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Greg Cox

Author of The Q Continuum: Q-Space

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About the Author

Writing in the popular science fiction/horror genre, Greg Cox knows how to please readers with the right combination of humor, action, and gore, with good inevitably triumphing over evil. Within the wide readership of Trekkies, Cox is probably best known for his ambitious trilogy written for the show more Star Trek: The Next Generation series. In Q-Space, Q-Strike and Q-Zone (1998), the Starship Enterprise visits the exotic locale and ever-present aliens of the Q Continuum. The author has also written and co-written more than eight other titles. Marvel Comics fans also recognize Cox's contributions to their series of cult heroes, avengers, and villains in titles such as Iron Man: Operation A.I.M (1996) and Spider-Man: Goblins Revenge (1996). Cox's approach is well-illustrated in two horror titles he has edited: Tomorrow Sucks (1994), a scientific history of vampirism and Tomorrow Bites (1995), a scientific history of lycanthropy. In the Transylvanian Library: A Consumer's Guide to Vampire Fiction the author has compiled a bibliography of 250 authors, dating from 1819 and including synopsis, critical evaluation, and notes on film and television adaptations. Greg Cox was born in 1959 and is an editor at Tor Books. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Science Fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) Greg Cox is the author of the bestselling "Q Continuum" trilogy, as well as such popular "Star Trek" novels as "Assignment: Eternity", "The Black Shore", "Devil in the Sky" (with John Gregory Betancourt), & "Dragon's Honor" (with Kij Johnson). He has also written several novels featuring such characters as the Avengers, the X-Men, & Iron Man, & (with T.K.F. Weiskopf) edited two anthologies of science fiction horror. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Greg Cox

The Q Continuum: Q-Space (1998) 530 copies
The Q Continuum: Q-Zone (1998) 482 copies
The Q Continuum: Q-Strike (1998) 459 copies
Dragon's Honor (1996) 419 copies
Devil in the Sky (1995) 307 copies
Assignment: Eternity (1998) 300 copies
Underworld (2003) 247 copies
The Black Shore (1997) 243 copies
Underworld: Evolution (2006) 186 copies
Blood Enemy (Underworld) (2004) 163 copies
Star Trek: The Q Continuum (2003) 161 copies
The Rings of Time (2012) 129 copies
Infinite Crisis (2006) 124 copies
Legacies: Captain to Captain (2016) 114 copies
No Time Like the Past (2014) 112 copies
Tomorrow Sucks (1994) — Editor — 110 copies
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 106 copies
52 (2007) 102 copies
Seven Deadly Sins (2010) 91 copies
Loose Ends (1834) 89 copies
Foul Deeds Will Rise (2014) 81 copies
Child of Two Worlds (2015) 80 copies
The Armor Trap (1995) 77 copies
Headhunter (CSI) (2008) 73 copies
The Weight of Worlds (2013) 71 copies
Daredevil: A Novel (2003) — Author — 68 copies
Search And Rescue (1999) 56 copies
Final Crisis (2010) 56 copies
Welcome to Promise City (1822) 55 copies
Ghost Rider (2007) 52 copies
The Antares Maelstrom (2019) — Author — 48 copies
Shock Treatment (CSI) (2010) 45 copies
Tomorrow Bites (1995) — Editor — 44 copies
Countdown (2009) 43 copies
The Librarians and the Pot of Gold (2018) — Author — 43 copies
A Contest of Principles (2020) 43 copies
Two of a Kind? (Alias) (1724) 42 copies
Operation A.I.M. (1996) 41 copies
War Zone (Fantastic Four) (2005) 38 copies
The Vesuvius Prophecy (2008) 34 copies
The Road Not Taken (Alias) (2005) 29 copies
Riese: Kingdom Falling (2012) 28 copies
Miasma (2016) 27 copies
52 - Part 1 (DC Comics) (2007) 10 copies
Bigfoot (2001) 8 copies
52 Part II (Dc Comics) (2008) 7 copies
The Pirate Paradox (1991) 3 copies
Catwomen 2 copies
Firetrap 2 copies
Cold Blood 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2 (2003) — Contributor — 313 copies
Tales of the Slayer, Volume 4 (2004) — Contributor — 227 copies
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995) — Contributor — 217 copies
Mirror Universe: Glass Empires (2007) — Contributor — 214 copies
Tales of the Dominion War (2004) — Contributor — 210 copies
The Sky's the Limit (2007) — Contributor — 154 copies
The Ultimate Spider-Man (1994) — Contributor — 91 copies
Alien Pregnant by Elvis (1994) — Contributor — 90 copies
Enterprise Logs (2000) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Further Adventures of Batman 3: Featuring Catwoman (1813) — Contributor — 81 copies
Timeshares (2010) — Contributor — 78 copies
The Amazing Stories (Star Trek) (2002) — Contributor — 69 copies
OtherWere: Stories of Transformation (1996) — Contributor — 61 copies
Walls of Fear (1990) — Contributor — 32 copies
Spirits of Christmas (1989) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Truth Is Out There (2016) — Contributor — 25 copies
Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone (2017) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Green Hornet Chronicles (2010) — Contributor — 17 copies
Tales of Zorro (2008) — Contributor — 15 copies
Swashbuckling Editor Stories (1993) — Contributor — 10 copies


