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1. To the Stars: The Autobiography
2. The Japanese American family album;
3. Transformations (Star Trek: The
4. Sherlock Holmes Last Adventures
5. STO 1a: Transformations: A Captain
6. STO 3b: Envoy(CD): A Captain Sulu
7. The Japanese American Family Album
8. "Star Trek V"
9. A Tribute to George Takei - A
10. To the Stars:The Autobiography
11. Biography - Takei, George (Hosato)
12. Video Game Actors: Randy Couture,
13. To the Stars: The Autobiography
14. TO THE STARS: The Autobiography
15. Lgbt Asian Americans: Andrew Cunanan,
16. To the Stars The Autobiography
17. Japanese American Internees: Norman
18. To the Stars: The Autobiography
19. Web of the Romulans (Star Trek)
20. Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe

1. To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu
by George Takei
Paperback: 416 Pages (1995-12-01)
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Asin: 0671890093
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship EnterpriseTM and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek&reg--the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

From the program's birth in the changing world of the 1960s and death at the hands of the network, to its rebirth in the hearts and minds of loyal fans, the Star Trek story has blazed its own path into our recent cultural history, leading to a series of blockbuster feature films and three new versions of Star Trek for television.

The Star Trek story is one of boundless hope and crushing disappointment, wrenching rivalries and incredible achievements. It is also the story of how, after nearly thirty years, the cast of characters from a unique but poorly rated television show have come to be known to millions of Americans and people around the world as family.

For George Takei, the Star Trek adventure is intertwined with his personal odyssey through adversity in which four-year-old George and his family were forced by the United States government into internment camps during World War II.

Star Trek means much more to George Takei than an extraordinary career that has spanned thirty years. For an American whose ideals faced such a severe test, Star Trek represents a shining embodiment of the American Dream--the promise of an optimistic future in which people from all over the world contribute to a common destiny.Amazon.com Review
Note that this is an abridged edition of this title. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
Interesting book about George Takei and the life of being a Japanese-American.He told some things about the period that Nikkei were interned in WWII that I didn't know about.

3-0 out of 5 stars He's Not Just Sulu.
I just finished reading George Takei's autobiography the other night. This guy has led a fascinating life.

When he was younger, he met Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. His first job in show business was helping to dub "Rodan" into English. Before "Star Trek", he did movies with Richard Burton and Alec Guinness. And during the run of the show, he did a movie with John Wayne.

Till I read this book, I also didn't know that he had spent 11 years on a commission in L.A. that was responsible for getting their subway system built.

Interestingly, he doesn't go into a huge amount of detail about the show, though he makes his (and other cast members') reasons clear for not liking Shatner. And given certain revelations about Takei's personal life over the last few years, any discussion about relationships outside of his family and career are strangely absent from the book. Still, it's a good read.

I do agree with other reviewers, however, that even with a length of 400 pages, this book seemed too short. Given that it came out in 1994, I would love to see Takei update and re-release it.

5-0 out of 5 stars oh myyyyy.....
George Takai is great on the stern show, he has such a great sense of humour.

Oh Qua Tanzen Wan...

4-0 out of 5 stars I think it needed more Sulu and less Takei
When I saw this book at a used bookstore, I immediately snatched it up. As an original Trekkie, I try to read everything I can about Star Trek and the people who made it. While this is a good book and Takei has led an interesting life, I found myself wanting more information about his life in Star Trek than it contains. This is not to say that Takei has not led an interesting life, quite the contrary. His family was dislocated and interned as "potentially subversive" Japanese-Americans during World War II and he has been a political activist most of his life.
The problem is within me and I am no doubt similar to many others. We want to know all we can about Star Trek, and to that end, the personal lives of the actors takes on a secondary role. This is not to say that Takei doesn't spend a great deal of time discussing his life in Star Trek, he does. It is just that a lot of it is complaints about the arrogance of William Shatner and the personal conflicts in the actor's egos. There is also discussion about Takei's attempts to negotiate higher salaries and a greater role in the series and movies. He has some extremely nice things to say about Leonard Nimoy and his high level of integrity.
I enjoyed the book, the disappointment that I felt was personal, and I wanted less Takei and more Sulu. Takei has every right to make his autobiography about himself. However, more so far unpublished insights into the doings of Star Trek would have made the book more interesting to the diehard Trekkie in me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting autobiography
George Takei's autobiography proves to be an interesting reading material as he related to his life. First half of the book dealt with his life as a Japanese-American, dealing with wartime as well as post war racism. His story of his life in the internment camp was quite moving.

Unlike Jimmy Doohan's book, at least Takei remembered why he's so famous and why people wants to read about his life. Takei's book got interesting tidbits and background information on his role as Mr. Sulu and Star Trek material. As a Star Trek fan, I found this part of the book to be most interesting. It was interesting to read his take on John Wayne and the tribute Takei pay to him when Takei was working with him in Green Beret. I think that story need to be expanded a bit more. But Takei tells a good story from how he was initially interviewed by Roddenberry to the Star Trek VI movie when his character finally won the command of the ship of his own (and probably reduced Takei to a bit player on the film).


