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Wounded Sky (Star Trek TOS #13)

Wounded Sky (Star Trek TOS #13) by Diane Duane

ISBN10: 0785747680
ISBN13: 978-0785747680
Author: Diane Duane
Book title: Wounded Sky (Star Trek TOS #13)
Publisher: Tandem Library (December 1983)
Language: English
Category: Science Fiction
Size PDF: 1637 kb
Size ePub: 1983 kb
Size Fb2: 1787 kb
Rating: 4.9/5
Votes: 522
Pages: 180 pages

Wounded Sky (Star Trek TOS #13) by Diane Duane

An alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive, an engine system that transcends warp drive -- and the U.S.S Enterprise™ will be the first to test it! The Klingons attempt to thwart the test, but a greater danger looms when strange symptoms surface among the crew -- and time becomes meaningless.

Now Captain Kirk and his friends face their greatest challenge -- to repair the fabric of the Universe before time is lost forever!


Last read this as a teen, and enjoyed it immensely then. I was a little unsure picking it up again so many years later, but I wasn’t disappointed. There are parts where characters fall out of line with the ones we know; there are aspects where the story falls out of canon that was established after this book’s publication, and there are large bits that I have trouble with stylistically. Ultimately, though, flaws aside, it does hold together well and is a worthy Trek novel, with the spirit of Trek at its core. Very glad I picked it up again.

Author Diane Duane brings us a remarkable adventure for the crew of the starship Enterprise as they are ordered to us the new Inversion drive and head outside of the galaxy toward the the lesser mangellanic cloud. They are also ordered to take aboard the new drives creator who we see on the cover behind Kirk and Spock. Along the way they become nothing but have experiences in that nothing which lead them to the point where they meet a species called the Others. The Others where not aware that they where stopping time and breaching into our universe until the Enterprise crew told them so. The Crew and the creator of the new drive help the Others create another universe before heading back to the Milky Way Galaxy and to the Sol system. This is a great book and one not to be missed by any science fiction fans or even Star Trek fans.

Love Diane Duane's take on the Star Trek characters, even if it doesn't hew to Trek's somewhat loose canon. As usual, her version of Dr. McCoy would save the world and would go back and save the rest of the world if he could. Duane shows her propensity for blowing up stars as a means of advancing the plot, though. Ease up on those stars, Diane! We need them! I should qualify my rating of "some sexual content," though ... Strictly speaking, she does depict reproduction, but it's of the guest-starring alien, a brilliant physicist who happens to be a glass spider who gives birth in Kirk's quarters. It's a two-stage process that Kirk doesn't realize is happening, even though he's RIGHT THERE WATCHING, and does nothing either way for his reputation.

DD writes wonderfully. This book feel to pieces as I read it over & over (along with Uhura's Song, Ishmael, The Final Reflection & Yesterday's Son) in my bean bag in my bedroom when I was a kid. EVERYBODY gets their moment to shine, & there are even new friends- Harb, T'l, I miss you guys only as long as it takes me to turn on my kindle. I could stand for DD to write more books of Enterprise's adventures...
Explore new galaxys. Explore yourself. Thumb your nose at the Klingons by flying circles around them. Feel like you are part of the best crew of the best ship- period!

Don't let the fact that this is a Star Trek novel throw you off. This is an extremely insightful book.

It has the only version of a god that I find even vaguely plausible, a truly beautiful memorial service, and I went to YouTube and downloaded a performance of "Ein Heldenleben" based on the statement in this book that it's hauntingly beautiful. And it has some of the nicest, AND most alien, characters that I've ever encountered in S.F..

I've loved this book for years. It is one of the two Star Trek novels that I would recommend to someone who has never read S.F. as a getting-started novel, and I regularly recommend it to friends at church as a very spiritual book.

I first read this title years ago when it came out in paper back. Today I would call it comfort reading, having downloaded it to my Kindle app on my iPhone.

Ms. Duane has on more than one occasion (in more than one book) captured the flavor of the main characters, masterfully. Look for her other Star Trek titles. You won’t be disappointed.

No spoilers here. I will say the story is rich in plot and detail. Enjoy!

Diane Duane has always been one of my favourite Trek authors. Her stories are very well written, with the emphasis always being on characters and plotlines, with a firm grasp of scientific concepts. This was Diane's first novel, and even after reading her others (My Enemy, My Ally and Doctor's Orders) this still remains one of my favourite Trek novels.
K'tlk, a scientist from a race of sentient arachnids (called the Hamalki), has discovered an `inversion drive'. Essentially, it allows any vessel to instaneously transport itself from one point in space to another. The theory is explained by K'tlk in a debriefing she gives to the crew. This passage is a perfect example of how Diane can seamlessly combine `real' science with Trek...something that's been sorely lacking in the official series over the past few years.
So what makes `The Wounded Sky' so special? Because the novel focuses on Star Trek's original premise - "To Boldly Go Where No One has gone Before". The emphasis in this novel is on exploration, and the danger comes from the Enterprise's encounters with the unknown. There is however, a spectacular space battle with the Klingons near the beginning of the novel. The description are extremely vivid, and assumes that a starship will be subject to real physics, which adds real tension to this scene.
The second strength of this novel also lies with the characterisation. Unlike the original series, Kirk treats his crew with respect, and they're all given extra dimensions never seen in the series or the films. Uhura is given a chance to demonstrate her talent at translating alien languages, Sulu is given the spotlight during a battle with the Klingons (and seriously kicks butt!), and Chekov acts the hero in a sequence near the end of the book. They're not portrayed or treated as expendable crew members. In Diane's Trek universe, everybody has something useful to contribute, and we care about what happens to them. Kudos to the author for making such a courageous move.
One character in particular should be given special mention, and that is K'tlk. The Hamalki are hands-down, in my opinion, the most intriguing alien species created for Star Trek. Their entire culture is genuinely alien, and I think some people are going to get a kick out of finding out about how they reproduce. I was thrilled to see K'tlk return in Diane's other novel (`Spock's World'), this is one character I wouldn't mind seeing more of.
So, in conclusion, Wounded Sky is an extremely well-written debut novel. It's unfortunate that Star Trek novels aren't accepted by Paramount as being canon. There are certain aspects of this novel that I wouldn't have minded being put into the TV series. Having a sun go supernova when a starship goes into warp near it's corona makes perfect sense.
Again, if anyone wants to read a good example of Star Trek, I strongly reccommend this novel.