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The Middle of Nowhere: Second Edition

The Middle of Nowhere: Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

David Gerrold
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With an introduction by Spider Robinson

The Morthans were physically and mentally superior. Descended from humans, they were now, literally, “more-than” human … and considered the human race to be little better than animals. They would stop at nothing to conquer the remaining human-controlled worlds.

Docked for repairs after a harrowing battle with a Morthan ship, Jonathan Korie and his crew discover they have a Morthan imp aboard— a Morthan weapon so quick they have no chance of catching it, so clever they have no hope of outsmarting it and so deadly they have no choice but to try.

About the Author

David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula award-nominated "The Man Who Folded Himself" and "When HARLIE Was One", books that quickly established him in the hard science fiction genre during the 1970s. He also wrote "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode of Star Trek, voted the most popular Star Trek episode of all time, and is the author of the popular Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series. He lives in Northridge, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932100105
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; 1st BenBella Books Ed edition (7 Oct 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Second Half of an Okay Space Opera 3 Jun 2011
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Emerging victorious from another David-eats-Goliath encounter with the Morthan Solidarity, the Star Wolf licks its wounds and makes its way home. The ship's unwelcome reception at Starbase is no surprise to readers of David Gerrold's preceding book, The Voyage of the Star Wolf. The cast of now-familiar characters are joined by some new faces as they and their not-quite-yet-captain Commander Korie struggle to rebuild the ship. They face enemies on all sides as they deal with Morthan sabotage, attempts by the fleet to break up their ship for spare parts, and an impending Morthan attack that no one else sees coming.

This book really should have been packaged with The Voyage of the Star Wolf as a single offering. Although it stands on its own reasonably well, it fixes some flaws in the previous book. In Middle of Nowhere we finally see into the minds and cabins of the Star Wolf's crew and gain some sense of their motivations and concerns. It would be better still if less of this perspective were sexual, and more richly emotional or intellectual. But the main characters at least achieve a second dimension to their personalities, a dimension lacking in the previous book. And Commander Korie's flashbacks build a more credible emotional link with his lost wife and sons.

If you are hooked on the Star Wolf and its Star Trek seen-through-a-glass-darkly universe, this book is for you. If David Gerrold's first book in the series fell a little flat, this sequel could still save it for you. After reading it, I was convinced to move the next book in the series, Blood and Fire, a little higher on my recreational reading list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The STAR WOLF series defies the limitations of its genre. 5 Jan 1998
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"The Middle of Nowhere" accomplishes what few science fiction novels attempt, to explore the aftermath of the "great battle" and its lasting effects on survivors. The starship LS-1187 has limped back to starbase after surviving a battle which destroyed the entire armada to which it had been assigned. The crew, exhausted and elated by their survival against all odds, is treated to the coldest of receptions, while doubt and suspicion hang over the actions and dispositions of their ship. The author gives the reader an intimate view of his character's motivations and emotions, something often lacking in the genre. Add to this a more scientific rendering of space warfare (rather than the romanticised STAR WARS variety.) "The Middle of Nowhere" is engrossing and sometimes enlightening, always entertaining. You needn't have read the other books in the series "Voyage of the Star Wolf" and "Star Hunt" to enjoy this book... but when you are finished with "Middle of Nowhere" you will find yourself seeking them out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic speculation on war in space 27 Aug 2003
By Ahmed Rizk - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this book is a continuation of of another novel (The voyage of the starwolf), it easy to grasp the events that occurred in the first novel without reading it. the events take place onboard a star faring destroyer which is subjected to sabotage by the enemy, and how the crew deal with it. Although this does not seem exciting, but the speculation of the author on how a deep space faring ship would probably be built is appealing to SF fans who insist on finding new and original ideas in every novel they read
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent continuation 1 Jun 2014
By Joshua L. Davenport - Published on
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This book has a lot of character exposition in it. It's only in the last 25% that we get into the meat of the conflict. It's ok, but I'm anxious to see what he has in store for the final chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 30 April 2014
By Harlan Kamm - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. Gerrold has written quite a few really good books but this was one of the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stranded 22 Jun 2013
By Jonathan Stover - Published on
David Gerrold wrote the beloved original Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" and went on to become a writer of some note, periodically working with the Trek franchise again. This novel, the third of his Star Wolf books, originated as ideas for a new Trek during the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Set hundreds of years in the future, The Middle of Nowhere tells us Gerrold's second story of the Star Wolf, a military 'liberty ship' of humanity's space fleet. Considered a 'Jonah' because of her inadvertant role in the devastating (for humanity) Battle of Marathon, the ship and her crew now race frantically to find a saboteur on-board so that they can join the fleet in its latest battle with the Morthan Authority.

The Morthans (More-than, get it?) are a genetically, biologically, and technologically engineered off-shoot of humanity that no longer consider themselves human. And they've decided to eradicate humanity. Not all Morthans are down with this plan -- the Star Wolf's security officer is a Morthan 'Tyger' named Brik. But enough are. Humanity may be doomed.

One of Gerrold's points in this and other Star Wolf novels is one that he also made in his non-fiction books on Star Trek. The probable distances involved in space combat should make the whole enterprise resemble submarine warfare. This makes for some tense combat scenes.

Portions of the book don't read like a novel so much as they read like technical sections from a 'Bible' for a TV show that never existed -- we learn an awful lot about the technology of the world of Star Wolf. I enjoyed these sections, but they may be tough, technobabble sledding for some. Recommended.
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