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Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by [David, Peter]
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From Publishers Weekly

It's deja vu all over again in this predictable entry. Star Trek fans will delight in identifying "obscure" references to episodes and characters from the TV series: they will cheer not only the rapacious Q from The Next Generation but also Trelane (the eponymous "Squire of Gothos" from The Original Series). The story involves the Enterprise crew through three alternative timelines with, of course, The Fate of the Universe hanging in the balance. David ( Imzadi ) limns a Trek-enamored multiverse in which Tasha Yar's "bad haircut" is as important as the massacre of Klingons at Narendra Three. The novel is fast-paced and the prose sloppy. Characters from the first two TV series appear exactly as they were: David scrupulously adds nothing to extant characterizations as he juggles several subplots and intrigues. Certain to delight the converted are appearances by Jack Crusher and all the myriad Wesleys, among others, as well as relationships between Beverly and Picard, Troi and Riker. While the pulpy action makes this is a Trek-lovers paradise, anyone else will wonder what all the fuss is about.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

David's previous Star Trek novels include the best-selling Imzadi (Pocket Bks., 1992). In his latest, the crew of the Starship Enterprise have another go-round with the redoubtable being known as Q.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1889 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (August 1, 1995)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 1999
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0T54
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Format: Hardcover
Of the many great Star Trek authors that have been published, one of them consistently rises above them all with thought provoking, humorous and intriguing stories in this genre, that being Peter David. With Q-Squared being Peter David's second Q story, after STNG #18 - "Q-In-Law," he again proved that he perfectly captured the character of Q and put to print a true masterpiece involving this extremely intriguing character.
The premise:
Q-Squared is nothing short of brilliant as Peter David deftly weaves this tale involving characters from both The Original Series and past characters from Star Trek The Next Generation. Many a fan will remember Trelane from The Original Series episode "The Squire of Gothos." As Captain Kirk dealt with him, he was an extremely powerful but ultimately impetuous character that at the end of that wonderful episode he was proven to be a young character from an unknown race of beings.
As you will quickly learn, the powerful race of beings that Trelane comes from is the Q-Continuum and guess who has recently taken on the responsibility for his growth and development, you guessed it, Q. As it happens, Q finds this responsibility to be somewhat taxing so he seeks out his good old "pal" Captain Jean Luc Picard, more affectionately known by Q as "Mon Capitan," to aid in this great burden.
Here is where Peter David also firsts introduces the notion of the multiverse as he tracks us along in three different "universes," three different crews of the Enterprise and their dealings with Q and Trelane. I believe this to be the most appealing plot device in the entire story.
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Format: Paperback
This book surpassed by expectations. I have dabbled here and there with the Star Trek novels, but found that they seemed to have been sneezed out by hacks, and lacked depth, substance, and that special spark that ignites a blaze of wonder.
This book was different. It had depth and hard core complexity that you would expect from the X-men, but never see in a watered-down TV series. The premise is that Trelaine, the "Squire of Gothos" from TOS was actually a young Q and the John de Lancie Q was charged with "babysitting" him. Q, at a loss what to do, gets Picard, the galaxy's expert on childhood development, to help him watch the youngling.
Then it goes down hill from there . . .
The book has a complex structure since we are keeping track of three parallel time lines that Trelaine mischievously mucks up. On top of that, they are not sequential, so we are getting a "Citizen Kane" non-linear story that stretches the mind. Don't worry, ther are only three lines, so you won't get thatconfused. I hope!
Peter David demonstrates his understanding of the complex Star Trek universe, and did something that the TNG series really didn't do, which was to unite the two series. We had a few references here and there to past episodes and situations, such as the Daystrom Institute, but the series seemed to have had a split-brain operation. How many times did we see the Gorns, Metrons, the Melkots, or the Andorians in TNG?
Moreover, Jack Crusher, Dr. Beverly's dead husband appears in a parallel time line, and the multiple Lt. Cmdr. Datas absolutely tore my head off. There is even a vague reference to Kira, the Bejoran from "Deep Space 9." David rewards the faithful viewers!
This book would make a great miniseries, although it is too complex for a film, as "Back to the Future II" demonstrated. It has everything you could ever want in a novel.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are a true fan of Star Trek's first two incarnations, you cannot miss this book. If you loved the Next Generation finale, you will REALLY love this book. If you loved Q and wondered why they never brought the Trelane character back you will REALLY REALLY... well, guess what I'm going to say.
This is, by far, the best Star Trek book, and I've read a bunch of them. Alternate timelines, insight into the characters, loose threads you NEVER thought would come together all unite in what would be an excellent book by any measure, but is an absolute must-have delight for Star Trek fans.
Q'll get ya if you miss this one.
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Format: Paperback
Trelane, erstwhile Squire of Gothos (of the TOS episode of that name), returns. Here we learn that Trelane is nothing less than a juvenile Q. Q, mentoring Trelane, brings him to the Enterprise for educating. Things begin to unravel when one Trelane embraces the unlimited power of chaos, and decides to take revenge. First Trelane annihilates Q (!), and then begins to unravel the barriers that separate parallel universes, bringing on a war of all against all. How can Picard overcome the demons of what might have been (and are in other realities), and defeat the most powerful being in the whole multiverse at the same time? And, what of Q?

This book is an absolute masterpiece! The author masterfully runs first two and then three storylines (three parallel universes), examining the same people in very different situations. As the story reaches its crescendo, and the characters begin to cross between universes, it becomes positively gripping. I can't recommend this book enough.
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