#090: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (TOS movie novelization)

This week, peace sells, but who’s buying? The Klingons, that’s who. Perpetual war, it turns out, is not economically sustainable, and they’re on the prowl for a better business model. But players on all sides have a vested interested in keeping things the way they are, and a road that was as smooth as CGI Klingon blood suddenly becomes very bumpy. If Kirk wants to make a history omelet, he’ll have to break a few prejudice eggs—but starting a fire in his new digs might be kind of difficult. Where did the Organians skip off to? Why is Valeris so emotional for a Vulcan? And to what extent can a novelization critique the movie it’s about? All this and more in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the book that actually cares about things that happened in Star Trek V!

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#089: Perchance to Dream (TNG #19)

This week, the lights are on at Domarus IV, but no one’s home—or so the Enterprise thinks. A jalopy from the Teniran Echelon shows up to call dibs on the planet, but Picard wants to see some license and registration. But when shuttles and captains start to disappear in Laser Floyd clouds, the two crews demand answers. While Data and Deanna try to keep the campers happy, Picard and the Teniran captain are stuck playing Darmok and Jalad at Minecraft. But will Picard open his arms wide? or will the walls fall at Domarus? All this and more in Perchance to Dream, the book that teaches us that sharing truly is caring.

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#088: Unification (TNG episode novelization)

This week, when Spock is caught gallavanting on Romulus, Picard and Data need some high-end cosplay and a Klingon Uber to drag the ambassador back to Federation space and his senses. But Spock may be on the precipice of mending the centuries-long rift between Romulans and Vulcans, and it’ll take more than some Federation finger-wagging for him to give up now. Is Riker over the trombone? What’s the boring new ensign hiding? And what kind of monster puts ketchup on their eggs? All this and more in Unification, the novelization of the two-part episode—now with 400 percent more horny subplots!

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#087: Reunion (TNG event novel)

This week, a coronation ceremony brings Picard back into the orbit of his former coworkers. But when one among them starts putting the others out of commission, Picard’s crew will have to put on their Dixon Hill hats to suss out the culprit. Meanwhile, a subspace slipstream carries the Enterprise off course, and it’s too deep to ford the oxen across. What’s the real story behind Jack Crusher’s death? Which Earth foods do aliens enjoy? And what does Dr. Crusher do while she’s on the toilet? All this and more in Reunion, the book that remembers when the Yankees really did suck.

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Reunion delayed

Well, it appears the streak ends at 86 weeks. For the first time, due to a confluence of events (real life business, entertainment-related distractions, Reunion being so dreadfully boring and godawful as to completely sap my desire to pick it up at all, etc.), I haven’t finished reading Reunion and have barely written anything about it. It should nevertheless be ready for next week. I’ll try not to make it a habit.

Live long and prosper.

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