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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 January 2017
This is a thoroughly enjoyable Star Trek novel - which forms the first part in a trilogy of books. It's followed by Q-zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Q-strike (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Each of these three books is available for just 1p (plus postage) as I review, which is a real bargain.

This first book in the 3-part series can be read standalone, although I do suggest following it by reading the sequels. The story presents an adventure involving the mysterious Q and Captain Picard, and takes place after the events of "The Next Generation" TV series. The plot concerns an attempt - by the Federation - to exit the Milky Way galaxy and embark on a trans-galactic mission. In so doing, this inadvertently involves opening-up the barrier at the edge of the galaxy ... and in so doing allowing an alien entity into the Milky Way! This alien is evil, and is nearly all-powerful. A long time ago Q managed - with difficulty - to trap it outside the galaxy. And now it's about to re-enter. Q and Picard must team-up, if the galaxy is to be saved.

If you're a fan of Q then you'll probably enjoy this book. The author manages to perfectly capture Q's personality, as well as the way he interacts (and annoys) Picard. The story itself is fascinating, and re-readable. Having read quite a few Star Trek novels, this is one of the best.
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on 24 August 2017
List my favourite characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and infrequent guest character Q would not be there. What is wrong with Q? He is meant to be arrogant, he is meant to be irritating – that is all in his job description. The problem I have with Q is that he is too powerful. With any character that can pretty much do anything whenever they want, you basically undermine the universe itself. Should we care for Picard when Q can snap his fingers and turn the Captain’s insides onto the outside? Essentially Q episodes felt meaningless and any book would have to work even harder to impress the reader. With no budget to worry about you could delve deep into Q nonsense and not have to pay for it. Who cares if this would make for an awful book?

The crew of the Starship Enterprise have set out on a mission to try and probe the very extremes of known space, but before you can say “tear a hole in the space/time continuum”, Q arrives. He brings with him Q and q, his wife and child. The three of them try and persuade our intrepid adventurers that the barrier around the Milky Way is there for a reason.

To say that ‘O-Space’ by Greg Cox is a slow burn is an insult to any large tyre fire that has raged for years. This is a very slow book. TNG has always had an element of space soap opera and for the first half of the book we are deeply in feelings territory, not just of the known crew, but also some of their passengers. We get to revel in their loves and fears, when really we just want a little action. When the action does start, events are effected by the Q Factor i.e. he can do what he likes, therefore undermining everything.

Picard is taken from the main element of the story and goes on an adventure with Q through time. Here there are some interesting ideas as a new Q like creature is introduced that was released by Q millennia before. What is annoying is the need for Cox to bounce around showing us stuff just because he can in a book form. Most of the stuff he shows Picard would have been cut from the show as being flim flam and over budget. Only a race of adventurous aliens are interesting.

The entire book ends up feeling like filler. I can just about handle soap opera and even Q’s omnipotence. What I cannot stand is a book that is not a whole. This is book 1 of 3, but this is no book, just the first third if a larger story. The ending is abrupt, has no conclusion and could just be any chapter. The best trilogies have three books that can be read on their own, but work as a whole. ‘Q-Space’ is not a whole story, just part of it. Getting to the end of the book and realising that there is no end just adds insult to injury. This was not a good in the first place, by letting the reader down at the end, it become an awful one.

Sammy Stinker
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on 26 May 2003
In Q-Space Greg Cox begins an excellent Star Trek trilogy. Despite some minor continuity issues that the author does not usually succumb to. On the whole, the trilogy is an absolute must read for serious Star Trek fans.
While Riker and the crew of the Enterprise are stuck dealing with the angry Calamarain, Picard is taken all throughout the history of the galaxy by Q. The villains are great in this. Without ruining the trilogy for those who have not read it, let's just say that you will really enjoy it. The only unfortunate thing at this time is that the second book in the trilogy is no longer in publication. Thank you to Greg Cox for one of the best Trek trilogies. {ssintrepid}
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on 2 May 2000
This book has hardly any story line and what little interest you may have in it, you lose after the first 100 pages. The author just keeps introducing more and more characters and it becomes less and less interesting. By the end you only keep reading to find out in which, ridiculously corny way, they solve their problems.
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on 7 August 2000
This first book in a trilogy works well on it s own, and introduces new aspects to the Q Continuum. A basic knowledge of episodes may be needed, but the story will keep you gripped long enough to make you want to get the next part of the trilogy. A must for Q fans and basic Trekkies alike.
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on 1 January 2000
AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ST STORIES EVER, AND THIS FIRST PART OF THE TRILIGY IS WONDERFUL, GOLD PRESSED LATINUM, YOU MIGHT SAY!
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on 1 April 2016
Not a bad read
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on 2 May 2000
This book has hardly any story line and what little interest you may have in it, you lose after the first 100 pages. The author just keeps introducing more and more characters and it becomes less and less interesting. By the end you only keep reading to find out in which, ridiculously corny way, they solve their problems.
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