For whatever reason, I’m mentioned Star Trek tie-in novels several times recently. Well, since this seems to be a post I want to write:
Top Ten Star Trek Tie-In Novels:
1) The Final Reflection by John M Ford
I don’t even like Klingons, especially. Not only that, but I prefer tie-ins where the main characters of the show play a major role. And yet, this is my favorite of all ST tie-in novels. Ford did a fantastic job here.
2) My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane
I generally like Romulans better than Klingons. I’m going back and forth between (1) and (2) for which is really my favorite.
3) The Romulan Way by Diane Duane
Honestly, I think Duane’s ST tie-ins are actually her best novels. At least the Rihannsu series. Wonderful story. Dr. McCoy gets to shine in his secondary role, too. It’s tough to write Dr. McCoy really well, imo.
4) Ishmael by Barbara Hambly
This is the one that uses a fairly trivial frame story to throw Spock back in time and drop him into the Western “Here Come the Brides.” It’s wonderful.
5) Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan
The Original Character who’s the foundation of the story — Evan Wilson — is a bit over the top. However, I enjoy over-the-top characters from time to time, so she worked well for me. Good job writing the series characters, too.
6) Doctor’s Orders by Diane Duane
Another good one from Duane. The frame story is a little unbelievable, but so what? The story that takes off from leaving Dr. McCoy in command is a lot of fun.
7) Dreadnaught! and Battlestations! by Diane Carey
This one and the sequel, below, made me resistant to The Next Generation when that series started. I liked the new young characters Carey created and would have been happier to see a series featuring Ensign Piper and her friends.
8) Fallen Heroes by Dafydd ab Hugh
This is one of the very few Deep Space Nine tie-in novels I’ve read. As you can tell from this list, I prefer tie-ins from The Original Series, which because of my age I will always think of The Real Star Trek.
But it’s a good one. I disliked Quark in the TV show — I always dislike comic characters — but I liked him here; the Odo/Quark subplot was my favorite part of the story.
9) The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane
The plot struck me as over the top and kind of silly, but the writing is good, so that was tolerable.
10) How Much for Just the Planet by John M Ford
Not exactly a Star Trek novel — this is actually more of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta disguised as a Star Trek novel. That’s why it’s down here in tenth place. For sheer quality and fun, it’s right at the top! For Star Trek, it’s … well, Ford is not exactly keeping a straight face as he tells this story.
I haven’t tried a new Star Trek tie-in novel for a loooong time. If you have, and you’ve got a favorite, I would welcome recommendations. As you can see from the above, I haven’t read many tie-ins from anything but the original series, but I’d be happy to try really good novels from any of the series.