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Gerrold, who wrote the famous Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," originally pitched this story as an AIDS metaphor to Star Trek: The Next Generation. It almost got made but died because of staff objections. Nearly 20 years later, Gerrold has reworked it for his own sf series chronicling the adventures of the starship Star Wolf. Ship's commander Jon Korie serves under Captain Parsons (Star Wolf captains tend to meet ill fates), whom he likes and respects. When Star Wolf stumbles across the starship Norway, apparently adrift on a collision course with a star, Korie takes a team to investigate and search for survivors. What they find are blood worms, parasites so deadly that, according to Alliance law, infected ships are to be destroyed. Parsons isn't willing to give up on the crew, even if it means risking her command. An exciting space adventure with a poignant metaphor at its core. The TV series' loss is Gerrold's novel's gain. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; BenBella Books Ed edition (December 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Gerrold is a figment of his own imagination.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Cross on June 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Based on the rather reiterative fore- and afterwords by DC Fontana and Gerrold, respectively, this installment of the Star Wolf's misadventures is a bit of a catharsis for Gerrold regarding the headaches he received trying to get this story filmed as an episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The book is interspersed with sharp jabs at the Star Trek franchise, such as Captain Parsons' previous posting, the "Big E" (the US Navy's nickname for the Enterprise) being too valuable to risk on the front lines due to potential morale problems if it's destroyed, and one of the Norway's doomed crewmembers being named M. Okuda, after TNG production staffer Michael Okuda; I also suspect that the Norway's AI "LENNIE" is named after Roddenberry's lawyer who shot down the episode in preproduction. The death of one recurring character wasn't a surprise if you'd read the Star Wolf Briefing Book, which had marked said character for death. The complaints about it not reading like the earlier Star Wolf books do have merit, since this is technically a novelization of a teleplay, but I was able to shrug it off because I've been experiencing similar with novelizing a screenplay of my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jedi on January 9, 2013
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This is the 3rd book in the Star Wolf series, if you don’t count the prequel that is. The book was certainly an improvement over the previous one. Not that this would be an extremely difficult task. As you can see from the book blurb this story was originally meant as a Star Trek – The Next Generation script and that I can believe. It would probably have made a fairly decent script as well.

It also says that it’s the conclusion of the Star Wolf trilogy. That’s a downright lie. This book brings no real conclusion to the main story of of the Human/Morthan war whatsoever. I get the feeling that someone used to write rubbish presentations for TV-show episodes wrote that crap.

Well, what about the book then? As I said it’s definitely an improvement over the last book in the series, The Middle of Nowhere. The book concentrates more on the actual story and there are not so much of the unrelated and boring discussions between members of the crew. That didn’t stop the author from throwing in one about sex again though. He seems to have a problem with that subject since he cannot let go of it. More TV-show syndrome?

The story of the book is fairly okay although it is a bit “trek-ish” in that there are a lot of fancy words but there’s not much sound science in it. I can live with that since what’s there is not too bad.

In the end it was a fairly okay read but I’m not too sorry that the author decided to stop the series even though, contrary to the blurb, there was no real conclusion to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dray on August 18, 2012
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Honest folks the editing bit on the first starwolves book sucked really bad. but I can count the mistakes on one hand with using only two fingers. It is the difference between night and day. this book is great the other one sucked. What can I say or do??

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil G. Matthews on April 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
A rescue mission for a crippled medical research starship in orbit around a red giant and in the path of a stream of plasma being torn from the red giant by its orbiting blue dwarf, provides the dramatic physical backdrop for this exciting novel. However even more interesting human ethical questions soon dominate the plot. What research was the crippled starship working on that was so dangerous that the starship was placed in such a dramatic "self-destruct" orbit, should it ever be needed? What went wrong and can the Star Wolf crew find out while locating and rescuing any survivors in the limited time available?

Given the multiple revisions this story has been through (the introduction and afterword explain why), this novel should be an enjoyable read and it doesn't disappoint.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jack A. Simmons on April 4, 2004
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One of the best books I've ever read in Sci-Fi, was The Voyage of the Star Wolf. In fact, I had re-read it in anticipation of the final book of the trilogy.
It was as fresh and engaging as the first time I had read it. I had forgotten some of the plot, so it was fun to see how Brik and Korie would out smart the terrifying Morthan assassin. Characters were well developed and smartly defined, with fast paced action. The reader is left on the edge of the seat to the very last minute; even past the very last minute.
Blood and Fire reads like a NASA narrative of a Mars mission. Some of the story seems intended to fill pages. Take this passage:
"On the Bridge, Captain Parsons watched the progress of the docking procedure with deep concern."
No, this is not a NASA narrative, this is one of those silly soliloquies one expects from the mouth of an airhead blond on "Days of Our Lives".
Why couldn't Gerrold show us Captain Parsons' concern?
Compare that with this passage from The Voyage of the Star Wolf:
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"Korie looked to the captain. The old man was frozen.
"Sir-?"
Captain Lowell started to lift a hand, as if he was about to say something. A thought flashed through Korie's mind. He's never been in a real battle.
Korie whirled. ""Targeting-? Get a lock on her. Battle stations! Stand by to fire.""
HARLIE replied instantly. "Targetting now."
Captain Lowell blinked, as if abruptly realizing where he was: "Uh- what did the flagship say?"
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See the contrast? We don't need the author to tell us Captain Lowell was completely freaked out by the Morthan attack, we could feel what was going on in the Captain's mind.
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