Monday, January 03, 2011

Star Trek: S.C.E: Have Tech Will Travel: (SCE Omnibus) by Keith R. A. DeCandido, Mike Collins, Ian Edginton 

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Need a gigantic, marauding starship explored? Is your global computer system starting to break down? Call in the crack team from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Overseen by Captain Montgomery Scott from his office at Starfleet Headquarters, the S.C.E. can build, rebuild, program, reprogram, assemble, reassemble, or just figure out everything from alien replicators to doomsday machines. Just don't expect them to perform miracles -- unless they absolutely have to.
Captain David Gold, his first officer Commander Sonya Gomez, and the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci put their lives on the line to save a colony world threatened by a deadly alien and rescue a ship trapped in the ravages of interphase.
Join Starfleet's miracle workers for a wrenching journey through the new frontier!
 WHAT?!  A cliff-hanger?!?  Whew... I found the second compilation (Miracle Workers) at the library just in time....

Star Trek S.C.E.: Foundations  [NOOKbook] by Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore 


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The first full-length novel starring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers! Now it can be told: The origin of the S.C.E.!

In the twenty-fourth century, the
U.S.S. da Vinci and its S.C.E. team led by Commander Sonya Gomez roam the galaxy, solving the technical problems of the universe in a state-of-the-art ship. But the road to the da Vinci was a difficult one, as the S.C.E. had to go through its share of growing pains back in the twenty-third century....
Even as the da Vinci spearheads a dramatic rescue of a runaway vessel, Captain Montgomery Scott recalls his younger days as the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ under Captain Kirk -- and his own encounters with a much different Corps of Engineers. From the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone, to the planet Beta III in the wake of the Landru computer, to the uncharted regions of deep space, Scotty joins forces with the battered old U.S.S. Lovell to bring the S.C.E. into the future!
 Nice interleaving of  "modern" and "classic" Trek, using Scotty as the bridge between both.  This is (I guess) the third of the SCE compilations - I read in parallel with the first, (Have Tech, Will Travel) for maximum Trek and SCE saturation......

Star Trek: SCE: Out of the Cocoon

 by William Leisner, Kevin Killiany, Phaedra M. Weldon, Robert Jeschonek


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When something in the galaxy needs to be fixed, tweaked, investigated, or repaired, the Federation sends in the best: the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Traveling throughout the quadrant on the Sabre-class U.S.S. da Vinci, Captain David Gold, former Starship Enterprise™ engineer Commander Sonya Gomez, and the crack S.C.E. team solve the problems of the galaxy, one disaster at a time. ...
On an amble through the downtown Minneapolis library, I spotted this Trek book.  It's an anthology, of some Starfleet Corps of Engineer (SCE) stories, originally published as ebooks.  This reminded me I had one back at home, unfinished.... and a trip ahead.  I have fond memories of taking Trek books on trips, so 1) I picked this one up. 2) packed the book at home. and .. 3) bought two more SCE anthologies for the Kindle to bring on our California trip...

It was a nice choice - for some reason I've enjoyed having a Trek book or two handy while travelling - I think I've been doing that since 1986.....   The one paperback I had was easy to carry as we travelled about (mostly to/from Disneyland) ... I finished this one on the plane.  Read the first ebook on and off through the trip.  And I still have one to read in the Kindle.   (AND, I picked up another SCE title, and a couple of Trek books at the library when we returned.  You COULD say I'm on a bit of a Star Trek jag....).

Handy thing about the Kindle - I could Google things in the books that were unfamiliar, to fill in details about the SCE and Canon or non-Canon Trek details that I didn't know/remember.  Helped me discover Memory-Beta, the non-canon Trek Wiki.  (Goes along with Memory-Alpha).