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First Contact (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Hardcover – 11 Nov 1996

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; Film tie-in edition edition (11 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067100316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671003166
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.M. Dillard is the author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the movie novelisations GENERATIONS, FIRST CONTACT, INSURRECTION and NEMESIS, and the bestselling non-fiction pictorial history WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is, of course, the novelization of the highly successful Star Trek: The Next Generation film of the same name. First Contact refers not to first contact with the Borg, for, six years later, Picard still bears the mental scars of his assimilation in the form of Locutus, but to Earth's first contact with an alien civilization. It is a story that had yet to be told, although Captain Kirk and his crew had met the extraordinarily old Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive, in an episode of the original series; additionally, there had been hints that this pivotal event in human history took place some time after a terrible Third World War on Earth.
As the story begins, the Borg have attacked the Federation, with one of their massive cube ships making a bee-line for Earth herself. Picard and the new Enterprise-E starship defy Starfleet orders and rush to the battle, after which they follow a small Borg ship through a time portal which takes them back to 21st-century Earth. The Borg plan is to destroy the Phoenix, the spacecraft which Zefram Cochrane launches and, by way of its successful warp drive test, captures the attention of a Federation scout ship. If that pivotal event does not happen, the Federation we all know and love will never come to be. While half of the senior staff is planet-side trying to make sure the Phoenix launch happens on schedule, the rest of the crew find themselves battling a Borg infestation onboard the Enterprise herself. Data is captured, Picard is in danger of letting his hatred of the Borg overrule logic and reason, and we get to meet the Borg Queen. Personally, I've always felt that the introduction of the Borg Queen was a disservice to the greatest Star Trek villains of them all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
How do you top the greatest Star Trek movie of all time? You write a book about it of course! And what a book it is too! Written by the wonderful J.M. Dillard (author of the novelisations of Star Treks 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9) this book not only builds on the tremendous action of the film, but also engages the reader in a way only she can. Here the Borg have a purpose made even more deadly because WE want to be in on it, the Queen offers the READER the chance for immortality through assimilation. The humour is made funnier; the savagery of an unstoppable menace more frightening; the battles more devastating; all the while holding us in a grip more potent than one of the Enterprise's tractor beams!
In all, one of the greatest film-to-book adaptations of all time!
Excellent!
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Some chpter breaks would help rather then trying to listen to a whole CD in 1 sitting. The story is Great and it seems well put together I just hope my CD player can speed forward it I have to stop it.
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By Miracle 2011 on 11 Jan. 2015
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Perfect! 7 Sept. 2002
By K. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
J.M. Dillard once again, in Star Trek First Contact proves why they go to her for the movie novelizations. This is the perfect accoutrement to the movie. It gives us great incite into what the characters might've been thinking. It also gives us some of the scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. Again, a great book that should definitely be read if you've enjoyed the movie!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Star Trek Book 11 May 2003
By Jonathan E. Bigsby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Star Trek First Contact by J.M. Dillard was an excellent book. it showed emotion, fear, dispair, and anger. IT was a well written book considering it was made after the movie. I encourage all Star Trek fans to read this book and watch the movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful novelization with valuable insight of its own 30 Nov. 2004
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is, of course, the novelization of the highly successful Star Trek: The Next Generation film of the same name. First Contact refers not to first contact with the Borg, for, six years later, Picard still bears the mental scars of his assimilation in the form of Locutus, but to Earth's first contact with an alien civilization. It is a story that had yet to be told, although Captain Kirk and his crew had met the extraordinarily old Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive, in an episode of the original series; additionally, there had been hints that this pivotal event in human history took place some time after a terrible Third World War on Earth.

As the story begins, the Borg have attacked the Federation, with one of their massive cube ships making a bee-line for Earth herself. Picard and the new Enterprise-E starship defy Starfleet orders and rush to the battle, after which they follow a small Borg ship through a time portal which takes them back to 21st-century Earth. The Borg plan is to destroy the Phoenix, the spacecraft which Zefram Cochrane launches and, by way of its successful warp drive test, captures the attention of a Federation scout ship. If that pivotal event does not happen, the Federation we all know and love will never come to be. While half of the senior staff is planet-side trying to make sure the Phoenix launch happens on schedule, the rest of the crew find themselves battling a Borg infestation onboard the Enterprise herself. Data is captured, Picard is in danger of letting his hatred of the Borg overrule logic and reason, and we get to meet the Borg Queen. Personally, I've always felt that the introduction of the Borg Queen was a disservice to the greatest Star Trek villains of them all. The Borg Queen is a complete contradiction that introduced a level of individual vulnerability into a collective that was, up until this time, faceless and seemingly invulnerable.

This is an impressive novelization of the film, making it a worthwhile read to those of us who are already familiar with the onscreen story. In particular, it provides a great deal of insight into the erratic nature of Zefram Cochrane himself; in the movie, he came across as basically a drunk, but the novelization does a much better job of explaining his behavior. That alone makes this novel a natural and extremely beneficial corollary to the movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Book and movie complement each other well. 5 April 2004
By Nina M. Osier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"And you people...you're all astronauts on some kind of...star trek?"
That line, uttered by Dr. Zephram Cochrane in both movie and novelization, has to be my all time favorite from the Trek film series. The most interesting difference between movie and book, as far I am concerned, is that despite James Cromwell's fine performance I found the film's Zephram Cochrane incredibly annoying. I never developed a shred of sympathy for him, because the background the film gave me - the Third World War and its chaotic aftermath - wasn't sufficient to make me understand him. I don't know, not having seen the script from which J.M. Dillard worked, whether she added "Zef" Cochrane's tragic battle with bipolar disorder (a disease that before the War had an effective treatment), or if it was among the elements that inevitably got cut as the film took shape. But I do know that for me, it made all the difference in being able to care about this character and root for him.
The book follows the film with little filler added except for background on Lily Sloane and Zephram Cochrane, which gives it a similar pace. They complement each other well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Audiobook!! 2 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This audio cassette is quite possibly the best of the Star Trek cassettes out there. I have several other ST cassettes but none of them can surpass the sound quality of the special effects. The sound of Picard's flesh being ripped by Borg Implants just gives me chills every time I listen to it. Gates McFadden does an excellent job narrating!!
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