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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.


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Aug. 1st, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
"Corona" was ... okay for me. Not at all bad as ST books go (I'm looking at you, "Devil World" and ESPECIALLY at you, "Spock: Messiah!"), but not in the top level.

Planet of Judgment I found enjoyable with some really noteworthy sequences (and some interesting foreshadowing of later TNG material).

Aug. 1st, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
I had a complete collection of all Trek books -- fiction, episode guides, concordances, the works -- published before some point in the 1980s. They were all wiped out in a basement flood, alas.
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