23 April 2009

"Star Trek" Movie Lit

Star Trek
A Novel by Alan Dean Foster
Screenplay by Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Based Upon "Star Trek" Created by Gene Roddenberry
Date of Publication: 12 May 2009
Cover Price: $15.00

Back cover text:
"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.

"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him."The wait is over."
I've read enough Star Trek and Star Wars novels over the years to know that most of them are so caught up in trying to connect to obscure trivia that they're almost impossible to read as an actual story.  Still, there's a part of me that's actually interested in reading the forthcoming movie tie-in novel by Alan Dean Foster.  Foster has been writing science-fiction novels and adaptations for decades now.  You may recall that earlier this month I read his Splinter of the Mind's Eye, for instance.  In fact, Foster has the distinction of having ghost written the novelizations of both Star Wars (credited to George Lucas) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (credited to Gene Roddenberry).

Since I'm planning to see the film before the novelization is published, I'll base my interest level on the movie itself.  Movie novelizations are sometimes illuminating because they're frequently based on early drafts of screenplays and include scenes and dialog that are revised or edited out entirely by the movie's release date.

Foster has kept busy with other movie novelizations.  On 28 April, his novelization of Terminator: Salvation and Transformers: The Veiled Threat will be published.  The former is a lead-in to this summer's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, whose novelization was also penned by Foster and will hit shelves 19 May.

Also, IDW Publishing has released a four issue limited series prequel, Star Trek Countdown, which has recently been collected as a trade paperback (what you kids today generically call a graphic novel).  Strangely, I haven't seen anything about an actual movie adaptation.

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