Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Girl meets Psychotic A.I.

Title: Star Trek Voyage: Cybersong
Author: S.N. Lewitt
Bookmark: movie ticket stub from a bar

At the end of a climbing trip in May, I took a bunch of books from a box labeled "free" in a friend's garage. It was a long flight back. I grabbed this because I liked the TV series, and I'd read some Star Trek books in high school. Now I wonder if they were all this uninteresting, and I didn't notice because I was in high school, or if this one was just especially blah.

I don't even remember most of it now. (Like I said, May) They find some derelict ships floating in space, for some reason they can't escape, and eventually learn that there's a sociopathic AI on one of the ships that hates being lonely, but tends to kill off the crews it collects as playmates. Luckily, Voyager has a stereotypical nerd-girl in Stellar Cartography, so the two socially inept outcasts can talk to each other.


posted by reyn at 11:33 AM


Fat Bastard

Title: Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace
Edited by: Kevin J. Anderson
Bookmark: boarding pass stub

It's a collection of short stories about what goes on behind the scenes in Jabba's Palace. Most of them overlap with the day Luke kills the Rancor and gets taken to the Sarlacc. Most of them are at least a nice diversion, with one glaring exception (someone tried to go all Lovecraftian with a snot vampire, and it's just painful to read), but the truth is, this is either aimed at a much younger audience, or a much lower reading level. I enjoyed most of it, but at the time, I was spending a lot of time in planes and airports, so I only needed a little diversion to keep me occupied.

PS, it turns out there were at least a dozen plots to kill Jabba at the time.

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posted by reyn at 11:32 AM