on 4 March 2002
I have always loved Data, and so when I was recommended this book based on his character, I couldn't wait to get it. I was a bit sceptical at first, as I did not believe it would be as good as the series, having never read one of the novels before. How wrong I was! I found this was well written and related to both the Original Series and The Next Generation perfectly. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down, and read it from cover to cover in one night, although I only ended up getting 2 hours sleep!
The book gives an insight into the creation of Artifical Intelligence, and sees Data coping with the emotion of grief, the fact that he may not "die" for a long time, developing intuition, finding love, and discovering that no matter how long he will live, he should make every moment he has count. This is a great motto for all of us.
I found this book utterly exciting, and a must for die hard fans like me! I was glad that Data had finally been given a plausible love interest, although the bit where she is trying to save him, and exposes her real identity at that time had me on the edge of my seat. This book is a definate must have!
Keep on Trekking!
on 8 December 2012
I recently reread this novel in preparation for the newly released Cold Equations trilogy by David Mack and, indeed, many of the threads from this novel are picked up in Mack's trilogy. However, to avoid spoiling readers, I won't go into the exact specifics.
As the cover suggests, this novel is unashamedly a Data novel, as he and the crew of the Enterprise set out to investigate an attack on Commander Bruce Maddox (the man who petitioned to use Data to build his own androids in "The Measure of a Man") and the disappearance of the esteemed Professor Emil Vaslovik, a cyberneticist and mentor of Data's creator, Doctor Noonien Soong.
If there has to be one warning with this novel, is that fans of The Next Generation only may be put off by the numerous references to various artificial intelligences that appeared in The Original Series. It wasn't a personal deal breaker for myself and it must be said that the vast majority are little Easter eggs that I imagine most people would just pass off.
on 22 February 2012
When STNG first came to our screens, I was quite dismissive of the "Data" character, but he ended up being my all time favourite. When I discovered this book (and realising the story revolved around my binary buddy), I was very excited and ordered it immediately. The story was EXTREMELY enjoyable and was one of the easiest to read Sci-Fi books I've ever owned. If you like Data and the whole concept of androids, start hitting that Buy Now button. You won't be disappointed.
on 30 June 2014
I am a massive fan of data and I always wondered what happens post the series. This was great, well written, well researched novel about the android himself. I loved learning more about his life after the installation of the emotion chip. And the main story filled me with suspense. I'm not good at writing reviews, basically it was well worth the money xxxxx