Star Trek The Next Generation #24: Nightshade

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Newly reissued, the exciting Star Trek novel from New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton!

After 200 years of civil war, the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is almost unbreathable, and the population is nearly extinct. The two warring factions have finally agreed to talk peace, and Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to help them negotiate a settlement. Picard, Lt. Worf, and Counsellor Troi beam down to Oriana, ...

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Overview

Newly reissued, the exciting Star Trek novel from New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton!

After 200 years of civil war, the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is almost unbreathable, and the population is nearly extinct. The two warring factions have finally agreed to talk peace, and Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to help them negotiate a settlement. Picard, Lt. Worf, and Counsellor Troi beam down to Oriana, just as the Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Alone on the planet, the U.S.S. Enterprise team learns that there are people who would rather finish the devastating conflict than talk peace. Now, Worf and Troi must prevent planet-wide disaster, before time runs out.…

Another bestseller from the series with more than 8 million copies in print. Summoned to a dying planet to negotiate peace between two warring factions, the Enterprise is immediately called away again on an urgent mission, leaving Lt. Worf to act as peacemaker in the dangerous negotiations that will determine the fate of an entire world. Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671795665
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation Series , #24
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 691,422
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton
Toss everything you think you know about vampire stories and sword and sorcery novels into an open grave, because Laurell K. Hamilton is reinventing the genres with chills, thrills, and giggles. With her popular Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, Hamilton is making dark fantasy fantastically entertaining again.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

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One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    SPELLCHECK!

    NOTE TO B&N:

    Have whomever wrote the overview learn to use Spellcheck, please.

    There are at least 3 typos in the overview.

    All are basic mistakes, and this review should NEVER have been published as it is now.

    VERY unprofessional.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

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    Hamilton Boldy Goes, But Rushes Through This Trek Novel

    Laurell K. Hamilton, best known to me as the author of the erotic vampiric thrillers in the Anita Blake series, tackled a universe already set up and rolling – Star Trek, the Next Generation.

    Basic Premise: You won’t find any eroticism here!

    This book was written just before the imaginative Anita Blake series with “Guilty Pleasures.” It seems to me that Ms. Hamilton found the Star Trek universe a tight fit in trying to be creative; nevertheless, I did enjoy several themes.

    Greed and corruption flow through all the plots and subplots. The warring factions on a planet devastated by two hundred years of war want peace. At least some of them do. Picard beams down with Troi and Worf to sort things out. The characterization is typical of Star Trek, though Picard is placed into the background (the usual “you’re under arrest for murder” kinda thing!).
    The customs of the Oriana people are odd (a barbaric race, no “honor”, per Worf) and Troi and Worf put on a good show.

    Mental Ingenuity: A race of people which has forgotten it has empathic abilities, even to the planet itself. Troi fighting a losing battle in losing her identity to these people. Worf takes on trying to play diplomat without killing anyone. Pretty cool how the characters interrelate here.

    Engines that Think: The Enterprise is involved in a subplot of rescuing an alien vessel so they’re not around to help out Picard. Geordi is able to actually communicate with the engine as he tries to prevent it from blowing up as those around him are fatalistic and don’t mind dying with their ship. Similar themes of “you can’t possibly help because you don’t understand us.” This sub-story is quickie and not really as well-written as the main story on the planet. A few plot holes too. Geesh.

    Bottom Line: Considering her restrictions with staying within the penciled lines of the Star Trek Universe, Laurell K. Hamilton does not do a bad job of keeping the story on track, involving the reader with the horrors of deformed babies and a dying planet, and makes a few points regarding honor, integrity and not giving up on your friends. A very simple read. Eroticism? Nope! Open “Guilty Pleasures” for that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

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    For those of us who are Star Trek fans & love Laurell K. Hamilton. This is a definite must.

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