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Michael Jan Friedman
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Star Trek: Day of Honour
and L. A. Graf, Dean Wesley Smith, Diane Carey
Pocket Books (omnibus, trade paperback, 1096 pages, $16 US)
Publication date: March 9, 1999

It's a bargain, I'll say that much for it. Collecting all six of the linked Star Trek novels from 1998 that told the history of the Klingon "Day of Honor," this omnibus edition offers nearly 1100 pages of Klingon action -- how can you say no? "Day of Honor dramatizes the events surrounding the proud Klingon holiday -- told throughout all four of the continuing series: Star Trek , Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager."
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Enterprise (Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper, Book 3)
Pocket (paperback, 270 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: January 11, 1999

Final volume in the trilogy that began with Republic and Constitution, and followed the early career of a very young James T. Kirk -- and his friend Gary Mitchell, whom he was eventually forced to kill. "After the death of Gary Mitchell, Kirk must learn to rely on his new first officer, a Vulcan named Spock." Only a Vulcan could have written all three books and made then exactly 270 pages each. Is there something Michael Jan Friedman isn't telling us?
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Constitution (Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper, Book Two)
Pocket (hardcover, 267 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: December 8, 1998

Does it ever bother you that these books are all exactly the same length, 267 pages? Me, I get the creeps. Second book in the series, this one set on the U.S.S. Constitution. "Continuing the powerful story of Jim Kirk's lost friend, the man who helped shape a Starfleet captain.... Gary Mitchell is dead, killed by his best friend for the sake of his ship. As Captain Kirk returns home in sadness, he recalls the first time he held Gary's life in his hands: Seven years earlier, the two men have been assigned to the U.S.S. Constitution, Gary as chief navigator and Kirk as second officer, when the starship comes to the defense of an alien world menaced by ruthless invaders. An early attack leaves both the captain and the first officer in comas, and Jim Kirk must take command for the first time. He finds himself with only one chance to defeat the heavily armed enemy -- but the cost may be Gary Mitchell's life!" To be followed by the final volume, Enterprise, next month. Care to guess the page count?
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Republic (Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper, Book One)
Pocket (paperback, 267 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: December 8, 1998

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of over a dozen Star Trek novels and books, including the novelizations All Good Things... and Relics, as well as the original offerings Crossover and The Star Trek Federation Travel Guide. This is one of his more interesting and daring projects, a trilogy which looks at the early years of James T. Kirk and his close companion, Gary Mitchell, whom he was forced to kill in one of the show's earliest episodes: "Where No Man Has Gone Before." "At Starfleet Academy, Gary is reckless and fun-loving while Kirk is driven, ambitious, but awkward around other people -- especially women. Their friendship begins with a fistfight. Then their routine training mission on the U.S.S. Republic is diverted to a planet where centuries of bloody interplanetary conflict are about to end in a ceremony of reconciliation. Assigned to help with security on the planet's surface, Kirk and Gary quickly find themselves in the middle of a life-and-death struggle against terrorists determined to disrupt the ceremony. With the future of two planets at stake, Kirk and Gary must find a way to work together before a mission of life and peace becomes one of death and despair."
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Star Trek: Q's Guide to the Continuum
and Robert Greenberger
Pocket (trade paperback, 171 pages, $16 US/$22 Can)
Publication date: August 11, 1998

Why (oh why?) are there so many Star Trek books, you ask? I think it's because of something Roddenberry claimed decades ago, and it's beginning to look more and more like he was right: Star Trek fans are readers. And they read a lot. "Captain's log, Stardate Eleventy-leven eighty six point negative nine. Aren't you tired of surveying all the brave new worlds and startling new civilizations of the galaxy with the safe, polite, politically correct members of the Federation? After all, they only have fun when they break their own rules and leave a communicator behind on a planet of curious mimics, or travel through time to play with tribbles. Wouldn't you rather travel the stars with me? Who am I? Spelled the same way front as back: Q! You've heard of me. All-seeing, all-knowing, dashing beyond comparison. The Q have been here since the dawn of time (and in some cases, a little before that, but that's another story), and we've seen it all. But I've put it all together in a form you can understand. Want to know what the longest-lived race in the galaxy is? It's here. Ever wonder who is the greatest mass murderer of all time? I know that, too. And are you dying to find out if a certain relative of mine ever played the harpsichord while dressed like a Victorian nobleman? Well, there are some things I won't tell you, but the rest will be revealed in Q's Guide to the Continuum! Prepare to be enlightened!"
[Cover] Star Trek: The Captain's Table #2: Dujonian's Hoard
Pocket paperback
Second volume in the Captain's Table series. When Richard Brant, a former Starfleet officer, goes in search of Dujonian's Hoard and turns up missing, soon everyone -- including Captain Picard and Worf -- is looking for him. If he's even still alive...
[Cover] Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Planet X
Pocket paperback
No, I'm not kidding. I couldn't make up something like this. But Michael Jan Friedman did and, hey, you gotta give him a little credit. Even in this world of corporate crossovers and packaged titles, this shows a ton more imagination than I expected (or may be ready for). But believe me, I'm glad we've got a copy. "On the planet Xanthos, ordinary men and woman have started mutating into bizarre new creatures with extraordinary powers. Dispatched to cope with the crisis, the "Starship Enterprise" receives some unexpected visitors from another reality and era: the X-Men."
Batman and Robin
Warner Aspect paperback
Novelization of the summer blockbuster. Friedman is also responsible for
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Wrath of the Prophets this month, and last month's The Fantastic Four: Redemption of the Silver Surfer from Pocket books -- quite the energetic guy.
The Fantastic Four: Redemption of the Silver Surfer
Putnam hard cover
When I was eight I wanted to be Mr. Fantastic. When I was twelve I wanted to be the Silver Surfer. I'll skip what I wanted to be when I was sixteen, but I think I had it right when I was eight. A new Marvel novel which features the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, Galactus, and more. Illustrated by the great George Perez.
The Fantastic Four: Redemption of the Silver Surfer
and George Perez
Pocket hard cover
The talented George Perez brings his skills as an artist to a tale of the Silver Surfer.
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