Star Trek: Doctor’s Orders (1990) – Diane Duane

Doctor McCoy has to take over the center seat in the next Pocket Books Star Trek novel I dug into, Doctor’s Orders. Set during the original five year mission, the Enterprise has come to a remote planet known by the nickname, Flyspeck. There the crew learn of three different sentient species sharing the beautiful and…

Star Trek: The Pandora Principle (1990) – Carolyn Clowes

This week’s Star Trek book from Pocket Books was a story that I didn’t realize I needed. It’s set between the events of The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan during the second five year mission. We learn the backstory for Spock’s protégé Saavik, and how she was saved from a planet known as…

Star Trek: Rules of Engagement (1990) – Peter Morwood

It’s been a while since I haven’t been entertained by one of the Pocket Book Trek novels. But Peter Morwood’s effort, Rules of Engagement left me a little cold. I remember buying this one when I was younger. I even remember when, I had bought it to read during my transit across the country back…

Star Trek: The Cry of the Onlies (1989) – Judy Klass

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise… I dug into another Trek novel this week, and for the most part I enjoyed it, or at least the way it tied into The Original Series. Set during the original five year mission, this novel serves as a bit of a sequel to the episodes Miri,…

Star Trek: The Lost Years (1989) – J.M. Dillard

So what happened to James T. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest after the close of their five year mission and before the events depicted in The Motion Picture? This week, I start to find out with the next instalment in the Pocket Books series. I think I have read this one before, as I…

Star Trek: Double, Double (1989) – Michael Jan Friedman

Space, the final frontier… My ongoing voyages with the starship Enterprise continue this week with the next non-canon novel in the Pocket Books series. Set during the original five year mission, this novel is set a few months after the events of The Original Series episode “What Little Girls Are Made Of?” Captain James T….

Star Trek: The Final Nexus (1988) – Gene DeWeese

DeWeese’s sequel to his earlier Trek novel, Chain of Attack, is my next adventure with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Much like his previous story, this tale takes place during the original five year mission, and expands nicely on the events that took place in Chain of Attack. I have only one real issue…

Star Trek: The IDIC Epidemic (1988) – Jean Lorrah

The Human Adventure continues as I return to the Pocket Book collection of Star Trek novels, While they are non-canon, the writing is definitely becoming stronger, and there are more attempts to reference things that we know have happened (or will). Set during the original five year mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, this novel serves…

Star Trek: How Much For Just the Planet? (1987) – John M. Ford

Set phasers to absurd! I dug into the next Trek Pocket Book in the series before I dive into the next Dark Tower instalment, and this one left me a little dubious. The book is basically a musical comedy, and it doesn’t always work, but it is steeped in nods to other Trek writers, classic…

Star Trek: Chain of Attack (1987) – Gene DeWeese

Don’t be fooled by the depiction of the Enterprise on the cover, this story is set just after the Original Series, so very definitely still within the setting of the Five Year Mission. It also does something that would later be revisited as a television series, as a Federation starship (in this case the U.S.S….

Star Trek: Battlestations! (1986) – Diane Carey

The Star Trek novel on the Book Shelf this week is the last one to feature an author created character in the lead role. Commander Piper, previously appearing in Dreadnought! is back in this follow-up that is set only weeks after the first novel. Told in the first person, Piper’s story is exciting, and fits…