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Old January 21 2015, 10:26 PM   #1
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New member looking for help with Star Trek books

Hi,

I have just joined the forum. I have been a Star Trek fan for years and love the shows but I would like to try the Star Trek books. Could anyone recommend a good jumping on point? I would like to start with the original series and next generation to begin with.

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Old January 22 2015, 12:30 AM   #2
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Re: New member looking for help with Star Trek books

The link below is to an excellent Trek lit site with timelines, recommended jumping on points, etc. The Original Series is largely stand alone novels, so you can jump in and out as you want.
Among my favorite TOS novels are Ex-Machina (set after the first movie and beautifully expanding on a rarely explored era), the novels written by Shatner that explore Kirk's adventures after Generations, which begins with Ashes of Eden, Kirk's last adventure in the 23rd century (these novels are in their own continuity from the rest of the novel range), and the Crucible trilogy which is amazing in his depth, scope and is a great story but also isn't in continuity with the rest of the novel series.

The Next Generation, there are lots of great novels out there. Older novels like Imzadi, Imzadi II: Triangle and Q Squared are cinematic in scope and explore the character's history and relationships that are built upon in the newer novels.
A Time to be Born is considered the primary jumping on point for the modern novels, the beginning of a series of novels set before Nemesis.

http://startreklitverse.yolasite.com/
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Old January 22 2015, 12:31 AM   #3
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Re: New member looking for help with Star Trek books

Weclome! This is a great site http://startreklitverse.yolasite.com/ , will give you some good lists.

For TNG I think the A Time To... series is a good place to start, it takes place before Nemesis.

With TOS there is not anywhere particular, but Prime Directive, Shadows on the Sun, Ex Machia are a few of my absolute favorites.

Lastly I am the host of a podcast called Literary Treks were we talk about the books and comics of Star Trek as well as interview authors, you might enjoy.
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Old January 22 2015, 12:33 AM   #4
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borgboy wrote: View Post
The link below is to an excellent Trek lit site with timelines, recommended jumping on points, etc. The Original Series is largely stand alone novels, so you can jump in and out as you want.
Among my favorite TOS novels are Ex-Machina (set after the first movie and beautifully expanding on a rarely explored era), the novels written by Shatner that explore Kirk's adventures after Generations, which begins with Ashes of Eden, Kirk's last adventure in the 23rd century (these novels are in their own continuity from the rest of the novel range), and the Crucible trilogy which is amazing in his depth, scope and is a great story but also isn't in continuity with the rest of the novel series.

The Next Generation, there are lots of great novels out there. Older novels like Imzadi, Imzadi II: Triangle and Q Squared are cinematic in scope and explore the character's history and relationships that are built upon in the newer novels.
A Time to be Born is considered the primary jumping on point for the modern novels, the beginning of a series of novels set before Nemesis.

http://startreklitverse.yolasite.com/
Love that we gave the same advice at almost the same time.
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Old January 22 2015, 12:36 AM   #5
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Re: New member looking for help with Star Trek books

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The link below is to an excellent Trek lit site with timelines, recommended jumping on points, etc. The Original Series is largely stand alone novels, so you can jump in and out as you want.
Among my favorite TOS novels are Ex-Machina (set after the first movie and beautifully expanding on a rarely explored era), the novels written by Shatner that explore Kirk's adventures after Generations, which begins with Ashes of Eden, Kirk's last adventure in the 23rd century (these novels are in their own continuity from the rest of the novel range), and the Crucible trilogy which is amazing in his depth, scope and is a great story but also isn't in continuity with the rest of the novel series.

The Next Generation, there are lots of great novels out there. Older novels like Imzadi, Imzadi II: Triangle and Q Squared are cinematic in scope and explore the character's history and relationships that are built upon in the newer novels.
A Time to be Born is considered the primary jumping on point for the modern novels, the beginning of a series of novels set before Nemesis.

http://startreklitverse.yolasite.com/
Love that we gave the same advice at almost the same time.
Obviously this is the right answer then.
For what it's worth I'm about to start reading Shadows on the Sun for the first time soon, glad to hear you like it so much. I do like Prime Directive too - the Reeves Stevens novels are overall all really good.
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Old January 22 2015, 12:37 AM   #6
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Hi Borgboy and Enterprise Rules that is really helpful thanks. I have just ordered Ex-Machina seeing as you both think highly of it. Enterprise Rules I am going to start listening to Literary Treks and sounds like it would be useful going forward. Thanks again both
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Old January 22 2015, 12:48 AM   #7
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Re: New member looking for help with Star Trek books

Welcome to the family!
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Old January 22 2015, 12:49 AM   #8
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Thanks. I am currently watching next generation season 3 on bluray at this very moment. oh how I hope for a new tv series!
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Old January 22 2015, 12:55 AM   #9
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That would be great! I would really like to have trek back where it belongs, on TV. We do have shows on Trek.fm for all the Star Trek series and beyond.
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Old January 22 2015, 12:56 AM   #10
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I'm doing a massive multi media Trek marathon - I've watched TOS blu rays and movies, and am now switching back and forth between TNG season 6 and DS9 season 1, while reading select Trek books that were published in the same era - more or less publication order not necessarily chronological. I'm really enjoying the immersive experience, with the intention of continued thru with Voyager and Enterprise and then select fan films/fan series.
I am dying for a new Trek tv series. One movie every three years or so is just not enough.
Down the road you might consider checking out some of the orignal Trek series novels, like New Frontier and Vanguard/Seekers. With original crews having new adventures in the Trek universe they can give you a lit version of the new series experience, and are arguably as good or better even than tv Trek.
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Old January 22 2015, 12:56 AM   #11
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I will check those out
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Old January 22 2015, 12:58 AM   #12
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borgboy wrote: View Post
I'm doing a massive multi media Trek marathon - I've watched TOS blu rays and movies, and am now switching back and forth between TNG season 6 and DS9 season 1, while reading select Trek books that were published in the same era - more or less publication order not necessarily chronological. I'm really enjoying the immersive experience, with the intention of continued thru with Voyager and Enterprise and then select fan films/fan series.
I am dying for a new Trek tv series. One movie every three years or so is just not enough.
Down the road you might consider checking out some of the orignal Trek series novels, like New Frontier and Vanguard/Seekers. With original crews having new adventures in the Trek universe they can give you a lit version of the new series experience, and are arguably as good or better even than tv Trek.
It makes me even more thankful for the quality in the books we get, kinda makes up for no new tv show.
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Old January 22 2015, 12:59 AM   #13
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Thanks Borgboy. I think I will move on to them. I finished the entire run of Enterprise on Bluray a couple of years ago. I still love Enterprise it got some bad press but I still really like it.
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Old January 22 2015, 01:01 AM   #14
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Yeah I think that is why I wanted to get into the books. I miss having new episodes on each week and just want to explore this area to enjoy them and of course a new TV series will eventually turn up!
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Old January 22 2015, 01:02 AM   #15
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Sorry Borgboy I meant couple of weeks ago not years
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