Star Trek: How Much for Just the Planet?

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{4.5/5} “‘Allow me to welcome you most sincerely to the free, independent, and unaligned planet of Direidi. My name is Flyter. Hi there.’ He pumped Kirk’s hand. ‘Hi there.’ He shook Sanchez’s hand, then Uhura’s, the rest. ‘Hi there. Hi there. Hi there.’ He paused, wiped his hands and his forehead with a huge red […]

Star Trek: Doctor’s Orders

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{4.5/5} “I can leave anybody with the conn that I please, especially a department head and a fellow officer. There’s no need to be in the direct chain of command at all — that’s a common misconception. I could leave an Ensign Third-class with the conn if I liked, and the situation seemed to call […]

Star Trek: The Rift

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{4.5/5} “Every single star was an invitation, a personal invitation to him, James T. Kirk. And it would be the height of rudeness to refuse such an unselfish, unqualified invitation. And so he had spent his life accepting those invitations, one after the other.” Star Trek: The Rift by Peter David, published in 1991 Captain […]

Head On

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{4.5/5} “The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after each other with melee weapons. It’s team gladiatorial combat, on a football field, with a nerdy scoring system. It’s all the violence every other team sport wishes it could have, but can’t, because people would actually […]

The End of the Day

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{4.5/5} “And sometimes I cannot wait for the sun to rise, because the world is full of people, of human beings singing their songs and telling their stories, of life and passion, glory and wonder, and Death is not a thing to fear, but is life’s mirror, reminding us to live, live, live, and I […]

Star Trek: The Star to Every Wandering

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{5/5} “He had loved Edith as he had loved no other woman, either before or after. For the most part, he had found fulfillment each day that he’d been able to step onto the bridge of the Enterprise or the Enterprise-A as its commanding officer, and he still felt that there had been something special […]

Star Trek: Crucible — The Fire and the Rose

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{5/5} “‘Edith,’ Jim whispered. Spock felt as though he’d been stabbed. All of the emotions he’d been experiencing in recent days, and all the way back to his second encounter with the Guardian, even back to his first encounter, came charging back. He could focus on only one thought: What have I done?” Star Trek: […]

Star Trek: Crucible — Provenance of Shadows

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{5/5} “All McCoy could do now would be to attempt to make this world, this altered Earth, a better place. It would never evolve into the world he had known, but it still existed, right here, right now. He could mourn his former life and the universe he’d once known, but it would do no […]

Seveneves

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{5/5} “A common error in etiquette, among people who had only recently arrived at Izzy, was to talk about Earth as a place that it was possible to go back to. As if this were a temporary mission like all of the previous ones. Dinah said nothing. Markus would realize his mistake, if he hadn’t […]

Star Trek: New Earth — Challenger

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{4.5/5} “Most captains didn’t keep the same people around them for decades, or even a few years. Fame had awarded him that. He and his merry band were an asset to Starfleet when they were together, not apart. Starfleet had never enacted its commonsense right to reassign.” Star Trek: New Earth — Challenger by Diane […]