Synopses & Reviews
Beam me up, Scotty.(R)
During the 1960s, in an age when the height of technology was a crackly AM transistor radio, Star Trek envisioned a time when communication devices worked without wires.
Computers of the decade took up entire climate-controlled rooms and belonged only to the government and a few very large corporations. Yet Captain Kirk had one small enough to sit on the top of his desk -- and it talked back to him.
Ahead, Warp Factor 2
While man still hadn't walked on the moon, the crew of the Starship Enterprise(R) traveled between star systems faster than the speed of light. Its crew was able to walk on other worlds.
Over the past three decades, Star Trek has become a global phenomenon. Its celebration of mankind's technical achievements and positive view of the future have earned it an enduring place in the world's psyche. It has inspired countless viewers to become scientists, inventors, and astronauts. And they, in turn, have wondered if they could make even a little piece of Star Trek real in their own lifetime. As one noted scientist said when he saw a plywood, plaster and plastic set that represented the ship's warp engines, I'm working on that.
As in his missions aboard the fictional Starship Enterprise, William Shatner, the actor who is Captain James T. Kirk, and his co-author, Chip Walter, take us on an adventure to discover the people who are working on the future we will all share. From traveling through space at warp speeds to beaming across the continent, noted scientists from Caltech to MIT explore the realms of what was once considered improbable and show how it just might be possible.
"Star Trek(, " Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future, celebrated mankind's technical achievements and positive view of the future. The man who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk journeys into the labs of today's scientists to reveal how much the show has influenced them. Illustrations.
During James T. Kirk's five-year mission as captain of the Starship Enterprise,
a mysterious alien threat called "The Totality" commenced its invasion, intending to conquer the Milky Way galaxy as it had conquered the Andromeda. A war unlike any other is about to begin -- one that threatens to destroy the Federation.
Captain Kirk has encountered the Totality before. It took the beguiling form of Norinda, an irresistible alien who becomes the woman each person most desperately desires. In his first encounter, Kirk almost lost the Enterprise. In his second encounter, he almost lost his child, and watched in horror as the Totality absorbed Spock in its monstrous dimensional tendrils. But now, Kirk faces an even more devastating personal challenge. The battle lines have been drawn, and he and his friend Captain Jean-Luc Picard are on opposite sides.
With Captain William Riker of the Starship Titan caught in the cross fire of the conflict between Kirk and Picard, and with Kirk's own child poised on the brink of a startling destiny millions of years in the making, Kirk must prepare for his final encounter with the Totality. But how can Kirk fight an enemy whose greatest weapon is love? And how can he triumph, when the price of victory is the life of his only child?
The man who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk brings together both generations of characters from the Star Trek television shows, in a new novel that finds Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard facing an unstoppable enemy in a battle for all life existence in this galaxy, and beyond.
About the Author
William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek ®
novels, including the New York Times
bestsellers The Ashes of Eden
and The Return
. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life!
and I’m Working on That
. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal
—a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Find more information at WilliamShatner.com.Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
are the authors of more than thirty books, including numerous New York Times
bestselling Star Trek novels. Their newest novel of suspense, Freefall,
is a follow-up to their Los Angeles Times
and is set against the political intrigue and historical conspiracy surrounding the next race to the Moon.
In keeping with their interest in both the reality of space exploration and the science fiction that helps inspire it, in 2003 Judith and Garfield were invited to join a NASA Space Policy Workshop for the development of NASA's new goals as put forth in the agency's 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. Then, for the 2004 television season, the couple joined the writing staff of Star Trek: Enterprise as executive story editors. For more information, please visit <>.