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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (15 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671038141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671038144
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,651,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Titan continue their series of novels based on Classic Star Trek with #09: Time For Yesterday by A.C. Crispin. This novel is a sequel to #08, Yesterday's Son and is set in the series chronology just one month before the events of The Wrath Of Khan.
The author references Deep Domain, The Romulan Way, The I.D.I.C. Epidemic, The Vulcan Academy Murders, The Wounded Sky, My Enemy My Ally, The Tears Of The Singers and Crisis On Centaurus. She also uses characters and events from those books in her own work so if you're a completist then you should read those first.
The story opens with a dramatic rescue near Alpha Centuari. Admiral Morrow contacts Kirk and Spock to help personally but will not disclose why. Once a certain person has been rescued from a stricken ship he explains that pockets of time around stars has begun to accelerate, forcing the stars to progress through their life cycles at rapid rates with disastrous consequences. The source of all the temporal anomalies is sector 90.4 - home of Gateway and The Guardian Of Forever. The archaeological team have been unable to get the Guardian to respond at all and Spock believes the only chance is for his son, Zar, to telepathically communicate with it. The problem is, Zar died on Sarpeidon 5000 years ago.
They use another telepath, a rather intriguing Marishal but she falls into a catatonic state when the Guardian's consciousness overwhelms her.
The only option is for Kirk, Spock and McCoy to go back into the past and retrieve Zar. When they jump through, they appear in the Lakreo Valley and find themselves in the middle of troops preparing for war. Although only 12.
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This is a sequel to _Yesterday's Son_. The character of Zar gets to fill out in this story along with that of his society.
The Enterprise's Five Year Mission is a matter of memory now and Kirk and Spock are working at Star Fleet Command when they are notified that the universe is serious danger of falling to pieces as stars inexplicably age and explode.
It appears that the Guardian of Forever has gone on the blink in a big way, sending out waves of energy that's causing the universe to warp.
Desperate to do something about the impending catastrrophe, Spock admits to his son, starting the head of starfleet and totally dumbfounding him when they admit that Zar was in the far past...
but Zar was almost their only hope and whatever happened, they had to go to the Guardian's planet so with the only other powerful telepath aboard - a pregnant furry alien - the Enterprise threads her way to the Guardian. but their hope is shattered when their passenger is lost under the effort she makes to contact the Guardian.
They're left with only Zar's abilkities to rescue time and space but the Guardian's not working properly and Spock is refused permission to travel through it. But Spock's not one to let mere orders stop him when he reckons the needs of the many are most important.
Kirk and McCoy are wise to him, though and travel back with him to beg the aid of his son. But Zar's not merely the advisor they had thought to find, but the ruler of a pressed state.
Will the Universe be saved? Will Zar's city?
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I love this book, I must have read it a dozen times in the couple of years I have had it. It's superbly written, and the characterisation is great, in fact for a long time it was my favourite book. AC Crispin has done a great job with the characters of Spock and Zar in particular, and I think this is her best book. Along with its prequel 'Yesterday's son', it is one of the two best Star Trek books out there. A must for all Spock fans, and anyone who likes a little less of Kirk postulating and more people-oriented plots.
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Most of this book is thoroughly enjoyable - we meet Spock and his offspring, and enjoy the camarderie of our thre heros - the GoF climax is disappointing though...
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Time For Yesterday" 17 July 2002
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This is an excellent "Star Trek" book, a sequel to Star Trek #11, "Yesterday's Son", which was itself a sequel to the original series episode, "All Our Yesterdays". "Yesterday's Son" was good, if not spectacular. This book is much better; one assumes that the author has matured a bit as a writer in the interim. It utilizes a plot device that is unduly common: Kirk & the Enterprise must save the entire universe. But unlike most books that use such a device, this one actually manages to make it more or less plausible, and handles the concept well. Further, the characters are well-written, and the language is handled with a smooth competence unusual in mass-market paperbacks. The plot moves well, and the book accomplishes all that it sets out to.
Excellent read for the Star Trek fan, and probably worthwhile for the casual reader, as well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best 25 Dec. 2004
By B. Redfern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is another one of my fave books. Truly delves so much better in the relationship of Zar and who he is and his relationship with Spock then Yesterday's Son did. Shows really how both have grown and accepted who they are...it is a must read, especially if you are a fan of Spock
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like watching a lost episode of TOS 27 Mar. 2008
By Nina M. Osier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Yesterday's Son was the first Star Trek novel to hit the best seller list. I read it with pleasure after its 1983 release, but I somehow missed out on its 1988 sequel. I remedied that recently, and I'm very glad I did.