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Overall pretty enjoyable. Not a surprising story, but still fun. The characters were written well. The setting seemed pretty good. Only gripe I really had was a mention of the Prime Directive towards the end that seemed silly. Without spoiling anything, the Prime Directive does not apply here. Good book though. I recommend it for a quick read.
thanbini | 3 other reviews | Nov 15, 2023 |
Though I liked the show a lot — minus a couple of character caveats, this is the first book I’ve ever tackled in the Star Trek universe dealing with the Voyager crew. This also happens to be one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve ever experienced in the book franchise based on the various shows. Whether it’s the Original Star Trek, Next Generation, or Deep Space Nine, everyone knows the quality of writing and stories for the paperbacks of their continuing adventures in that universe can run from dreadful to really good — but sadly, heavily weighted toward the former. Usually the characterization is off, or the story is lackluster, or the writing is terrible. I’m ecstatic to say that NONE of those things apply here.

Greg Cox has done a marvelous job of capturing the essence of the characters from the show, and he’s wrapped them in an entertaining and enjoyable story that while no new shakes, is like a splendid episode we simply weren’t allowed to see. Sure, if you critically examine it upon finishing, it has some standard similarities to an oft-repeated narrative — a seeming paradise with a dark underbelly — but it’s so well done and so entertaining, while you’re reading you simply don’t care. There’s humor and drama, a few thrills, a few dark moments but not so much it takes away from the good feeling throughout that you’re “watching” a lost episode.

Perhaps Cox’s greatest achievement is the way he chose to criss-cut the story, seamlessly flowing from one portion of the crew to the next to give us, the “viewer,” a cohesive overall picture, just as the film editors did on the show. Other writers in the Star Trek universe often choose to focus on one or two main characters, perhaps to make it easy on themselves, but Cox takes the road less traveled, giving most of the crew a chance to shine, and moments that provide us humor or drama, even a tiny bit of insight. It makes this one feel full and well-rounded, much more like a terrific episode where everyone is involved. That brings me to my next point:

By including Harry, Paris and Chakotay, Tuvok and Kes, Neelix and The Doctor, and especially Kes, this lessens the role the grating Janeway has to play in this. If you’re one of the millions like myself who laments that producers did not cast Erin Gray in the role of Janeway, and went with Kate Mulgrew instead, you don’t have to worry about the character as she was written, or as portrayed by Mulgrew, nearly ruining another great episode with her caustic, Kathryn Hepburn-level grating voice, and condescending personality. To be fair, that was the way Janeway was written, but I truly believe Gray would have brought more to the role, and perhaps found a way to dissuade the six people who wrote her character from turning her into such an infuriating mess. With her “screen time” wisely lessened here, though she does play an important role as Captain, she slides down the literary palate much easier here than in the show.

On the technical side, I did run into a number of typos in the print version — either an actual typo, or a “to” missing in a couple of sentences, for example — but they appear in as many mainstream books as they do self-published, despite what you hear from reviewers trying to pull the wool over your eyes. In this case, as is so often the case, it was ticky-tack stuff not relevant enough, nor frequent enough to ever become a distraction, or even an annoyance. And, this was a pretty big book as well. I only mention it as a preemptive strike because someone else is certain to laser in on it. Trust me, it’s nothing. If it was, I’d tell you.

