- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (28. Mai 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1476722404
- ISBN-13: 978-1476722405
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,5 x 2,5 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 38.378 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Shocks of Adversity (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Mai 2013
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William Leisner is the author of the acclaimed novels Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace, and A Less Perfect Union (from the Myriad Universes collection Infinity's Prism). He is a three-time winner of the late, lamented Star Trek: Strange New Worlds competition, as contributed tales to the official celebration of Star Trek's 40th anniversary in 2006, and TNG's 20th Anniversary in 2007. A native of Rochester, New York, he currently lives in Minneapolis.
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Star Trek®: The Original Series: The Shocks Of Adversity
The deck fell out from under James Kirk’s feet, and for a moment he was left suspended weightless in midair.
In the next instant, the ship’s artificial gravity field reasserted itself, and he hit the gymnasium floor with a loud whoomph. Despite the padding that covered the deck underneath him, his head struck hard enough to send a barrage of shooting stars streaming across his field of vision. Well, I asked for that, he silently reprimanded himself.
“Captain!” As the shooting stars began to clear away, he saw Lieutenant Joseph D’Abruzzo bent over him, wearing a look of worry on his young face. “Are you all right, sir?”
“Oh, just fine,” Kirk replied, trying to sound as though he hadn’t just had the wind forced out of him. “Why do you ask?”
He raised his right hand up toward D’Abruzzo, who grasped Kirk’s hand and helped pull him back up onto his stocking feet. “I am sorry, sir. I didn’t mean to throw you that hard, really.”
“Don’t apologize, Mister D’Abruzzo,” Kirk told the younger man. He adjusted the shoulders of his bright orange judo gi, which matched the one worn by the lieutenant. “I invited you to be my sparring partner specifically because I knew you would challenge me.” D’Abruzzo had been the captain of the Starfleet Academy martial arts team, and had been instrumental in leading them to the United Earth Intercollegiate Championship in his graduating year. “The last thing I want is for you to hold anything back. Come on,” he said, stepping to the opposite side of the mat and standing on the short white line that marked his starting position. D’Abruzzo took his place on the opposite mark, then the two men bowed before advancing to meet at the center of the mat.
Five seconds later, Kirk was flat on the deck again. Well, maybe holding back isn’t the last thing I want him to do, he considered silently.
“Well, at least you didn’t go airborne that time.”
Kirk raised his head and turned it in the direction of where Leonard McCoy stood watching. Bones was leaning against the wall by the gymnasium doors, his eyes bright with mischievous amusement as he grinned like a madman. Kirk slowly pushed himself back up to his feet, this time ignoring D’Abruzzo’s extended hand. “Don’t you have some other, better things to do, Doctor?”
“Other things, sure,” McCoy answered. “Better things? I have to say this is at the top of that list.”
“You know, Bones,” Kirk said, as he rotated his right shoulder, trying to work some of the low ache away, “for someone who is so insistent about his patients’ getting regular exercise, it seems to me that the only reason you ever visit the gym is to mock others.”
“I’ll have you know that I practice my own daily calisthenics routine every morning before breakfast,” McCoy told him. “You’re more than welcome to join me if you like. Very low impact, probably more appropriate for you.”
Giving McCoy the tightest of smiles, Kirk turned back to D’Abruzzo. “Again?” The lieutenant, who had been watching the exchange between captain and chief surgeon with the reaction-free face of a cadet undergoing inspection, nodded and moved into position again.
The deck lurched under Kirk’s feet again, but this time, D’Abruzzo had nothing to do with it—he was also thrown off balance, along with McCoy and everyone else in the gymnasium, by what the captain assumed was a sudden and unexpected failure of the ship’s inertial dampers. “What the hell?” McCoy blurted, pushing himself away from the nearby bulkhead he’d been tossed against.
Once the ship and Kirk had both regained their steady bearing, the captain crossed to the closest wall-mounted companel and punched the transmit toggle. “Kirk to bridge. What’s happening up there?”
