Star Trek: The Rift (1991) – Peter David

This week’s Trek entry to the Book Shelf is fun, combining the Pike era, with that of Kirk to give us one big story. I liked a lot of it, there’s some stuff in something referred to as the World Mind with Kirk at the climax that felt a little hokey, but the rest of…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Civilization, and Fortunate Son

Captain’s log: 31 July, 2151 Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman pen this episode that first aired on 14 November, 2001. When the Enterprise arrives at an Earth-like planet, Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) leads an away mission that allows him to masquerade as one of the planet’s denizens. It seems T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) has discovered that…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Facets, and The Adversary

Station log: stardate unknown Rene Echevarria pens the penultimate episode of season three, which aired on 12 June, 1995, that gives us a Dax (Terry Farrell) story. The science officer approaches each of her friends amongst the crew and asks them to join her in the Zhian’tara ritual, which will allow her former hosts to…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Playing God, and Profit and Loss

Station log: stardate unknown Jim Trombetta and Michael Piller pen this Dax (Terry Farrell) episode that sees the Science Officer dealing with a Trill initiate named Arjin (Geoffrey Blake). It first aired on 27 February, 1994. Unfortunately for Arjon, Dax is nothing like the young man expects. He’s nervous, eager to please, and Dax is…

Star Trek: Strangers from the Sky (1987) – Margaret Wander Bonanno

This week’s visit to the Book Shelf brings me the second Giant Star Trek novel from Pocket Books, and gives us a a different look at the first contact between Humans and Vulcans, a plot point that would later be visited in Star Trek: First Contact, though it could be argued that this book complements…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Q-Less, and Dax

Station log: stardate 46531.2 Trouble arrives on the station in the form of Q (John de Lancie – last seen in Next Gen’s Tapestry) and archaeologist, and Picard (Patrick Stewart) flame, Vash (Jennifer Hetrick – last seen in Next Gen’s Qpid) in this episode written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe from a story by Hannah Louise…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Emissary

Station log: stardate 46388.2 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted on 3 January, 1993, and the series creators Michael Piller and Rick Berman penned the pilot episode which was debuted as an feature length series opener. Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is given command of Deep Space Nine (and an all new Starfleet uniform) in…