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Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. April 2012

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Christopher L. Bennett is the author of two previous works of Titan fiction, the novel Star Trek: Titan: Orion's Hounds and the short story “Empathy” in the Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows anthology. He has also authored such critically acclaimed novels as Star Trek: Ex Machina, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater Than the Sum, as well as the alternate Voyager tale Places of Exile in Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder and is also developing original science fiction novel concepts.

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Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, North Am, Earth

Stardate 3113.7, Old System

December 2266

“I think you’re wasting your time here, Antonio,” said Commodore Burton Kwan. “This story Kirk and his crew are spinning is just too ludicrous.”

Commodore Antonio Delgado stroked his short, grizzled beard as he considered his colleague’s words. “Did you verify it in the ship’s computer logs?” he asked the younger man.

“Well, yes, but . . . the computer . . .”


“It kept calling us ‘dear.’ If you ask me, the whole thing’s an elaborate practical joke.”

“Well, how else do you explain the Enterprise suddenly appearing in the Oort cloud, braking hard from high warp, just hours after disappearing without a trace from Sector 006? We’ve confirmed the presence of that ‘black star’ Kirk advised us of—it appears to be some new class of singularity. And we have found a passing reference in records from the period to an ‘unidentified flying object’ sighting by a Captain John Christopher, United States Air Force.”

“So you’re saying this is possible?”

Delgado hesitated. “I’m not saying anything on the record. And neither are you, is that clear?”

Kwan scoffed. “I’m happy to be left out of it. And even if I weren’t, I know better than to cross someone who plays golf with Admiral Comsol himself.” He came to a halt outside the door to Briefing Room 14. “They’re in here, waiting for you. I leave them and their mess, whatever it turns out to be, in your capable hands.”

Delgado shook his balding head as the younger commodore strode away. Kwan was the same kind of small-minded bureaucrat as the ones who’d dismissed the Enterprise’s first report of time travel earlier this year—an alleged seventy-one-hour backward jump resulting from a cold restart of the vessel’s warp engines to escape the breakup of planet Psi 2000—as a mere time dilation anomaly. If Kirk’s claim had been taken seriously sooner, valuable time might have been saved.

Delgado chuckled to himself. Then again, if this pans out, I may have all the time in the universe.

He entered the briefing room, and Captain Kirk and his first officer, the renowned half-Vulcan Commander Spock, rose to greet him. “Captain Kirk,” he said, shaking the younger man’s hand. “I’m Commodore Antonio Delgado, deputy chief of Starfleet Science Operations. Commander Spock,” he appended, merely nodding at the Vulcan, who returned the greeting in kind. Despite his executive position, Spock wore the blue tunic of the science division rather than the command gold worn by Kirk and Delgado, reminding the commodore that he served as Kirk’s chief science officer as well—a doubling of responsibility that would be difficult for anyone but a Vulcan to pull off. Delgado may have been second-in-command of Science Ops himself, but his role was chiefly administrative.

“Pleased to meet you, sir,” Kirk said, though his impatience was clear. “If I may, I’d like to ask—”

Delgado held up a hand. “I know you’re eager to get back to your ship. We’ve put you through enough of a runaround already, and I’m sorry to add to it. But I can tell you that this time, you will be listened to, and you will be believed.”

Kirk’s eyes widened, his stance easing. “I’m . . . glad to hear that. I appreciate that it’s an extraordinary thing to ask someone to accept, but we’ve offered you the data from our ship’s computers, and Mister Spock’s sworn testimony as well as that of the rest of my crew.” Kirk’s tone conveyed particular disbelief and offense at having the Vulcan’s account called into question. Delgado respected that level of loyalty and trust. It had been rare enough in his own experience. Political loyalty was something he knew how to bargain and barter for, but he knew it came and went as expediency demanded. Personal loyalty, the sort he sensed here, was far more elusive.

“Well, you understand we needed time to verify the corroborating evidence. It’s essential to be absolutely sure of something like this.”

“Naturally,” Spock replied, his voice a rich baritone. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

“So with that in mind, I hope you won’t mind going over your account one more time for me.”

Kirk suppressed a sigh. “Of course, sir.”

