Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Star Trek: The Original Series: From History’s Shadow Review

This week I decided to review Star Trek: The Original Series: From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward. In the Aftermath of the Star Trek Television Episode Assignment: Earth the Enterprise has returned to the 20th century. But it has picked up two stowaways. One is a Vulcan whose ship went down on earth in the 20th century and chose to remain on Earth rather than be rescued. The other is a Certoss, from a timeline prevented by the resolution of the Temporal Cold War, who seeks to destroy human civilization to prevent Humanity from becoming a threat to her people. The story switches back and forth between the 23rd century, where the Enterprise finds itself in conflict with a vessel from a species who lost their homeworld to the Certoss in the prevented timeline, know what happened in that timeline due to a protected archive, and see the arrival of the timeline displaced Certoss as a threat, and several points in the 20th century focused on investigations into alien, and in some cases, future human activity on Earth and the struggle to prevent the Certoss team from carrying out its mission which led to the temporal refugees arriving on the Enterprise.
I give the book an 8.5 out of 10. Getting to see the aftereffects of the various trips by Starfleet or aliens to 20th century Earth was interesting, along with the struggle against the Certoss and the 23rd century portion included enough conflict to keep the story interesting while managing to stick to the idealistic view of the future which is the heart of Star Trek lore, proving that an ending doesn’t need to be dark to be entertaining.

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