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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

James Swallow
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An original e-novel from the Original Series universe!

The Enterprise-E arrives in unclaimed space for a rendezvous with the Starfleet science vessel Newton. Jean-Luc Picard and his crew have been ordered to assist the Newton with the final phase of its current mission—a mission that brings Picard face to face with something he never thought he would see again: the phenomenon known as the Nexus. Less than twelve years after it left the Alpha Quadrant, the Nexus ribbon has now returned. Tasked to track and study the phenomenon as it re-entered the galaxy, the specialist science team on the Newton discovered that the orbital path of the Nexus has been radically altered by the actions of the rogue El-Aurian Tolian Soren—taking it deep into the territory of The Holy Order of the Kinshaya, one of the key members of the Typhon Pact. Starfleet Command is unwilling to allow the Kinshaya—and by extension, the Typhon Pact—free access to what is essentially a gateway to anywhere and anywhen, as a single operative could use the Nexus to change the course of galactic history….

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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek - Stuff of dreams 5 May 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This Next Generation novel presents a return to the Nexus featured in the film 'Generations'. Jean-Luc Picard is commanding the Enterprise and travels to aid the Newton, a pure science vessel. By studying the nexus, a ribbon-like energy field travelling through space, the scientists have determined that it will pass into an area of the galaxy inhabited by religious fundamentalists the Kinshaya. Rather than let the irrational enemies of Starfleet use the nexus for destruction, the scientists have decided to try to destroy it.

Picard has spent time inside the nexus, experiencing his hopes and dreams, but has seen how a man called Soran was driven mad by the drugged state it creates and was prepared to do anything to get back inside the ribbon. Married and with his own child, the captain has a lot to lose. The attempt to destroy the nexus doesn't succeed and the science ship's captain is killed. Picard is now the senior officer and has to make fast decisions, including whether or not the attempt was sabotaged.

Picard travels inside the nexus but this time meets the memory of Soran, so we see the obsessed man's point of view and why he had been so desperate to return to his illusory family in the energy field. The Kinshaya are feathered and beaked, like griffins, and just as predatory. They make nicely unusual, if one-sided bad guys and their threats to eat Picard and regurgitate him for the nestlings are fun to read.

Knowledge of the series is assumed and having seen the film would definitely help, but those likely to read this book are surely fans of the Star Trek world. Main familiar characters are Worf, Dr Crusher and LaForge. A Czech officer is on the bridge having replaced an Indian officer, and females have a greatly expanded role including security. The Kinshaya starships are called Liberators, the name of the starship in BBC TV series Blake's Seven, for which this British author James Swallow has also written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read bit short 27 April 2013
By Frank
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If this product was £1.99 or under I would have given 5* I felt that while it was an enjoyable read I was able to finish it in under 2hrs which in my personal opinion is a bit short for £3.99.
I found the characters belivable and it was a very intersting situation a nice short story to tide us over untill the next chapter in Star Trek universe.
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The Stuff of dreams is a EBOOK set in the post destiny universe that i am quite enjoying to be honest however this book provides a nice break for that in a boxed book. As has been said before, this is basically a short sequel to generations and it does its job very well, its very picard centric, but thats nice, and it was also good to see a softer side to soren, a side which was a peace with himself.

One thing that does annoy is is every single time pocket release an ebook, there is always one person that gives it one star as it wasnt long enough and they dont feel they are getting there moneys worth. It clearly states this is an Ebook and it even says how many pages it contains, why give it one star ..... Yes the £3.99 maybe a bit steep but its better then having to wait for months in between full length novels.

James has written a really nice piece here and I highly recommend this even if like me, you didn't like generations that much
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Picard-centric novella 29 Mar. 2013
By Jim J-R
Format:Kindle Edition
The Stuff of Dreams, while just five chapters long, provides another solid tale in the ongoing drama of the post-Next Generation era of Star Trek. Picard and the Enterprise are sent to rendezvous with the USS Newton which is investigating the Nexus - a spacial anomaly that featured heavily in the mid-nineties movie Generations.

The novella serves as something of a sequel to the film, focussing on Picard, his relationship with the Nexus and how the character has evolved since he encountered it thirteen years' previously. It's a lovely character piece that has. Bit of action and works really well as a short read.

While brief overall, the story didn't feel rushed and each chapter seemed quite chunky. I've very much enjoyed spending a few hours in the TNG universe in this gap between the main novel releases and hope the publishers continue with this format.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 12 April 2013
By Vampy
Format:Kindle Edition
3.75 stars from me and 5 from the hubby!!

If your a fan of Star Trek, like me and my hubby you will love this book.

Time has moved on in the book and jean luc is married!!! The nexus is back and the federation want to destroy it, to stop others using it as a weapon as in they could change history.....let the adventure begin!

It's only 100 pages long and hubby struggled to put it down when he was reading it!! Yes he grabbed off our amazon account and read it before me lol

I received this arc from netgalley for an honest review
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams should sometimes stay just that!! 29 Mar. 2013
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As a continuation of the recent post destiny series of books, this novel would be categorised as a fluff piece with no real effect on the ongoing typhon pact issues etc... That said it gives a nice breather from the hard story telling of recent times and I for one enjoyed this book!

It's a Picard centric enterprise novel but delves into his past and the shows past in pleasing way for the most part!

I recommend this fir it's escapism and story telling and it's nice every now and then to step back and jut appreciate a great trek story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 21 Oct. 2013
By Basement Cat VINE VOICE
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I used to love reading Star Trek Next Generation fiction, but had got out of the habit over the last few years. I was surprised at all the changes that had taken place in the TNG universe, especially the relationship between Beverley and Picard. It is quite a short book, but I really enjoyed getting back into this series again, and was so pleased that I had found this. It's a great story, and if you saw the film 'Generations' you'll love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Break From Reality
This story will appeal to most Picard fans and is typical of the genre. It is a good imaginative story which makes one consider the difference between what we may dream for and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Old Thingy
4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTICALLY EXCITING!!!
The Enterprise is visited once more by the Nexus - the uncontrollable form of energy that traverses the universe, too large, too powerful to be controlled by anyone, or anything. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Greggorio!
5.0 out of 5 stars Before & After
A great sequal story to Star Trek Generations. Loved it. Brilliantly written, an exciting story following on from Cold Equations.
Published on 29 July 2013 by Alex J Harman
4.0 out of 5 stars A little short, but very good
I've enjoyed James Swallow's work in the world of 40k, and this was very well done, with good characterisation. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2013 by Mark C
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little tale
A nice break from the current Typhon Pact story line. A true Star Trek story about a captain, his ship and his duty.
Published on 8 Jun. 2013 by M. Draycott
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good strong story that kept you entertained, if a little short this book is well put together and full of the Star Trek entertainment we have come to enjoy.
Published on 27 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but short
Good story but in need of padding out i read start to finish in 2 hours I need to know if this is just the kindle version or if the paperback is just as short
Published on 23 April 2013 by Elliot Varrier
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but
I was looking forward to reading the latest Star Trek book, but this was not up to the usual standard.
Published on 22 April 2013 by fuff
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but...
One, this was a little pricey for the length of the story, but for me the only issue is that this felt less like a complete story by a reliable author, and more like a piece of fan... Read more
Published on 15 April 2013 by DR Burden
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