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Book Review: Star Trek: The Original Series: The Antares Maelstrom By Greg Cox
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Star Trek: The Antares Maelstrom
Star Trek: The Original Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Greg Cox
Publisher: Pocket Books | Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Release date: August 13, 2019

He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him. I’ll chase him ‘round the Moons of Nibia and ‘round the Antares Maelstrom and ‘round Perdition’s flames before I give him up! – Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

When Khan said he’d chase Captain James T. Kirk “‘round the Antares Maelstrom” in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, audiences knew nothing about this galactic whirlpool. Presumably, it was a dangerous area to circumnavigate if the genetically enhanced supervillain name-checked it like that, but that’s all anyone has had to go by for the last 37 years. Now, we’re finally getting a look at the famed location in The Antares Maelstrom, a new Star Trek: The Original Series novel from Greg Cox.

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Book Review: Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin) By Jennifer Estep
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Bitter Bite
Elemental Assassin Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD
Written by Jennifer Estep
Pocket Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Gin Blanco has many talents. She can run a BBQ joint by day, and run the underworld by night. Does this Ice and Stone Elemental magician ever sleep? Probably not. When we meet Gin in Bitter Bite, the 14th installment of Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series, she is digging up a grave, and set upon by dwarves.

Cue immediate interest.

Spoilers below.

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Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped by Mike McMahan
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped
An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season
Paperback | Kindle
By Mike McMahan
Illustrations by Jason Ho
Star Trek Pocket Books | Gallery Books | Simon and Schuster
Release date: October 13, 2015

Back in the 1990s, before everything you ever wanted to know was just a high-speed Internet click away, the best way to get a behind-the-scenes look and in depth analysis of your favorite television series was to pick up the inevitable Authorized Companion Guide. And let me tell you something, I love a good TV show companion guide.

I was (and still am) a proud owner of the Xena: Warrior Princess Official Guide To the Xenaverse, Hercules, The Legendary Journeys: The Official Companion, and Frasier: The Official Companion Book to the Award-Winning Paramount Television Comedy, amongst others. (Yes, lengthy titles are a common trend for these things). But sometimes, if you want to get down to the nitty gritty, you want an unofficial guide, such as The Nitpicker’s Guide for Classic Trekkers and its follow up The Nitpicker’s Guide for Next Generation Trekkers, both of which I own.

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Book Review: Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise The Dawn
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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise The DawnStar Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise The Dawn
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Paperback | Kindle
Written by David E. George III
Pocket Books
Release Date June 26, 2012

When it comes to the expanded universe for Star Trek, I am a bit of a newbie but so far my adventures into the universe of the books has been well worth it. Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise The Dawn is a follow-up book to Plagues of Night which sees the destruction of Deep Space 9 by the Typhon Pact, which is made up of the Romulan Star Empire, Tholian Assembly, Breen Confederacy, and Gorn Hegemony. Tensions have risen been the Typhon Pact and the Federation for a while and now there could be total war.

Raise The Dawn picks up with Captain Benjamin Sisko (who was played by Avery Brookson the show Deep Space Nine) on his knees on the bridge of his ship, the U.S.S. Robinson, watching the destruction of his station and his wife’s ship. From there we go to the U.S.S. Enterprise, which is going through the wormhole on its way back to the alpha quadrant. While traveling through the wormhole, the Enterprise crew finds a chunk of Deep Space Nine floating through it and on board is not only Kassidy Yates Sisko, but Major Kira. Meanwhile, Starfleet Command tells the U.S.S. Defiant to track down the Romulan vessel that was seen leaving the station just before the explosion.

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Book Review: Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History
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Star Trek Department of Temporal InvestigationsStar Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History
By Christopher L. Bennett
Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books
Publish Date: April 28th, 2012
Paperback | Kindle

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History is the second in the series of Star Trek books that deal with the Federation’s Department of Temporal Investigations. If you don’t know what they do, that’s OK, here’s a little background. The DTI deals with crimes and incidents involving time travel and the possible alteration of the timeline. The department is made up of agents from all sorts of species from the Federation. Forgotten History starts off with DTI agents Garcia (who is human) and Agent Ranjea (who is a Deltan) on board the Starfleet vessel Everest which is on loan to the DTI. While on board the ship they stumble upon an anomaly in space that is bridging the years 2275 and 2383 together. In the middle of the anomaly is a ship that looks exactly like the Enterprise that James T. Kirk commanded, it even has the original engines on it. But it is called “Timeship II” and it belongs to the DTI. As soon as the ship is found, Garcia and Ranjea contact DTI headquarters and tell not only the director but two top notch human agents named Dulmur and Lucsly (if any of you are familiar with the two agents they were introduced in the Deep Space Nine episode Trials and Tribble-ations).

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No New ‘Star Trek’ Books For Summer 2010
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star trek david mack novelPocket Books has indefinitely postponed the release of four planned new Star Trek universe tie-in novels, all of which had storylines that take place just after the events of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek film, so as to not interfere with the film’s sequel plans.

After the huge success of Abrams’ Star Trek movie, which was released in theaters May 2009, Pocket Books had announced their plans to release the four new Trek tie-in novels in Summer 2010. Just last week, TrekMovie posted the summaries and preliminary covers for the planned books.

The novels were written by some big name scifi/Trek authors — Alan Dean Foster, Christopher L. Bennett, David Mack, and Greg Cox — which makes this postponement news even more disappointing for Trek fans [i.e., me].

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