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My Star Trek Reading Project

Later on, I’ll post a complete linked list of the published Star Trek novels.

Incredibly, most of these are available on the Internet! Well, it suffices to say I have acquired an almost complete collection of all the published novels, not counting the ‘Young Adult’ ones. Maybe later I will purchase them.

But for now, I have quite a reading list! So, basing myself on the Star Trek Novel companion guide (Voyages of the Imagination), I ordered them by publishing dates and based my reading on that.

There are various ways of attacking such a task. One would be to take it in internal chronological order; in fact, in the companion guide there’s a very complete chronological order of each of the novels, and even on which chapters take place on which year.

I pondered hard on doing it that way, even read some parts of them (Naturally, Q jumping back and forth and to billions of years back is quite interesting), but I finally decided it would be better to see how the mythos expanded since the series, and how much of it was integrated, absorbed and fed back to the TV series. In fact, David Yound is doing just this, reading them in chronological order.

So a publishing chronological order seems best for this. This will avoid nasty spoilers, especially with all the time travelling (and there IS a lot in Star Trek). I have found it’s quite effective, as the novels progress, stories start with very conservatively sci-fi elements, and become wilder as each author explores different parts of Trek.

I’ll try to post a good look into each novel, and I hope my reviews are good… This seems it will be quite a Trek…

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Comment by Tristian Hamilton Subscribed to comments via email
2012-06-28 12:25:38

I have read nearly four hundred of these wonderfully imaginative books. I just started With the Next Generation and then the others bloomed in time. I am still finding ones I have not read. I wonder if you have comment or would like to discuss them. I am open for that.

I have to admit that I like the books better than the shows as I can see them more richly– this is no poor reflection on the shows and movies, I think our minds are much more well accoutered to creating magnificence and wonder… Especially when we approach the material with magic in the mind and wonder the least of the fabric we work with. Also, the characters don’t age. I find the Aging of our friend Brent Spinner has pushed the envelope of our believing in the fantasy of Data. (I thought the series/collection of books that explore Data are lovely if not limited. I have thought About writing a “final answers” book about Data. I get carried away and find out just why the other authors have written in all the open-endedness.)

See, I have rattled on long enough. I, at least, have the mindfulness to catch on when I get carried away. I enjoy the subject and think that Star Trek offers the best mode to investigate and enquire of ourselves what kind of future we are creating now and what might be beyond our grasping fingers. Star Trek is about our future; a happy future where we get over much of what separates us here on the planet… It is a future where the better parts of us survived our own greed and arrogance. If only to see what they think of when they incision the far future… I would love to stand on the deck of a cutting edge craft that is punching the boundaries in exploration with an outstretched hand in friendship and not in empire building.

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