Psychohistorical Crisis

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{4.5/5} “A good psychohistorian was as much a composer as he was a seer. Rigid musicians made bad music. Could Nejirt tell the difference between the traditions that actually buttressed the foundations of society and the thousands of trivial traditions, mere baroque decorations?” Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury, published in 2001 Eron Osa used to […]

Martians Abroad

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{3.5/5} “Maybe Earth wasn’t so bad after all, if it had horses. But I couldn’t think about anything without thinking about Stanton and what was going to happen next. Something was going to happen next.” Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn, published in 2016 Polly, a teenager on Mars, is sent by her mother to Galileo […]

The Stars Are Legion

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{4/5} “Soon, what is left of the world will be a soupy ruin, and Anat will send me or one of her daughters out here with an army to salvage it and feed it into the great mouth of the recycling monsters on Katazyrna, until Katazyrna is healthy again. But only for a time… Because […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Fear Itself

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{4.5/5} “The simulation helped to keep Saru focused and, more importantly, it was a constant reminder of the singular truth that he believed above all others — the universe was an inherently dangerous place, which would kill the unwary and the unprepared in a heartbeat.” Star Trek: Discovery — Fear Itself by James Swallow, published […]

Star Trek: Sarek

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{5/5} “Amanda Grayson Sarek possessed great strength, fortitude, and courage: the strength to survive a world that poses great hardships for outworlders; the fortitude to endure the suspicion and distrust in which humans were frequently held; and the courage to forever alter the way Vulcans view the people of Terra. She changed us, not through […]

Star Trek: The Lost Years

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{4.5/5} “What if I made you an admiral without chaining you to that desk? If I made you a special envoy, put you in Admiral Ciana’s department as a troubleshooter? If it’s excitement you want, we could have you warping all over the galaxy again.” Star Trek: The Lost Years by J. M. Dillard, published […]

Star Trek: Spock’s World

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{5/5} “‘Doctor,’ Spock said, ‘in the modern Vulcan language, the word for “idiot” is derived directly from an older compound word that means “one who fails to participate in civil affairs.”‘” Star Trek: Spock’s World by Diane Duane, published in 1988 Vulcan is having a referendum on whether to secede from the Federation. Sarek has […]

Star Trek: Prime Directive

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{5/5} “For every civilization which was more advanced than those making up the Federation, there were a hundred which were less so. And every one of those less-advanced worlds would, in time, have been overwhelmed by the Federation’s superior technological culture and well-intentioned aid and enlightenment — unless drastic measures were taken.” Star Trek: Prime […]

Star Trek: Enterprise — The First Adventure

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{4.5/5} “I believed when I first observed you, that I could not work with you. You are very different from Christopher Pike. You are emotional, headstrong, and stubborn. But I have come to understand that these differences should be valued, not despised. I realized that working with you would be a valuable, if difficult, experience.” […]

Star Trek: Vulcan’s Heart

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{5/5} “Spock let out his breath in a silent sigh. Pardek might well be imprisoned or, by now, dead. With no Federation diplomatic relations with Romulus after Tomed, and only the scantiest of data from Intelligence, he had no recourse. He must go to Romulus, quite outside the law — and alone.” Star Trek: Vulcan’s […]