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Elusive Salvation (Star Trek: The Original Series) (edição: 2016)

de Dayton Ward (Autor)

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The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth's inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost. San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction. New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help--from the future...… (mais)
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Título:Elusive Salvation (Star Trek: The Original Series)
Autores:Dayton Ward (Autor)
Informação:Pocket Books/Star Trek (2016), Edition: Reissue, 400 pages
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More fits for the Bureau of Temporal Investigations!

A nice TOS story that weaves various aspect of Trek history into a contemporary (well, twentieth century) tale (strike that - the 19th Century is in there too!). Ward deftly moves from Admiral Kirk and Captain Spock's era to Roberta Lincoln and Gary Seven's operation, along with UFO conspiracy history. I realized that aspects of this story referred to other historical incidents (History's Shadow, also by Ward) which I now feel compelled to get my hands on. There's no end to research for those of us devoted to the literature of Trek. ( )
  mrklingon | Dec 3, 2019 |
Elusive Salvation is a sequel of sorts to From History's Shadow, overlapping somewhat with that book: Wainwright puts in a small appearance, but Mestral and Roberta Lincoln (side characters in From History's Shadow) are the major twentieth-century players here. The twenty-third century is more relevant to this novel, too; about two years before The Wrath of Khan (appropriately, I finished reading it about two days before going to see the Fathom 35th-anniversary theatrical release of the film), Admiral Kirk is tasked with helping a group of aliens who appear in the Sol system, search for long-lost exiles from their planet.

Probably my favorite part of the book is the Star Trek goofiness of it. I mean, upon learning that the aliens' trace vanishes in the twentieth century, Kirk's first instinct is, "Oh, I'll just call my friends who live in the twentieth century and ask if they've seen them." As you do! Unfortunately, like with From History's Shadow, I don't think the book is ever imbued with very much energy. The aliens are too dull to care about, and the narrative-- scattered between lots of time frames and characters-- never really picks up. Like in From History's Shadow, I felt too often characters spent time thinking about interesting things that had happened between chapters instead of in the book I was reading. Or they think a lot about organizational reshuffling!

So in some ways it's a better book than From History's Shadow, because I think it's more structured and focused: Kirk and Spock actually contribute to the story, and the story is easier to grok. But the first book and The Eugenics Wars largely exhausted the twentieth century's known Star Trek data points, meaning there's not very many fan-pleasing callbacks to weave into this one.

Continuity Notes:
  • There are a few different references to The Eugenics Wars novels here. Gary Seven is indisposed throughout most of the book because of secret stuff in India in the 1980s. Additionally, Kirk recalls meeting a much older Gary Seven about fifteen years back, which hasn't happened yet for the Gary who appears in this book.
  • McCoy's relationship with Tonia Barrows from Crucible: Provenance of Shadows is referenced. Dayton Ward spits at your desire to have neatly organized continuity flowcharts.
  • Admiral Nogura is in the book. I had forgot he was around after the Motion Picture era, but Memory Beta indicates he appeared on active duty in some 2280s-set comics and Forged in Fire.
  • The whole time Kirk was interacting with a 1985 Roberta Lincoln, I kept wondering why if they kept in touch up until 1985/2283, why they wouldn't make contact in 1986/2285, during the events of The Voyage Home, but then the book has an epilogue where Roberta observes the HMS Bounty land in San Francisco, and she goes to investigate. That doesn't tell us why she doesn't intervene, though, or why Kirk never mentions her and Gary in the film. (I assume he did, just when the camera wasn't there.)
  • The end establishes that Section 31 goes all the way back to 1996, based on a sublevel of the Pentagon where the U.S. co-ordinated its anti-extraterrestrial defense efforts. Not really sure what I think of this; I'll be curious to see if the twenty-fourth-century Section 31 novels pick up on this or not

Other Notes:
  • Kirk reflects on the Department of Temporal Investigations: "After the numerous bizarre run-ins he and the Enterprise had experienced with time-related oddities, he would be disappointed to find out no one had been recording such incidents for posterity. Maybe it'll all make for a good book or two someday." Oho, I see what you did there, Dayton.
  • Note that on pp. 184-85 it sounds like Kirk has never actually met a DTI agent, but then on p. 354 he mentions running into them a few times over the years. Mid-book timeline change? Or incompletely implemented revision to account for the events of Forgotten History? (which I will get to in due course)
  • No joke is so much a groaner that you can't make it twice: Roberta thinks about her and Gary's interactions with Khan's creators: "I could write a book about the trouble some of these people have given us. Maybe two."
  • Spock says "booger."
  Stevil2001 | Mar 6, 2019 |
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The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth's inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost. San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction. New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help--from the future...

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