STAR TREK WEEK
I enjoyed this re-read and as with many of these early Star Trek books, I was as much transported to memories of my youth as I was invested in this Trek story.
One of the first things I noticed was that Cogswell and Spano appeared to have a better grasp on the characters than Blish did. This is certainly not a surprise as Cogswell and Spano likely based their story on the actual episodes, while Blish was working from scripts (scripts that sometimes changed greatly before final episode editing).
The story is fairly direct without any subplots mucking it up, and while the characters felt much more like those we see on television, the very general idea of Spock going off on his own while on a mission, being nabbed and transformed into someone with a god complex, strikes me as a bit of a stretch, even for Star Trek. Maybe.
But probably the reaction I felt the most back when I first read this book, and I remember it quite clearly on re-reading the book, was: are all books going to center around Spock? I understand his appeal on many levels, but, William Shatner’s ego aside, the series was an ensemble work that told great stories and I hoped that was what we would find in the books as well. At the time, we could only wait and hope … time would tell.
Looking for a good book? Spock, Messiah! by Theodore R. Cogswell and Charles A. Spano, Jr. was only the second Star Trek novel ever release and does a nice job of capturing the characters as we know them from the show.
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authors: Theodore R. Cogswell and Charles A. Spano, Jr.
series: Star Trek Adventures #3
publisher: Bantam Books
paperback, 182 pages