In the Star Trek episode that inspired Yesterday's Son, half-Vulcan Starfleet science officer Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy pass through a time portal - the Guardian of Forever - into the past of a planet about to be destroyed. The people of that planet, Sarpeidon, have already fled into their past, where it was once their custom to exile those they might otherwise have imprisoned. In Sarpeidon's great ice age, Spock and McCoy are rescued from the killing cold by Zarabeth, a banished political prisoner from a far later era. Going backward 5,000 years in time causes Spock to regress to what the Vulcans of that period were like. In Yesterday's Son, Spock learns that he fathered a son with Zarabeth, and that this son - Zar - has grown up marooned in the ice age with only his mother's companionship. With Zarabeth dead, Spock decides to bring Zar forward in time and give him a chance at life. Zar chooses, at the book's end, to return to Sarpeidon's past after seeing evidence in the planet's history that his leadership is destined to guide that world's warring tribes through their first steps toward civilization.

It's 20 years later from Zar's viewpoint, although less time than that has passed for Spock. The Guardian of Forever is malfunctioning, and sending out time waves that cause stars to age at incredible rates. As Starfleet races to evacuate populated planets in stricken systems, Admiral James T. Kirk and his two closest friends reunite aboard an Enterprise now captained by Spock. Their mission: to pass through the Guardian's portal again, find Zar, and bring him forward in time to repeat what he did once that no one else has done successfully. Mind meld with the Guardian, to find out what's wrong and set it right. Hopefully before more worlds, star systems, and lives are lost.

In Zar, A.C. Crispin has created an original character who fits into the Trek universe as if he'd always been part of it. Her Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are exactly the men we knew and loved in the original TV series; and the secondary characters, including Scotty, Uhura, and Sulu, are also spot on in their portrayals. Sarpeidon and its people have enough similarities to Earth and to humans so that identifying with them is easy, but they're also alien enough to make them believable. Reading this book is like watching a long forgotten episode.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from a great author 14 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The sequel to Yesterday's Son by the same author, and even better than its prequel. Spock and Zar are reunited when the Guardian of Forever stops working properly and causes time waves that make time move fast enough to kill stars - and so also the planets around them. Spock, McCoy and Kirk go back to the past to find Zar so he can return with them and mind meld with the Guardian to tell it to return its consciousness to the 23rd century and resume its duties. Spock goes back shortly before Zar's death, hoping to bring him back for good, but Zar is determined to go back to his own people and his new wife to fight the battle that killed him. It's a wonderful story that goes from fun to heart wrenching to just plain loveable. We get to see a dimension of Spock that was never explored on the show, and for once in a Star Trek book the emphasis isn't on Kirk's postulating. I loved this book, I urge everyone to buy it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Traveling Adventure of the Highest Rank 18 Jun. 2000
By Barbarianz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great sequel to Yesterday's Son. Again Kirk, Spock and McCoy travel into the past to find Spock's son Zar, but this time he is the leader of a tribe in the midst of a struggle to bring civilization to his ancient world. Of course, the Enterprise Three get involved in the fighting, but more than that, they witness the determination and greatness of character it takes to build a civilization. This makes the book not only a good adventure story, but a chance to gain insight into the kind of men it took to build the ancient civilizations on our own world, and maybe the kind of people needed to continue building civilizations for the future.
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