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Star Trek The Next Generation - Q Squared
     

Star Trek The Next Generation - Q Squared

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by Peter David
 

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In all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the Starship EnterpriseTM. In the years since, Q has returned again and again to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q

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In all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the Starship EnterpriseTM. In the years since, Q has returned again and again to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q has always been mysterious and seemingly all-powerful.

But this time, when Q appears, he comes to Picard for help. Apparently another member of the Q continuum has tapped into an awesome power source that makes this being more powerful than the combined might of the entire Q continuum. This renegade Q is named Trelane, also known as the Squire of Gothos, who Captain Kirk and his crew first encountered over one hundred years ago. Q explains that, armed with this incredible power, Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous.

Now Picard must get involved in an awesome struggle between super beings. And this time the stakes are not just Picard's ship, or the galaxy, or even the universe, this time the stakes are all of creation.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's deja vu all over again in this predictable entry. Star Trek fans will delight in identifying ``obscure'' references to episodes and characters from the TV series: they will cheer not only the rapacious Q from The Next Generation but also Trelane (the eponymous ``Squire of Gothos'' from The Original Series). The story involves the Enterprise crew through three alternative timelines with, of course, The Fate of the Universe hanging in the balance. David ( Imzadi ) limns a Trek-enamored multiverse in which Tasha Yar's ``bad haircut'' is as important as the massacre of Klingons at Narendra Three. The novel is fast-paced and the prose sloppy. Characters from the first two TV series appear exactly as they were: David scrupulously adds nothing to extant characterizations as he juggles several subplots and intrigues. Certain to delight the converted are appearances by Jack Crusher and all the myriad Wesleys, among others, as well as relationships between Beverly and Picard, Troi and Riker. While the pulpy action makes this is a Trek-lovers paradise, anyone else will wonder what all the fuss is about. (July)
Library Journal
David's previous Star Trek novels include the best-selling Imzadi (Pocket Bks., 1992). In his latest, the crew of the Starship Enterprise have another go-round with the redoubtable being known as Q.
John Mort
A complicated "Star Trek: The Next Generation" novel that springs from a TV episode of the old series, in which Captain Kirk is held captive to the whims of a little boy named Trelane, the son of gods from the Q Continuum. The character Q from "The Next Generation" series is his guardian. Trelane gets out of hand in his adolescence, scattering pieces of Q throughout time and inventing a machine in which all the dimensions of the universe chaotically intersect. He continues the campaign begun in his childhood, to play with human beings as toys, by collapsing three parallel "Enterprise"s into one. A madhouse ensues, with such quick cuts between scenes that overlapping, slightly different Worfs and Tasha Yars and Will Rikers, all bent on killing or rescuing one another, bring to mind a Marx brothers movie. The most intriguing of these alternative plot lines involves Beverly Crusher's long-dead husband, Jack, who is captain of the "Enterprise"; Picard is his disgraced second-in-command. In this "reality," Jack, and Beverly's son, Wesley, is dead, and Picard and Beverly are having an affair, until Trelane informs Jack, and he explodes in rage, murdering Beverly and killing himself. Purists may not enjoy the fact that every crew member on every "track" is helpless before Trelane, although the correct Picard, with the aid of a restored Q, eventually saves the universe by turning on Trelane as if he were a spoiled child.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671891510
Publisher:
Pocket Books/Star Trek
Publication date:
06/29/1995
Series:
Star Trek - The Next Generation Series
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Allen David, often abbreviated PAD, is an American writer of comic books, novels, television, movies and video games. His notable comic book work includes an award-winning, 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, and Fallen Angel. His Star Trek work includes both comic books and novels such as Imzadi, and co-creating the New Frontier series.

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Star Trek The Next Generation - Q Squared 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HEART Q!
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Way too confusing!
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I love next gen and the Q/Picard relationship. There was a lot of depth in this book and it really makes you think about the path less travled. All the different tracks confused me at times but it was super cool! Endimg made me sad.
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I think the books ultimately solves the issue of the relationship between Q and Trelane from TOS. Since this story is mostly written from Q's point of view, I think it was a great idea to have the audio version read by the actor who played Q in the TV series, John De Lancie. I had just seen Mr. De Lancie yesterday in an episode of the show Andromeda. The setting for this story is very broad. It takes place across multiple universes (appropriately called the multiverse in the story.) Its all about when Trelane corrupts the multiverse after tapping into an incredible power which the rest of the Q continuum don't possess. So its up to the crew of the Enterprise (with a little help from Q) to stop him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John De Lancie as Q is a delight! Q's egotistical remarks are absolutely hilarious! John read the story suberbly. He imitated Picard and Worf Particularly well. I would highly reccomend this to any Star trek fan.