The premise of Keith R. A. DeCandido’s Articles of the Federation is deceptively simple: it covers the first year of Nan Bacco’s presidency of the United Federation of Planets. There are the usual trials and tribulations, there are some old ghosts that don’t want to stay dead, and we see a few famous Star Trek characters take the stage. Yes, it feels very much like The West Wing. But no, it’s not a rip-off of that show. While not perfect, DeCandido’s solid writing keeps Articles of the Federation interesting, moving at a quick pace and never drags at nearly four-hundred pages.
Sight Unseen shares thematic links with Orion’s Hounds, the third book in the Star Trek: Titan series but the first to truly undertake the ship’s primary mission of exploration. In the latter novel we saw a return of the “Star-jellies“, the race of jellyfish-like aliens from Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s premiere episode, “Encounter at Farpoint”, Upon reading Orion’s Hounds I found myself musing on the thematic similarities that the pilot episode of TNG and the beginning of Titan‘s mission. Not only had the novel followed up on the origins of the enigmatic alien species from the show, it expanded upon it in ways you could only do in a novel, with an impressive depth that set the tone for the novels to follow. Continue reading “Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen”