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Star Trek The Next Generation: I, Q

Star Trek The Next Generation: I, Q

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by Peter David, John de Lancie

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The enigmatic entity known as Q remains one of the greatest mysteries in the universe, yet no one, perhaps, understands Q as well as actor John de Lancie, who has played Q. on television for more than a decade. Now de Lancie and Peter David, the bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Q-in-Law and Q-Squared have joined forces to send Q on an


The enigmatic entity known as Q remains one of the greatest mysteries in the universe, yet no one, perhaps, understands Q as well as actor John de Lancie, who has played Q. on television for more than a decade. Now de Lancie and Peter David, the bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Q-in-Law and Q-Squared have joined forces to send Q on an unforgettable cosmic odyssey, told from the mischievous trickster's own unique point of view.
The Maelstrom, a metaphysical whirlpool of apocalyptic proportions, is pulling all of reality into its maw, devouring the totality of time and space while bringing together people and places from throughout the universe. The Q Continuum pronounces that the end of everything has come, but Q refuses to meekly accept the end of all he has known. Defying the judgement of the Continuum, he sets out to derail doomsday -- at whatever the cost.
Q has been everywhere and done everything, but now he's in for a cosmic thrill ride beyond even his own astonishingly unlimited imagination. Old friends and adversaries wait in unexpected places, transcendent hazards abound, and the multiverse's most unlikely savior encounters wonders and dangers enough to render Q himself speechless. Almost.
Can even Q, reluctantly assisted by Jean Luc Picard, prevent the Universe As We Know It from literally going down the drain? I, Q is a wild and witty voyage through the secret soul of creation -- as only Q can tell it!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There are very few things that Q, a member of the Q continuum, can't handle, so he isn't going to let a little thing like the end of the multiverse get the better of him. Under normal circumstances, he might have gone along with the rest of the Qs in celebrating the End as the biggest party of all time, but these are not normal circumstances: the fates of Q's wife and child are at stake, and Q, usually omnipotent and omniscient, in not in control. Powerless, he needs the help of his erstwhile tormentee, Jean-Luc Picard--who is convinced that some being even more powerful than Q is causing this sudden universal decline. There are plenty of such entities to choose from, including the M continuum, a being called god and a mysterious female presence who puts the cosmos on hold as she reads a peculiar message in a bottle. Considering that Q is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Trek universe, De Lancie (who plays him on the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, and who's here aided by veteran Trek mass-market novelist David) is sure to gain a wide readership even though Q's egotistical ramblings, which work so well on screen, can drag on here. The narrative, which presents an almost mythological universal manifestation of the five stages of grief, will take readers on a wild and unique ride, though it leads to a predictable conclusion. As for the quest to make Q a more prominent character in the world of Star Trek books? Fans will say, "Make it so." (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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From Chapter 1

Allow me to introduce myself....I am called "Q." Known to my friends, relatives, and associates as: The Wonderful, The Magnificent, The Living End. I hail from a realm called the Q Continuum, a place that has existed since before time was time. It is our lot to push, to probe, to experiment, and to see the picture within the great tapestry that is the universe. In other words, to boldly go where no one has gone before. At least, that was our mandate when we first started. It has changed somewhat (some would say "mutated," others might say "devolved"), and now my fellow Q specialize in sitting about on the rocking chair of life, watching the universe pass them by.

That has never been an occupation I've found particularly stimulating. So I have taken it upon myself to continue that which I feel is the one true mandate of our Continuum: to question, to stir things up, to make jokes, to "boldly go where..." Sorry, I've already said that....I'm repeating myself. How terribly fallible. I told you I've been with humans too long.

I make lesser beings (of which there is a superfluity) feel poorly about their shortcomings -- by way of elevating them, of course! Not for a moment do I think they can even approach my level. But sometimes, every so often, they at least get an inkling of what my level is....I travel, I test, and (with any luck) I'm able to raise some species a bit higher than they were before making my acquaintance.

