Barnes & Noble collection of the James Blish TOS adaptations

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  1. JonnyQuest037

    JonnyQuest037 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I just picked up this volume on impulse at my local Barnes & Noble tonight. Somehow I entirely missed this compilation back in 2016 (as well as the BBS's two threads on the subject), but I'm glad I've got my hands on it now. It's a good-looking black leather-bound hardcover collection with the Starfleet delta on the front, and an overhead diagram of the Enterprise on the back. The inside front & back covers have some nice glossy photos of the characters and the ship. It contains 45 of the 79 TOS novelizations that James Blish wrote back in the 1960s, along with an introduction, "Star Trek in the Real World," written by Norman Spinrad for Bantam books back in 1991. Quite a steal for only $25!

    The list of episodes contained in the volume (Courtesy of Dayton Ward and Therin of Andor in the previous threads):

    Season 1

    The Menagerie

    Where No Man Has Gone Before
    Charlie's Law (Charlie X)
    The Naked Time
    The Enemy Within
    What Are Little Girls Made Of?
    Dagger of the Mind
    The Conscience of the King
    Balance of Terror
    The Galileo Seven
    Arena
    Tomorrow Is Yesterday
    Court Martial
    The Return of the Archons
    Space Seed
    A Taste of Armageddon
    This Side of Paradise
    The Devil in the Dark
    Errand of Mercy
    The City on the Edge of Forever
    Operation Annihilate

    Season 2

    Amok Time
    Who Mourns for Adonais?
    The Changeling
    Mirror, Mirror
    The Apple
    The Doomsday Machine
    Metamorphosis
    Journey to Babel
    The Deadly Years
    The Trouble With Tribbles
    A Piece of the Action
    The Immunity Syndrome
    By Any Other Name
    The Ultmate Computer
    Assignment: Earth

    Season 3

    The Enterprise Incident
    The Day of the Dove
    For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
    The Tholian Web
    Wink of an Eye
    Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
    The Cloudminders
    All Our Yesterdays

    I've heard for years that the Blish adaptations are great, so I'm looking forward to finally reading several of them for myself. If you have a B&N store near you and are interested in getting a copy, I'd recommend checking them out. Once I finally crack the covers, I'll post what I think in this thread (and/or link to my thoughts posted elsewhere).
     
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  2. Reanok

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    I got this book as a Christmas gift I really like it alot .The stories are really interesting.
     
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  3. Mysterion

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    I'd really like to see a second volume collecting the remaining episodes and his stand-along novel Spock Must Die!
     
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  4. JonnyQuest037

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    Yeah, I didn't realize that it didn't have all of Blish's adaptations until I got it home. I was wondering why I wasn't seeing The Unreal McCoy (Blish's version of "The Man Trap") in the table of contents!

    Hmm... Should I read them the stories in the order they appear in the book, or skip around? I think I'll skip around. :)
     
  5. David cgc

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    I'm not sure how likely that is, since they specifically picked "the good ones" for this release. It might be a harder sell to have a handsome hardbound edition of everyone's least-favorite
    TOS episodes.
     
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  6. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Well, you just need to sell it as the second half of having a complete set - grab all of us anal-retentive completists that way. :)
     
  7. GNDN18

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    I’d read them in stardate order.
     
  8. Daddy Todd

    Daddy Todd Fleet Captain Premium Member

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    And Mudd’s Angels.
     
  9. Desert Kris

    Desert Kris Commander Red Shirt

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    I went back and forth about getting it; it is very nice looking and sturdy. But I kept holding back because it's not all the episode novelizations. Then one day I was at a Half Price books store and found 3 volume paperback set that collected and reprinted them in the early 1990's...they were in really good condition, too. I had been toying with the idea of seriously looking for those exact editions on Amazon, but then there they were. I grabbed 'em without blinking.
     
  10. Daddy Todd

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    These compilations exclude the Mudd episodes, but you can pick them up in a copy of Mudd’s Angels (later retitled Mudd’s Enterprise).
     
  11. JonnyQuest037

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    Nah. I don't even believe in watching the series that way. Production order all the way! ;)
     
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