The three men sat around the polygonal briefing table and Kirk began. “As I said in my log, the Enterprise was en route to Starbase 9 for resupply when we were caught in an intense gravitational pull from an uncharted black star. Like a black hole, but different somehow.”

“As though its gravitomagnetic effects extended into subspace,” Spock added. “Even at warp, all subspace geodesics tended to spiral in toward the singularity. Only by employing maximum warp power were we able to reverse course and break free.”

“We hurtled out of control,” Kirk went on. “Most of us blacked out from the acceleration. When we recovered, we found ourselves inside Earth’s atmosphere. We were lucky we didn’t crash into the surface. Attempts to contact Starfleet Control failed, but my communications officer picked up a broadcast on an old EM band, announcing that the first manned moon shot would launch the following Wednesday.”

“And from that,” Delgado asked, “you concluded that you were in 1969?”

“Not from that alone, sir,” Spock told him. “It only reinforced the conclusion I had already drawn from reviewing the sensor logs. Our trajectory on breaking free of the singularity was consistent with the theoretical predictions for a closed timelike curve around a Tipler object, which the dense, rotating mass of the singularity might well approximate. My scans of Earth and the Sol system revealed no traces of antimatter use or transtatorbased technology, no orbital facilities or habitations beyond Earth, and no verifiable indications of extraterrestrial life on Earth itself. The configuration of the stars and planets established a date of July 12, nineteen hundred and sixty-nine Common Era in the Gregorian calendar—four days before the launch of Apollo 11.”

“We then detected the approach of a military aircraft of the period,” Kirk continued. “We attempted to retreat to avoid detection, but our systems were damaged, sluggish. The aircraft was armed with missiles, and from what I recalled of the tense political climate of the period, I knew we were in danger of being preemptively fired upon. I ordered the tractor beam activated to hold the aircraft at a safe distance.”

“Were you aware that the aircraft might be damaged by the tractor beam?”

“To be honest, no, sir, it didn’t occur to me,” Kirk said. “Since the aircraft was small enough to fit entirely within the beam, I assumed it would simply feel a uniform attraction, no shear or strain.”

“In the captain’s defense, sir,” Spock pointed out, “few people today are accustomed to dealing with non–antigravity-based aircraft.”

“But you recognized the danger, Commander.”

“Yes, Commodore. Considering the...


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"Kirk? The man was a menace" is one of the first emotional statements we hear from a DTI-agent in the DS9-Tribble-episode. These "Men in Gray" fitting to Ende's "Momo" don't like people flitting around the timescape and the dimensions and Cpt. Kirk holds the sole record in doing exactly that in the space of influence of the DTI. But why does he and his crew get into situations like this more often than other StarFleet-crews. Among other things, this book tries to give an explanation to this.

Apart from this, we can read a lot about his "transgressions" from the perspective of the DTI and how the latter has been first formed and then again and again repurposed following incidents concerning the ENTERPRISE. And a new case in which the old warp-drive of Kirk's first ENTERPRISE is involved brings the initially mentioned agent face to face with his sworn enemy.

"Historically" quite interesting but the rehashing of Kirk's time- and dimensiontravels gets a bit old the perceived 2.000th time around and the incident at the core of this book is quite strained as a especially strange Dr. Who-episode. Here 50 pages less all in all would have been a good thing. But as I said - the "history" of the DTI is interesting.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A dry read but a satisfying Star Trek experience 27. April 2012
Von Matthias Russell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm left with mixed feelings regarding Forgotten History. As a Star Trek fan, I enjoyed how well this book made sense of Original Series and Animated Series episodes just as Watching the Clock made sense of Enterprise's Temporal Cold War and time travel in general. However, as a trek literature reader, I found the book a little dry and the characters not very engaging.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I have enjoyed all of Christopher Bennett's novels, especially how well he handles complex science fiction subjects, but with regards to the Department of Temporal Investigations as a series, I was afraid it would be a one trick pony. Through the entire read of Forgotten History, I was never able to get into the DTI characters like I did with Watching the Clock. The new characters Grey and Delgado were interesting original characters but for some reason, they weren't as engaging as Garcia and Ranjea were in Watching the Clock. I also had a problem getting hooked with the Original Series characters largely because their story often jumped through spans of months or years.

