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Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Lorrah
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Unexplained gravitational disturbances summon Captain Picard and the Starship EnterpriseTM to the planet Elysia, and the android Lieutenant Commander Data to a date with destiny. For on this alien world, he is drawn into an impossible quest, leading him to consequences both heartwarming and disastrous, as he finally dares to pursue his fondest desire: to become human.


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Unexplained gravitational disturbances summon Captain Picard and the Starship EnterpriseTM to the planet Elysia, and the android Lieutenant Commander Data to a date with destiny. For on this alien world, he is drawn into an impossible quest, leading him to consequences both heartwarming and disastrous, as he finally dares to pursue his fondest desire: to become human.


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  • File Size: 2017 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 1st edition (September 22, 2000)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ATPRC4
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Data Novel, Best Trek Novel January 19, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is without a doubt the best Trek book I have ever read. I sat on my bed for around 7 or 8 hours reading it. I couldn't put it down! This story gives us the information that we have always wanted to know: What would it be like for Data to become human. Data has to go through daring challenges and trials with the help of a friend, and in the end is rewarded with his fondest wish. From this story we get to know Data better as a person and not just a machine. We find out what adjustments and sacrifices he has to make in order to attain and keep his new gift. He ponders about Tasha and relives certain moments of their friendship with emotion. A Trek book has never before been so well written and given such depth to characters as this one. Read it, you won't regret it. Keep it displayed on a shelf in your home afterwards. When you walk by it, you will instantly remember all of the touching and daring scenes and a spark of emotion will flutter from your heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Data finally gets to be a real boy December 22, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Metamorphosis" was "the first giant novel" for Star Trek: The Next Generation, although Jean Lorrah's story is bigger in its ambition than it is in length. I have always thought that most Star Trek novels written while that particular series is still in production fall into two ends of the spectrum, either they are not worthy of being filmed as episodes or they involves things that make them too costly to do. In the middle there are books that go back and fill in the gaps in the show's history. However, "Metamorphosis" is different because it tells a story you would have thought they would get around to on STNG sooner or later: Data becomes human.
The Enterprise is studying unexplained gravitational disturbances on the planet Elysia. On the planet's surface Data meets a young woman named Thelia who thinks the android has been sent by the gods to accompany her on her quest. Data believes these "gods" might be the legendary Preservers and the pair proceeds on the quest together. To Data's surprise, whatever the Elysian gods are they grant his fondest desire and turn him into a human being. When he returns to the Enterprise and is immediately accosted by security guards demanding to know what has happened to Commander Data.
"Metamorphosis" takes place during the show's second season (obviously, since Katharine Pulaski is the ship's doctor), and takes place after "The Measure of a Man," the episode where Data has to defend his right to exist in a Starfleet court. The set-up is a tad on the mystical side, but Lorrah is on firmer ground in detailing the actual consequences of Data no longer being an android.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful exploration of Data September 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book answers, to some degree, all the questions ever asked about what would happed to Data if he became human. And the biggest question of all, of course, was about love. This answers the most important questions, but i think it is wonderful the way Lorrah also pays so much attention to detail - all those little things that we do automatically, every day of our lives, were magically brought to life as Data examined them. This book is not only a must for everyone who loves Data, but simply for everyone who wants a fresh and joyful look at 24th Century life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC NOVEL! May 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first purchased a copy of "Metamorphosis", my original impression of its content was a far cry from its true escence, you could say I judged the book by its cover and its synopsis too quickly. When I finally turned the last page, I was literally stunned. Although this book was initially not meant for that reaction, the excellent writing, wonderful description, and remarkable storytelling upon a frequently wondered premise (what would it be like if Data was human) has highlighted this book as a truly fantastic and surprisingly thought-provoking (at least for me) novel. "Metamorphosis" is among one of the most well-written and wonderfully told Star Trek books ever. Even though I give this book such high praise, it is not perfect and I do have one comment. Although I enjoyed this part of the book very much, when Data and (for those of you who have never read it I will not mention her name) the girl go on their trek together, I felt that it was over done, that it should've been shortened, not as elongated as it was. Still, I suppose it was a vital part of the entire story. This book is highly worth the read, so pick up a copy of it today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish they'd make it an episode or movie April 28, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the few books I really wish they would have adapted into an episode or a movie. If you know Trek like a soap opera and the characters personalities, Brent Spiner (Data) would have done a fantastic job with it. The book is one of the Trek novels and last longer so you have more enjoyment. It's a keeper
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It had to happen sometime . . . June 2, 2002
By kallan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jean Lorrah's book explores an issue that the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series never tackled: what would it be like for Data to get his wish of understanding what it is to be human?
Metamorphosis is reasonably well-written, at least for a Star Trek novel - the problems lie in plot and character.
Essentially, Data stumbles into a "quest to the gods" while on an away mission to the planet Elysia, and when he successfully completes his quest he is given (without specifically asking for it) humanity - flesh, blood, and all. The book then deals with Data's experience of his new humanity, and the unexpectedly serious problems that result from his transformation.
The plot is quite enjoyable, but too contrived. That the existence of a single android in a single place and time should be of such vital signficance, and that the Elysian "gods" should demonstrate this to Data by showing him what would result if he was human and then wiping that knowledge from his memory, all seems a little silly in the end - since Data cannot even be said to have learnt anything from the experience. (After multiple re-readings, I'm still not sure exactly what happened in the scene where Data is changed back, I have to say) The love story angle with Thelia was also contrived and pointless. Yet Lorrah, to her credit, did try to bring some deeper themes to the book, and her take on a horrible Prime Directive dilemma was well done.
I've never felt that Lorrah does a good job of bringing Data to life in either of her books that I've read, and he even seems quite at variance with his portrayal by Brent Spiner. It's more like she turns the character into what she wants him to be, rather than using the character as he is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story and wonderful life lesson. I wish Data could have remembered what he experienced though, but then it wouldn't have been quite the same.
Published 8 months ago by Jason Roark
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great read
This was one of favorite paperback books, I now read almost everything on an ereader so I re-bought this just to read it on my tablet.

