The Wounded Sky

  • Title: The Wounded Sky
  • Author: Diane Duane
  • ISBN: 9780671743529
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Wounded Sky An alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive an engine system that transcends warp drive and the U S S Enterprise will be the first to test it The Klingons attempt to thwart the test
    An alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive, an engine system that transcends warp drive, and the U.S.S Enterprise will be the first to test it The Klingons attempt to thwart the test, but a greater danger looms when strange symptoms surface among the crew, and time becomes meaningless Captain Kirk and his friends must repair the fabric of the UniverseAn alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive, an engine system that transcends warp drive, and the U.S.S Enterprise will be the first to test it The Klingons attempt to thwart the test, but a greater danger looms when strange symptoms surface among the crew, and time becomes meaningless Captain Kirk and his friends must repair the fabric of the Universe before time is lost forever.

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    About Diane Duane


    1. Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for than thirty years.Besides the 1980 s creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she s best known, the Middle Kingdoms epic fantasy series, and numerous stand alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live action and animated TV series on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as work in comics and computer games She has spent a fair amount of time on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has picked up various awards and award nominations here and there.She lives in County Wicklow, in Ireland, with her husband of twenty years, the screenwriter and novelist Peter Morwood.Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance From her official website


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    1. Diane Duane, author of fantasy novels and even a Star Trek Next Gen episode or two, wrote what was her first novel in the Original Series universe called The Wounded Sky.The Wounded Sky tends to be a bit tedious reading at first. We meet the alien scientist, who is a glass spider-like alien (why the book blurb says "pretty scientist" is beyond me!) meets up with the Enterprise crew, which crew has won the lottery on which starship will be heading off to parts of the Galaxy Mankind has never been [...]

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    2. That jellyfish on the cover made me think it was the story where Nurse Chapel married a jellyfish. But, no, my bad, it's a glass spider called K't'l'k, and she's got a universe to save and a new one to build. Plenty of exotic new aliens in this story, plus the enjoyable Harb Tanzer- Recreation Officer. Every starship needs one, cause everybody needs the simplicity of play.Put through too many filters and rewrites, this became the TNG episode 'Where No One Has Gone Before'. Stands perfectly well [...]

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    3. Having now found my Star Trek books I am enjoying picking out the old favourites. 'The Wounded Sky' is definitely one of the best. Diane Duane is obviously a fan, knows the Trek world well and has an imagination worthy of the best SF writers. K't'lk, a spider like being, is a lovely creation. The descriptions of the other worlds, the astronomy and creative physics are outstanding. There's a meaty story and a lot to think about.Only in SF, with a good writer, could you get ideas to make the reade [...]

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    4. I don't remember much about this book, except that as a teenager I LOVED it. This, along with "Black Fire," was one of my favorite Star Trek books. I re-read it many times between 1983 and 1988 (at least once per year), more than any other Star Trek book (aside from Black Fire, which I re-read just as frequently). I need to re-read this as an adult to see if it really was that good - but then again, maybe I ought to just leave it be and remember it as one of those books I loved as a kid.

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    5. An excellent entry in the Star Trek series. Diane Duane captures the characters, the sense of wonder, and the action that make stories, particularly Star Trek stories, great. Some readers may find themselves bogged down with the technical descriptions and high-minded physics concepts, but for the most part, I think Trek fans will find this a perfect depiction of what Star Trek is all about.Full review: treklit/2013/12/w

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    6. I've read this one several times, and like it every single time. Good characterizations and lots to think about.Just read it again, first time in at least a year or two, and it made me cry all over again, the good kind of weeping. The author saw and loved in the ST characters what I saw and loved in them all those years ago, and made a magical, wondrous story about them, and more. I have two copies - one to read, and the other autographed to me. Not letting go of either!

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    7. Diane Duane wrote a bunch of Trek books in the eighties and every one was a good solid read. She did a nice job of characterization and even created a few background crew members that showed up in several of her books and made it feel like the Enterprise did have a crew bigger than the ten guys we saw on the TV show.

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    8. This story is more of a metaphysical romp than an action-adventure, but it does present the psychological cores of the main characters of the classic "Star Trek" series. An interesting alternative to the usually predictable "Star Trek" novel story line.

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    9. My all-time favourite Star Trek>/i> novel. Nobody 'gets' the main three characters (especially Spock!) like Duane.

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    10. This is one of my very favourite Star Trek books of all time. I love the new characters she creates and she just nails her depiction of the original characters. Love it!

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    11. This book was, in places, like reading a text book. There is so much technical jargon that it is hard to take it all end. I know that those that complain about the science being wrong will probably enjoy this story. There is a long list of credits at the end of the story. The overall story is good if a little too metaphysical at the end. Unlike some of the other STAR TREK: TOS books I have read recently there isn't two or three stories going on at the same time. Everyone is focused on the same m [...]

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    12. Better than I rememberedLast read this as a teen, and enjoyed it immensely then. I was a little unsure picking it up again so many years later, but I wasn’t disappointed. There are parts where characters fall out of line with the ones we know; there are aspects where the story falls out of canon that was established after this book’s publication, and there are large bits that I have trouble with stylistically. Ultimately, though, flaws aside, it does hold together well and is a worthy Trek n [...]

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    13. The Wounded Sky is a tedious read, bogged down by a large amount of non-sensical techno-babble that seems to carry on endlessly for much of the book. In fact, it feels like more page time is dedicated to the physics behind the new inversion drive than there are to the actual main characters and story plot. Unfortunately, this also made any interest I may have initially have had evaporate completely by the halfway mark.

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    14. I liked it but I don't like spiders and there are spiders. Took a bit to get going and the ending got a little confusing but the chapter with Sulu outmaneuvering 8 Klingon ships was pretty awesome.

