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Clarke, Robert Heinlein and others. Seeing that I am a citizen of a Kingdom that is not of this world — hey, that sounds like sci-fi! Not that I ever read any of the previous Star Trek books that have been published for decades. Somehow they just didn't seem appealing. Because my experience with Star Trek has been visual — TV shows and movies — having stories in printed form seemed to be a diminishing of Star Trek.

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Nevertheless, earlier this year I somehow came across a series of books called Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers. As you will read below, the 74 stories of this series were originally published as short novels or novellas in electronic format. Later, batches of novellas were grouped together and published in a series of 13 omnibus editions in both paper and electronic formats.

In May of this year I bought the first omnibus volume, containing the first four novellas, in Kindle format. By the time I finished reading it, I was totally hooked! Fortunately, I found a Wikipedia page which clearly catalogued the entire series and all the editions available. Because I wanted to make a PDF of that Wikipedia article, adding my own notes about which books I had purchased and read, I downloaded that Web page to my computer, even though I almost never do that with any other Web pages.

After all, why save a Wikipedia article when you can just bookmark it and return to it at any time? Because the article might disappear, that's why! And that is exactly what happened to the Starfleet Corps of Engineers article on Wikipedia! Someone decided that it wasn't useful information, so they deleted it!

I was so shocked that I just could not believe it! Even though much of the information in that article can still be found on other Web sites — see the Additional Resources section at the end of this article — I still think it was a very useful article that presented a lot of valuable information all in one place. Therefore, because I had saved a copy, I have decided to resurrect it on this Web site.

Starting with the original Starfleet Corps of Engineers Wikipedia article as a foundation, I have put a lot of work into improving it by double-checking the content for accuracy, correcting any mistakes, adding additional information, and providing a TON of links to related Web pages.


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I believe that the result is an even more valuable resource than was the original. Just a few notes before we proceed to the main event. The information presented below is accurate, as far as I can tell. But I tried! I've provided Amazon. All of the omnibus editions are available in both paperback and Kindle formats. During mid when I purchased them, the Kindle version was usually cheaper, except in four cases where the paperback version was cheaper. The links I have provided are to the versions I purchased. If you want the book in a different format, I'm sure you can navigate around Amazon to find what you're looking for.

Caveat Emptor Be aware that for omnibus volumes 3 through 12, the title of the omnibus book is taken from one of the novellas in that edition. Even though all of the novellas are still available for purchase individually, you'll save a LOT of money buying the omnibus editions. But be careful! It is easy to confuse the omnibus with the novella of the same title.

I made this mistake when I wanted to buy the third omnibus, Some Assembly Required.

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I didn't pay close enough attention, and I accidentally purchased the novella Some Assembly Required instead. Seeing that the omnibus version costs exactly the same as the single novella, even though the omnibus edition contains three additional novellas as well, you'll really want to steer clear of the individual novellas — except for the last 8 novellas, for which no omnibus editions exists.

I've just finished the 44th novella, which puts me exactly two-thirds of the way through the 13 omnibus volumes. After all of that reading, I can report that these stories have a minimum of profanity, sexual immorality, and violence. The crew is on a science ship, not a battle cruiser or starbase brothel! Even though the 74 novellas in the series were written by 41 different authors, there is a remarkable consistency in tone and style among them. If you didn't know better, you could believe that they were all written by the same person. But because of this huge variety of authors, I think there is a richness of imagination which might be harder for a single author to attain.

All in all, I've been very impressed with the series and enjoying it very much. So, without further ado, here is my modified version of the now-defunct Wikipedia article Like other Star Trek books, the books are officially licensed, but not considered canon. DeCandido and John J. Including these two founders, the 74 stories of the series were written by 41 different authors, over a period of seven years. The S. Most of these novellas have subsequently been reprinted in paperback and eBook omnibuses, with anywhere from three to eight stories per volume.

The number of eBooks published per year would be reduced from twelve to six, to allow other series to be developed. Jens Deffner wrote: Did this unfortunate timing ever make editor Keith R. However, the characters have made cameo appearances in other novels set in the 24th century.

Scenario S.

Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers

The stories mainly concern a special Starfleet division called the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, stationed aboard the U. Captain David Gold, commanding officer of the da Vinci. Commander Sonya Gomez, first officer and chief of the S. Lieutenant Commander Kieran Duffy, second officer and second-in-command of the S. He had a relationship with his commanding officer Sonya Gomez but was killed before she could accept his proposal. She is very devoted to her duties and has little time for interaction with the rest of the crew. Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Lense, chief medical officer.

Specialist Carol Abramowitz, cultural specialist. Specialist Bartholomew Faulwell, language and cryptography specialist. One of the very few homosexual characters in Star Trek. Specialist P8 Blue, structural systems specialist. A member of the Nasat, an insectoid species. Her chitinous exoskeleton enables her to survive in vacuum but frightens her roommate Abramowitz, who suffers from latent entomophobia.

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Specialist Fabian Stevens, tactical systems specialist. Specialist Soloman formerly known as , computer specialist. His partner was killed in the first S. Ensign Songmin Wong, an alpha-shift flight controller. Lieutenant junior grade Ina Mar, a Bajoran alpha-shift operations officer. Chief Petty Officer Vance Hawkins, a security guard. For more information about these and other recurring characters, see the full list of USS da Vinci personnel. The Belly of the Beast. Interphase, Book 1. Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. Interphase, Book 2. David Mack and Keith R. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost.

A world in turmoil becomes the focal point of conspiracies and betrayal as an unexpected reunion brings with it startling revelations. Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he's forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands.

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