your favorite standalone novel?

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Smitty, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Smitty

    Smitty Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 30, 2006
    Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
    Anyone interested in sharing their favorite standalone novel in series (TOS, TNG, VOY, etc)

    There are lots of great trilogies (destiny) and miniseries (vanguard) out there but what about those that are standalone?

    To start, mine are:

    TNG: immortal coil
    TOS: prime directive
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  2. otomo

    otomo Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Jun 27, 2013
    Though it's been un-continuitied by so much, I thought Federation really was impactful as a book. After that, The Captain's Daughter, though I may like that more because my mom brought it home for me on a sick day when I was really young and it's a fond memory.
  3. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    100% standalones only (not including some of my favourites like Final Frontier or Dreadnought which because part of a loose duology later with Best Destiny and Battle Stations)
    A few have been left quite far out of continuity by later Trek canon and/or the novelverse (case in point: Federation, which was totally contradicted by First Contact, and The Final Reflection, which is about very different Klingons to the ones in TNG, DS9 and ENT)



    The Final Reflection

    Prime Directive

    The Time Trap


    The Pandora Principle

    Federation (TNG crossover)


    Dark Mirror


    The Devil's Heart


    Fallen Heroes

    A Stitch in Time

    The 34th Rule


    The Escape


    Battle Lines


  4. Mimi

    Mimi Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 17, 2013
    The Neverending Sacrifice. It a really unexpected novel, and I ended up enjoying it immensely.

    I also enjoyed the really tragic short story 'A Gutted World'.
  5. zarkon

    zarkon Captain Captain

    Mar 24, 2011
    TOS : The Final Reflection
    TNG : Q-Squared
    DS9 : 34th rule
    NF : Once Burned

    Also, "Federation" doesn't truly belong to any one era but deserves to be on any "best of" list for me. "Where Sea Meet Sky" is a great pike book, and the six book "Errand of Vengance/Errand of Fury" is my favourite mini-series.
  6. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 26, 2002
    TOS Uhura's song ,Wounded sky ,Spock's world.Corona A choice of Catastrophies TNG Imzadi Battle of betazed Brinkmanship . Ds9 Emmissary&Unity Favorite son Ds9 .The millenum trilogy. ENT Rosetta & The xindi novel by J.M.Dillard The Good that men do also The Rise of the federation book1. Voy Children of the storm.
  7. Darth Duck

    Darth Duck Commodore Commodore

    Feb 5, 2002
    The Maritimes
    The Final Reflection, hands down.
  8. CaptPapa

    CaptPapa Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 15, 2009
    I really do not know . . .
    The Vulcan Academy Murders is my favorite; closely followed by Spock's World.
  9. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    ^The Vulcan Academy Murders isn't entirely a standalone, though, since it has a direct sequel, The IDIC Epidemic. Or is that too strict a definition a "standalone?"
  10. Taranis

    Taranis Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Oct 3, 2005
    Dublin Ireland
    the ones I enjoyed

    Strangers from the Sky
    Best Destiny
    Enterprise: The First Adventure
    The Vulcan Academy Murders
  11. Ovation

    Ovation Vice Admiral Admiral

    Same here. I've read about 100 or so (have about 90 of them, in a box somewhere) since the early 80s and this is the only one for which I recall the title instantly and remember in any great detail (and I read it when it was first published). One of my biggest disappointments about Klingons on-screen after this book came out is how different (and inferior, to me) they have been compared to those in this book.
  12. E-DUB

    E-DUB Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Oct 28, 2011
    Another vote for "Federation".
  13. EliyahuQeoni

    EliyahuQeoni Commodore Commodore

    Dec 24, 2007
    Redmond, Oregon, United States of America
    Off the top of my head and in no particular order:

    • Federation
    • Final Frontier (It had a sequel, but I count it as a stand alone because that's how it was originally published)
    • Prime Directive
    • Imzadi
  14. Cyfa

    Cyfa Captain Captain

    Dec 9, 2013
    over the Cusp
    TOS: I can't decide between The Pandora Principle, Final Frontier or Prime Directive?
    DS9: The Never Ending Sacrifice
    TLE: Serpents Among the Ruins
    And one that doesn't really fit anywhere: DTI: Watching the Clock
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  15. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    I think it would be too strict if The Vulcan Academy Murders wasn't originally written with a sequel in mind. If it was, then I'd say it's fair.
  16. TheUsualSuspect

    TheUsualSuspect Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 28, 2011
    Pueblo, CO
    A couple older novels that haven't been mentioned here:
    TOS: The Entropy Effect by Vonda McIntyre (the first Pocket original novel, published in 1981)
    TNG: War Drums by John Vornholt

    I also remember really liking Chain of Attack by Gene DeWeese, although it's technically not a standalone since it had a sequel, The Final Nexus (which I did not enjoy as much), and also a very loose connection (a couple references in the text) to the earlier novel The Abode of Life.
  17. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    It would be more fitting to say that Chain of Attack was a loose sequel to The Abode of Life, in that it began with the Enterprise returning to investigate the same space warp phenomenon that they'd fallen through in that novel and discovered it was part of a much larger network of "gates" (essentially wormholes). The references to TAoL are vague enough that you could read the book without realizing it was a sequel, but it essentially was, in that its events were directly precipitated by, and occurred soon after, the events of TAoL.

    Although a thought just occurred to me that somehow has never occurred to me in the past 26 years since CoA came out: perhaps the book wasn't conceived as a TAoL sequel, but the references were added in because the two books dealt with similar ideas.
  18. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    Gulliver's Fugitives
  19. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

    Jul 25, 2012
    Va. Beach, VA
  20. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 13, 2013
    California, USA
    There's only one STAR TREK novel I've read cover to cover and that is "TNG: Foreign Foes," which is so bad, with its cliches and homages, that it's surprisingly charming! And it took two authors, which is the most amusing bit: Dave Galanter and Greg Brodeur. Hmmm ... the only other book in this vein I've (mostly) read is "TOS: Spock, Messiah." Both of these I found in the Cheap Bin and unexpectedly, too! I enjoy Classic literature and Shakespeare. This, in fact, is what I spend the most time reading - when I have the time, that is ...