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Star Trek Movie Tie-In (Star Trek: The Original Series) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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Book Description

"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.

"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

"The wait is over."


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Book Description

"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.

"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

"The wait is over."


Look Inside the Motion Picture Star Trek (Paramount Pictures, 2009)
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The Enterprise Crew: Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Montgomery Scotty Scott (Simon Pegg), Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) and Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana)


James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Hikaru Sulu (John Cho)


USS Kelvin NCC-0514


Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) and James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)


Spock (Zachary Quinto)


On the Bridge: James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto)


About the Author

Alan Dean Foster’s work to date includes excursions into hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving and produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science fiction ever to do so.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143915886X
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027G6X74
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved the movie and want more RIGHT NOW May 13, 2009
Format:Paperback
I've been a "Star Trek" fan since the debut of the original series. Still have fond memories of turning the elementary school jungle gym into "The Enterprise" and playing ST at recess.

When I heard there was going to be a prequel, my husband and I were in line for the first showing. I loved the movie and plan on buying the DVD.

The novelization follows the script fairly well as I recall it with a few exceptions. The story begins with Spock's birth on Vulcan. Next, we go to the "U.S.S. Kelvin", which is under attack. Field promoted Captain George Kirk loses his life to save the crew from an attack by a Romulan ship from the future crewed by Captain Nero, who's seeking vengeance on the Ambassador Spock and the Federation for destroying his world in the future.

Next, we follow the lives of Spock and Jim Kirk as they move through their early years prior to Starfleet, then the Academy, and finally their assignments to "Enterprise." Of course, we see the famed Kobayashi Maru incident.

The cadets are called from training early when a surprise attack at a Klingon prison camp causes the Fleet to go on red alert. The ship's crew must face Captain Nero again, because now it's time for him to destroy both Vulcan and Earth.

Alan Dean Foster is one of my favorite writers. He's got a strong flair for describing details and making characters come to life. As I said earlier, the book fairly follows the film with some stronger explanation and deepening of the story. You see a bit more of Spock and Sarek, plus more at Kirk and Scotty's meeting.

Two questions you're probably going to ask:

Is the book better than the movie? No. Unquestionably not. You've got to see this film to really capture the story as it should be told.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even die hard Trekkies/Trekkers will want more! May 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
I am an extremly devoted Trekker going on 30+ years now, I have seen every Trek series and all the movies so I have my opinion on what the best of the franchise is. And I have grown weary of the prequel theory (If it don't work right, go to the far beginning and start over and everything will be all better) believing that starting a series over will 'fix' or make a series more exciting does not work as proven time and time again. With everything in the Star Trek universe, all we've seen and all that has been done, how do you start over the greatest sci fi series ever and still stay true to the reason geeks like me fell in love with it oh so long ago? Easy - Star Trek - thats how. First off, it establishes that this story is set in an alternate time line (So this is just ONE of many many ways the classic series COULD have wound up and is going on in another reality) (I just gave myself a headache) All of which is explained in great detail by OUR Spock. Yes, time travel is the main plot in this as many of the other movies, and if you are a stickler for details, yes things are shaken up in the universe of Trek, but in a good way. Rodenberry wanted someone to come along one day and make his creation bigger and better. I think someone has. A page turner from start to finish, you get to whitness the birth of Kirk and Spock and they grow with you the same way you grew with them. Hats off to Mr Foster for making a book that I could not put down, literally, i read the entire thing in about 2 hours, it draws you in and makes you want to get to know your 'old friends' all over again. The pages spout off classic lines from the show used in an updated way that makes us 'Nerds' cool again, and gives new life to characters that are old and constantly done the same way over and over again. Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Book: Enjoyable and well done May 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having seen the movie, I listened to the book and was very pleased. Some movie tie-ins merely recount the movie in the most basic manner and give us little extra information and background. Alan Dean Foster has managed to be faithful to the movie while adding to it. (Or, perhaps the extra dialog and scenes will show up as deleted scenes when the DVD is released. One can only hope.)

I imagine few who read this will be unfamiliar with Star Trek and the characters. For someone new to the world of Star Trek, the book gives enough for the book to be understandable, but there is no in depth explanations about Vulcans, their history, the Federation, etc. While it does explain a few plot holes, it is more about the characters than the action, as well it should be.

After listening to it, I saw the movie again and found my new insights made the movie even more enjoyable. I agree with an above reviewer that you should see the movie first.

Zachary Quinto, the actor who capably played Spock, does a terrific job of reading the book. His pronunciation is clear and unhurried with appropriate emphasis and feeling. He differentiates the characters well with slight modifications of his voice, but not in a cartoonish or exaggerated manner. He does struggle a bit with Scotty's brogue, however. Also, there are no distracting sounds such as noisy breaths or nose hairs whistling. (No joke- I've come across that before in an audiobook!)

Overall, the audiobook is worth buying and adding to your summer listening lineup.
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I bought this book after reading a review of the movie that discussed how the book, which was written during movie production differed from the movie. Read more
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Published 6 months ago by Carolyn Burgess
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Another one of my favorite because it is able to go into more details than the movies I wish the movies would have use more of what was in the book like the scene were Spock got in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary Horne
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Trekkie!
If you've seen the movie, read the book for deeper insight. Alan Dean Foster like he's always been! Great read!!
Published 11 months ago by Chris Clancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
After watching the movie and loving it, I decided to give this a try when I stumbled upon it. I really liked it especially since it added what was left out of the movie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Well written and fills in all the little holes that a movie just doesn't address. I love reading movie tie ins so that you get a more complete picture of the story.
Published 12 months ago by Annamarie Lubow
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
Even if you're not a Trekie, you'll love this book. It's some like the movie, but the ending is different! It is a must read for those who want to know what Nero was really like. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dee H.
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Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.



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