George Takei obviously didn't like William Shatner very much. Maybe it has to do with ego clashing or screen time sharing. In that, he joined with Jimmy Doohan in their dislike of Shatner. He probably didn't care about the way his character was being treated and in that he joined with Nichelle Nichols as only two minority members of the crew trying to improved their lot.

But overall, this proves to be a pretty decent autobiography, now that he's out of the closet, maybe George Takei can update his own book and relate to what it mean to be the only gay member of Star Trek (that we know of so far). ... Read more

2. The Japanese American family album; introduction by George Takei.
by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler Hoobler
 Paperback: Pages (1994)

Asin: B003NY9BPA
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3. Transformations (Star Trek: The Original)
by Dave Stern
 Audio CD: Pages (1997-02-03)

Isbn: 0671010867
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4. Sherlock Holmes Last Adventures
by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle, George Takei
 Audio Cassette: Pages (1995-05)
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Sherlock Holmes returns from retirement for one final series of detective adventures. 2 cassettes. ... Read more

5. STO 1a: Transformations: A Captain Sulu Adventure (Star Trek (Unnumbered Audio))
by David Stern
 Audio Cassette: Pages (1999-01-01)
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Asin: 0671045245
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Starfleet diplomat Captain Hikaru Sulu is transported by powerful, frightening dreams to the desolate desert world of Sigma Cameron Four. It was there, as Commander of the U.S.S. Excelsior 20 years earlier, that he discovered traces of the ancient Shalakai--a ruthless culture who, legend held, had once uncovered the secret to eternal life. Driven to find that secret, Sulu's brilliant science officer, Commander Flynn Konner, launched a fateful mission whose outcome would forever haunt the Excelsior crew.Now, 20 years later, as the distinguished archeologist Dr. Constance Allenwood moves closer to uncovering the Shalakai's secrets on Sigma Cameron Four, Sulu must race to stop her before she unleashes a disastrous chain of events. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginning
This was a thouroughly interesting story that held my attention for its duration.The 3-D sound was great and listening with headphones made it come alive!What bothered me about it was that the story is comprised of log entries and letters so that there is virtually no interaction between the actors.It therfore gave the impression of being closer to an audio book than an audio drama, except that the readers read their parts in the first person (mostly).I was hoping for more, as I suppose I'd been a bit spoiled with all the wonderful Doctor Who audios out these days, but I am certainly looking forward to the others in this series and hope that Star Trek uses the full cast audio realm more in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sulu At His Best
Star Trek: Transformations -- A Captain Sulu Adventure. It was an intriguing title. It was on audio. I had only heard one other recording like it, so I decided to buy it. I'm glad I did. About 6 months before my listening to this tape, I had heard the CD Cacophony. The plot deteriorated in the middle of the recording, the casting was awful, most of thecharacters were unbelievable. All except for one outstanding personality and voice. He was familiar with his character, and did an outstandingperformance. This character was Captain Hikaru Sulu, as played by George Takei.Takei delivered an even better performance in the first Sulu adventure, Transformation. This time all the characters were all believable. All three of them. The plot was great. I loved every minute of it, except when I had to exert energy to turn the tape over. Overall, Transformations is the audio tape to get! It is extremely awesome in the dark with headphones on. The 3-D sound and your imagination will bring the story to life.

Ambassador Worf out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sign me up for the crew!
As a big fan of the original series and of the character of Sulu, it was great to see him made Captain at last in Star Trek VI.These wonderful audionovels allow fans who want more to get just that.Mr. Takei is awonderful actor who has a great distinctive and effective voice. Theexcellent vocal cast on this audio novel also was a pleasure to listen to. It definately transported the mind to the final frontier... It is great tolisten to on long drives or trips on planes or trains.Much like the now'ancient' radio programs of old, audio novels let you use your bestentertainment center, your imagination to it's fullest.Having a familiarand treasured character like Sulu connects you to the story in a great way. This was one of the best of the Captain Sulu audio series. Scary at times,a great mystery to unravel.All of the Captain Sulu stories in fact arequite good and I'd love to hear more...even better let's see a Captain Suluseries!Afterall the Adventure should always continue! ... Read more

6. STO 3b: Envoy(CD): A Captain Sulu Adventure (Star Trek (Unnumbered Audio))
by L. A. Graf
 Audio CD: Pages (1999-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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While on the U.S.S. Excelsior, Captain Sulu receives top priority orders to proceed by shuttlecraft to Starbase Three. He is to act as the Federation's envoy to a historic peace ceremony between the Krikiki and the Den-Kai--the two dominant, warring races in that sector. Sulu's role is to hand over a young Krikiki prince to the Den-Kai as a symbol of peace, but once Sulu learns of the physical hardships and isolated life that are to befall the prince, he is faced with one of the most difficult choices of his career: carry out his orders and protect another being's life only to see it taken away, or interfere and risk destroying the fragile peace,and violate the Prime Directive in the process. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Weak story
listened to audiobook... very poor story... boring.. annoying sound effects. almost trashed it after 10 minutes... and entire book is only about an hour.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Not So Solid Story
This is in review of the Audio version (1 Cassette, 1 hour run time). I was, overall, disappointed in this story.The thought of Captain Sulu crawling around on hands and knees through ductwork was humerous (although Kirk did it at least once).Takai sounds wooden in his acting role, and is at times drowned out by the sound effects (at least when listening in an automobile).I did enjoy the story, but it jumps around a bit, and the thought of a Star Base or base of any kind easily being taken over is ludicrous.

