#114: Shadows on the Sun (TOS event)

This week, after the Enterprise beats the final boss, they get roped into one more postgame side quest. But the only thing Dr. McCoy has less fond memories of than their destination is the pair of diplomats along for the ride. Now he must confront the bitter feelings he shipped out to space to run away from. How much sticking to your day job is the right amount? Who’s the worst senior officer to get caught gossiping around? And what’s happening on Risa? All this and more in Shadows on the Sun, the book that knows how the seashells really work.

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#113: From the Depths (TOS #66)

This week, the Enterprise gets a request from the planet Okeanos to come pick up their humans. But where Kirk wants to hear all sides first, his civilian guest prefers a less measured approach. Matters are further complicated by Klingons supplying weapons to help take down the human settlers. Who holds the true claim to the planet? Is World War III happening now or later? Has the civilian commissioner ever interacted with other humans before? All this and more in From the Depths, the book that will press all your “yuck” buttons at once.

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#112: Windows on a Lost World (TOS #65)

This week, while looking for artifacts in the Careta system, the Enterprise finds a door someone clearly wanted kept shut. But when Kirk and a few others pass through, they find themselves transformed into the evil alien crabs that built it. Now Kirk must either be a hero in a half-shell or lose his own consciousness to the powerfully xenophobic racial memory of his host. Will lady Yoda learn a lesson in humility? Are baggy pants still a sign of societal decay in the 23rd century? And why can’t anyone spell “y’all” correctly anymore? All this and more in Windows on a Lost World, the book that paints with all the colors of the wind.

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#111: The Siege (DS9 #2)

This week, when the wormhole starts coughing up Borgballs, Sisko makes the tough choice to close it down for a while. For his trouble, he gets hounded by a missionary who keeps asking to speak to the manager. Meanwhile, Bashir tries to wrap his head around anti-vaxxers, and a serial killer with the same shapeshifting abilities as Odo brings chaos to the crowded station. How much would Deep Space Nine cost to buy? Could Odo actually fly if he shapeshifted himself some wings? And will O’Brien ever learn how to do even one magic trick? All this and more in The Siege, the book where keeping it real goes horribly, horribly wrong.

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#110: The Romulan Prize (TNG #26)

[Sorry this one’s late. Been under the weather the past couple days. —Jess]

This week, the Romulans’ new warbird is harder, better, faster, and stronger, and though its new commander is young, he’s no daft punk, bagging no less a quarry than the mighty Enterprise. Now Picard must scramble to answer questions for a quiz he didn’t know was scheduled on a subject he didn’t know existed. Is Riker a Ninja Turtles fan? Was this book originally about Klingons? When will these books stop having exposition for people who have never heard of Star Trek? All this and more in The Romulan Prize, the book that puts the crew, as you humans say, in quite a pickle.

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