Mission: Impossible (1966) – A Spool There Was, and The Carriers

Ellis Marcus spins a story for Rollin (Martin Landau) and Cinnamon (Barbara Bain) this week with A Spool There Was. First airing on 12 November, 1966, Dan (Steven Hill) recruits the pair to head to an island country in an effort to recover a wire recording that was hidden by an agent that was being…

Star Trek: The Better Man (1995) – Howard Weinstein

Space, the final frontier… Don’t be fooled by the cover art, this story takes place a couple of years after the events of The Motion Picture, and apparently the burgundy uniform jackets are in place. The story itself, however, if entertaining, well-crafted, and very much a true Trek tale, and it puts Dr. McCoy front…

Star Trek: Federation (1994) – Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

This week’s journey where no one has gone before is an epic novel that combines adventures with the crew of James T. Kirk’s Enterprise, with those of Jean-Luc Picard’s tying it in with the life of Zefram Cochrane, and the efforts of one of Colonel Green’s cadre, Colonel Thorsen. With a wrap-around story that takes…

Star Trek: Crossroad (1994) – Barbara Hambley

Space, the final frontier… As mentioned in previous reviews of Trek books, they can’t all be winners. As much as I wanted to enjoy this one, it was definitely a bit of a slog to get through. Hambley penned a dense story that doesn’t have the flow of a Trek tale, though with some changes,…

Star Trek: Traitor Winds (1994) – L.A. Graf

This week’s Trek novel takes us back to the The Lost Years, those years set between the end of the Enterprise’s original five year mission, and the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. While some of the crew are wandering around in their TOS uniforms, the new uniforms are present as well. This time…

Star Trek: Sarek (1994) – A.C. Crispin

A.C. Crispin, who delivered the wonderful Yesterday’s Son saga early in the Pocket Books series cranked out a giant Trek novel for 1994 that gave us insight into Spock’s father, Sarek. While also continuing the story of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701A. This adventure takes place shortly after the events of The Undiscovered Country, so despite…

Star Trek: Firestorm (1994) – L.A. Graf

Space, the final frontier… More voyages this week with the Enterprise, call numbers NCC-1701, in Firestorm, that sees the supporting characters, especially Uhura a chance to shine. Set after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but after the new burgundy uniform jackets came into circulation. The Enterprise has come to the planet Rakatan,…

Star Trek: The Great Starship Race (1993) – Diane Carey

Space, the final frontier… My travels with the Enterprise this week take place during the original five year mission as the Federation starship is invited to take place in a race sponsored by a newly discovered species who is to join the United Federation of Planets. But while the ships are gathering there is another…

Star Trek: Shadows on the Shadow (1993) – Michael Jan Friedman

Set shortly after the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Shadows on the Sun explores some of the backstory of Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, a character that has become one of my favourites over the years. It’s interesting, as a child, and teen, Kirk was always the character for me. But as I…

Star Trek: From the Depths (1993) – Victor Milan

Space, the final frontier… Like I said in previous posts, they aren’t all going to be winners, and this one was disappointing from the off for me. Set during the Enterprise’s original five year mission, the crew find themselves enmeshed in conflict with the Klingons once again. An ex-Federation colony on the water world of…

Star Trek: Windows on a Lost World (1993) – V.E. Mitchell

Space, the final frontier… Not all the voyages of the starship Enterprise are going to entertain me, sometimes they are going to miss the mark, and for me, this one definitely felt like it missed the mark. There’s some big sci-fi ideas in the story, but it doesn’t feel like it’s told in a Star…

Star Trek: The Starship Trap (1993) – Mel Gilden

Set during the original five year mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Mel Gilden’s Trek novel is one I really enjoyed. He totally has the characters down, and not only could I hear the characters in my head, I could see everything in my mind’s eye playing out like an episode. Captain Kirk is less than…