Even though I wasn't gripped by the story or characters, Forgotten History was still interesting because of what it took from and added to the Star Trek saga. What significantly impressed me was how well The Animated Series episodes and elements were incorporated into the novel. Often TAS stories are ignored but Bennett did a great job making some of the strange TAS stories fit into a modern novel targeted to adults. For example, the Animated Series life support belts are mentioned as is why what appeared to be a great technology would have been discarded by Starfleet.

Though these details are of interest to a Star Trek fan, they tended to bog down the flow of the story. The book has several pages of what I would consider rambling where a character's thoughts are described, gaps in the Trek timeline are filled in, or large swaths of time in the novel are covered which sometimes left me thinking, "Get on with it." Many of these ramblings or musings added depth to the franchise, such as supplying a back story to Saavik and Spock's relationship, but it often made for a dry read.

Forgotten History not only added to my appreciation of a fictional universe (er, multiverse) but to my perspective on real history. The book has left me questioning my view of historical events and persons, showing me the need to be objective and wonder how much of what I know is colored by those doing the documentation and what is left out of the history books.

Although I didn't enjoy the reading experience, I did appreciate the depth Forgotten History brings to Star Trek. It is definitely worth reading and I recommended it to all fans of Star Trek: The Original Series. I look forward to future works by Christopher Bennett but I have less enthusiasm for DTI books after reading Forgotten History than I did when I began.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent Star Trek novel about time travel 24. April 2012
Von Eli Berg-Maas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is not the novel I was expecting. From my interpretation of the blurb, I expected to read about Kirk and company galavanting across the ages in the timeship Enterprise. This is not what happens. Forgotten History is a story about time travel, and it certainly contains time travel, but it is not a time travel story. Those who have read the earlier DTI novel Watching the Clock (or possibly just seen 300 Days of Summer) should have a good idea about what I mean.

Forgotten History works very well as a Trek novel. The scenes and characterization feel spot on. The story takes place across ten years of TOS history. It involves many episodes (including several from the animated series) and references several other novels, but is definitely capable of standing on it's own. Similarly, it serves as a follow up to both Ex Machina and The Darkness Drops Again, and it builds upon them without requiring the reader to be familiar with either. Best of all in my opinion though, is the material linked less directly to previous works. There is a scene that takes place after TOS but manages to capture the same feel, it's like watching an episode from season 5. There is also some excellent material regarding Spock's personal relationships. Finally, the original characters, both antagonists and TOS era DTI personal managed to feel real and true to period while subverting my expectations.

The one major weakness of the novel in my mind is the "modern" TNG era section. This portion is essentially a sequel to Watching the Clock, and serves as a frame story for the rest of the novels events. Once again, the characterization stands out, and it compliments Watching the Clock, but unlike the rest of the novel, I don't think that it would stand well on it's own. When I caught references to Ex Machina I felt like I was getting an independent perspective, that I could experience one novel without even knowing about the other, but it felt like too much would be lost from the frame story without having experienced the characters before. I think this was a result of the frame story being merely a frame story rather than a full B plot. Watching the Clock had flashbacks interspersed through it that played well of the main story and felt more balanced than the narrative here. Without more time to focus on the DTI characters, the reader has to have prior experience for them to feel as real as the TOS characters.

That being said, if the worst thing that can be said about a book is that you may have to read another excellent book to get the full effect, then it can't be that bad. I would highly recommend both, but particularly Forgotten History, and I look forward to any Department of Temporal Investigations novels that may arrive in the future.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Forgotten History 30. April 2012
Von Geoffrey A. Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As with the first book in this DTI series, this book spent quite a bit of time pulling in all the other examples of time travel already used in the Star Trek universe. This lead to a fairly dry first half where it was more of a reunion episode than a new story line. It was somewhat interesting to see some events explained and fit into the overall ST universe; it was illuminating but not exciting.

