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Corona (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 15) Kindle Edition

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The Corona, an awesome, sentient force of protostars, has taken control of a stranded team of Vulcan scientists. The U.S.S. EnterpriseTM comes on a rescue mission, with a female reporter and a new computer that can override Kirk's command. Suddenly, the rescuers must save themselves and the entire Universe -- before Corona unleashes a Big Bang!

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Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, City at the End of Time, and Hull Zero Three. His books have won numerous international prizes, have been translated into more than twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Over the last twenty-eight years, he has also served as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Army, the State Department, the International Food Protection Association, and Homeland Security on matters ranging from privatizing space to food safety, the frontiers of microbiology and genetics, and biological security.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RoseWelsh on March 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Those of you who know me know that I like Star Trek because it's a visit with old friends. Authors who can give voice to the ST character, write so that I can hear their voices, are considered to me to be top of the line. Authors who have a grasp of the ST universe, who can write the situations well enough are also top dog. Greg Bear doesn't even come close!
Greg Bear is a marvelous sci fi author. Sadly, I'm afraid, he cannot recreate the Star Trek Universe. Now mind you, he was writing _Corona_ before TNG came out so I tried to give him some slack. But the technology they were installing into the Enterprise was far advanced of anything in TNG. Eventually that fact got on my nerves.
But the worst thing of all is that he had no grasp of the characters, how they speak, what they would do. Captain Kirk would never have ignored another crew member's warning the way Greg Bear has him doing.
I could not and finally did not finish this book. As I was not really visiting old friends or the ST universe, it was a waste of my time. If you want to read a good Greg Bear book.... any other book he's done is heads and shoulders above this one.
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I haven't read a huge number of books based on the Star Trek universe, mainly because many are so dreary that early on I was soured on the whole "enterprise." Lately, though, I've begun to try some of them again, and two that I've been lucky to find have made me much more positive about Star Trek novels. Those two are CORONA by Greg Bear and Star Trek Vulcan's Glory by D. C. Fontana, both of which are based on the original Star Trek TV series. The main reason that CORONA works so well is that it is based on an intriguing science fiction premise, namely, that an energy being from an early stage in our universe is dissatisfied with the way the universe has developed and so wants to return it to an earlier condition. The problem being that such an action would wipe the Federation (humans, Vulcans, etc.) out in the process. The beginning of the story is handled particularly well as Corona takes over a science station of Vulcans, which Bear describes in a very eerie and mysterious way that held my interest throughout the novel. Unlike many stories that begin well, the rest of this novel does not disappoint in its development.

I do have a few reservations about CORONA. For one thing, the characterizations of the regular Star Trek cast is handled adequately, but really it's some of the new characters, especially Mason, who shine here. And several times I did wonder where some of the background information about the Trek universe came from. Some of it was merely unfamiliar to me, such as details about the Vulcans (could some be from later Treks?), yet some details did seem inaccurate, such as the Enterprise traveling at Warp 10.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on October 6, 2000
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Bear does a reasonably good job of portraying the known characters, and develops a few new ones that are also interesting. His plot has some similarities to the episode "The Ultimate Computer", and also some similarities to various books and episodes, notably "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", that involve the Enterprise saving the universe (or at least all life as we know it therein) from an almost-all-powerful energy creature. But for all of that, the plot is handled well enough that it was only occasionally noticable that the basic plot was somewhat hackneyed. Also, interestingly, it was not actually a member of the Enterprise crew who really saves the day.
This book does not, really, break any new ground, but the plot moves well and the writing is competent.
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By Galactus on February 23, 2011
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The level of technology has gone up a notch from the original TV series. For example : Warp 11 and Kirk's brain implant. Seems to me that you would test the monitors before hooking them up to the Enterprise where they can take over. Spock asked if the Monitors could be taken off line and the specialist did not know. Spock and Jim seem off a bit.

Save for those few elements mentioned above, I rather enjoyed reading the book.
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While this story doesn't really follow ST canon, it still an average story on its own. Like a computer that can overide the captain's orders, or the ship exceeding Warp 9. Hhhmmm! I didn't like some of the new characters. I didn't think they fitted into the story. But, after saying all that I liked the moving of the story from beginning to end.
Average read!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William C. Anderson on March 27, 1999
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I really loved this book.It was one of the best "star trek" novels that I have ever read(and I've read quite a few)THE VERY IDEA that at the beginning of time there existed a race of sentient protostars was "fasinating".Some may think this is the usual "Kirk kills the malevolent entity and saves the universe"book are dead wrong.FIRSTLY,it's really Spock who "saves the universe,and "Corona" isn't actually malevolent,just lonely.In all,get the the book even if you are just curious about Corona(AND its origins)
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