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#134: Traitor Winds (TOS #70)

This week, while Sulu plays flyboy in the desert, Chekov learns the hard way that real-world experience doesn’t translate to college credits. But when the two men are charged with a host of crimes, Uhura wonders if she may have to have her teacher’s pet put down. Will the boys be home in time for Christmas? Is the Lost Years concept out of gas? And what are some of the more mundane occupational hazards of corporate espionage? All this and more in Traitor Winds, the book that forces us to confront the existence of Klingon anime body pillows.

#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.

#102: Best Destiny (TOS event novel)

This week, when George Kirk struggles to straighten out his wayward progeny, the boy’s mother suggests a Take Your Son to Space Work Day. But when their shuttle gets waylaid by pirates en route to a ceremony, young James sees a new side of his father and learns that duty can sometimes literally cost an arm and a leg. Will James Kirk give in to the boomer side? What’s the point of campfire stories that aren’t scary? And what’s the deal with Sanskrit on Mars? All this and more in the positively foudroyant Best Destiny.

#080: A Flag Full of Stars (TOS #54)

This week, Nogura promotes Kirk from construction foreman to media liaison, but it’s his marriage that could really use a little bit of good P.R. Meanwhile, a Klingon schoolteacher in New York has invented a super ball with a heck of a bounce, attracting the interest of some of his less savory brethren. What’s the deal with Timothea Rogers? Will Kevin Riley pull his self-esteem out of the toilet? And won’t someone think of the children? All this and more in A Flag Full of Stars, the book that still celebrates Columbus Day.

#064: The Kobayashi Maru (TOS #47)

This week, when most of the senior officers wait in a busted shuttlecraft for the sweet embrace of death, they decide to pass the time by telling tales out of school. Kirk can’t accept failure, Chekov goes lone wolf, Sulu deals with a death in the family, and Scotty stays spectacularly on brand. How much does it cost to build a starship? What counts as a “young” death in the Trek universe? Would anyone really waste that much paper in the 23rd century? It’s the book that passes with flying colors.

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