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Star Trek - The Classic Episodes: v. 2 [Mass Market Paperback]

James Blish
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14 Nov 1991
Contains 25 stories adapted from Star Trek's dazzling second season.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); Reissue edition (14 Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553291394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553291391
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What makes this second volume of novelizations of original Star Trek episodes by James Blish stand out is that it has his version of "The City on the Edge of Forever." It is actually really and truly Blish's version because he takes what he thinks is the best of Ellison's orignal script and the teleplay of what actually aired way back when. Blish admits this was a tricky thing to try and manage and fretted that he might owe apologies all the way around. What Blish is able to salvage is mainly Ellison's original conclusion, although we know Harlan would have liked it if the character of Trooper had made it into Blish's version. But certainly it is a valiant effort.
Other episodes collected in this volume are: "Arena," where Captain Kirk reinvents gunpowder to take down a Gorn in a match arranged by the Metrons; "A Taste of Armageddon," which offers an interesting take on computer wargames long before we could play "Star Trek" on our personal computers. "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" is another time travel episode has the "Enterprise" slung back to the 1960s where they end up with a US Air Force pilot whose disappearance would affect the future. "Errand of Mercy" has war breaking out between the Klingons and the Federation and the "Enterprise" in the vacinity of Organia. "Court Martial" has Captain Kirk on charges for murdering old friend, Ben Finney. "Operation: Annihilate" is the one with the flying killer amoebas on Deneva, the planet where Kirk's brother's family lives (a.k.a. the episode where we learn Vulcans have inner eyelids). "Space Seed" is the episode that set the stage for "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan" by introducing the character of Khan Noonien Singh and his merry band of followers who started the Eugenics War on earth way back when.
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5.0 out of 5 stars second season adapted 3 April 2014
By Cambria
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Mr blish well known sci fi writer with paramount co operation
Transcribed all the episode into novels decades ago and was and still
Is a must have by star trek fans ,unfortunately Mr blish died before he could
Complete the series and was finished by his wife
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction 26 Sep 2013
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This is the second volume of three will all of James Blishes original star trek stories in great stories and from one of the best SF writers for Star trek , he is missed . The book is what it says on the tin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic books- please make them into ebooks 4 Feb 2013
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These 3 books by James Blish SHOULD be made into ebooks because these recreate the episodes from the Original Series perfectly and add the detail that we cannot see on screen. My book has wear and tear on the spine for all of the reading it has gone through, and I would love it on ebook to preserve the words forever.

If only the other Star Trek series had all of their episodes written like this on ebook....
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Blish's adaptations of Season 2 of "Star Trek" 26 Feb 2005
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on
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In the late 1960s James Blish began writing "The Star Trek Readers," a series of paperbacks in which he adapted the scripts of what was then the late lamented original "Star Trek" series. When first published Blish basically started with what fans voted as the most popular episodes and eventually worked his way through the show's three seasons. However, for the 25th Anniversary editions the adaptations were reorganized so that there were not only three volumes, each representing an entire season. Therefore, "Star Trek: The Classic Episodes, Volume 2" represents the second season in 1967-68.

The volume includes an introduction by D.C. Fontana, and the prefaces that Blish wrote for his original paperbacks, along with an essay on "The Transcendatal Vision" by David Gerrold, whose classic episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" is from the second season. The episodes are arranged in order of their television appearance: "Amok Time," "Who Mourns for Adonais?" "The Changeling," "Mirror, Mirror," "The Apple," "The Doomsday Machine," "Catspaw," "Metamorphosis," "Journey to Babel," "Friday's Child," "The Deadly Years," "Obsession," "Wolf in the Fold," "The Trouble With Tribbles," "The Gamesters of Triskelion," "A Piece of the Action," "The Immunity Syndrome," "A Private Little War," "Return to Tomorrow," "Patterns of Force," "By Any Other Name," "The Omega Glory," "The Ultimate Computer," "The Paradise Syndrome," "Bread and Circuses," and "Assignment: Earth."

Blish was a well-known science fiction author, who has won the Hugo Award for his novel "A Case of Conscience," and what he brought to these adaptations was a great ability to flesh out both the characters and the actions. In many ways these adaptations hold up better than the original episodes, where the special effects are considerably less than what an eight-year-old can do on a home computer today. But throughout Blish shows an understanding of both the characters and the Star Trek universe that was being created, which explains why he was also the author of the first "Star Trek" original novel, "Spock Must Die!"

I have fond memories of Blish's adaptations because in these primitive days before even videotape let alone DVDs, the only way to watch "Star Trek" was if the series was in syndicaton in your neck of the woods. Even then, you had to catch the episodes when they were on. I still have my four hardback volumes collecting all of "The Star Trek Reader" volumes, with Funky Winkerbean "Star Trek" inspired cartoons pasted on the inside of the covers. Adapting television episodes into short stories is certainly a lost art, but James Blish was one of its master practioners.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Season Now in Print! 2 July 2006
By Frederick Baptist - Published on
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Probably the best episodes of the 3 seasons are in this the second season e.g. "Amok Time", "Wolf In the Fold", "The Trouble With Tribbles", "Journey to Babel" and many more and yet we get here very well-written stories that although are not exactly the same as the episodes themselves, we get a greater understanding of what's happening because of the greater details. Watch the eps and then read this.
5.0 out of 5 stars buyer very pleased! 25 July 2014
By Hilde H. Helseth - Published on
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