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A different focus: Chekov & Co. take the spotlight
on July 7, 2000
I've been following Pocket Books' "Star Trek" publishing program closely since "The Entropy Effect," and it's interesting to consider the editorial changes in the series since then. For the longest time Pocket seemed to publish books that focused strictly on the main characters of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (or Picard, Worf, and Data). Adventures which explored the Trek universe from other points of view and introduced new characters or featured the supporting casts were few and far between (a couple excellent exceptions being John Ford's "The Final Reflection" and Diane Duane's "My Enemy, My Ally"). Disgruntled Trek authors have even complained that their books were rewritten in order to place the focus more squarely on Kirk and Spock. I'm happy to say that all of that has changed dramatically over the past couple years. Sure, every other month there's a standard Kirk or Picard book, but now there's also such unconventional adventures as Peter David's excellent Excalibur/Calhoun series and *this* new entry in the "Star Trek: New Earth" series. The focus this time is on Chekov, Sulu, Uhura, Scotty, and Janice Rand, and I enjoyed the exploration of their personalities and quirks in a tale where they weren't overshadowed by Kirk and Spock. The entire "New Earth" saga so far has proven to be unconventional and compelling in its approach, and although there are some minor problems here (background characters on the radiation-blasted Belle Terre come and go without much effect, and L.A. Graf's action scenes tend to happen very suddenly, followed by chapter after chapter of making you wait for the *next* action sequence), this is another strong entry that I have to recommend for those fans who enjoy our "second bananas" and think they warrant an adventure of their own. The whole "New Earth" concept has so much promise that I'm glad each contributing author has taken a different approach; I'm looking forward to the last three books in the series--actually there's enough material and story potential in the concept for even a few more books beyond that!