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Star Trek: Yesterday's Son

Star Trek: Yesterday's Son

Written by A. C. Crispin

Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan


Star Trek: Yesterday's Son

Written by A. C. Crispin

Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan

ratings:
4.5/5 (23 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Aug 15, 1988
ISBN:
9780743545419
Format:
Audiobook

Description

With the help of the Vulcan leader T'Pau, Spock gets permission to use the Guardian of Forever, a portal through time constructed by a long-vanished race, to venture into the past. On another trip into history, on the planet Sarpeidon, Spock had loved a woman who could not return with him to the future, and now Spock wishes to see the son she bore him, 5,000 years earlier. But a Romulan attack on the Guardian's planet could interfere, unless the Enterprise™ can keep the Guardian out of their hands.

Released:
Aug 15, 1988
ISBN:
9780743545419
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

A.C. Crispin (1950–2013) was the author of more than twenty novels, including the StarBridge series. 


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  • (4/5)
    This novel was one of several Star Trek books I have picked up this past year with an intention of enjoying some light entertainment now and then. There are a lot of Star Trek novels and this was one of the earliest and more highly regarded ones and was sitting on the top of my "read soon" pile. Is this great literature? No, but it is a well written book that did an excellent job of developing a new story that began with the next to last episode of the original Star Trek series. In this novel Spock discovers that he has fathered a child and sets out to find and rescue him, 5000 years in the past. Kirk and McCoy accompany him. I thought the author did an excellent job of capturing the characters and the settings in a believable way. Kirk comes across as a bit nicer then I recall, and Spock a bit stiffer, although there are extenuating circumstances at play. McCoy seemed to be captured perfectly. I liked Kirk in this novel a lot. The ending rather surprised me. There is a sequel to this book which I am going to keep a watch for. This frankly put me in the mood to read more Star Trek novels.Ann Crispin, the author of this story died earlier this month. That makes me rather sad after reading this.
  • (4/5)
    The old Star Trek Novels have aged somewhat but the audio versions of these book narrated by the cast with full audio effects and music make them immersive and very much like a lost episode of the original show.
    If you are a Star Trek fan these books are a great throwback and very well done in audio.

    Check em out!!
  • (4/5)
    Quick and painless.
    Im reading this TOS book set of over 100 chronological books. This was my latest one and was happy to have an audiobook.
    The music production was a bit dorky.
    The story wasnt amazing in regards to the others. but its short and easy. Just get it done.
  • (4/5)
    Two years after the U.S.S. Enterprise's visit to the dying planet Sarpedion, a young crew member finds evidence that, when transported to the past during his time there, Spock fathered a son. Determined to rescue the boy and his mother, Spock, Kirk, and McCoy use the Guardian of Forever to journey to the planet's prehistory, where they meet Zar, Spock's son, and bring him back to their time. Though Zar acclimates quickly to his new surroundings, bonding with his father proves difficult until an incursion by the Romulans forces the two to work together — and Zar to confront his future.

    A.C. Crispin's novel was one of the first of the Star Trek Pocket Books series that I read, and one of the ones I remembered most fondly. I was a little worried that revisiting it would cheapen my recollection; instead it only deepened my appreciation of what the author achieved with it. Crispin manages to achieve an ideal balance between the original series (integrating details and characters from five episodes) and her own creations for the book. Foremost among the latter, of course, is Spock's son Zar; while not an original idea (with the introduction of Kirk's son in the movie Wrath of Khan predating this book by a year), he is introduced in a way that is extremely faithful to the series. Yet the strongest element of the book is Zar's relationship with his father, which manages the difficult trick of being emotionally moving while remaining true to the depiction of Vulcans. Taken together, it makes for a model of what a Star Trek novel should be, setting a high bar for the many works that followed.
  • (5/5)
    I am not a huge fan of reading Science Fiction but this book drew me in from the get go. I grew up on the star trek series and this book answered a lot of questions for me about Spok and what he would do if he ever had a son. This is a well written book, that will pull you right into its pages from the get go. It really follows the orginal star trek T.V. show really well. If you love Sci FI and you Love Star Trek this book is for you!
  • (4/5)
    A quite enjoyable Star Trek outing which takes as its starting point the relationship between Spock and Zarabeth from the TOS episode "All Our Yesterdays." Turns out Spock fathered a child with Zarabeth and now he wants to go back and rescue his son from the past. And he does. And awkwardness and Trek-adventure shenanigans ensue. Nice attention to Triumvirate interactions here, and a plot that trips along. Loses a half star for leaving Spock's awkwardness with his son sort of unresolved (though there's a sequel and I look forward to seeing where this storyline goes).
  • (5/5)
    The Guardian of Forever is acting wonky, and the entire universe may go out with a nova, not a whimper. In addition, Spock finds that his son in the past (see Yesterday's Son) is doomed to die in a battle. The Terrific Trio (Kirk, Spock, and Bones) go through the Guardian to bring Zar back so he can try to talk sense into the Guardian and make it behave. In the meantime, Zar makes a political marriage that turns to love. So now he wants to survive the battle, come back from the future and stay with his queen. It sounds confusing, but it isn't. Crispin is one of the better Star Trek novelists. A good read.