Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits
"This is an excellent collection of rewarding stories by authors who amply demonstrate that they know the characters they are writing about."
---Jacqueline Bundy, The Book Padd, Trek Nation

Star Trek: New Frontier
No Limits

edited by Peter David

associate editor: Keith R.A. DeCandido

No Limits cover

an anthology on sale now from Pocket Books

In 1997, Pocket Books did a very brave thing: they launched Star Trek: New Frontier. Written by Peter David, this was the first set of Trek novels to star a crew other than one that was on television (or in movies). True, there were familiar faces -- the first book guest-starred Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise as well as Ambassador Spock; the ship, the U.S.S. Excalibur, had been seen on a TNG episode; many members of the Excalibur's senior staff had guest starred on TNG -- but the captain was an all-new creation, Mackenzie Calhoun, and after the first book, the adventures would focus exclusively on the Excalibur. No one had any idea how the audience -- used to seeing the adventures of familiar characters like Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Janeway in their Trek novels -- would respond to this unique take.

As it turned out, the audience loved it -- and have continued to do so. New Frontier has remained on or near the top of Pocket's sales charts with no signs of slowing down.

Over a dozen books later, Peter, Paramount, and Pocket Books decided to open things up a bit. In October 2003, in addition to the release of Gods Above (the long-awaited followup to 2001's Being Human), and the hardcover novel Stone and Anvil, the anthology No Limits was released on a panting reading public. This is the first time that NF has been opened up to voices other than Peter's -- though all of it is under Peter's own careful scrutiny as editor -- and over a dozen authors took the plunge.

The table of contents:

Most of these stories take place at a time before the character in question joined the New Frontier cast. The exception is "A Little Getaway," in which Peter tells the story of Calhoun and Shelby's rather tumultuous honeymoon on Xenex. Other details: Terri Osborne's "'Q'uandary," as one might guess from the title, will have Dr. Selar meeting Q; my own story will serve as a transition of sorts between the Soleta we saw in the young adult Starfleet Academy novels (Worf's First Adventure, Line of Fire, Survival) and the Soleta we see now in NF; Susan Shwartz's story is a direct sequel to Soleta and Spock's adventure in the first NF novel House of Cards; Bob Greenberger and Ilsa Bick's stories tie into each other, and give some interesting insight into the Lefler family; Bob Jeschonek's story does things with gender roles you won't expect; Peg Robinson's provides a new insight into Calhoun's brother D'ndai; Dave Mack chronicles the longest day of Zak Kebron's life; and Glenn Hauman & Lisa Sullivan's story tells us more about Xant than anyone ever needed to know...

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