To that end, there is a particular individual to whom I keep finding myself drawn -- other than myself, of course. His name is Jean-Luc Picard and he is a middle-aged, bald, oddly accented man who oversees activities aboard the Starship Enterprise. The Enterprise is a vessel belonging to an organization called Starfleet, and the Enterprise is the flagship of the fleet, which makes it the most advanced ant on the anthill.

When I first met Picard, I thought him an insufferable pretentious man who heartily deserved to be taken down a few pegs. Arrogantly sure of himself, confident in his ability to see all sides of a situation and then arrive at a solution "best for all concerned," Picard epitomized to me everything that was wrong with the human race. Though these aforementioned traits may also be apparent in Me, they are also well justified in Me. There is nothing more galling than some ephemeral little pip-squeak strutting his stuff -- but that's a discussion for another time.

Humans. Don't get me started. Damn...too late.

Copyright © 1999 by Paramount Pictures

Meet the Author

Peter David is a prolific New York Times bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media—television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books—and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children. 

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Star Trek The Next Generation: I, Q 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is familiar with David's previous Q novels will be expecting a certain level of intricate plot-weaving, matching well-known Trek elements with revolutionary new material. And you will not be disappointed. As the brilliant authors of this dazzling adventure throw you into a typical whirlwind of confusion, you will be amazed at how well, and how unpredictably, situations and characters interact. De Lancie's authorship here is quite clear as well; the multilayered satire and unmistakable sarcasm of the narrator, Q, are wrapped into a surprising web of plot links and reappearances that bring back memories of Douglas Adams' works. While this book is easily as enjoyable as David's past novels, its high-brow humor and unsurpassed wit make it stand from previous successes. While anyone would enjoy the severity of the book's theme set at such a meandering, jovial pace, Trekkers will enjoy the quality of allusions and inside references that make this one a clear cult classic as well (see if you can't find the poorly-veiled reference to 'The Princess Bride'). Overall, this is one of the best novels I have ever read, and I will certainly read it again, if only to catch the nuances and jokes I missed the first time around. 'But you don't have to take my word for it!' Read it yourself, and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to all star trek fans. It is exciting, imaginative and funny! It is one of my favorites because it's so good you don't want to put it down. And that's the sign of a good book. Only Peter David and John De Lancie could have written a story like this they are great together! And I hope they write more star trek books together. Peter David is my favorite star trek author and probably always will be, but most all star trek books I've read were very good. But- Peter David holds you in your seat and captures your interest so well because he always has so many surprising levels in his story's to explore and its a great trip for the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the 1st person writing style of this book. I also enjoy just about anything from Peter David so my wife bought this for me for Christmas. What a great gift. The story runs smooth and quick with Q, Picard, and Data trying to figure out how to save the Universe. A look at Q's wife and son were nice but I would have liked to see them in it more. One thing that was missing was the other Next Generation crew. Read this you wont be wasting your time.
joeyf327 More than 1 year ago
My favorite episodes in TNG are the ones with Q, this book channels him well! His sense of humor and the way it is written and organized is great!
Raiden3160 More than 1 year ago
If your a fan or even if your not this is a great book, and I'm not much of a reader but I could not put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the Best Star Trek Books I have ever Read. Another Good one by Peter David
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I had never watched a TNG episode when I read the book, so the other characters were kinda simple and shallow, but I got to know Q more. What I disliked from the book is that it 'favors' Christianism and Judaism.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It being written by Q, John Delancie himself makes this book essential to all Q fans. Who better to tell a story about Q than Q himself. And in the novel, the character Q tells the story, he gives flash backs of his past in this book. He says things like he is the one who first gave fire to man. This book is really great, some may not like it being that the only main characters in the novel are Q, Picard, and Data. If you are a fan of all or either of the 3, then get this book, it's really hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Epicess it is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books main symbolism is the greiving process. This works out well and makes a funny story.