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December 1989 Cover Image
By: Julia Ecklar
A freak shuttlecraft accident - and suddenly Captain Kirk
and most of his senior officers find themselves adrift in
space, with no hope of rescue, no hope of repairing their
craft, or restoring communications - with nothing, in short,
but time on their hands.
Time enough for each to tell the story of the kobayashi Maru
- the Starfleet Academy test given to command cadets.
Nominally a tactical exercise, the Kobayashi Maru is in fact
a test of character revealed in the choices each man
makes - and does not make.
Discover how Starfleet Cadets Kirk, Chekov, Scotty,
and Sulu each faced the Kobayashi Maru . . . and became
It's very interesting to journey back and
visit these people when they were cadets at the Academy.
Although just when you get really interested in one story,
it ends and you're back to the main story!
It's actually 5 stories in one: The main story with all characters
in the shuttle then there's 4 mini back stories dealing with how
each character (except McCoy) handled the Kobayashi Maru test.
Each story was easy to get involved in and I found myself not
wanting any of them to end. Chekov's story is the longest and
most detailed and we discover Chekov was a cadet filled with
self-doubt and had a hero-worship of Captain Kirk.
July 2, 2006:
I just finished re-reading this novel and I found that I agree with
my rating of 4 stars. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone wanting
to find out a bit about the early careers of Kirk, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov.
Sulu's and Chekov's stories had the most detail and I enjoyed them more
than Kirk's and Scotty's, although it was interesting to find out how
Kirk "cheated" on his test as we learned he did in
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.