Star Trek: TNG — A Call to Darkness

{4.5/5} “There were no benefits to being the first driver in the line… Mostly, it was a burden. But Picard had taken it up without hesitation. It gave him a measure of control over what happened to him. If he couldn’t dredge up his past, at least he could take an active part in preserving his chance for a future.”

Star Trek: TNG — A Call to Darkness by Michael Jan Friedman, published in 1989

Captain Picard and the Enterprise are searching for the ship Gregor Mendel, which sent out a distress signal. Picard has a personal interest in rescuing the crew, because one is the daughter of an old friend. When they find the ship, it’s empty — Picard takes an away team aboard. The away team is whisked away to a nearby planet, their memories erased, and forced to participate in war for the purposes of entertainment.

The story takes place during the time Dr. Pulaski is aboard the Enterprise, and she is featured along with the regulars.

It’s about how even without your memories you would still have an essential part of yourself.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

I’ve read 18 of Friedman’s novels plus a bunch of comic books. I previously reviewed Star Trek: Double, Double.

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