PDF/EPUB Ex Machina Star Trek The Original Series

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  • Ex Machina Star Trek The Original Series
  • Christopher L. Bennett
  • English
  • 20 September 2018
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Ex Machina Star Trek The Original Series review Á 0 characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Christopher L. Bennett Christopher L. Bennett ☆ 0 review Visionaries of a future governed by reason alone Now echoes of the V'Ger encounter reverberate among the Enterprise officers who years ago overthrew the Oracle the machine god that controlled Yonada Confronting the conseuences of those actions Kirk Spock and McCoy also face choices that will decide the fate of a civilization and which may change them forever. A radical atheist a religious zealot and people who just want to practice their faith in peace The people of Yonada from the episode For the world is hollow have finally arrived at their destination Tensions are running high as the government cracks down on religious freedoms trying to extinguish it altogether The leader Natira calls starfleet for help in putting down terrorists In comes the Enterprise hot off their mission to stop V Ger With V Ger s evolution being seen as a religious event in some circles of the Federation and Kirk s reputation as a God Killer the Enterprise is sent to help the situation What could possibly go wrong This book is definitely worth the read It is a very Star Trek style book exploring science religion and history and can this society continue on the path it is currently on The book also explores Kirk Spock and McCoy dealing with the ramifications of the events as seen in Star Trek The Motion Picture The crew is still undecided on what to think of their new Captain the ship is still going through its shakedown cruise The book is pretty relevant given what is going on with Islam in the Middle East In the book the Enterprise team has an honest discussion about the religion of Yonada while we can t even have an honest discussion here on earth if you like the motion picture era of Trek this book won t disappoint

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Ex Machina Star Trek The Original Series review Á 0 characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Christopher L. Bennett Christopher L. Bennett ☆ 0 review To cope with the personal fallout of that ordeal a chapter from their mutual past is reopened raising troubling new uestions about the relationship among God Man and AI On the recently settled world of Daran IV the former refugees of the Fabrini worldship Yonada are being divided by conflicting ideologies as those clinging to their theocratic past vie with. Star Trek and religion have an interesting relationship Gene Rodenberry was proudly an atheist and believed that the future would result in people outgrowing silly superstitions Others in the franchise like Ron Moore made Deep Space Nine one long rebuttal to anti religious science fiction Some authors have come in one one side or the other but few have tried to deal with the issue from a secular point of view How does religion impact the lives of people who don t have miracles from the Bajoran prophets to justify their faith What is the importance if any of religion when the deities they worship are confirmed as false Shockingly this isn t just what Ex Machina tackles It also discusses in a somewhat off hand manner the nature of the Singularity The Singularity much like the Tao cannot be described because both are entities which are indescribable by their very nature The Singularity is when we reach a point technologically or socially we cease to be able to be understood by normal humans Christopher Bennett tackles the Singularity like event of Star Trek The Motion Picture and uestions what this would mean for individuals seeking religious answers in the cosmos In short if you re looking for a god what happens when a being is created who might as well be one All of these uestions and get asked during the novels and answered with a somewhat reasonable extrapolation of facts The novel s premise is Captain James T Kirk is still recovering from the events of TMP Having witnessed William Decker sacrifice his life to become one with V ger he s left with a crew which rightly or wrongly blames him for their former Captain s death Spock meanwhile is struggling with his recent decision to abandon the pursuit of pure logic to rediscover his long suppressed Vulcan emotions James McCoy is regretting his decision to return to Starfleet As a result they are all eager to answer a distress call from a Hollow Earth planet they destroyed the machine god of many years before This happened in the 3rd season TOS episode For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky Once there they find the planet is rocked with religious strife as the discovery their machine god was false has not gone over very well with the populace Likewise the former high priestess attempt to indoctrinate them all into a modern secular worldview we can even say atheist has only made things worse Were this an episode of TOS Kirk would resolve it by finding the terrorist leader and punching him or convincing everyone that they need to work together with a single speech Things are a bit complicated here and Christopher Bennett ties Kirk s cautious approach to events with his recent experiences He even deconstructs Kirk s rather causal way of dismantling cultures as well as the crew s habit of having once an episode life changing romances Part of what I enjoyed about this work is the new characters only barely glimpsed in TMP The crew of the Enterprise meant to be the cast of Gene Rodenberry s Phase 2 includes many aliens than we re used to Rhaandites Betelgeusians and other ones barely glimpsed in the later canon My favorite of the new crew members however was Reiko Onami A woman who has spent her entire life around aliens she finds regular humans like Doctor McCoy petty and bigoted I also was a huge fan of the contrasting characters of Natira and Rishala Two high priestesses they could not have contrasting opinions Natira embraces her new atheism and Federation agnosticism feeling it has liberated her from a repressive evil religion Rishala however holds to deep spiritual truths while expressing many of the Federation s highest virtues They are twin sides of the same coin but deadly enemies due to how differently their experience with their planet s religion shaped them In between them are many characters of varying beliefs shaping the complicated narrative of the book In conclusion Ex Machina is an excellent story It s a bit complicated than most TOS stories and a good deal cerebral However this doesn t mean it s boring Indeed I found it incredibly engrossing Deep characterization mixes with an in depth analysis of an interesting subject I recommend all fans of the original series as well as the movies910

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Ex Machina Star Trek The Original Series review Á 0 characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Christopher L. Bennett Christopher L. Bennett ☆ 0 review THE HUMAN ADVENTURE CONTINUES In the aftermath of the astonishing events of Star Trek® The Motion Picture the captain and officers of the USS Enterprise remain haunted by their encounter with the vast artificial intelligence of V'Gerand by the sacrifice and ascension of their friend and shipmate Willard Decker As James T Kirk Spock and Leonard McCoy attempt. Well done Takes most of the original cast through legitimate and believable character arcs giving it a greater feel of importance than most tie in novels Recommended