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Old July 8 2009, 03:48 AM   #1
Kirks Lovechild
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Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

I haven't read a Star Trek novel in years even though I do have a pretty big collection. I just finished a book and thought that it might be time to dive back into them. My only problem is I don't know where to start. My questions is, in your opinion, what are the top 10 Star Trek novels? It can be more than 10, but I just thought I would throw that number out there.

I've been talking to some friends and the titles I keep hearing are "Doctor's Orders", "Imzadi II", "Crossover", "Yesterday's Son", "Time for Yesterday", "Dreams of the Raven", and "Prime Directive". What do you think? Are those in the top 10? What titles would you add?
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Old July 8 2009, 04:11 AM   #2
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Prime Directive... that should be the next film....
Though "Yesterday's Son" & "Time for Yesterday" are awesome.....
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Old July 8 2009, 04:17 AM   #3
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Does anyone remember those 2 old pre-TMP books---
"The Price of the Pheonix" & "The Fate of the Pheonix"?
"SPOCK:Messiah" might be a good one too...














tmp books---
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Old July 8 2009, 04:42 AM   #4
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

I'll take a crack at this, at least based on what I have read.
In no particular order:
Destiny: Lost Souls, Destiny: Mere Mortals, Strangers From the Sky, Q Squared, Vendetta,Unity, Imzadi, Articles of the Federation, Ex Machina, Rising Son, Vanguar: Reap the Whirlwind.

I am sure I am missing things and I will probably change my mind about what belongs in here by tomorrow. In fact I just noticed I missed Destiny: Gods of Night.
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Old July 8 2009, 06:40 AM   #5
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

In No Particular Order:

1. Imzadi
2. Q-Squared
3. The Art of the Impossible
4. Federation
5. Vendetta
6. Serpents Among the Ruins
7. Full Circle
8. The Ashes of Eden
9. The Left Hand of Destiny (Books 1 & 2)
10. The Pandora Principle

Others Recommendations:
DS9
Objective: Bajor
Abyss
Unity
Avatar (Books 1 & 2)
Warpath (But I would read Worlds of DS9: Dominion and Ferenginar before it; it would probably be best to read all of the DS9 relaunch before reading Warpath actually)
A Stitch in Time (I never read this book, but it is highly recommended by many on this forum)

TNG:
A Death in Winter
Resistance
Greater than the Sum
Destiny Trilogy
The Devil's Heart

TOS
Cloak
The Rift
The Captain's Daughter
The Return

ENT
Last Full Measure
The Good that Men Do

There are a few lit-only Trek series you might enjoy: Starfleet Corps of Engineers, New Frontier, New Earth, Titan, Stargazer, Vanguard. I recommend New Frontiers, Titan, and Vanguard (Harbinger, the first novel at least)
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Old July 8 2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Off the top of my head at the moment:

1. Destiny trilogy (ok, I cheat)
2. DS9: Mission Gamma (all four books, but book 1 was the best)
3. TOS: Crucible (book 1 and 2 are absolutely fabulous, I'm going through book 3 atm and enjoying it so far)
4. Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins
5. Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
6. Titan: Orion's Hound
7. Titan: Sword of Damocles
8. Yesterday's Son & Time for Yesterday
9. Sarak
10. Articles of the Federation

Honourable mentions (because they didn't pop into my head fast enough):
- TNG: Greater than the Sum
- TNG: The buried age
- all the DS9 post finale books
- A burning house
- Q & A
- Metamorphosis
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Old July 8 2009, 01:36 PM   #7
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

In order:

1. A Stitch in Time
2. Once Burned
3. Immortal Coil
4. Cathedral
5. Q-Squared

After those five, it's bit blurred. The following books all compete for the last five spots:

Vulcan's Heart
The Art of the Impossible
Terok Nor trilogy (but especially Day of the Vipers)
Reunion
The Eugenics Wars, Books 1 & 2
Rogue
Tales of the Dominion War
No Limits
Q-in-Law
Q&A
I, Q

It's interesting to note that all of my top five favorites are character pieces of my favorite characters (Garak, Data, Calhoun, Bashir, Q).
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Old July 8 2009, 01:49 PM   #8
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

DarKush wrote: View Post
In No Particular Order:

1. Imzadi
2. Q-Squared
3. The Art of the Impossible
4. Federation
5. Vendetta
6. Serpents Among the Ruins
7. Full Circle
8. The Ashes of Eden
9. The Left Hand of Destiny (Books 1 & 2)
10. The Pandora Principle