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    15. The Enterprise tests a new engine that takes them to another universe. The engine has weird effects on the crew, and could be dangerous for everybody. This book starts off slow, but then becomes quite quick paced. The characters are well done, particularly in the dream sequences. A good read.

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    16. I wish I could rate this even higher. 10 or 20 stars. It's got all the things I love about Young Wizards in it- the sheer hope, the belief in Life and its goodness, the wry philosophy and love of "infinite diversity in infinite combinations".

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    17. Good readThe author captures the true heart of Star Trek. The optimism, the joy of exploration, IDIC. I recommend without reservation.

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    18. Yeah, sometimes I read Star Trek books and sometimes they transcend the genre, as here.

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    19. Wow, that was a strange one.

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    20. If you didn't know it, there was an animated version of Star Trek done by Filmation in the early 1970s featuring as much of the original cast as they could get doing the voices. I bring that up because the glass spider alien theoretical physicist/engineer character "K't'l'k" screams Star Trek: The Animated Series - that show had as many non-humanoid aliens as possible as if to make up for the original's "one freaky alien for the week" rule. There's also the Starfleet base where they pick up K't' [...]

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    21. The Wounded Sky is one of those Star Trek novels that is so high on my scale of all things good and proper in Star Trek it's ridiculous but this story is that good. It kicks off with a description of the ship in warp and that's like nothing you've ever read, it gives the novel such heart and soul you wouldn't believe and then we get to the actual story.The Enterprise is chosen to test a new drive system designed by K't'ik a member of an arachnid race famed for their design and technology, the "i [...]

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    22. Wow. This is an amazing book; it demonstrates the fun and depth that good science fiction writing can achieve. It had profundity, depth, and wonder encapsulated in a Star Trek novel. I finished it in about three days, part of which was on a plane from Rapid City to DFW. I was actually frustrated when the pilot announced we were landing because that meant I would need to stop reading.One of the advantages of a science fiction book over a TV show or film is that books are not constrained by spec [...]

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    23. [These notes were made in 1984:]. The latest Star Trek novel and rather a good one, tho' the scientific concept on which it is based - the defeat of entropy - is a little boggling for a pedestrian mind like mine. Luckily I can see past the scientese - creating a "heavenly" state of no death or decay is simply Duane's way of creating a situation for dramatizing what she feels is the essence of each of the ST characters: Kirk's joy in command and the trust of his followers; Spock's devotion to tru [...]

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    24. I loved this book and everything in it - the world-building, the science, the wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey aspects (I've got Doctor Who in your Star Trek - and Diane Duane is a Whovian!), the Duane-created OCs, and Kirk. Kirk being Kirk! Older, wiser Kirk who is still the same Kirk everyone loves! There's tentacles and body swapping and Starfleet folks who don't conform to a gender binary because the galaxy's too big for that mess and Sassy!Bones and a whole lot of eyebrow quirking from Spock and [...]

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    25. I'm sort of kicking myself for having managed not to read this book for so long. This is the same, brilliant vision of the Star Trek universe as Spock's World, which I've loved since my teenaged years. There's a theme that I can't quite name that seems to run through much of Duane's work that sometimes makes me wonder if the Young Wizards doesn't actually take place in the same exact universe as Star Trek. Her writing makes me hopeful, and even as I come to the depressing realization that the de [...]

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    26. This was an exceptional book, the final chapters of which touched me as rarely a Star Trek novel has. The physics and metaphysics were challenging, but I love a challenge, and I love to learn! The new alien species are fascinating as well. If Duane had only shown the ones we knew from TOS, it would have been vastly less interesting. At the time, no one could have known how the TV franchise would develop. I wish the later series had used her aliens, especially her excellently crafted Rihannsu/Rom [...]

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    27. The Enterprise has been chosen to test out an exciting new form of propulsion that will take them outside the galaxy in an eye blink. The inventor, an amiable arachnid named K't'lk who is soon on a first name basis with Scotty, spends lots of time explaining her math, which looks more like magic. After a tense battle with the Klingons which Sulu wins by being completely insane, they are off to the Lesser Magellanic Cloud. Unfortunately, they discover that breaking physics has deleterious effects [...]

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    28. Ja, die Idee war nicht schlecht, aber mal wieder ging es darum einen Gott zu schaffen oder einen in seine Schranken zu weisen. Man merkt, dass diese Buecher aus dem amerikanischen Raum kommen, wo auf Gott, Glauben und Religion unglaublich viel Wert gelegt wird. Ich weiss nicht, ob das im 23. Jahrhundert noch immer diesen Stellenwert haben wird. Ich habe ueber einen Monat an diesem Buch "gekaut". Diane Duane ist eigentlich sehr bekannt in Star Trek Kreisen und sie schreibt auch Drehbuecher fuer d [...]

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    29. Great story with plenty of fantasy in the spirit of the original series. There were a few segments, while in the Inversion Drive, that could have been shortened but all around a good, fast read. I always like when Trek authors write segments with ships chasing each other and using seemingly plausible maneuvers. I had this book, as a child and was always scared of the alien on the cover but she turns out to be a wonderful character who apparently shows up in some other books. Also, I'd like to me [...]

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    30. This book always breaks my heart in the most wonderful, joyous way. I don't even have words for how much I love the scenes during the use of the inversion drive; the peek into Lia Burke's reality always brings me to tears, and after they enter the anentropic field I just read the whole thing with my heart in my throat brimming over with emotions. I love the little nods to Diane Duane's other works that she sneaks in here-- not only in that "creative physics" looks a lot like wizardry, but also t [...]

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