4-0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Envoy- a Valiant Effort but Not As Good As Some
The writers and producers of ST Envoy had a great story idea in mind. It does present a philosophical question, though in my opinion it is not explored nearly enough. The story takes a back seat to the sound and music, which I personally do not like. Not only is the story too little explored, the production itself is as corny as anything I've ever heard. The sound designers intended this to be a splended 3-Dimentional sound performance, which it was. However, the sound effects are in some cases a distraction, which prevents the listener from being able to hear some of the dialogue without blasting their eardrums in the process. The alien languages were created with good intention, and in some cases they're not bad, such as the singing of the Pod, but in most cases, especially where there are several of them talking at once, it sounds like a mental institution gone wrong. It sounds terrible, but it is also laughable. The acting is tolerable. The head Admiral reminds me of one of my elementary school teachers who I absolutely hated because she was exactly like a drill sargeant, but that's just my opinion. Sulu is the only truely great performer in this production. If you want a good laugh and can handle a little bit of childish, embarrassing acting it's a nice buy, but I would recommend buying another book in most cases because they are usually better than this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Crap!
I should have known it was crap, but ever the optimist I decided to give it a try. It was not just bad; it stunk: `Star Trek: Envoy' was garbage from the word go. The CD had one (1) track, and my cars CD player only lets you skip tracks (no fast forward - but it does hold 6 CD's). Instead of reading the story, these morons added sound effects, background noise, and had different people reading different parts. I got through about 10 minutes before I went to the next CD. It was loud, pointless, annoying, and endlessly repetitive - pure crap! I didn't even get to any of George Takei's dialog.

4-0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Envoy - A fairly interesting premise!
Some years ago, George Takei, a.k.a. Captain Hikaru Sulu took the opportunity to capitalize on his character becoming the captain of the USS Excelsior in "Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country."Star Trek "Envoy" a Captain Sulu adventure is one of those ventures.

Overall, the entire premise of the story and the all out production for this audio CD is well worth the price and the time.The only downside to the entire adventure is that in its attempt to create a realistic atmosphere, they use alien language in the background while Sulu listens to the universal translator.Thankfully, this isn't used too often in any of the episodes because it provides a major distraction to what's important, the story.

While it has been the rare L.A. Graf story that I've been enthralled with over the years, this story is quite good for this writing team.

The premise:

Captain Sulu is ordered away from the Excelsior in a shuttle craft on a mission to act as the Federation's envoy between two warring races, the Krikiki and the Den-Kai.Captain Sulu finds himself in a grave moral dilemma as he is to deliver a young Krikiki prince over to Den-Kai as a peace offering, but that prince will have to undergo isolation and physical mutilation.

What follows from there is a fairly interesting story that I would recommend to any and all fans of Star Trek fiction as it makes for a great hour or so while driving down the highway.{ssintrepid} ... Read more

7. The Japanese American Family Album (American Family Albums)
by Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler
Paperback: 128 Pages (1998-05-28)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The first Japanese immigrants to the United States came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, quickly followed by others who came to mainland cities. Their images of America were formed by popular guidebooks with titles such as Mysterious America and Come, Japanese! that promised, "Gold, silver, and gems are scattered on [the] streets. If you can figure out a way of picking them up, you'll become rich instantly." The Japanese arrived with the hope of making a better life for themselves. Their experiences, however, were often far different from what they had expected.

The Japanese American Family Album documents the lives of generations of Japanese immigrants through their own diaries, letters, interviews, photographs, articles from newspapers and magazines, and personal reflections. This personal history tells us--in their own words--what it was like to leave the beloved homeland for a life as different from life at home as could be imagined. The Issei--members of the first generation of Japanese immigrants--faced racial prejudice and even laws that effectively stopped Japanese immigration from 1924 until 1965. By then there were well over 100,000 Japanese immigrants on the U.S. mainland who daily faced unfamiliar customs, terrible working conditions, and strong anti-Japanese sentiment. Even in the face of such adversity, Japanese Americans formed labor unions, successfully purchased land and built farms, and established flourishing communities in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, and Salt Lake City, as well as the Hawaiian cities of Honolulu and Hilo. The very success of these farmers and other Japanese immigrants caused jealousy and fear, and the Album also tells of anti-Japanese groups, boycotts against Japanese shops and businesses, discriminatory laws, and even violence. With World War II came the nightmare of the concentration camps, and then the struggle to heal the many wounds caused by internment.