I won’t go into fine detail about the plot on this rare occasion, since the premise is well explained on the back cover of the book and in the introduction of the listing, but suffice it to say I LOVED this one, and had an enjoyable time flying through it. For those wondering about the time frame on this one, Kes is still with Neelix, and Paris and Torres aren't even beginning to come together yet. A great read; a blast, in fact, and a book I’ll be keeping around so I can read it again at a later date. That says it all.
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Matt_Ransom | 3 other reviews | Oct 6, 2023 |
Let me start by saying again, as I did for the previous books in the series, that I love The Librarians. I think the show is better than it has any right to be, and a large part of that is due to the great casting. The movies were good as well, but I think the show really took the overall story world to a new level. I'm glad to be able to read these books, though I wish they were a little more clear about where they fit into the series. This one pretty clearly happens after the end of season 3, though beyond that, I can't say for sure. And while the book does attempt to give some basic understanding of the overall setting and backstory of the Library and the Librarians, I think this book is best read by someone who has seen at least the TV show. Knowledge of the movies isn't really necessary for this book.

Now to the story itself. I liked that the Librarians mostly worked together in this book; the way they play off each other is a big part of why the show is so good. I didn't care for the first chunk of the book that dealt with the end of an ongoing case. While that kind of thing is common in an episodic format like this, it seemed to drag on way too long. I just wanted to get onto the main story. Something I noticed more in this book is that the characters aren't coming through all that well. I think the reason I thought they were before was simply because I'd watched the show recently and could apply the recent memories of their personalities to the book. But the further I get from watching the show, the more I realize that, absent of knowledge of the show, the characters are fairly 2-dimensional. Add to that the way that the audiobook narrator tends to make everyone sound like they're almost always scared or unhappy in some way, and it just wasn't a very enjoyable read. In the end, the next time I go back through the Librarians movies and series, I'll probably read through these books again along the way; however, I'll most likely read them myself, instead of listening to the audiobooks. Though the books aren't as good as the show overall, I do think that fans of the show who are sad it's over might enjoy having the extra "episodes" from these books.
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Kristi_D | 2 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
Let me start by saying again, as I did for the previous book in the series, that I love The Librarians. I think the show is better than it has any right to be, and a large part of that is due to the great casting. The movies were good as well, but I think the show really took the overall story world to a new level. I'm glad to be able to read these books, though it's frustrating to me that they're so vague about where they fit in the series. This one seems to take place after season 3, but while there are plenty of references to Prospero (and a spoiler for the end of season 2) and definitely to Dulaque (from season 1), there aren't any references to Apep from season 3. Plus, a major development for Cassandra that took place at the end of season 3 definitely doesn't come into play in this book, so it seems it can't have happened. Maybe it's just supposed to be vague, but I would have preferred to be able to read it at the right time while watching the show. And while the book does attempt to give some basic understanding of the overall setting and backstory of the Library and the Librarians, I think this book is best read by someone who has seen at least the TV show. Knowledge of the movies may not be necessary.

Now to the story itself. Overall it was decent. I didn't mind the Librarians being separated as much as others did, partly because they still each had a counterpart of sorts to work with. I thought some of the story was weak, for example the nursery rhyme connection to the man in Florida was a major stretch, and for a while, I kept expecting someone to say they were wrong about which nursery rhyme they'd associated it with. The stakes were as high as they get, and there was a bit of a twist that I only figured out a moment before Baird did. In the end, there things I liked more about it than the previous book, and things I like less about it. This book had all the campy fun of the show, and I like that the characters' personalities come through on the page like they do on the small screen. I still don't care for the narrator's breathy tendencies, and if I do re-read this series in the future, I'll probably skip the audiobooks. Still, I'm enjoying this extension of the show.

Fact check: Jenkins explains that "Mother Goose" is more of a title, passed down through generations, the bearer of which is meant to guard the spells that end up being written down and distributed as nursery rhymes. Elizabeth Goose was her generation's Mother Goose, and a real-life person, however her maiden name was Elizabeth Foster, and she married the Goose name, so it's weird she was coincidentally that generation's Mother Goose (and that this isn't brought up in the book). Also, Jenkins says that "tourists in Boston flock to what’s claimed to be the grave of the ‘real’ Mother Goose, blithely unaware that she was actually only one in a long line of Mother Gooses, carrying on an ancient tradition." But the grave in Boston that has become a tourist attraction is actually the grave of MARY Goose, unrelated to the woman whose rhymes prompted the publishing. Mary Goose was actually the first, late wife of Elizabeth's husband.
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Kristi_D | 5 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |



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