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An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure! While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS En An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure! While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS Enterprise and Commander Pavel Chekov of the USS Reliant are investigating a series of powerful cosmic storms seemingly targeting Federation worlds—unstoppable outbursts emitting from the very fabric of space. Endeavoring to predict where the lethal storms will strike next, Spock and Chekov make the shocking discovery that the answer lies in Commander Nyota Uhura’s past—one that she no longer remembers….


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An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure! While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS En An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure! While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS Enterprise and Commander Pavel Chekov of the USS Reliant are investigating a series of powerful cosmic storms seemingly targeting Federation worlds—unstoppable outbursts emitting from the very fabric of space. Endeavoring to predict where the lethal storms will strike next, Spock and Chekov make the shocking discovery that the answer lies in Commander Nyota Uhura’s past—one that she no longer remembers….

30 review for Living Memory

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    It starts off a little slowly, but in the end this novel transforms into something powerful and beautiful. There are two parallel plots at work here, but they explore both sides of the Trek universe: the action/adventure/continuity side, and the philosophical/Roddenberry side. The follow-up to the events surrounding Uhura's memory wipe in "The Changeling" is a beautiful tale of family and emotional relationship torn asunder, while the story of the genetically-engineered warriors being sent to St It starts off a little slowly, but in the end this novel transforms into something powerful and beautiful. There are two parallel plots at work here, but they explore both sides of the Trek universe: the action/adventure/continuity side, and the philosophical/Roddenberry side. The follow-up to the events surrounding Uhura's memory wipe in "The Changeling" is a beautiful tale of family and emotional relationship torn asunder, while the story of the genetically-engineered warriors being sent to Starfleet continues the battle between the two aspects of the service: it's military obligations, and its diplomatic/exploratory nature. There are no easy endings here: just like real-life, it's messy and full of unexpected consequences. It also uses fanwank beautifully, especially when it ties-in present day events (the racial tensions in the post-Trump USA) and does the unexpected (taking Nichelle Nichols' key part in recruiting more diversity into NASA in the 1970s and creating a Trekverse equivalent for Uhura). All in all, this is a wonderful example of what "Star Trek" does best: inspire.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    Good book. It’s always good the know Nyoghtay WOW! This is what happens when you write a review in the middle of the night. HA! This book was a welcome read after trying to get through the post Nemesis cannon books. I loved the attempt to fill out the Nyota Uhura character (A character I have always loved). There are two enjoyable storylines here and it is an easy read. I really enjoyed the tie-ins to the newer iterations of Trek. I now what to see Nyota Uhura on Strange New Worlds.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Christopher Bennett is a gift to Star Trek lovers everywhere. Not only does he write amazing stories, his knowledge of the Star Trek universe—both canon and non-canon—is beyond belief, and he even works to fix continuity mistakes or fill in missing pieces from the show/movies. I adore this man, and I hope he keeps writing for years to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lunger

    Very rare is the Original Series novel with a focus on Lt Uhura and at times as well very rare has been a novel out of that era that becomes to this reader an instant classic. With "Living Memory", Christopher L. Bennett writes what to this reader is one of his best books ever which also has a message that is also needed as well. The premise of this book is twofold with the primary arc involving a series of vacuum flares whose appearance all seems tied into worlds where Uhura visited in the past Very rare is the Original Series novel with a focus on Lt Uhura and at times as well very rare has been a novel out of that era that becomes to this reader an instant classic. With "Living Memory", Christopher L. Bennett writes what to this reader is one of his best books ever which also has a message that is also needed as well. The premise of this book is twofold with the primary arc involving a series of vacuum flares whose appearance all seems tied into worlds where Uhura visited in the past although she has no recollection of what she did on those worlds simply because the visits to those worlds happened before her memory was wiped by Nomad ("The Changeling", TOS Season 2). The secondary story involves Kirk in his role as academy commandant dealing with a race of beings from the planet Arcturus called Warborn who were born & bred simply for battle (a la the Jem'Hadar). The Uhura story is one of pain & growth along with reminding all of us that we simply want to be remembered. It's nice to see this history of the character brought to live in ways that are necessary to the story itself as well as with things that stay true to the series as well. At times parts of this are almost heartbreaking because of decisions she made that she felt were in her best interests. The Warborn storyline gets into an ethical debate about if people can or cannot grow from how they were originally taught to do. Bennett does an above average job with keeping both stories intertwined as well as putting to good use the characters in this specific place in canon. The references to events out of Discovery are appropriate along with the uses of Chekov & his time aboard the Reliant along w/ Admiral Cartwright and Demora Sulu. The book is a fast moving story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you think along with being a great story. One of the best Star Trek novels in a while & one all readers will enjoy & cherish. Very well done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I love Christopher Bennett's books so I was grieved to find this one was a disappointment. In short: Something about the setup was annoying. Sulu's daughter refers to "Uncle Chekov" which is a little too cutesy for me. Ditto for Scott's references to his nephew. McCoy's attempts to play matchmaker for Kirk was also annoying. It's the sort of thing McCoy would do, and I liked Kirk's firmly putting McCoy in his place but it was still irritating. Can we please drop all this personal stuff? That woul I love Christopher Bennett's books so I was grieved to find this one was a disappointment. In short: Something about the setup was annoying. Sulu's daughter refers to "Uncle Chekov" which is a little too cutesy for me. Ditto for Scott's references to his nephew. McCoy's attempts to play matchmaker for Kirk was also annoying. It's the sort of thing McCoy would do, and I liked Kirk's firmly putting McCoy in his place but it was still irritating. Can we please drop all this personal stuff? That would include the endless backdrop stories (explanations of Federation politics, Kirk's memories of Khan, and so on) Anyway, I tried but finally gave it up. I still like his books and I hope he'll write more Star Trek stories. I'll be there, Kindle in hand, ready to try again. I gave up on the book, I haven't given up on Christopher L. Bennett.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    I appreciate this novel as a love letter to Nichelle Nichols. Bennett nails the characterizations and voices of our favourite heroes. My favourite Trek stories tend to be small scale, and even intimate. I dislike the trend towards mystical galaxy-spanning crises. I find them difficult to believe, especially now that they occur with some regularity (every season of Discovery, for example).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Hacker

    Entertaining book. Fun to read. This book was easy to read and fun. Uhura is my favorite character, so I enjoy when she's the main character. Entertaining book. Fun to read. This book was easy to read and fun. Uhura is my favorite character, so I enjoy when she's the main character.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter G

    Thoughtful and enjoyable read. Well connected to the history of TOS and the Star Trek universe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joe Passmore

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Foster

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mcdonough

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  15. 5 out of 5

    James Shearer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard Todd

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Harlan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert Greenberger

  19. 4 out of 5

    James E Stoffel

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Rushing

  21. 5 out of 5

    Oz Trekkie

  22. 5 out of 5

    James Grieme

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Showalter

  24. 5 out of 5

    charles

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justin Paszul

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bryna Campbell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lily

  29. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

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