sixth anthology featuring original Star Trek stories
by Trek fans, for Trek fans, again features
stories set during the original series, The Next Generation,
Deep Space Nine, Voyager and now Enterprise
as well. This collection of stories explore the past and future
of Star Trek from a number of different perspectives...
idea sounds crazy: Run a competition for Star Trek
fans where they send in a short story and the best dozen or
so will be printed as a collection for other Star Trek
fans to read. The only condition is that they can't be professional
like a recipe for disaster doesn't it. You can imagine the
entries now can't you? And who want to read what fans have
to say anyway? Surely their rantings are best left to Internet
chatrooms! Well, think again because somebody must be doing
something right - this is the sixth year this collection has
been put together and it's not difficult to see why.
ignoring the cynical reasons, like cheap labour and the fact
that collecting together stories from each Star Trek
series should sell more copies than a story aimed at, say,
Voyager fans, these short stories are all extremely
well written. Short stories are not that easy to write well,
look at 60% of Ray Bradbury's output for starters.
winning story (Robert T. Jeschonek's One Million-Year Mission)
also opens up a new category which is sure to be popular in
the future - which sees crossovers between the various shows.
only moan, as I am a huge DS9 fan, is that there were
not more stories based around that series, but on the plus
side there were hardly any Enterprise stories.
cracking collection of stories by fans, for fans. Yet again,
this collection proves that you don't have to be a geek to
be a Star Trek fan. There are some of us fans out there
that also have a life.
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