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: The Original Series (1967) -The Doomsday Machine and Catspaw

Captain’s log: stardate¬†unknow The Doomsday Machine sent me on many adventures when I was a child. Written by Norman Spinrad, this episode had an original airdate of 20 October, 1967. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and the stalwart crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise encounter terror in space. They arrive in a destroyed planetary system, and discover…

Star Trek: My Enemy, My Ally (1984) – Diane Duane

I return to the 23rd century with this week’s book shelf with the next Star Trek title in the Pocket Book series. Penned by Diane Duane, who had previously written The Wounded Sky, this one plays like a bit of a Cold War Thriller, at least to start, rotating the Romulans in as the baddies…

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: The Covenant of the Crown (1981) – Howard Weinstein

  It’s time to continue going boldy with the next installment in the Pocket Books non-canon Star Trek series. The next novel in the collection is The Covenant of the Crown. It’s special because its author, Howard Weinstein also wrote an episode of the Star Trek: Animated Series, The Pirates of Orion. This novel joins…

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

  Leonard Nimoy has boldly gone. I only had the pleasure of meeting the man once, shaking his hand briefly at a photo op that left me look rather bewildered and goofy, but is still a treasured moment. He was kind, patient, and jovial with each of his fans that day, and despite the fact…

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – J.J. Abrams

This is a summer blockbuster first and foremost. Since Trek made the leap to the bug screen, they’ve had to eschew some of the material that inherently made Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek what is was when it was a weekly television show. After The Motion Picture, which I still love, the series began to shift…