A strong sense of family, religion, and a resilient spirit allowed Japanese Americans to survive the prejudice in their new homeland. Profiles of noted Japanese Americans such as Daniel K. Inouye, Patsy Takemoto Mink, and astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka are testaments to the success the Japanese American community has achieved. The heartfelt words and remarkable family photos in The Japanese American Family Album tell a true American story that is an important part of our history.

Eighty-eight year old Osuke Takizawa, who emigrated to the U.S. as a young man, says in The Japanese American Family Album, "I believe children and grandchildren must know the way their grandparents walked." The precious stories and pictures of the Japanese Americans from our past and present show us the way. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some corrections
I do not want this to be a case of one-upmanship but I cannot resist pointing out that the authors' descriptions of ToruMatsumoto on pages 12, 43, and 97 are factually incorrect.
The authors say on page 12 that Toru Matsumoto emigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s. However, it was in 1935 that Toru Matsumoto first visited the United States. Moreover, he did not emigrate to the U.S. then but just visited the country to attend the 2nd U.S.- Japaese Students Conference.
On page 43, the authors state that Toru landed in San Francisco. It is incorrect; he landed in Seattle. And it was his brother Tsuyoshi, not a friend, that arranged for him to meet Jay and Mary.
On page 97, the authors write that Toru Matsumoto was living in New York city with his American wife Emma. Emma was not an American but a Japanese citizen then.
Lastly, Toru Matsumoto was never an American citizen throughout his life. He came back to Japan in the wake of WWII and remained in Japan until his untimely death in 1979.
For further details, please consult my Between Two Worlds: Matsumoto Toru and His Age (M.A. Thesis: Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM).
Otherwise, the book is a good introduction to the subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars Summary of the Japanese American Experience
This book is one of the few that actually tries to tackle the long story of struggle and assimilation by Japanese Americans into American society.It starts off with an intro by George Takei and then dives into the historyof emigration, era of laborers in Calif and Hawaii, settlement by families,the concentration camp experience, and the post war assimilation.The bestpart of the book is the numerous pictures and quotes from books/newspapersfrom famous figures in Japanese American lore:Yoshiko Uchida, DanielInouye, Isamu Noguchi, Ellison Onizuka, etc..For somebody looking foreasy reading material (without the philosophical discussion of racism thatyou may find in Takaki's books), I recommend it highly. ... Read more

8. "Star Trek V"
by J.M. Dillard
 Audio CD: Pages (1996-11-04)
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On the planet Nimbus III, a harsh world deep in the neutral zone, the three major powers -- Federation, Klingon, and Romulan -- attempt a revolutionary cooperative program, jointly developing the planet as an experiment in peace. But that makes Nimbus III an irresistible target for terrorists, who seize control of the planet, and the EnterpriseTM is sent on a daring mission of rescue. And soon Kirk and his crew find themselves on a much more dangerous and disturbing journey, to the center of the galaxy and the forbidden secrets it holds. ... Read more

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I'm another follower of Star Trek who DID NOT, repeat did not, see this movie.Have boxes full of Star Trek books going back 20 years but had not seen the movie nor had I read the book. Came across the paperback for Star Trek V at the local Goodwill last week for .45 cents, cover looked interesting, so decided to read. I have all the Star Trek TNG, DS9, and Voyager DVDs, yet generally shun the movies. My favorite of all would be the Star Trek Deep Space 9 materials. Have no real explanation for that, generally just not interested in all the feature films (10 is it now). Crazy, I know but there it is. Enjoy reading the novels though, had a B.S. in college and really get into the science always present in most books of Star Trek. Anyway.....The Final Frontier:

James T. Kirk is experiencing psychological problems in this novel, Spock is flagging just coming off a return from death, a new Enterprise that doesn't perform very well with Scotty working more than sleeping (even the elevators are working properly and good luck beaming anyone up or down), and the crew pretty much scattered on leave.That leaves Dr. McCoy as the most well adjusted person in this book, how bout that for a change.All these elements transpire just at a time when a hostage situation arises on Nimbus III.Nimbus III is the planet of cooperation, friendship, and peace, between Romulans, Klingons, and the Federation.However, whatever can go wrong seems to be going wrong at the moment.Then Sybok (Spock's long lost, fanatical half brother) shows up to help make a bad situation turn worse, all he wants to do is take the armed rabble off Nimbus III, and oh yes, steal a Starfleet ship, read Enterprise here, to pass through the Great Barrier so he can test his theories whether the Sha Ka Ree is all he thinks it to be.Meanwhile a Klingon bird of prey is cloaking taking a bead on the Enterprise by the most proficient gunner in the Klingon fleet.The plot is jumping at this point.For me sadly the ending kinda tails off.

This novel remains a 3-star read for me due to my dislike of hostage situations: they have happened more times than I can count in Star Trek.If a reader enjoys these types of situations then this book may be a 4-read for them.Either way, 3-star or 4-star read, this novel is worth the time and effort spent. Sorry for those of you who shelled out money to see the movie, reading these reviews I sense the book to be much better, as most books generally are.

Live long and prosper.......read a lot of Star Trek books, too.

