain Kirk (William Shatner) kisses Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). Beyond that, the story is rather basic. The Enterprise is summoned to a…

Star Trek: The Original Series (1968) – Spectre of the Gun and Day of the Dove

Captain’s log: stardate 4385.3 Spectre of the Gun is a bit of an interesting episode. Written by Gene Coon, under a pseudonym the episode premiered on 25 October, 1968.  When the Enterprise trespasses into Melkot space, the alien race punishes some of the crew including Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley),…

Star Trek: Uhura’s Song (1985) – Janet Kagan

Evan Wilson. Ugh. The very definition of a Mary Sue. This character joins the U.S.S. Enterprise this week as I continue my non-canon adventures with her crew, exploring the Pocket Book universe based on Gene Roddenberry’s beloved creation. A planet inhabited by bipedal felines is suffering from a seemingly unstoppable disease, and one of Uhura’s…