Others Recommendations:
DS9
Objective: Bajor
Abyss
Unity
Avatar (Books 1 & 2)
Warpath (But I would read Worlds of DS9: Dominion and Ferenginar before it; it would probably be best to read all of the DS9 relaunch before reading Warpath actually)
A Stitch in Time (I never read this book, but it is highly recommended by many on this forum)

TNG:
A Death in Winter
Resistance
Greater than the Sum
Destiny Trilogy
The Devil's Heart

TOS
Cloak
The Rift
The Captain's Daughter
The Return

ENT
Last Full Measure
The Good that Men Do

There are a few lit-only Trek series you might enjoy: Starfleet Corps of Engineers, New Frontier, New Earth, Titan, Stargazer, Vanguard. I recommend New Frontiers, Titan, and Vanguard (Harbinger, the first novel at least)
I agree with your top 10 list.

I'd tell the OP to take a grain of salt with all the Destiny recommendations you'll likely get. It was pretty good...but I think it's a tad over rated compared to how much people talk about it here.
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Old July 8 2009, 01:59 PM   #9
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Nardpuncher wrote: View Post
I'd tell the OP to take a grain of salt with all the Destiny recommendations you'll likely get. It was pretty good...but I think it's a tad over rated compared to how much people talk about it here.
I agree on that count. Hell, I didn't like the general direction of the story or the level of predictability of the trilogy. The only thing I liked about it is what has come after it: A Singular Destiny is a very good book.
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Old July 8 2009, 02:31 PM   #10
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Crucible book 1..McCoy
I dare any Star Trek fan to put that book down

Mine:
Prime Directive
Federation
Dark Mirror
How much for just the planet?
All Gateways
Challenger (This one is just awesome)
Ship of the Line
Imzadi
The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
Immortal Coil
oops, # 11 "Strangers From the Sky"
I'm well read with my Star Trek.....
And yes I'm married...LOL
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Old July 8 2009, 02:58 PM   #11
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

My list (in order)

DS9: Millennium Trilogy
Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind
Vanguard: Open Secrets
Vanguard: Harbinger
VOY: Captain's Table: Fire Ship
VOY: Echoes
TNG: A Time to Kill/Heal
DS9: Warpath
TNG: A Time for War A Time for Peace
DS9: Fallen Heroes

Honorable mentions that just barely didn't make the list:
Articles of the Federation
MyrU Voyager: Places of Exile
MyrU TNG: Brave New World
MU TOS: The Sorrows of Empire
VOY: The Nanotech War
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Old July 8 2009, 03:22 PM   #12
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Darn it!...Forgot "A Stitch in Time"....

Just 10? LOL
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Old July 8 2009, 03:30 PM   #13
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

It's been quite a while since I've read a Trek book. I'll try to remember my top 10

1. Mission Gamma: Twilight by David R. George III
2. The Millennium Trilogy by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
3. Behind Enemy Lines/Tunnel Through the Stars by John Vornholt
4. Q-Squared by Peter David
5. Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
6. Imzadi by Peter David
7. Metamorphosis - Jean Lorrah
8. The Devil's Heart by Carmen Carter
9. My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane
10. Crossover by Michael Jan Friedman

(pretty much the order)
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Old July 8 2009, 03:34 PM   #14
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

Top 10, eh...

My list is full of stuff from the last 5 years or so... (in no particular order)

Full Circle
Articles of the Federation
A Time for War, a Time for Peace
Destiny trilogy (as one)
The Lost Era: Art of the Impossible
The Lost Era: The Buried Age
Once Burned
A Burning House
Vanguard: Harbinger
Q & A

some honorable mentions:
Ex Machina
A Time to Kill
The Good that Men Do
Losing the Peace

Please keep in mind that there are still vast amounts of (from what i've heard) really good treklit that I have yet to read like the Crucible trilogy (people seem to love it), the SCE/COE series, and the third and fourth Vanguard books
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Old July 8 2009, 05:24 PM   #15
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Re: Top 10 Star Trek Novels?

I'll take a crack at it....

Destiny (trilogy)
The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins
TNG: Vendetta
TNG: Imzadi
TNG: Q-Squared
DS9: Fallen Heroes
DS9: Avatar, books 1-2
DS9: Mission Gamma: Cathedral
DS9: Unity
Titan: Taking Wing
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