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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds X Paperback – Jul 10 2007
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About the Author
Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA TODAY bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith published far over a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres. He currently produces novels in four major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the old west, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, and the superhero series staring Poker Boy. During his career he also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds.
Top Customer Reviews
The competition produced hundreds of stories each year, and the editors did a great job of choosing the few which would go into each year's volume. It must have been a tremendous amount of work (which I'm guessing may be the reason why the series has ended).
Personally, I don't remember a single story in the whole series that I didn't like.
If you are a Star Trek fan, this book, nay, the whole series, are a must read.
Even if you are not generally a Star Trek fan, the stories will still interest, amaze and entertain you.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Another great book of STAR TREK stories written by the fans. My only complaint is, thus far, in all of the TREK stories in this particular series, NOT ONE has featured a live Tasha Yar or has been placed in TNG's Season 01. Not only that, but I think that MAYBE there has been just one story to take place during VGR's first three seasons (before 07 of 09 came onto the show). Surely there must be stories that fit this criteria that have been written by the fans.
Anyway, on to my review(s).
(In order of appearance with a #3, #6, or #9 rating - #9 being the highest)
"The Smell of Dead Roses": #9. Awesome! Not only is the story engrossing, but the author uses the much-ignored Saavik in very believable ways. This story is so believable and well-written that one has to wonder if the author didn't perhaps use an incident(s) from their own past with their parents and applied it to Perrin's.
"The Doomsday Gambit": #9. Wonderful! Q and Kirk (I always knew that Q interacted with Humanity before Picard)!
"Empty": #3. I hate to say this, but at the point in time that this story was written (unless my calculations are WAY off, though they are not because Season 01 of TOS is their first year of their 5-year mission. Season 02 is their second, etc.) Kirk refers to the ENTERPRISE incident with Janet Lester as being at the end of their 5-year mission. The timeline is wrong. The incident with Janet Lester would have been at the end of their third year of duty, not their fifth. Besides, I really don't think that Kirk would have been as upset with the Lester incident as he seems to be in this story. Concerned, yes, but he would not throw his career away or make rash judgments because of it.
"Wired": #6. A good story, but wrapped up a little too neatly and quickly.
"A Dish Served Cold": #9. Awesome! The Borg being reduced to assimilating a Pakled!
"The Very Model": #3. Sorry, but Data is dead, no matter how much anyone wants him alive. Besides, the story is wrapped up WAY too conveniently.
"So a Horse Walks Into a Bar": #6. Nice story and fills in some bits in the VGR episode "Lifeline" too.
"Signal to Noise": #6. An OK story, but a little pointless.
"The Fate of Captain Ransom: #6. Good story (and the aliens that Ranson made contact with before his death are very interesting).
"A Taste of Spam": #9. GREAT and very funny! I can totally picture Janeway being furious at what is happening and Paris making jokes (the BEST scene is what the Doctor says to Paris when paris walks into sickbay!)! Besides, any of us that use a computer regularly knows what they are going through!
"Adjustments": #6. An OK story, though I have never been a fan of the Wildmans.
"The Day the Borg Came": #6. Good.
"The Dream": #6. A good companion to the episode "Similitude."
"Universal Chord: #6. A good story, though it rather is odd.
"You Are Not in Space": #6. A good story, but a little predictable in it's ending (Hoshi saving the day).
"Time Line": #6. An OK story, but WAY too similar to the Greg Cox's novels "To Reign in Hell" - though I am curious as to who tried to prevent (from the future) Khan and the other genetically manipulated children from surviving.
"Echoes: #9. Very original! I really liked it. Janeway destroying the Borg at the end of VGR's episode is WAY TOO simple! The Borg are still a menace even two or so centuries after VGR.
"Brigadoon": #6. A good story, but the idea of a planet disappearing and reappearing like Gaemes' is doing is too much like the DS9 episode "Meridian."
"Reborn": #3. I am not sure what the point of this story is. It seems like it is just a story in which to have Picard, Sisko, and Janeway together.
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