August 1st, 2016


Corona, by Greg Bear

Second paragraph of third chapter:
Lieutenant Uhura's quarters were a notable exception. They were richly, tastefully decorated with hanging fabrics, a non-regulation assortment of pillow-couches and a chair made especially for the extremely sensitive skin of a Deltan - a chair which was sheer heaven for a human. Sculpture ranging in size from a few centimetres to one meter betrayed Uhura's particular obsession, collecting surrealistic and totemistic modern African ebony carvings.
I have read few Star Trek books, but back in 2012 on a Loncon 3 site visit I picked up three of them and have now finally got around to looking at them. It's a book that is great on incidental detail, but a bit light on plot (and the back cover of my edition spoilered the important question of Who Is Behind It All, a point not revealed in the book until more than half way through). Still, I've read enough Doctor Who books to know that the point is sometimes to renew acquaintance with old friends rather than necessarily to push the literary envelope, and in fairness we do learn more here about the Vulcans (and indeed Uhura) which fills out the Trek universe nicely. Also mercifully short.

This was my top unread book acquired in 2012. The next on that pile is another of the Star Trek spinoffs acquired on the same occasion, Planet of Judgement by Joe Haldeman.