Hello! As a large-eared alien once said, "I here am new!" It seems strange to me that it has taken me so long to find where this forum was, the Star Trek counterpart of similar forums that I had long before found for Star Wars and Doctor Who. But I am happy to have found it at last. I love books, and I love Star Trek, and I have long wanted to find where the Star Trek books were discussed in such detail, with such devotion, as the old Doctor Who novels and the new Star Wars novels. The barren desert wilderness that is all I can see in regards to ST on television doesn't daunt me, because I thought it likely that prose fiction would likely flourish, especially under the right management. This is what I saw with DW, and it seems that it is happening with ST. Anyway, it's nice to finally see more informal reactions to some of my old favorite ST novels, there is only so far that amazon.com can go in that regard, and a small handful of reviews lack the liveliness of interaction and feedback that I can get more effectively here. It is also nice to get the vibes that newer fiction generate, and have a taste of the new directions the 24th century story lines are headed. Some of my favorite novels include Prime Directive, TNG Vendetta, Federation (which I think has a great version of Zefram Cochranes story), and Probe oddly enough (although I was sad to hear that it's developement is a dark, sore point). I've sort of liked Diane Carey's contributions, especially the "giant nove" Final Frontier, and to a slightly lesser extent Best Destiny, which is strongly connected to the former, and I wish had been more so. I was gratified at the prospect that the writers of the new movie took some inspiration from that book at least. First Frontier was entertaining, but Ship of the Line was just a shocker to me. I was so disappointed by SotL, I couldn't believe it was the same author (except for the prose, which I do find distinctive). I think a part of it is that she did so well with the top secret maiden voyage of a certain prototype Constitution-class starship without a name, presenting it with a wonderful sense of reverence for that ship; by comparison it feels like the Sovereign-class Enterprise doesn't get a maiden voyage she deserves. Anyway... The first, serialized adventure in the New Frontier series was very exciting and well told; and the serialization of it made it easier to manage, as the page count would be daunting otherwise. I look forward to what goes on next in that series, and I've really liked Peter David's work for a long time. Vendetta was the starting point. So, turning my attention to the new fiction that has been coming out in the last few years, I would like to try and keep things simple, and prefer to follow the crews of TOS Enterprise and TNG Enterprise. Some of the crossover series, and multi book series look too long for me (I don't have a lot of time and I am a dreadfully slow reader), and are a little offputting because I haven't followed DS9, Voyager and Enterprise. I like the relaunch idea, because I like the idea of following the further adventures of the TNG crew beyond the Nemesis movie. I know the movie is not enthusiastically thought of, however it's virtue is contained in the promise of potential story lines people could think of happening to follow up on it. I know I've had fun concocting alternative crew line ups, the political fallout with the Romulans, and the place of the prototype android in Dr. Soong's legacy. I know the TNG relaunch hasn't gone in this direction, that's ok, its the potential story ideas that Nemesis leaves open for exploration that excite me. So far I've collected for later reading the TNG relaunch books, the first of the Titan novels (just to get an idea of how Riker and Troi are getting on), and the ST: Destiny trilogy. I could go on, but at this point I think I've overwritten my introductory post. Hi to all, and it's nice to see Star Trek getting this affection. Thank you.