Semper Fi.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great story
If any of you have watched the Star Trek movies you know this book is the written version of the movie. It's a real great plot. The book starts off with Spock, Kirk, and McCoy camping in Yosemite, my favorite part in the whole story. Kirk gets a call from Starfleet during this camping trip and is sent of a rescue mission. I won't tell you much of the mission, for I don't want to spoil the fun, but I will tell you it is a great adventure. Many people say that Spock betrays Kirk in this story, but to be honest, he really doesn't. Should refusing to kill you brother really be called betrayal? I don't think it should. This story has many funny things in it. It is a great book. One I would suggest you get.

3-0 out of 5 stars A story that REALLY improves upon an utterly horrible movie script
I believe gigantic kudos goes out to J.M. Dillard for making The Final Frontier a GREAT deal more entertaining that the absolutely dreadful film written and directed by William Shatner. For those who MUST read all the Trek novels available, certainly you will enjoy this more than you could ever hope to like the film version, but while it is light years ahead, you can only polish up this story so much.

And what about *the story*?Without question, Trek V has the most ridiculously contrived and laughable plot of ANY Trek story, either in written form, on TV or on the big screen. I was 100% caught up the the hype that the previews created before the film was released...I gotta hand it to whoever edited them together, because they actually made the movie look exciting and very worthwhile to look forward to...unfortunately the end result was just pure drivel.

So Spock has a brother who has abandoned all Logic and has embraced the lawless and violent traditions of the Vulcan past before the supression of emotions helped save their race. Moreover, he is a devout believer in the Almighty, too (I know, not only does it SOUND like a stretch, but they never pulled it off--not even remotely in the film).So Sybok (Spock's emotionally disturbed Bro) is determinded to not just embrace his emotions and belief in God, but he is hell-bent on Proving His existence, as well.Not an easy task in a Galaxy full of Athiests. The story just becomes even more silly as it continues. Word has it that after Leonard Nimoy's triumphant success co-writing and directing Trek IV (arguably one of the all-time best films in the ENTIRE franchise history) Shatner flatly refused to do another movie unless he was given the chance to write and direct as well...and unfortunately, the Final Frontier is the end result. One wonders how Paramount managed to Green Light the fantastic Undiscovered Country after such a disaster? At least they ended on a great high note.

One interesting side note: while Shatners writing of this movie is abysmal to say the least, he has shown unexpected finesse in writing later novels set in the Trek Universe, some of which can be viewed as the best in print (this is in part largely due to his co-writers who are easily the best Trek authors writing today IMO).

J.M. Dillard should once again be credited for taking such a horrible script and turning it into a MUCH better story than it otherwise would have been -- but you can only do so much with a crappy story, and Dillard did more than I felt would normally have been considered possible based on what was there to work with in the first place.

4-0 out of 5 stars Trying not to copy others, but they're right
Yeah, so what they said.The movie was a bomb, and the book tells the story the way it should have been.

Trek books are a tricky thing.Novelizations are a tricky thing.This particular Trek novelization does everything it should, and more.The only problem is that an artist is only as her subject matter, and Find God in the Center of the Galaxy still remains a hokey premise.

But let's focus on the good things.Every major Trek player gets a focus in this novel, including Sulu, who had a big part in all of McIntyre's novelizations.I was glad to see Dillard continue his story in the same vein.We get to see his and Scotty's "secret pain", as well as several other characters in the movie who got left out.

All the characters have depth -- the three delegates, the Klingons, Sybok himself, even the funky-toothed guy drilling holes in the opening shot.Every one is three-dimensional.Example:Klaa (Klingon captain) is no longer a chip-shouldered upstart with delusions of grandeur.He's a Klingon worthy of Klingons, and his motives in pursuing Kirk are revealed as devious and calculating, rather than dumb and bumbling as they appeared in the film.

This novel ties the movie into the others.Star Trek II-V form one continuous tale, without a whole lot of break in between.Yet they still make very little reference one to another.In this novel, we see a Kirk who was re-rejected by a dear love only months before, who lost his son very recently, and who is still coping with Spock's death and resurrection.

I have nothing but praise for the work of J.M. Dillard thus far.And this is no exception.If you, like me, consider Star Trek V the red-headed stepchild of the Star Trek series (no offense to all you red-headed stepchildren), then please read this novelization.Give it a shot.You'll like it.Or I'll buy you a Twinkie.(not really though)

3-0 out of 5 stars Dillard makes Shatner's concept work, almost.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier arguably had the silliest of plot concepts, and the touches of buffoonish humor did not help the movie much either.

Sybok, a renegade Vulcan from Spock's past, has managed to seize Nimbus III, the 'Planet of Intergalatic Peace'.But it is a ruse, what he really needs is a starship to take him to the center of the galaxy.Once there, Sybok believes he will meet God.

