Sunday, January 04, 2009

As you may or may not know, I am a Star Trek fan, and read all the novels. But I must confess that the recent string of Star Trek novels are starting to wear me down.

Beginning with ResistanceSupport this Site!  Click to Purchase, the Borg are Back. In this book, the Enterprise destroys a cube and learns of another one. Admiral Janeway tells Picard to stay away, and rushes to investigate. And in Before DishonorSupport this site! Click to Purchase! Janeway dies destroying a cube.

For whatever reason, I missed Star Trek: TNG: Greater than the SumSupport this site! Click to Purchase!, and instead dove directly into the Destiny trilogy, beginning with Star Trek: Destiny: Gods of NightSupport this site! Click to Purchase!. The Borg are attacking the Federation with an eye on genocide. They aren't assimilating anything, simply destroying worlds, killing billions. So far in the book, about halfway in, they have destroyed 5 or 6 cubes. Some insurmountable enemy.

Here's what I like about the book: it ties all the series, except the Original Series, into on universe. So you have Ezri Dax, Seven of Nine, and Picard fighting the Borg on different fronts.

Here's what I don't like about the book: The Borg are back. Frankly, there's no drama in their appearance. There's a lot of predictable Picard hand wringing, recalling his time as Locutus. And the borg menace reminds me of the Star Wars New Jedi OrderSupport this Site!. In that series, the New Republic is attacked by an invading force who manage to sweep across the Star Wars Universe conquering every world, and killing Chewbacca and Anakin Solo. Finally, at the last possible moment, and after billions of deaths, the invasion is thwarted. And that sentence could apply to the new Star Trek novels, too.

This invasion will end soon, and a new menace will appear, as Pocket Books brings Voyager into alignment with the new order. However, a new alien menace looms on the horizon and that will be the next arc.

Basically what I'm saying is that Pocket Books has stopped exploring space and started turning the Star Trek Universe into a space war series.

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