Commander Spock’s cool, unflappable voice answered him from the speaker grille: “The Enterprise just dropped out of warp, Captain, and encountered some unanticipated subspace turbulence during the transition to normal space.”
“Another of the Nystrom Anomaly’s surprises?” Kirk asked.
“It would appear so, sir.”
“I’ll be right there. Kirk out.” He closed the open circuit, and then turned back to where D’Abruzzo stood and waited. “I’m afraid we’ll need to cut this session short, Lieutenant.”
“Yes, sir,” D’Abruzzo said as he bent forward in the traditional low bow. Kirk returned it before heading to the locker area, tugging at the knotted cloth belt around his waist and freeing it. He shrugged the gi off and turned to toss it into the clothing reclamator by the doorway, noticing only then that McCoy had been following right behind him.
“You know, Jim,” the doctor said, handing Kirk a towel, “you really ought to lighten up a bit on D’Abruzzo.”
“What?” Kirk asked as he accepted the proffered piece of terrycloth, and proceeded to rub it over his sweat-slicked chest and sore, aching shoulders.
“Just . . . go a little easy on him.”
Kirk stopped and stared at McCoy, stunned. “Me, go easy on him?” he said. “Did you not see what he did to me out there?”
“Yes, I saw what he did,” McCoy agreed. “And I saw the look you gave him when he did.”
“The look that said, ‘Keep tossing your commanding officer around like an old rag doll, and don’t be surprised to find yourself reassigned to waste extraction for the rest of this mission.’ ”
“But at least I didn’t say it aloud,” Kirk joked, and tossed the towel back to McCoy. “You have to give me credit for that.” The captain turned and opened the locker where he had stashed his uniform and boots before the start of his workout, and began to dress.
“No, you weren’t that plain,” McCoy said. “But the way you kept addressing him as ‘Lieutenant’ and ‘Mister D’Abruzzo,’ making sure he didn’t forget his place in the chain of command.”
Kirk paused, shirt in his hands, looking at McCoy. “You’re not saying I was purposely trying to intimidate him, are you, Bones?”
“Not intentionally, no, Jim,” McCoy allowed. “But you are the captain; that alone is pretty intimidating to most of these kids. Then you put D’Abruzzo in the position you did, where he really had no choice but to hold back on you.”
“Oh, no, he wasn’t holding back.” His abused muscles complained as Kirk put his arms through the sleeves of his green, wraparound uniform tunic.
“Okay. If that’s what you want to believe,” McCoy told him, in such a way that Kirk had to seriously consider the possibility that he was not kidding. “My point is,” he continued, “you’ve got to keep in mind who and what you are to your crew. These have an effect on people”—reaching out, McCoy plucked at the rows of golden braids that circled his wrist—“even when you’re not wearing them.”
Kirk considered McCoy silently for a moment. Ironic that such counsel should come from the...
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I am already looking forward to William Leisner's contribution to the 2nd wave book "Losing the Peace" for which I am even putting on the effort to shoot through all the Peter David scrap.
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Set about half way through the 5 year mission, the Enterprise investigates an opaque region of space. They discover that there is some sort of crystal floating through the area that absorbs sensor signals. After going through the crystals, they discover an interplanetary empire: the Goeg Domain. The Enterprise is badly damaged, and Kirk agrees to have it fixed at the Goeg repair facilities.
It is In general, this is a very good Trek book. There are a few problems which I will get to later, but for the most part, this is a well written, enjoyable book.
I thought the characterizations were fine. To me, Kirk and Spock were right on the money. I thought McCoy was a little too curmudgeony and Scott was a touch off. But in general the author really "got" the characters and why we love them.
The plot flowed well, with each twist following in a sensible manner. Both the Enterprise crew and the aliens acted consistently with their characters.
There is a...not a romance exactly... maybe a crush? between a crew member and one of the aliens that I thought was handled in exactly the right way. I was pleased at where the spotlight was directed and we got a bit of insight into a generally ignored character. I enjoyed the flirtation and would have liked to see more of it.