Dillard attempts to fill in the many character gaps in Shatner's Kirk centered story, giving each brainwashed member of the crew a chance to have center stage and a moment to shine.Thus it is more of an ensemble piece than the film.Dillard also clarifies some of the fuzzy plot points, making the hijacking and trip to God a tad easier to believe.There is also an honorable attempt to fit the concept of Nimbus III into the Trek Mythos rather than having it just be a gimmick jumping off point for the story.But despite all this hard work this novel is worthwhile reading only for those who would like to see a silly story told in a more well thought out manner.Strictly for Trek buffs. ... Read more

9. A Tribute to George Takei - A Reference
by Ruby, Moon-Houldson
Paperback: 240 Pages (2006-12-05)
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This book was written for the purpose of paying tribute to George Takei and for acting as a general reference for new fans to the world of Star Trek. Welcome to the wonderful playground created by Gene Roddenberry, a visionary before his time.Within these pages you will discover information relating to Takei and his latest adventures. There are also interviews, quotes, and trivia to peruse through. This book could not have been made possible if it were not for all the input from fans across the globe. It has been a pleasure and an honor to have met George as well as sit and chat with him on many occasions over the years. He's a great man and a true inspiration. This book has been written in his honor. Thanks for giving your all, George - you are truly loved. ... Read more

10. To the Stars:The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr.Sulu
by GeorgeTakei
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11. Biography - Takei, George (Hosato) (1937-): An article from: Contemporary Authors
by Gale Reference Team
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This digital document, covering the life and work of George (Hosato) Takei, is an entry from Contemporary Authors, a reference volume published by Thompson Gale. The length of the entry is 860 words. The page length listed above is based on a typical 300-word page. Although the exact content of each entry from this volume can vary, typical entries include the following information:

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12. Video Game Actors: Randy Couture, List of Voice Actors in the Grand Theft Auto Series, George Takei
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Chapters: Randy Couture, List of Voice Actors in the Grand Theft Auto Series, George Takei, List of Voice Actors in the Crash Bandicoot Series, Gemma Atkinson, Olivia Hussey, Terry Mcgovern, Andrew Divoff, Terrence Scammell, Ivana Miličević, Jace Hall, Saffron Henderson, Lani Minella, Rino Romano, Lori Ann Cole, Vanessa Branch, Rodger Parsons, Stephan Weyte, Chuck Jeffreys, Michele Knotz, Lainie Fraiser, Jason Court, Bill Rogers, Roy Conrad, Scott Burns, List of Nintendo Cast Members, John Silke. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 165. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Randy Duane Couture (pronounced ; born June 22, 1963) is an American mixed martial artist, Greco-Roman wrestler, actor, a three-time former heavyweight champion and a two-time light-heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Couture is one of only two UFC fighters to have held a championship title in two different divisions (heavyweight and light heavyweight; B.J. Penn, with his titles at welterweight and lightweight, is the other) in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as the only five-time champion in UFC history. Couture has competed in 15 title fights, a record. Couture is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame and many consider him to be the most popular fighter in MMA history. Couture was an Olympic wrestling alternate, and has lived in Corvallis, Oregon throughout much of his career, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach and a strength and conditioning coach for Oregon State University. He established Team Quest with Matt Lindland and Dan Henderson, a training camp for fighters, based out of Gresham, Oregon, and headed by coach Robert Folis. In 2005 Couture moved to Las Vegas, where he opened his own extensive chain of gyms under the name Xtreme Couture. He currently trains at his La...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=1216791 ... Read more

13. To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu
by George TAKEI
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14. TO THE STARS: The Autobiography of George Takei
by George Takei
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15. Lgbt Asian Americans: Andrew Cunanan, Tila Tequila, George Takei, Parvez Sharma, H.p. Mendoza, B. D. Wong, Daniel Choi, Ken Choy, Jeff Sheng
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Chapters: Andrew Cunanan, Tila Tequila, George Takei, Parvez Sharma, H.p. Mendoza, B. D. Wong, Daniel Choi, Ken Choy, Jeff Sheng, Jason Wu, Win Ng, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Kenji Yoshino, Alec Mapa, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, Staceyann Chin, Helen Zia, John Yang, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Martin Wong, Christopher Cabaldon, Q. Allan Brocka, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Bobby Trendy, Brandon Lee, Jenny Shimizu, Urvashi Vaid, Arthur Dong, Van Darkholme, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Noel Alumit, Vern Yip, June Millington, Evan Low, Alexander Chee, Kim Coco Iwamoto, Jim Toy, Alice Wu, Rex Lee, Faisal Alam, Norman Wong. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 173. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Tila Nguyen (born October 24, 1981), better known by her stage names Tila Tequila and Miss Tila, is a Singapore-born singer, model, and television personality. She is known for her appearances in the men's magazines Stuff, Maxim, Penthouse, her role as host of the Fuse TV show featuring performance striptease, Pants-Off Dance-Off and her position as the most popular artist on MySpace (according to page views) circa April 2006. She was raised in Houston, Texas and now lives in Los Angeles, California. Her MTV reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila aired for two seasons. Nguyen was born in Singapore to French Vietnamese parents, where her family emigrated from Vietnam after the Vietnam War. She is the youngest of three children: she has one brother, Daniel (b. 1976), and a sister, Terri (b. 1979). When she was one year old, she and her family lived in a neighborhood in Houston until they were admitted to a gated community run by a strict Buddhist temple. The family left the community when Nguyen was eight. While in middle school, Nguyen became a tomboy and was eventually sent to a boarding school for six months for her combative behavior...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=737688 ... Read more

