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Old April 3 2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

My girlfriend is a huge Data fan, and I've just introduced her to the world of Trek lit. Her birthday is coming up and for one of her presents, I'd like to find her a Data-centric novel.

Can anybody think of one?
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Old April 3 2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Immortal Coil

it is full of continuity, but done in such a way that it's a bonus to those familiar with it, and not detrimental to those who aren't.
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Old April 3 2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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Another vote for IMMORTAL COIL.
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Old April 3 2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Or you could go way back and get her a copy of METAMORPHOSIS. Though it's been forever since I read this, and I have no idea how it'll read all these years later.
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Old April 3 2011, 10:13 PM   #5
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Although Metamorphosis isn't quite a standalone, since in some respects it's a sequel to Survivors by the same author. It brings back guest characters from that book and makes reference to its events. And Survivors is a pretty strong Data story too (though it's mainly a Tasha Yar novel), allowing for the fact that both novels were written before the show retconned Data as being incapable of emotion, so their portrayal of him may seem odd for readers today. Anyway, I think if you get one, you should get the other too for the full experience.
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Old April 3 2011, 10:15 PM   #6
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

"Immortal Coil" is wonderful, although when some TNG-only readers found out how much continuity came from TOS they got very angry. I still think it works extremely well as a standalone.

I loved "Metamorphosis" but, again, it made some fans very angry. Fans are funny like that. I does have some follow up with original characters from "Survivors", the early novel that ties into "Skin of Evil" at its conclusion.
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Old April 3 2011, 11:33 PM   #7
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Lonemagpie wrote: View Post
Immortal Coil

it is full of continuity, but done in such a way that it's a bonus to those familiar with it, and not detrimental to those who aren't.
Agreed. Plus, it has anime references!
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Old April 4 2011, 12:01 AM   #8
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Another vote for Metamorphosis. Although re-using some characters from Survivors, you don't need to have read that first. I didn't, and I didn't feel I missed anything.
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Old April 4 2011, 12:22 AM   #9
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

I enjoyed Metamorphosis. I didn't even know it used the same characters from Survivors.
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Old April 4 2011, 12:28 AM   #10
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

I'm going to mention Double Helix: Infection; it's not solely a Data novel, but I really like the role he plays in it and the things that it says about his friendship with and possible romantic attraction towards Tasha (as set up in The Naked Now).
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Old April 4 2011, 01:28 AM   #11
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Thanks for all the suggestions. I actually have Metamorphosis sitting in front of me. I've had it since it came out.

I'll look into seeing if I can find the other ones mentioned.
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Old April 4 2011, 01:40 AM   #12
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KingDaniel wrote: View Post
Another vote for Metamorphosis. Although re-using some characters from Survivors, you don't need to have read that first. I didn't, and I didn't feel I missed anything.
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I enjoyed Metamorphosis. I didn't even know it used the same characters from Survivors.
I don't think I was aware of that, either.
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Old April 4 2011, 04:18 AM   #13
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

I'm putting in another vote for Immortal Coil. I just read it last year, and found it to be amazing. It is one of my favorite books, and one of the best Data stories in any medium.
I would love to see Rhea McAdams pop up again somewhere, she was a great character and I would love to know what she's been up to since the events of the book.
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Old April 4 2011, 04:50 AM   #14
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Re: What's a good stand alone novel featuring Data?

Metamorphosis and Immoral Coil are certainly well worth reading. You don't need to read Survivors.
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Old April 4 2011, 04:56 AM   #15
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You don't need to read Survivors.
Maybe not for continuity alone, but it's certainly just as worthwhile as Metamorphosis, if not better. Frankly I'm startled that so many people haven't read Survivors. It was one of the most popular and important of the early TNG novels, because it was the definitive Tasha Yar novel, at least until "Legacy" came along and contradicted aspects of it (though you could still kinda make it fit if you assumed that "New Paris" was a local name for Turkana IV). And as I said, it's a pretty major Data story too, even if Data's the secondary focus after Tasha.

So I'm not saying that if you skip Survivors, you couldn't understand Metamorphosis. I'm saying that if you only read Metamorphosis, you're missing out on an equally worthwhile book in Survivors.
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