Old Treklit vs. new Treklit.

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Mage, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    Not really the same thing. You can get a "just-the-facts" synopsis of the story so far, I suppose, but you're not really going to appreciate the emotional impact of the story if you haven't fully experienced the previous chapters. "Oh, so this character died and this other character, that I read about on the internet, was finally reunited with his long-lost love, who betrayed him before. Yeah, this really means a lot to me without having actually watched (or read) the earlier installments."

    The plot is just the bare bones of any story. It's the flesh and blood that gives it feeling.

    (Besides, you shouldn't have to do homework just to enjoy a comic book or Star Trek novel . . . .)
  2. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
  3. kirk55555

    kirk55555 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 22, 2011
    Washington State, USA
    My introduction to Star trek books were the Pocket Numbered books. They're still the majority of my collection (probably 80+ ST books). Both old and new have hit and misses. While I'm a big fan of continuity, sometimes having books that don't change everything are nice, and the old had some great ones (Vulcan Academy Murder i9s still one of my favorite Original Series stories, period). Plus, they seemed to be able to get away with more sometimesm like TOS crew vs. a scientifically created vampire (who actually drank blood and was sensitive to light) or books that didn't even focus on the main crew much (like the Dreadnought and battleship...duology? Is that the right word). The new has some great stuff, too (Cold Equations that just finished was an amazing trilogy). I don't think either era is better than the other (although the pre pocket books stuff is pretty hit or miss). They both have flaws and highlights. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say pre relaunch stuff was a bit better because a lot of my favorite books (Vulcan Academy Murders, Q-Continuum Trilogy, The Captain's Daughter, TOS Dreadnought/Battleships, Q-Squared and I,Q, to name just a few) were before the relaunch. But, the post relauch still has the DS9 Typhon Pact books, Cold Equations Trilogy, and The Department of Temporal Investigations books, all of which are on the level of the best of the pocket books. So, I'd say people who like Star Trek books should read both old and new books, there is a lot of great stuff. There is also some bad stuff, but any series like this is bound to have some.
  4. Lt. Cheka Wey

    Lt. Cheka Wey Commander

    Mar 14, 2013
    I am talking about finding a story that does not require too much lore awarness.
  5. bullethead

    bullethead Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 24, 2008
    Well, the standalone series like Myriad Universes and Mirror Universes were pretty easy to figure out, but you wouldn't know that IKS Gorkon is pretty isolated from the rest of TrekLit without reading the books (including the ones leading up to the series proper). Memory Beta isn't developed enough for it to be as useful as it could be and Memory Alpha's coverage of the novels is lacking as well.
  6. donners22

    donners22 Commodore Commodore

    Jul 12, 2001
    Victoria, Australia
    I have the opposite view to the OP. I have a shelf stacked with the books from the 90s, and pretty much stopped buying after 2000 (the Millennium trilogy was the turning point - I found that utterly awful).

    I've picked up quite a few of the recent ones from my library and some have been good, but most have been utterly forgettable and a few have been unbearable (just last month I returned one unfinished, which I've never done before).

    None of the relaunches other than Enterprise captured my attention, and even then I wouldn't rate them among my favourite Trek books.

    Each to their own, but I'd take the "old Treklit" any day.
  7. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Jun 30, 2004
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    Yeah, he was a badass android. Bad Robot!