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Synthesis (Star Trek: Titan) [Mass Market Paperback]

James Swallow
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26 Nov 2009 Star Trek: Titan (Book 6)
Captain Will Riker and the crew of the USS Titan make contact with a civilization made up entirely of artificial intelligences -- sentient computers who have surrounded a vast gas-giant planet for eons, serving as the first line of defence against an ominous threat that the Titan crew can scarcely comprehend. The long and turbulent history of the AIs has made them deeply distrustful of organics, and their mistrust leads to an unexpected act which radically transforms the dynamic between the ship and her crew.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (26 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439109141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439109144
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Swallow: James Swallow's stories from the dark worlds of Warhammer 40,000 include the Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith & Fire, the Blood Angels Omnibus and Red Fury, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. He also wrote the script for the audio book Heart of Rage, also featuring the Blood Angels. Swallow's other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for videogames and audio dramas. He lives in London, and is currently working on his next book.


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James Swallow is the only British writer to have worked on the Star Trek television series, penning an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. His books include the Sundowners ghost western series as well as Warhammer novels and the Dr Who hardback Peacemaker (2007).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as I had hoped 25 Nov 2009
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Synthesis is an interesting Star Trek novel in several ways. It's main topic is very Trek, focussing on the definition of life itself, and complicated ethical questions surrounding the answer. However the story gets too caught up in the mystery and the action and seems to lose focus on the part of the storyline that should have been explored.

The central ideas are nothing new: a race of sentient machines; a war whose cause nobody remembers; political disagreement and the emergence of sentience in a starship computer. When I first realised the last of these points my thought was along the lines of 'oh no not again,' despite my love of Swallow's previous trek novel in the Terok Nor trilogy. This idea has been done to death, most recently in the New Frontier series, which explores many of the same gags and conundrums. If this book had explored some more of the ethics, made this part of the plot deeper, then it would have been an interesting read in the true spirit of science fiction. Instead though it is glossed over in favour of the war storyline, and tiny glimpses into the personal lives of the other characters.

This seems to be much more of an ensemble piece than recent Titan novels, which focussed on developing particular characters and I felt that detracted from the experience and ended up with too much focus on the aliens.

Overall, yes I was a little disappointed. While it does work as a story it doesn't seem to move the characters on at all, just dropping them back into the toy box at the end of the day. I had expected something more based on Swallow's previous work, but would still not dismiss this as un-entertaining.
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2.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm . . . 4 May 2013
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Very disappointing - story line seems to be wandering away from Star Trek and becoming a soap opera about Riker and Troi
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4.0 out of 5 stars Titan six 29 Mar 2013
By Jamie
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Hmmm well it took me a while to get through this story. I did enjoy it. I think that I'm going to be giving star trek a break for a while
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Riker - I like the sound of that 26 May 2010
By CaPe
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Synthesis (Star Trek: Titan)

I find Star Trek books very difficult to come by in shops, so when I see one that peaks my interest, I tend to buy it.

I wasn't sure what to expect, as I've not read any of this series, but I found myself picking it up and reading whenever I had a few moments to spare - in other words, hard to put down.

It's a good story if not a little predictable, but the end is a bit of a let down - in my opinion! I had hoped for something a little different - this is a fantasy world and it is a book, so why couldn't they have .... No I won't spoil it for you.

There are some good twists and, on the whole I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best Titan book yet 5 Jun 2010
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i loved this book. Perhaps I haven't read as many books as some but i found the ideas and 'what is a sentient life?'& 'We can not go beyond our basic programing so are trapped' interesting. Yes I began to realise that Titan/Avatar would become vital. The main thing is what is next especially with the new addition to the crew? When is the next book due?
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