Star Trek: Mere Anarchy

Star Trek: Mere Anarchy

by Margaret Wander Bonanno, Christopher L. Bennett


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Mestiko: a world on the brink of interstellar travel — and one that is closely and discreetly monitored by the Federation. But when a rogue pulsar sweeps through the star system, threatening to destroy all life on their planet, Starfleet must mount a desperate effort to protect the planet from annihilation.

Under the command of James T. Kirk, the Starship Enterprise™ is able to mitigate some of the damage — but the world's surface is still devastated with appalling loss of life. Over the next three decades, the Enterprise and its crew revisit Mestiko — whether to keep them from falling prey to the machinations of the Klingon Empire or to deliver a new method of replenishing the planet's ozone — through trials and tribulations, hardship and strife, love and death.

Originally published as six eBooks, Mere Anarchy is the saga of one crew's career-long relationship to one world, and the ties that bound them inextricably together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416594949
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 658,150
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Margaret Wander Bonanno is the bestselling author of Star Trek: Burning Dreams; Star Trek The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows, Star Trek: Dwellers in the Crucible and Star Trek: Strangers from the Sky, as well as two science fiction trilogies, The Others and Preternatural. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Left Coast.

Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Tower of Babel, Uncertain Logic, and Live By the Code, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines.

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bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally published as a series of six novellas to celebrate the original series' 40th anniversary, "Mere Anarchy" is now collected as a single-volume, trade paperback release in anticipation of the upcoming reboot on the big screen. The six stories take place across the entire run of classic "Star Trek," from the early days of the original series to the movie-era continuity. As I read the short novellas, I will offer up my thoughts on each one and then do one big "wrap-up" review once I've read the entire 500 plus page story.Book One: "Things Fall Apart" by Dayton Ward and Kevin DilmoreA pre-"Where No Man Has Gone Before" story about the earliest days of Kirk's command of the Enterprise. The planet Mestiko is one being observed by undercover teams of Federation scientists to determine if the planet is ready for first contact. While there, it's discovered that a giant pulsar will pass close to the planet and while it won't collide with Metisko, it will irradiate the planet, causing environmental hazards and virtually destroying all life on the planet. The Enterprise is assigned to deploy a series of satellites that will create a shield for the planet and avert all of this damage. "Things Fall Apart" showcases an era we don't know much about in "Trek" history--that of the time before McCoy joined the crew and Gary Mitchell hadn't yet had his accident. It's nice to see the Enterprise crew slowly gelling into what it will become in later episodes and the movies and it's nice to see the Kirk and Spock friendship before it's really established. Of course, since there are five more chapters in the saga and we know the writers wanted a reason for the Enterprise to return to Mestiko, it's not easy to figure that things won't go according to plan when it comes to deploying the satellites. But despite being somewhat predictable if you've read a good deal of "Trek" fiction, the story works because we see a young Kirk facing the challenges of his command and accepting the burden when things don't go exactly according to plan--even though the failure isn't the fault of Kirk or anyone else really. The story also does a nice job of world-building for Mestiko, giving us a glimpse of the society and seeing the reaction to the potential catastrophic destruction coming. "The Center Cannot Hold" by Michael BarrSet during the original series run (early season two, I'd estimate) the story finds Kirk and company returning to Mestiko with a series of satellites that could clean up the atmosphere. Of course this being classic "Trek" at its height, the Klingons are also on hand, competing with the Federation for control. Of the six stories in the book, this is the most straight forward. It puts elements into play that will pay off later in the series, including a thread about the mistrust of the Federation by certain factions on the planet. It's probably the shortest of the novellas contained here."Shadows of the Indignant" by Dave GalanterSet in the "lost era" between the end of the original five year mission and the start of "The Motion Picture," Galanter's entry finds Kirk teaming with McCoy to head back to Mestiko on a covert mission. Early on the story is intriguing as we get some nice interaction between Kirk and McCoy, but overall I found this one of the more disappointing segments of the story. "The Darkness Drops Again" by Christopher L. BennettThe longest of the novellas and the most entertaining. Set after "TMP," Bennett shows why he's one of the best classic "Trek" writers currently working. A lot of that may be that the story isn't limited to a short number of days or weeks, but unfolds over a longer periods. The mood on Mestiko has changed and led to turmoil and a general distrust of the Federation by certain political factions who come to power. One scene I really liked sees the planet's people wondering why the Federation couldn't scramble to save their world as efficiently as they did when it came to V'Ger thre
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freedom breeds complacency complacency breeds anarchy in the end freedom wins
astro50 More than 1 year ago
the back and forth of yes we need them they caused the problem got tiring