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Old Jun 6, 2006, 11:20 PM   #1
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Joe Haldeman Star Trek Novels

I just found out that Joe Haldeman, the author of Forever War, wrote two Star Trek novels, Planet of Judgment and World Without End:





I was just wondering if they're any good. I read one of his books and thought it was great. I was surprised that he wrote a couple books for the Star Trek universe. I have a lot of other really interesting books I want to read, but there's a part of me that wants to read old Star Trek books for some reason. I also want to watch the entire old series for some reason. I own the first season, but not the rest. I don't know what my fascination with old Star Trek is. I'll have to get over it somehow. I think it has to do with wanting to be a part of that generation who watched that show. I don't know why that is. It's kind of weird. I think it might be because I'm getting older and want to identify with something that I associate with being older than I am. Like I want to be a part of the adult club or something.

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Re: Joe Haldeman Star Trek Novels

I might have read one or both of those, I'll have to check the publication date. I went through a couple of different Trek reading phases, one in college where I read at least 100 Star Trek novels ranging from the very, very good to the "why did I just read that." I picked up on Trek again about six years ago, really focused on TNG and DS9 novelizations, some of the Young Kirk novels, and the Kahn Noonan Sinhg series, The Eugenics War and one other one. Every now and again I'll pick up an old Trek novel at the thrift store. Like yourself, I typically want to gravitate toward the original series. For some reason the novels are better.

I don't own many of my Trek books anymore but you never know, I will check what I have. I loved The Forever War, so digging these up may be worth the effort!
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Old Jun 7, 2006, 01:51 PM   #3
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Re: Joe Haldeman Star Trek Novels

I never thought about reading Star Trek novels until I saw the first season and listened to the author talk about his book Eugenic Wars, about the Kahn in the 1990s, I think, or maybe earlier, which sounds really interesting.

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Re: Joe Haldeman Star Trek Novels

The Eugenics War and it's sequel (I think it's Part I and Part II or Volume 1 and Volume 2) are great reads despite being loosely connected to Star Trek. The first book is set entire in the 20th century. The second has a rather unfortunate sub-plot involving Kirk and the Enterprise that doesn't really work, kind of turns the entire thing into a backwards mystery novel. I think there is a third novel now but I am not sure.

I'd love to see a comprehensive count of how many Star Trek novels there have been since the 1970's. I know I've read upwards toward 200 of them. If and when Ramses starts a Science Fiction Literature Forum we shall definately have to have a thread devoted to Star Trek.

EDIT: Great website: http://www.starfleetlibrary.com/
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