Star Trek
New Frontier
No Limits

Editor: Peter David
Pocket Books
RRP 8.99, US $14.00, Cdn $21.00

ISBN 0 7434 7707 3
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1997 saw the introduction of
Star Trek: New Frontier range which chronicled the adventures of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the USS Excalibur. Now, over a dozen books later the series' originator, Peter David, gathers a number of established Star Trek authors to tell new tales of the crew of the Excalibur...

No Limits is really only going to appeal to fans of the original New Frontier range. And now that The Lost Era series seems to have started developing subplots and scenarios that New Frontier series really should have been tackling this collection is too little too late.

While this collection is, on the whole, written by some of the best Trek authors working today, there is very little here that you can imagine being anything other than b-plot material elsewhere. Susan Shwartz's story, which brings in Ambassador Spock, is probably the best of the bunch. But there are some dull inclusions including a meeting with the Q - Yawn! Sorry but I'm not a huge fan of the Q in any capacity. Also there is a rather predictable Borg story. Borg! Borg! Borg! Is anyone else sick of them? No? Just me then. Sorry, but it just seems that whenever anyone in Trek-dom wants to push the buttons they bring out the Borg!

However, Peter David does make a welcome contribution called A Little Gateway which concerns Calhoun and Shelby's honeymoon on Xenex.

Personally I have never been a huge fan of short stories, but short stories of a Trek franchise that I never really got to know as well as I should have is not my idea of a good read. There are some interesting additions, but not enough to make me want to buy this collection.

Nick Smithson

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