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Review: Devil World (1979) by Gordon Eklund

Although you would expect a battle with extremely evil, cunning and devilish beings, the novel takes a turn and delivers something else. At least it’s a straightforward adventure again, with very few ‘angst’ and filler text. It tries to copy the episode style, with a ‘teaser’, a fun Enterprise activity to start, and then delve […]

Review: Trek to Madworld by Stephen Goldin (1979)

This book uses one of what would be a most overused trope in the series: transfer medicines to a sick colony. OK, I agree that writers need some type of reasons of urgency, especially one where every minute counts for numerous lives, but nobody seems to have kept check of how many times it has being […]

Review: The Starless World by Gordon Eklund (1978)

It seems this book should be read as a straight-forward adventure novel in the classical Star Trek style. Captain and crew encounter a strange planet, beam down and have your typical fights and encounters, complete with princess and gods. The eventually resolve the problem at the planet and then return back ship home. A light […]

The New Voyages 2 by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath (1978)

Ok, another collection from the hellish fans Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath. Taking in fact that they have been accused of hogging the initial fan-fiction publications for only them and their top vip convention friends, it’s clearer why this low-quality stories ever got published. There was an initial response to the unheard-of fanatical conventions, so […]

Review: Mini Comic 2

Mini Comic 2: REVIEW: This is a surprisingly good ‘mini’ comic. All of the comics of this era (the Gold Key) are awfully bad, with cliched space opera plots: Crew battle hostile monsters in unknown planet, or crew encounter ghostly aliens, or crew is captured for a ‘museum’, etc. Although being very, very short, and […]

Review: 1970 Spock Must Die! by James Blish

By word of Frederic Pohl, who edited the Bantam novels, “I didn’t really pay much attention to Star Trek“. But James Blish had noticed that the biggest checks he had ever gotten came from his previous Star Trek novels. They were starting to collect some fan stories, which would later appear as “The New Voyages” […]

Review: 1967 Star Trek (aka Star Trek 1) by James Blish

Oh man, it starts really with mediocre writing. Actually, it’s quite not that bad, but only if you had not seen any of the TV episodes, or if you did not remember anything about the episodes written. This novel, named only “Star Trek”, is the rewriting of 7 episodes: – Charlie X – Dagger of […]

Review: 1977 The Price of the Phoenix by Marshak and Culbreath

Oh God! This is the most horribly written novel I have seen in quite a while. It has all the bad habits and tendencies of poorly written fan fiction, while prolonging the torture in drawn-out dialogues and angst reflections. It could even be considered a “slash”, a homosexual take on the characters. (This occurs frequently […]

Review: 1976 Spock, Messiah! by Theodore R. Cogswell

  Many early novels put a lot of attention into the Vulcan character, as it was the most popular character then. The internal emotion/logic conflict also generated a lot of interest. On Spock, Messiah!, even though it was centered around Spock, it actually did not include him directly during most of the plot. Here’s also […]

Review: 1978 Captain of the Starship, William Shatner Live!

This is one of the first presentations done to an audience. Shatner sounds like an immature jester, laughing a bit too much at his own jokes, most of them very silly. The audience is actually very hungry for any scraps thrown their way. They laugh at the smallest things, and applause enthusiastically at the rest. […]