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Star Trek: Generations Hardcover – 9 Dec 1994

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Book; 1st edition (9 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671517422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671517427
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 926,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Vornholt is the author of several bestsellling Star Trek novels including two of the hugely successful four-volume Next Generation/Deep Space Nine DOMINION WAR sequence. He lives in Tuscon, Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book expands on what the film gives you. You get to read about how the people are feeling and it does have it's fast and slow parts to it, like the film. Also it included a 'Behind-the-scenes' look into how it was made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 1998
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I personally think that J.M. Dillard is the best of all the star trek writers the innovation of creating a visual effect when reading any of the books is so easy as the story is very imagination friendly
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Star Trek Generations, J.M. Dillard's third novelization of a Star Trek feature film, is a well-written and exciting tale of two legendary Starfleet captains brought together across the time barrier to save a world from the plans of an obsessive scientist.
Dillard (The Lost Years, Mindshadow) adds texture and context to Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore's screenplay for the seventh Star Trek film (and first of four Star Trek: The Next Generation movies) by starting the book right after the events of The Undiscovered Country: Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the Original Series' crew splits up -- some retiring from Starfleet, while others accept other assignments. While this wasn't in the original screenplay or in the final film, this bit of exposition sets up a recurring reverie about time, transitions and even death.
Star Trek Generations really gets going in Chapter 2, when Kirk, Chekov and Scotty are the guests of honor at the launching ceremony of the NCC-1701-B, an Excelsior-class ship which is the third starship to bear the name Enterprise. With an untried captain and with vital equipment not yet installed, a brief publicity cruise to Pluto and back to Earth turns into a perilous rescue mission when a strange energy ribbon ensnares two El-Aurian refugee ships. Kirk, Scotty and Chekov assist Capt. John Harriman on this life-and-death endeavor, and some of the El-Aurians (including future Enterprise-D bartender Guinan and Dr. Tolian Soran) are rescued...but not without cost. The Enterprise-B is damaged by the energy ribbon, and Capt. James T. Kirk is missing and presumed dead.
After another chapter of original material in which Dillard shows the reaction of Kirk's senior staff to his death, the rest of the novel takes place 78 years later.
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Since taking over as writer of Star Trek movie novelizations in 1989 (starting with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), author J.M. Dillard has shown that even the weakest screenplay can be adapted into a well-written and entertaining novel. Her skills as a writer allow her to flesh out the shorthand of film writing, restore deleted scenes and even add original material that gives the reader some idea of what happened to Kirk, McCoy, Spock and the Original Series' crew while also adding character development to the Enterprise-D crew and their new nemesis, Dr. Tolian Soran.
Star Trek Generations -- based on the story by Rick Berman, Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga and on the original screenplay by Moore and Braga -- is a passing-of-the-torch tale that starts about a year after the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In the opening chapter, Dillard draws upon both The Undiscovered Country and her original novel The Lost Years: the Khitomer Mission has been completed and the battle-damaged USS Enterprise-A is arriving at Spacedock for the last time. Capt. James T. Kirk and his senior officers will soon retire, leaving Starfleet and their beloved starship...this time for good.
For the next year or so, the restless Capt. Kirk (retired) goes on what a dismayed Montgomery Scott refers to as a "bloody decalthon across the galaxy," risking his life on such esoteric activities as orbital skydiving. In a scene adapted from the screenplay (but deleted from the final cut of the film), Kirk shocks Scotty and Pavel Chekov when he says he will not attend the launch of the new Excelsior-class Enterprise-B. "When I retired," he grouses to Scotty, "I swore I'd never set foot on a starship again, and I meant it.
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