A Time to Sow (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Mass Market Paperback – 4 May 2004
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About the Author
Dayton Ward has been a long time fan of Star Trek. His start in professional writing came as a result of placing stories in each of the first three Strange New Worlds anthologies. He served 11 years in the US Marine corps and works as a software engineer. He is a Florida native and currently lives with his wife, Michi in Kansas City.
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Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise are still dealing with the political fallout from the last two books, and are sent on a mission to get them out of the way for a while. It's a bit of a milkrun, really. Many years ago, a probe dispatched from a distant area of the galaxy was found, but Starfleet, still in its infancy, didn't have the time or resources to do anything about it. Now, another probe has been found. Both probes speak of a civilization on a dying planet, and it was figured that getting there would take too long to rescue any survivors (since the probe took years to get to where the Vulcans found it to begin with). The Enterprise is sent to investigate what happened and see if they can find out what happened all those years ago. When they get there, they discover an asteroid field and radiation that wreaks havoc on their systems. They also find the remnants of survivors of the planet Dokaal, scraping out an existence among the asteroids on constructed mining colonies, alone for several hundred years. The survivors hope to terraform a planet further out in the system so that they can one day walk on solid ground again. The Enterprise offers whatever help they can, but dissension is threatening to tear the Dokaalan apart before anything can be done.
A Time to Sow is actually a lot better than I thought it was, once I get past the main fault (so I'll get it out of the way first). It is extremely overwritten.Read more ›
I read this book having not read the first two books in the series. Whilst there are many references to the events that immediately precede this book, I did not feel at too much of a disadvantage, but I am sure my enjoyment would have been greater having read the first two.
This is also the first Star Trek book that I have read that has been penned by the authors (Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward). In my opinion overall they do a good job.
The authors neatly introduce the story by linking events in the Enterprise era with The Next Generation era. A fan of both series this certainly grabbed my interest straight away. Without lingering too long in the past we are brought up to date with the current disposition of the Enterprise and its crew.
The chapters were relatively short and move at a good pace, with the tempo picking up towards the end as the stakes are raised.
The account of the lead up to and destruction of the doomed planet Dokaal is the key part to what makes this novel work for me. Told through journal entries by Hjatyn, one of the Dokaalans residents of the mining stations that bear the brunt of dealing with the aftermath of their doomed planet, the account is very thought provoking.Read more ›
Unlike normal Trek novels, this series seems to have escape from the pattern where each book has to be focussed on an individual character, and it is more of an ensemble tome. Despite this, it gives an appearance of being biased slightly towards Geordi - but it's difficult to say whether this is real or just an appearance because he normally gets little more than a couple of scenes.
My only issue with this book is that it is a bit slow to get going. It starts well, but while interesting things are happening, the actual plot doesn't make an appearance until fairly near the end of this volume (the first half of a duology). This is followed by irritatingly little being revealed about the bad guy's identity before we reach the cliffhanger ending, or most of the detail of his motivation.
Overall I think this is in the upper half of the trek book ranking - it's certainly not bored me as I read it in an afternoon - though it has yet to make a mark as a really special adventure.