This book is mostly about Kirk and I love how the author handled him. We are not presented with cowboy Kirk. Instead we are shown Kirk making a series of decisions, some big, some small, and how one decision leads to another with results that are not necessarily what Kirk can accept. The Captain makes his decisions with sober calculation, well aware that each decision could be wrong and the results of the wrong decision may be far worse than he can imagine. There are two small space battles, but at no time is the Enterprise facing any problem worse than wasting lots of time. Although the stakes are low to the Enterprise, the stakes are very high for the aliens and Kirk carefully balances his responses to try to do justice to both sides.
Decisions Kirk makes lead to an entire planet being endangered. I thought this was wonderful, not because I wanted those folks to die, but it shows that no matter how much thought you give to choices you can really blow it. Kirk remembers the Kobayashi Maru test and "he'd come to realize that he'd done himself a disservice. Out here, a captain didn't have the luxury of setting his own conditions, or picking and choosing the variables of any simulation." I thought that was a very true idea, and maybe why the test was developed.
There are one or two questionable "in universe" situations, none of which took away from my enjoyment.
I never understood if they had gone through the crystals and come out the other side or if the entire region is infected with the crystals. We never learn if the crystals were naturally occurring or if the Goeg had seeded the area to keep outsiders away. I really wanted to know the answers to these questions. The whole crystal thing was forgotten then pulled out of the hat when needed. That bothered me.
What keeps this book from being a 5 star, to me, is that it had a happy ever after type ending. I'm torn about it because this is a five year mission book, and of course every episode of that mission ends happily and so the author might have been compelled to have a happy ending. But I think the book deserves something a little less upbeat.
This is by far the best TOS book we've gotten in a very long time. I think any fan will enjoy it. I look forward to more from this author,
I can't wait for his next book.
The biggest strength of the book is its character development. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Mister Scott, and the supporting cast act, speak, and otherwise behave the way they should; Leisner seems very aware of making the characters behave as we would expect them to rather than imposing his own personalities on them as some authors do. Everyone feels familiar, and there are no real moments when one is likely to say "he would never say that!" If there is any quibble with characterization, it's mostly nitpicking.
The story also does a lot of other things well. The storyline and pacing are generally good, with fair bits of action, drama, and intrigue. The evolution of the story builds toward a good endgame that ends appropriately. The book also does a good job along the way of nods and winks to some of the rich history of Trek without being too ham-handed about it, including references to a few TOS episodes and some pre-TOS history. Even Robert April and Jonathan Archer get passing mention, and there is at least one use of technology straight out of the the TV series "Enterprise."
The story is not without faults, although not all of that is the author's doing. The most egregious flaw, in my opinion, is that the back of the book gives away too much. This is a rich story that works best if you know very little, but the back of the book acts as a synopsis rather than a teaser. The aliens of the story, meanwhile, are (notwithstanding the author's attempt to create some cultural differences) awfully humanesque in their mannerisms and the universal translator works flawlessly from the first time Kirk and Co. interact with them. Of course, this is Star Trek we're talking about here, so this is consistent with what we would have seen in so many TOS episodes. Just know that you'll be bringing your usual suspension of disbelief to this novel much as you did with the TV show proper.
One more note about the writing -- it's OK. Star Trek books won't usually be confused with Asimov or Heinlein so I don't expect a Grand Master of science fiction, and indeed Leisner does a good, if not great, job in his actual execution. The writing is at times sharp and at other times gets a bit simple and falls into some literary traps. I got a bit tired of reading about every character smiling broadly by the end of the novel, for example. This, though, is pretty much par for the course in my past experience with most Trek novels and overall Leisner deserves credit for doing most of the big things well.
In short, this is pretty much the kind of book that a TOS fan would reasonably hope for. It's got a good premise, a layered plot, and good characters, all built around decent writing and a respect for the source material. Definitely worth a read.