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Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

by Gene Roddenberry

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Like many have said before me: This is one of those rare times where the novellization is better than the film. In fact, I'd go as far to say that this is the best Star Trek tale ever told. It captures everything I love about science fiction while also expanding upon characters I've grown to love over many years.

Roddenberry's genius vividly comes to fruition in this tale as well. [ One small thing I noticed that I greatly enjoyed was the shift in perspective that happened when the novel discussed V-GER. Characters went from people, to carbon lifeforms, to units, and then finally to "it". This really captured the entire perspective of what was going on.

Overall well worth the read to any Star Trek fan or general science fiction lover. ( )
  DylanWolters | Dec 18, 2018 |
Good...but...hm. Earth was weird af. Didn't sound Utopian like the tv series and movies show it. A lot of machismo. A mixed bag, overall. ( )
  Pashii | Aug 28, 2017 |
I went for the book of the film after reading terrible reviews of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, only to find that Roddenberry has translated perfectly into prose the out of character tedium of the big screen experience. Kirk is having a mid-life crisis, Bones and Spock have to be practically forced back on board the pimped-up Enterprise, and there is some golden-haired pretender (son of Commodore 'Ahab' Decker, no less, the one who went bonkers and fired himself into the doomsday machine) already installed in the captain's chair. At least I was spared the figure-hugging, neutral-tone uniforms. And the plot was a strange mish-mash of two episodes from the original series - Obsession and The Changeling. Someone should have reminded Gene that you can never go home again, even when recycling old plots: the magic of the series is missing from the 'motion picture', and nobody cares about the new crew members. (Saying that, I have downloaded The Search for Spock, just in case!)

What really baited me into buying the novelisation was this quote, however - Jim! Goodbye, my ... my t'hy'la! - and the supporting footnotes about the nature of Spock and Kirk's relationship, from Roddenberry himself. The promise of some weighty introspection is not followed through, though, barring those words from Spock and the sickbay scene, where Spock finally comes around and clasps Kirk's hand. So overall a forgettable translation of the film from 'the Creator' himself. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Apr 26, 2013 |
This is better than the movie. Since the movie was absolutely awful, that's faint praise. At least one review here claims it was actually written by Alan Dean Foster. Really? Yes, I know Foster came up with the story on which the the script was based, but I doubt he wrote the novelization. First of all, because Roddenberry was the creator and producer of Star Trek, not just say, an actor, and part of his skill set was blocking out stories for episodes, even if others then filled them out into the scripts. So I see no reason to believe he wouldn't be capable of writing this. The other reason is that I think Foster would have done better--and this didn't strike me as in his style. I have read Foster's novelizations of episodes of the animated series. This novel has a very different voice (and alas a lot more fondness for italics and the exclamation point.)

So this isn't the kind of book that stands on its own merits, even by the standards of a work-for-hire product of a media franchise. Why rate it then as high as I do? Because I am a Star Trek fan and as a fan it is a must-read. It makes sense of parts of the film that make you go huh??? It gives you the thoughts of Kirk and Spock and thus gives them more dimension, and from the man that created the characters. It has background that never made it into the film such as Kirk's brief marriage to Admiral Lori Ciani, and that she was one of the people on the transporter platform killed in that grotesque accident and such Vulcan concepts as T'hy'la. So, if you're not a fan, why in the world would you buy this? If you are, then I can't understand why you wouldn't. ( )
1 vote LisaMaria_C | Oct 31, 2012 |
I had to drag my way through this novelisation of the first Star Trek film. To my surprise, I found that Gene Roddenberry likes his prose purple and his naked Deltan breasts pointy. I mean, it is interesting to get a more comprehensive look into the minds of the characters. And few can deny that the book really *is* better than the movie. But that hardly makes up for the mediocre writing, dragging pace, or cringeworthy finale. ( )
  MsCellophane | Dec 29, 2011 |
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Foster, Alan DeanStory bysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Livingston, HaroldScreenplay bysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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My name is James Tiberius Kirk. (Preface)
He felt a strange tingling coming from somewhere inside his head.
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This is the novelization of the film STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, not the film itself.
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The writer-producer who created Mr.Spock and all the other Star Trek characters--who invented the Starship Enterprise, who gave the show its look, its ideals--puts it all together again here in his first Star Trek novel!

Their historic 5-year mission is over. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, all the crew have scattered to other jobs or other lives. Now, they are back together again on a fabulously refitted U.S.S. Enterprise as an incredibly destructive POWER threatens earth and the human race.
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Star Trek the Motion Picture

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Juvenile fiction. James Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew reunite to destroy a new enemy that is threatening Earth and the human race.

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