16. To the Stars The Autobiography of George Takei Star Treks Mr. Sulu - 1994 publication.
by Gorg Taki
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17. Japanese American Internees: Norman Mineta, George Takei, Isamu Noguchi, Hisaye Yamamoto, Fred Korematsu, Yuki Shimoda, Mike Honda, Miné Okubo
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Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Norman Mineta, George Takei, Isamu Noguchi, Hisaye Yamamoto, Fred Korematsu, Yuki Shimoda, Mike Honda, Miné Okubo, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Monica Sone, Doris Matsui, Gordon H. Sato, George Yuzawa, Pat Morita, Chiura Obata, Bill Hosokawa, Tura Satana, Minoru Yasui, Mitsuye Yamada, John Okada, Paul Terasaki, Nyogen Senzaki, Yoshiko Uchida, Jack Soo, Wendy Yoshimura, James K. Okubo, Nao Takasugi, Gordon Hirabayashi, Bob Matsui, Thomas Sakakihara, Ken and Miye Ota, Sanji Abe, Ruth Asawa, Koji Ariyoshi, Ted T. Tanouye, Paul Chihara, Togo Tanaka, Tōyō Miyatake, Karl Yoneda, William K. Nakamura, Kiyoshi K. Muranaga, Robert Murase, Arthur Okamura, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Pat Suzuki, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Harvey Itano, Wakako Yamauchi, Lawson Fusao Inada, Joe Hayashi, Hideo Sasaki, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Iwao Takamoto, George Nakashima, Taitetsu Unno, Toshio Mori, Vincent Okamoto, Hisako Terasaki, Takayo Fischer, Joe M. Nishimoto, Roy I. Sano, Walter Oi, Takuji Yamashita, Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi, Larry Shinoda, George Ishiyama, Gary A. Tanaka, Richard Aoki, Yuri Kochiyama, Tsuyako Kitashima, Harry K. Fukuhara, Shinkichi Tajiri, Tommy Kono, A. Wallace Tashima, Fujitaro Kubota, Yuji Ichioka, Robert A. Nakamura, Dale Ishimoto, Yuriko, George I. Nakamura, Bob Kuwahara, George T. Tamura, Mary Yamashiro Otani, Karl Ichiro Akiya, Ronald Phillip Tanaka, Paul Bannai, Jimmy Murakami, Yamato Ichihashi, Henry Fukuhara, Dave Tatsuno, Roger Shimomura, Robert Hamada, George Nakano. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: George Hosato Takei Altman (born April 20, 1937) is an American actor, best known for his role in the television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. He is an outspoken proponent of gay rights and active in state and local po...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=363856 ... Read more

18. To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu is an autobiography by actor George Takei, first published by Pocket Books in 1994. Takei describes his early childhood and the time his family spent in Japanese American internment, and experiences which shaped his motivation towards political activism. He initially entered University of California, Berkeley with the plan to attend architecture school, but later told his parents he wanted to be an actor and graduated with a degree in drama. He discusses his early acting roles and his experiences on Star Trek, including conflicts with William Shatner. Takei was pleased when his character Sulu had a prominent role as Captain of the starship Excelsior in the movie Star Trek VI. ... Read more

19. Web of the Romulans (Star Trek)
by M.S. Murdock
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A story from the popular science fiction series. ... Read more

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This review is from the softcover paperback, 1st edition, WEB OF THE ROMULANS written by M. S. Murdock.

Recently came across this paperback at local Goodwill for next to nothing and decided to read.With all the implausibilities not withstanding, this novel from June, 1983, is a fairly solid read.

The Neutral Zone finds itself the area of contention as decoy, while the Romulan fleet is elsewhere. The Federation is trying its best to avoid out-and-out warfare which will nearly destroy the galaxy.Internal conditions within the Romulan Empire have caused its rulers and military to toss all caution aside, if they lose they lose it all, and the odds of any victory are nearly non existent. Yet this is the path they must follow.The Federation is floundering and confused, while the Romulans are desperate and determined. Explosive outcome is not too far ahead.

Add to this both a crazed computer on board Enterprise and a similar crazed Star Fleet Admiral (Iota) and you have the sideshow which could wreck all attempts to strike a peace accord. The 430 personnel aboard the Enterprise have their very lives pinned on the accord being put into affect.Yet the Romulan bird of prey (t'liss)is cloaked and ready for war.Things are tense and getting more tense hour by hour by the star date clock.

Overall this is a story fairly well told and was, for me at least, a better than average Star Trek read.

Semper Fi.

1-0 out of 5 stars A waste of $2.80!
After enjoying other trek books from authors such as Diane Duane, A.C. Crispin, D.C. Fontana this book was very disappointing. The characters were one dimensional, the dialog flat and almost plastic. The next time I feel the need to waste 3 dollars I'll go buy a couple National Enquirers, at least the writing would probably be better!!

