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Encounter at FarPoint (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Paperback]

David Gerrold
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16 Sep 2010 Star Trek: The Next Generation
WHERE THE ADVENTURE BEGAN. . . CAPTAIN'S LOG, STARDATE 41254.7: The U.S.S. Enterprise™ is en route to Cygnus IV -- the edge of the known galaxy. There, we will rendezvous with the ship's new first officer and the other command personnel and proceed with out mission: discover the truth about Farpoint Station, a starbase facility built by the inhabitants of Cygnus IV, a starbase of unparalleled size and complexity. . . and infinite mystery. And the success or failure of this, our first mission together, may well determine the course of human exploration across the galaxy for centuries to come. . .

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451623461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451623468
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,552,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The start of something 5 Dec 2003
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The novelisation of the first movie-length Next Gen (TNG) episode.
I remember watching the UK premier, and the book added alot of dimensions to the characters, and is fairly well paced.
The episode (and therefore book) are fairly adventure/plot intensive as you would hope from the start of a new series. And, the advantage from reading the book is the advanced character identities and backgrounds.
Reading it after the end of the TV series, it's interested to see where many of the characters became established, and also where characters obviously didn't.
The story is fairly tight, even with Q doing an appearing/disappearing act alot. Pretty much is classic trek - An alien world with a new space port, built very quickly considering the lack of resources, and an alien attacking the world when an Enterprise landing party are on the alien planet.
Riddles to be uncovered while humanity is standing trial to prove it is no longer a savage race.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Simply solve the mystery of Farpoint Station." 17 Mar 2008
Titan Books start their Star Trek The Next Generation series with the adaptation of the pilot episode Encounter At Farpoint written by Trek scribe David Gerrold.
The main problem with episode based novels is that the episode is always much better. Writers tend to delve into what they believe the character is thinking at a certain time and this can lead to monotonous exposition and dull story writing.
While Encounter At Farpoint was a very formulaic sci-fi story and a rather straightforward Trek adventure, Gerrold unfortunately does nothing to enhance the plot with his writing at all.
The beginning of the book where Picard sets foot on the Enterprise is now completely at odds with the scenes from All Good Things - although that hadn't aired at the time so you can give some leeway there.
There is also a major change concerning Data. In this book, Data was created by aliens who lived inside a planet which had been colonised by humans. When a natural catastrophe killed the colonists the aliens created Data in the human image and downloaded the memories of the people into him. Of course, this entire story is at odds with the events of season one's `Datalore'. Besides, why didn't the aliens help the humans instead of this ridiculous idea of preserving their memories in a machine?
There are also musings from Picard early on about a woman called Celeste. Whether this was an idea dropped in the series creation or just the writers fancy I'm not sure but it all seems rather irrelevant to the story.
For those that haven't seen Encounter At Farpoint (there may be a few out there!) the story centres around Jean-Luc Picard as he takes command of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ....The first time Picard saw the Enterprise.. 25 Sep 2003
If you're planning on reading the whole series as this is a must have! The first ever episode in book form. "The first time Captain Picard saw the Enterprise..." Great! Our author here does a good job at introducing our characters to us and to each other for the first time.
The Enterprise is on its way to Farpoint Station, a mysterious haven bang in the middle of a rough world to investigate how they managed to build a functional space trade station in a matter of months. On their way however they encounter a strange obnoxious alien on its way, Q! Yey, how exciting: Picard and the new crew of the Enterprise are charged for all the crimes of humanity....a dangerous and savage race. But will they prove him wrong? Oohh.. I brought this for 20p, can't go wrong
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