Star Trek: Legacies Book 1: Captain to Captain
by Greg Cox
The last 500 words were cool. The basic premise of Captain to Captain is that there's a secret on board the Enterprise that has been passed down to each captain from the time of Christopher Pike. It's a device that allows travel through different universes. That's cool, and consistent with Star Trek lore.
As Fate would have it - and I don't want to give away too much - the Jahor (evil slug creatures) have taken over an idyllic planet, enslaved its inhabitants, in a quest for more natural resources since their own home world is in dire straits. Naturally, the Enterprise must intervene.
I like the idea of the story, and I think it's always a challenge to get the first story in a trilogy done right. Here, different authors tackled different books, which is another challenge, but that worked out fine for me. It is a Star Trek book, and fans won't be disappointed. But I do think there were opportunities for increasing the tension in the story and at times, it felt a bit flat for me.
This is the second Star Trek Original Series I've read where the Illyrian, Number One, is a major character (the other was Child of Two Worlds). I like her. The giant slugs were nasty aliens too.
I enjoy reading a variety of genres, even science fiction :)
Lately, I've picked up Neal Asher's Transformation series - a rollicking new space opera romp.
This is the second book in the Transformation series that chronicles the rogue AI, Penny Royal, and the exploits of crab-like prador, augmented humans, and other sentient beings in the universe. Asher's stories are not as accessible as some in the SF world. This is not Ray Bradbury or Ursula Le Guin spinning a yarn. But as I've learned, if you stick with it and pay attention, you will be rewarded with a fascinating look at Asher's immense world-building skills.
There are many characters to keep track of here. It does help if you've read some of Asher's previous works, especially those that introduce the Polity and the human / prador galactic war. Still, if you got through Dark Intelligence, the first of this trilogy, you will enjoy War Factory even more.
Contemporary space opera for sure. Lots of things blowing up. Weapons are cool. Prador are fascinating bad guys. The future of augmented humans is frightening.
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