Still one of my favs.
Published 17 months ago by Rootman
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad.
Entertaining. Diverting. A nice way to recapture the flavor of watching a next gen episode. Don't expect earth shattering sci-fi though.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Great book, great story. Read when young and have it again on kindle. Great price to bring back positive memories
Published 20 months ago by charles in florida
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I picked this book up because Data is my favorite Star Trek character and I wanted a book that focused on character development, not necessarily on an overall plot. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anna Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a fantastic Star Trek story, but an excellent character study
Warning: This review will contain minor spoilers. You have been warned.

Star Trek: Metamorphosis has, what I admit, an excellent concept for a story: What if Commander... Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by The Old Scribe
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Have to be So Long...
This was the first Next Generation "Giant Novel", but I don't think it really warrants being quite so long. Read more
Published on September 23, 2007 by Nancy A. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars STNG - Metamorphosis - A compelling story!
Sadly enough, this was author, Jean Lorrah's fourth and final venture into Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe. Read more
Published on July 20, 2003 by K. Wyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars The sequal to Survivors ST-TNG #4
What is unique about this book is that it is the first "giant" book to be released, as well as being a sequal to a previous book. Read more
Published on October 27, 2001 by Scott Scheinhaus
5.0 out of 5 stars A double adventure
At first the sheer length of this book was enough to make me weary, but I soon got over it after the first couple of pages. Read more
Published on August 29, 2001 by J. Brownell
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More About the Author

Jean Lorrah is the creator of the Savage Empire series and co-author of the Sime~Gen series created by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. She is also a screenwriter, with an optioned screenplay, Coal for Christmas, written with Lois Wickstrom. Be sure to look for her Nessie's Grotto books with Lois, and folk tale favorite Rooster Under the Table. Besides all that, Jean has a one-off vampire novel, Blood Will Tell.

Jean specializes in Intimate Adventure, stories in which people with opposing points of view must resolve the conflict by working together, usually with lives at stake.

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