Strange New Worlds, Vol. 2 (Star Trek) Paperback
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Some of the stories are less than equal, as you find in any anthology. I'm not quite sure why Ribbon for Rosie, the story of 7 of 9's trip to the past, won the grand prize. It doesn't seem as we well written, but perhaps because it suffers from now being outside of canon because of STV episodes after '99, when the book was written. Similarly, the DS9 episodes are both pretty thick and difficult to get into- which is a shame, since DS9 has a lot of promise, such as stories about the completely unexplored Gamma quadrant, that was never explored in the series. And while it was nice to see Dr. Taylor again from TVH, the TOS episodes start the book off a bit slow. And Calculated Risk reminds me why Dr. Pulaski left the series, and why there aren't more stories about her.
But on the very positive side, I Am Klingon finally provides a possible answer to that nagging question- where did those foreheads come from? Rand even does am amazing job of tying in all the various episodes that have skirted around this issue, in TOS, TNG, and DS9, as well as providing one answer to what actually happened between Deanna and Worf. One story finally gets to that nagging question- if Wesley was studying with the Traveler in a Native American colony under the Cardassians, doesn't he then become a technical member of the Dominion, and if so, why isn't he helping in the war against the Dominion?Read more ›
Triptych [Second Prize] by Melissa Dickinson**** - This is an interesting tale about the many outcomes from the TOS episode "The City on the Edge of Forever," in which the question is asked, what if this happened or didn't happened.
The Quick and the Dead by Kathy Oltion ***** - This is a great tale about Kirk and crew taking a landing party down on a planet where everything on the planet is seemingly moving at light speed.
The First Law of Metaphysics by Michael S. Poteet **** - This is a surprisingly well written story about Spock and Saavik's first meeting several years after what happened on the Genesis planet.
The Hero of My Own Life by Peg Robinson ***** - This is an extremely well written tale about a meeting through scientific research of Gillian Taylor from Star Trek IV and Dr. Carol Marcus from Star Trek II.
Doctors Three by Charles Skaggs ***** - This is a beautiful and quite poignant story about Admiral Leonard McCoy circa the 24th century and his desire to meet with Dr. Zimmerman as he's in the process of creating and perfecting the Emergency Medical Hologram program of Star Trek Voyager fame.Read more ›
This is a very short story, and to say too much about the plot would give things away and lessen the impact of a very original, stunning story. The story contains prominent references to much of Data's family tree, including Data' creator Soong, his brother Lore, "daughter" Lal, his wife, and other "descendants." For the most part, these characters are referred to in the past tense, as most of them have long since died or been destroyed. Some of these relations will be unfamiliar to even the most ardent Star Trek fan, because they haven't happened yet: This story takes place thousands of year in the future.
One of the highlights of this story, in fact, is glimpses it offers into what life may be like for this never-aging android who seeks to become human as he continues to live for many centuries. Thatcher masterfully conveys Data's soulfull moodiness, borne of his own exhaustive experience with the inevitable death of beloved mortal friends, and even of whole races. The galaxy we briefly see thousands of years in the future is in some ways dark, but believable, and very fascinating. But what is most memorable about "I Am Become Death" are the actions Data takes to change things and atone for the far-reaching legacy of himself and his "family."
The publication of "I Am Become Death" disqualifies Thatcher from future competition in the "Strange New Worlds" contest, but Thatcher is said to be working now on a novel and I'm eager to read whatever he writes next.
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First of all, the idea to collect fan fiction and put it in an annual compilation is brilliant. The best work is always done by those struggling to get noticed or simply doing it... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002 by Robert T.
This is the second installment of Strange New Worlds an anthology of short stories written by the fans of Trek.
These tales were selected from thousands that were submitted. Read more
I bought this book, I admit, because I'm a writer and was thinking of entering the contest. The stories were good enough to let me know winning would not be easy, but not quite... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 1999
Definitely worth purchasing.
Comparison to SNW I: Well, I have to admit - the stories aren't quite as good. But SNW I had 35 years of Trek scribblings to draw from. Read more
This anthology, like the first volume, contains some wonderfully imaginative stories. My only reservation is that far too many of the stories incorporate time travel. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 1999
Top prize winner Ilsa BIck's story is FABULOUS. I also loved the one about the "researcher" who went to the future to get ideas for the star trek tv series. Read morePublished on July 25 1999
Strange New Worlds II is the second book of fan written Star Trek short stories and there is something for every fan in this one. I found all the stories to be entertaining . Read morePublished on July 25 1999
Billed as "Stories by the fans, for the fans," I expected work far below that of "paid professionals. Read morePublished on July 6 1999 by Christopher E. Payne