Star Trek: Beyond (2016) – Justin Lin

  The latest Star Trek film, celebrating the long-lived series 50th anniversary hits screens nationwide today, and once again, film-goers are invited to Boldly go… And for the most part, it’s pretty damned enjoyable, and arguably a step up from the previous entry. While I was unsure of Lin taking the helm (I’m not a…

Star Trek: The Wounded Sky (1983) – Diane Duane

  Diane Duane takes the helm of the Enterprise in this week’s visit to the 23rd century via The Book Shelf. While heavy on the techno-babble and grounded in factual science, this story garnered an additional worthy note, it was later adapted for the season 1 episode of The Next Generation, Where No One Has…

Star Trek: Mutiny on the Enterprise (1983) – Robert E. Vardeman

  Boldly going forward with the Star Trek books, it should come as no surprise that not all of the are going to be good, especially in the early years. It is a bit disappointing, however, after the bestselling Yesterday’s Son, that this one was next in the series. Despite some cool ideas, a planet…

Star Trek: Yesterday’s Son (1983) – A.C. Crispin

  Yes, I’m still digging through Star Trek books, I’m enjoying them, and it means I’m constantly reading (something I can’t imagine not doing). This week’s non-canon visit to the 23rd century brings us the first Star Trek book to break onto the bestseller list, and it does so for good reason. Penned by the…

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) – Stuart Baird

  It’s time for the cinematic swan song of for the Next Generation cast, as my journeys with Star Trek, via the Sci-Fi Chronicles book continue. Directed by Stuart Baird (a helluva editor, not the best director) the film is nowhere near as strong a film as it could have or should have been. One…

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) – Jonathan Frakes

  The journeys with the U.S.S. Enterprise continue in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book as Picard (Patrick Stewart), Riker (Frakes), Data (Brent Spiner) and the rest render their version, more or less, of The Magnificent Seven. The story behind this film, covered on the blog previously here, shows that it could have been something different than…

Star Trek: Web of the Romulans (1983) – M.S. Murdock

  It’s back to boldly going with this week’s book shelf, as I venture into the Web of the Romulans, a 1983 novel, which is surprisingly solid, but for one little annoying sub-plot. Set during the original series, and taking place between the episodes, Tomorrow is Yesterday, and Space Seed, Murdock creates a bit of…

Star Trek: Generations (1994) – David Carson

  As the blog has no doubt demonstrated, I’m a bit of a Trek fan, and while I have loved, to varying degrees, each iteration of the format, even I can admit when one of them isn’t quite up to snuff. But that won’t stop me from watching it again for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book….

Star Trek: Black Fire (1983) – Sonni Cooper

  It’s time for more non-canon journeys with the stalwart crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise this week as I dove into the next Star Trek novel in the Pocket Books collection. Set after, or towards the end of, the original five year mission, but before the events of the first film, this one literally starts…

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – Vonda N. McIntyre

  Vonda N. McIntyre who had previously written the Trek tale, The Entropy Effect, which is given a bit of a reference in this one, adapts the screenplay for the second film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan into novel form. There are some nice differences, changes in dialogue and expanded scenes and characters…

Star Trek: The Abode of Life (1982) – Lee Correy

  And we boldy, well, sadly in this case, blandly go, with the next story in the Star Trek non-canon Pocket Book universe. And also, don’t let the cover fool you, this one takes place before The Motion Picture, somewhere during the original five year mission. Now, to be clear, this one could have been…