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Encounter at Farpoint (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (edition 1987)

by Gene Roddenberry, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold (Adapter)

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Title:Encounter at Farpoint (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Authors:Gene Roddenberry
Other authors:D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold (Adapter)
Info:Star Trek (1987), Paperback, 192 pages
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Encounter at Farpoint by David Gerrold


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While D.C. Fontana and Gene Roddenberry's "Encounter at Farpoint" storyline set up many of the ideas that drove The Next Generation, it feels tonally disjointed compared with much of the rest of the series. David Gerrold's novel continues this, serving more as a promotion for the then-new Star Trek series than as a novel in its own right. Encounter at Farpoint reads more like high-concept science fiction from Asimov or Bradbury than a Star Trek novel in the same series as the others that Pocket Books subsequently released in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Despite having a series bible, the showrunners would not flesh out many of the characters for some time, leaving some of that for Gerrold to do on his own in the novel. The result feels out of place compared with what came later. For example, Commander William Riker goes by "Bill" (pg. 79) and is uncertain about working with Data (pgs. 111, 124-125, and 130) while Lt. Commander Data uses contractions (pg. 9) and was found on Kiron III where he was created by aliens (pg. 130). Riker never goes by "Bill" in the series and the director trimmed his initial interaction with Data down to something less prejudiced. Data used contractions in a couple of the early episodes, but the writers quickly decided he could not do this. Additionally, the first season episode "Datalore" established that a human, Dr. Noonian Soong, created Data on the planet Omicron Theta. One of Gerrold's nice additions describes Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy's decision and journey to visit the Enterprise-D on her first cruise (pg. 97). Gerrold also portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard reading the show's opening narration into the ship's log (pg. 10), a cheesy, if enjoyable, moment. Overall, Encounter at Farpoint, liked the television episode from which Gerrold adapted it, succeeds in building interest in this new Enterprise and her crew. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jan 27, 2017 |
Longest journey commences: Every Star Trek ever. ( )
  morbusiff | May 9, 2013 |
Pilot episode for the TV show. I read it after I had been watching for awhile, and so probably mentally added to the characters more than was there, but I enjoyed reliving the episode. ( )
  MerryMary | Oct 12, 2007 |
A novelization of the first episode of "Next Generation" by famed Trek writer David Gerrold. Most of the characters ae very unformed at this point, but Gerrodl delivers with what he has. ( )
  billfl | Jun 6, 2006 |
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 The first time Captain Jean-Luc Picard saw the starship Enterprise he was struck by the sleekness of her lines.
Jean-Luc Picard quickly stopped counting how many times he stepped onto the bridge of the Enterprise
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The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D is en route to Cygnus IV - the edge of the known galaxy. There we will rendezvous with the ship's new first office and other command personnel, and proceed with our mission: discover the truth about FarPoint Station, a starbase facility built by the inhabitants of Cygnus IV, a starbase of unparalleled size and complexity ... and infinite mystery.

And the success or failure of this, our first mission together, may well determine the course of human exploration across the galaxy for centuries to come.
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    Based on the TV episode, which was co-scripted by Gene Roddenberry. Led by their captain, Jean-Luc Picard, the new crew set out on their voyage in a new starship, venturing further into the unknown than ever before!

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    On their first assignment, the crew of the Enterprise NCC-1701D investigates Farpoint Station, a new starbase facility of unparalleled size and complexity, and infinite mystery.

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