Sunday, 24 July 2016

How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford

How Much for Just the Planet? (Star Trek: Worlds Apart, #2)How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok where to start..
How Much for Just the Planet? is an out and out comedic novel which is quite rare for Star Trek publishing and maybe one of the reasons the reviews for the novel are pretty much all over the place, you'll love or hate it there is no middle ground. So that said hand on heart I love this novel, I laugh myself silly on so many occasions and I've read the book many many times.
The story itself takes place on and around the planet Direidi which is covered by the Organian Peace Treaty which basically prevents the Empire and Federation from direct military conflict so when a huge dilithium source is discovered on the planet intense diplomatic negotiations will be forthcoming. The planet had been colonised by what seems to be a mainly human population and they knew that when they were discovered they could not prevent anyone from exploiting the resources and thus "Plan C" was implemented, the Federation and Klingon representatives would never know what hit them....
As with most of my reviews I'm not going into any great detail, just take my word for it that the crews of the Enterprise, Klingon Cruiser Fire Blossom, Jefferson Randolph Smith and various diplomats have a very hectic and bizarre few days on what looks like a tranquil world and is anything but:)

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The novel also contains many characters that have been shaped on real individuals most notably Star Trek authors, see the wiki.



Popular opinion in the Federation concerning the Organian Treaty may be summarized as follows: 

  • 4% The deepest wisdom of the Galaxy 
  • 4% Treaty? What treaty? 
  • 11% Not a bad idea, glad I voted for it 
  • 81% Who do they think they are, anyway? 


Popular opinion in the Klingon Empire concerning the Treaty, while perhaps less important than in the more politically liberal Federation, may be summa- rized in similar fashion: 

  • 4% If the Emperor says it's okay, it's fine with me 
  • 4% This is a trick question, fight? 
  • 11%The Federation made the whole thing up 
  • 81% Who do they think they are, anyway?

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