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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Light Fantastic [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Lang
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Returning to the story begun in the novel Immortal Coil and continuing in the bestselling Cold Equations trilogy, this is the next fascinating chapter in the artificial life of one of Star Trek’s most enduring characters.

He was perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form—self-aware, self-determining, possessing a mind and body far surpassing that of his makers, and imbued with the potential to evolve beyond the scope of his programming. And then Data was destroyed. Four years later, Data’s creator, Noonien Soong, sacrificed his life and resurrected his android son, who in turn revived the positronic brain of his own artificial daughter, Lal. Having resigned his commission, the former Starfleet officer now works to make his way on an alien world, while also coming to grips with the very human notion of wanting versus having a child. But complicating Data’s new life is an unexpected nemesis from years ago on the U.S.S. Enterprise—the holographic master criminal Professor James Moriarty. Long believed to be imprisoned in a memory solid, Moriarty has created a siphon into the "real" world as a being of light and thought. Moriarity wants the solid form that he was once told he could never have, and seeks to manipulate Data into finding another android body for him to permanently inhabit...even if it means evicting the current owner, and even if that is Data himself.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Lang launched his Star Trek career with a contribution to the LIVES OF DAX anthology, and is co-author of the Deep Space Nine volume ABYSS in the phenomenally successful Section 31 quartet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Data at his most human 5 July 2014
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An excellent story that only has a passing mention of Starfleet, but it suffers not at all for that. Well paced and excellently (imho) written, the plot leads you well into how Data has changed and fleshes out Professor Moriarty as well, with the promise of (hopefully) more to come. An excellent addition to the Star Trek universe. Well worth the read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boldly going back into Star Trek Lore 12 Oct 2014
By Fiv
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Found the Light Fantastic to be a good solid read.
The story was fun in places, but all the tie ins were a bit tiring at times and felt a bit forced.

Also, feels like this is setting up for something grander, like TNG started with Resistance, Before Dishonour & Greater than the Sum.
Sadly this just doesn't have the same feel.
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It was a decent enough read but a poor successor to the Cold Equations series by David Mack. The plot and characterisations feel lazy and there are plenty of continuity errors between these and what was set up in the Cold Equations series. To be honest, I'm surprised they made it past the editing.

I'm glad I bought it for the Kindle, it's not worth the full paperback price and unlike the Cold Equations series, it has little re-read value.
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The story felt a bit rushed, everything seemed to fall into place a bit too neatly and quickly. Still enjoyable though and I will be reading the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its all good 9 July 2014
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Its all good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Fantastic read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good fun Trek heisty story 8 July 2014
By Jim J-R
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Jeffrey Lang returns to Trek to follow up on the events of the Cold Equations trilogy, which in turn followed from Lang's own Immortal Coil. I've not read Immortal Coil, so I can't really say how much is referenced back to that book, but one thing this book does do is refer back to almost every android that's ever appeared in Star Trek.

Despite the serious subject matter, the narrative is quite light and the characters in particular are presented in a similar manner to some of the more jokey episodes of The Next Generation. In fact the main characters of this story are probably the best part, each having real depth and growing through the novel.

The plot is quite fun too, a cross between a heist and Sherlock Holmes, and is entertaining throughout despite posing some good moral questions in the Trek style. I really enjoyed the non-linear nature of the narrative, continue happy jumping around the characters' timelines to gradually reveal more to the reader.

I can't really pick out anything to criticise - although I thought I spotted one or two continuity glitches (but I might be the one misremembering). A great fun read, and one that I hope Lang is able to follow up on.
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