The story itself doesn't get going until the second half of the book where different time periods and timelines meet and bleed into one another. A 'new' parallel timeline is introduced that is interesting enough I'd like to see it fleshed out a bit further in future visits. But, that may also count as a minus; by the time the story started, there wasn't enough time for detail. The story line developed, reached a critical point and was resolved fairly quickly.

Overall, I liked the book but I'm not sure how much longer I'll keep reading this series
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A well written, meticulously researched book with no heart 6. September 2012
Von Desmond M Hassing - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying that I don't often read Star Trek books, not because they aren't good but because without a handy timeline map like the one provided for Star Wars licensed books it's often more work than it is worth for me to figure out where a particular Star Trek book fits in continuity. However I was a big admirer of Peter David's New Frontier and have always liked Star Trek books that take place on the fringe of the overall storyline and focus upon lesser known characters or brand new characters, so I decided to give this one a try.

Let me start by saying that I was blown away by Mr. Bennett's research (I mean I really thought I was a Star Trek nerd, but he makes me look like a light weight) and I loved the journey through so much of Star Trek History, especially the 3 or 4 page post script where he explained where each segment of the book took place in continuity. This was very helpful for me because I was unaware of some of the story elements that came from the books.

Unfortunately despite his wonderful research this story has little or no characterization and it was impossible for me to get into it. I need to care about what happens to the characters and this book reads like a movie or TV show which is all action, nothing else really happens other than the primary storyline.

Still I read this book rapidly in one sitting and it might serve to fill a lazy afternoon if you aren't looking to work too hard and want something familiar (Kind of like comfort food).
4.0 von 5 Sternen Needed more DTI, less Kirk but still good. 21. Juni 2014
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I was a big fan of C.L Bennet's Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock. It was a new kind of Star Trek novel, depicting a fascinating mixture of bureaucrats dealing with minutiae and an outsider's perspective on all the various time-travel shenanigans we saw through all of the recent series. In WTC, we didn't get much information on the Original Series but that seemed like a big undertaking with Captain Kirk's somewhat legendary relationship with time travel.

"Seventeen recorded violations!" as Agent Lucsly would say.

Forgotten History attempts to make up for this conspicuous absence by dealing with Captain Kirk's relationship with the DTI. As the first recorded time traveler in Federation history, his actions lead up to the founding of that body and their reactions to his further incursions into the time-stream. C.L Bennet is a master of incorporating obscure canon into his stories, including the largely forgotten animated series.

Fans of Watching the Clock may be disappointed that the previous stars of the book, including several minor characters from TNG who grew into fully-developed time agents, barely factor into this book. The work was written as a Star Trek: The Original Series novel and it shows.

I can't say this isn't disappointing on some level. I love Captain Kirk, Spock, and Scotty but I was hoping for more information about Lucsly and Dulmer. They have some good bits in this novel but I felt they were a bit stereotypical in places. Lucsly, for example, has a passionate hatred of Captain Kirk which seems disproportionate given what we know of both men. Even if he viewed Kirk as a menace to linear history, he had to also know he spent a substantial amount of time patching up the timeline too.

I will say, however, the book does something clever with time travel. A minor theme of the book is that the way we remember history isn't remotely how it happened. History is a story, which is obvious if you think about it, meant to tell us about what we can achieve or should avoid as much as what happened.

Characters from the future discovering people from the past aren't all sunshine and roses or Sauron wannabes adds an interesting perspective to the book. I will say, however, there's a bit at the end which really annoys me. A Starfleet officer's first obligation is to the truth so a character should never deny the "warts and all" of the past as well as the reverse. I think knowing George Washington had slaves, for example, doesn't diminish his accomplishments while also warns us away from making his mistakes.

The original series characters work extremely well and I particularly liked the handling of Spock. The "arc welding" of various Trek series is quite cool with Spock having some pointed opinions on the Vulcans of T'Pol's time. There's a subplot I won't spoil but harkens back to my favorite Spock episode too, with an unexpected guest star.

In conclusion, this is a really good book. One I am very glad to have bought and one of my favorite Star Trek stories. Unfortunately, I really wish we'd seen more of the Temporal Agents. They were guest-stars and it would have been nice to see a character do a complete 180 on his opinions. That would have made the book a perfect 10.

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