5-0 out of 5 stars another fun and exciting trek story
mix some of the best characters in science fiction with an author who KNOWS how to write then and what do you get? A fantastic star trek book.

this books reads like a great, classic star trek episode.Character interaction, a seemingly impossible situation, interesting subplots..everything a fan of star trek likes about the show is in this book..

And the villains...a book like this is usually only as good as its villains and I found the romulans' depiction quite...fascinating, as spock would say.And the villains aren't all romulan either ;)

with lots of tense moments, great dialogue, good character intereraction , a large plot with possibly disastrous repercussions, AND some nice nods and tie ins to several of the original series episodes, and you have a great read on your hands.

highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars More detail about the Romulan politcial machinations would have been better
The Romulan Empire is in deep trouble. A plague is rapidly killing them and the only cure is grown on the planet Canara in Federation space. Fearing that the Federation would use the knowledge to destroy the Empire, the Romulans attempt to take the antidote by force rather than ask for help. However, the Canarans are fiercely loyal to the Federation and strongly oppose the Romulans. While they cannot hope to resist by force of arms, the Canarans set destructive charges that will destroy all of the material that can be used to make the antidote to the plague.
As the story unfolds, we learn a great deal about the Romulan political system, the Praetor is the highest political figure and the position is currently being held by a greedy, self-serving individual. He sends one of the most loyal and effective Romulan commanders on what is a suicide mission into Federation space and also calls back into service an aged commander whose loyalty to the Empire is greater than any personal animosity he has for the Praetor and his political machinations.
There are two subplots that complicate the situation. The first is that the computers on the Enterprise recently underwent maintenance and the technicians decided that they needed more of a personality. Therefore, they programmed the main computer to have a personality, including emotions. The computer falls in love with Kirk and considers him the only person in the universe. It ignores all other members of the crew, so nothing works for anyone else. The crew is largely helpless to do anything about the situation, which is supposed to be amusing. I didn't find it amusing at all, and thought that this subplot was too much of a distraction to the real story. A simple reboot using core memory should have solved the problem.
The second subplot involved Admiral Iota, who hates the Romulans so bad that he barricades himself into auxiliary control on one of the Federation ships and fires on the Romulans. Once again, the crew of the ship is helpless to stop him. This is absurd; no Starfleet vessel would be constructed without some way to disable the weapons outside of auxiliary control. Furthermore, the idea that one man could barricade himself into an area and control the entire ship was one I found ridiculous.
The two subplots spoiled the story for me. Had the author concentrated on the inner workings of the Romulan Empire and the actions of the Praetor and the Romulan commanders, the story would have been much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A Star Trek Must Read!
The timeline for this story is immediately after the original series Star Trek episode, "Tomorrow Is Yesterday". This is where the computer has been reprogrammed to be seductive and affectionate -especially towards Kirk(of course)!

The characters -Romulan and Enterprise, are handled competently.

Some guest appearances:
Yeoman Janice Rand (not a love interest here!)
Ensign Garrovick (from "Obsession")
Lt. Kyle (Transporter Chief)

The plot is fascinating(as Spock would say) and unfolds excellently. The writing isprofessional and stays right on in the ST Universe. The plot is similar to the ST movie: "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country", but here the Romulans face a disaster. Kirk and McCoy are not captured here either.

If you have to choose a few original ST books to read then choose this one amongst the others.

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20. Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe
by Robert Asprin, George Takei
Paperback: 22 Pages (1985-12-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read that was written by a celebrity.
This is the best book that I have ever read that was written by a celebrity.It was written many years before it became the fashion for Star Trek stars to write science fiction books.I have read many of the other ones that have come out over the years and Mirror Friend Mirror Foe is the best so far.Of course with a co-author as good as Robert Asprin it would be hard to go wrong.The is a very good science fiction book to read even if you don't consider who the authors are.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good sci-fi , hard but a bit naive , and cute.
I have just finished the book. I could feel how Takei was writing himself into Hosato (the protagonist).

Good action ,the ninja part was cool ,and the charecters were fine. What made the book a 4* instead of 5 ,is that it felt a bit clumsy when compared to books writen at about the same stage of sci-fi development ,a bit naive.

It was cute ,with Lucy ,Hosato's robot side-kick ,being his best friend.

Worth the read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding Sci-Fi adventure with lots of action/suspense
I'm impressed with this book every time I pick it up and read it.And I've read it several times.It has all the elements of a great Sci-Fi story.I'm still waiting for a sequel from the two authors.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mirror, Mirror: Off the Wall
If they made a movie of this book, they would probably re-title it "Ninja in Space".This is a pretty entertaining read, if you go in for this sort of thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A ripping good yarn
A ripping good yarn, combining the irony of Robert Asprin with the first attempts of George Takei, the original Star Trek Ensign Sulu.

It's a futuristic ninja/spy thriller, well written and consistantly brilliant, without the lapses often found in many new author's fist books. ... Read more

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