Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis Unexplained gravitational disturbances summon Captain Picard and the Starship Enterprise to the planet Elysia and the android Lieutenant Commander Data to a date with destiny For on this alien world

  • Title: Metamorphosis
  • Author: Jean Lorrah
  • ISBN: 9780671684020
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Unexplained gravitational disturbances summon Captain Picard and the Starship Enterprise to the planet Elysia, and the android Lieutenant Commander Data to a date with destiny For on this alien world, he is drawn into an impossible quest, leading him to consequences both heartwarming and disastrous, as he finally dares to pursue his fondest desire to become human.

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    1. I remember reading this back in high school and loving that Data was experiencing REALLY being human. Why is it that the main thing that stuck with me about this book was Data figuring out that THAT sensation meant he had to take a dump?

    2. Okay, so what WAS I thinking? In my desire to relive some of the greatness that was Star Trek the Next Generation (STNG) I thought I would read one of the novels. After all, it doesn't have to be genius to be a good read and since my dream of a new version of STNG on either AMC or HBO will likely never happen the only place to get more STNG is by reading. That said, I did my homework and this novel is the highest rated of the STNG novels on . I thought "How could I go wrong?"The premise is simpl [...]

    3. The first "Giant Novel" in The Next Generation series this book takes us on a journey where the android Data becomes human. I mean, literally human. This isn't a spoiler because the book sets up this notion from page one where Dr. Pulaski is goading everyone about how non-human Data truly is but never fear, Data takes it all in stride with most of his friends taking the brunt of her offensive words (androids have feelings too Pulaski).The novel starts well and I was intrigued about the alien wor [...]

    4. if i'd realised that jean Lorra had written this novel I would have read it a long, long time ago. survivors, the other work I've read, is without doubt the most emotionally-compelling Star Trek novel I have ever come across.Lorra's done it again, this time, with Data. He played an important part in Survivors, and a lot of that bleeds through. The story of tasha yar was a tragic one - but of course, Data's quest for Humanity, if written well, could be as poignant and as heartfelt as yar's lost l [...]

    5. I like the philosophical aspects of a good science fiction story and this filled the bill. I liked it because it caused me to reflect on "the human condition". It is a mixture of several stories that are blended together, but it is nicely done. Lorrah's writing held my interest to the end. I would say the end may have been a bit weak; just an attempt to tie up the loose ends of the story about the Konor and the Samdians on the planet Elysia which was just adequate. The middle of the story is the [...]

    6. I loved the fact that my favorite character-- the android known as Data-- was able to fufill his dream of becoming human. After helping a native of a planet that he was stranded on, the 'gods' of the planet allow him his deepedt desire of being a human. But the dream soon takes a turn as he constantly deals with the struggles he faces. In a quest to undo what has been done, Data realizes that there is more to being human than just flesh and blood.

    7. I was excited to take a literature course with Jean Lorrah at Murray State University in about 1989-ish, titled, "Fantasy, Myth, and Legends." The class was a lot of fun, and I didn't appreciate what I learned from Jean until far too late to offer an appropriate thank-you. But we're still reading her books, so maybe that counts for something!

    8. Once I realised it couldn't possibly be proper canon, and it'll all get a nice reset button at the end to explain why Data never remembered any of it in the show, I started enjoying it. I liked the idea of having him go on a quest to get what he wants, especially because to get to the end he had to depend exactly on those things he wanted changed. It was also good to see the effects of getting exactly what you wish for: we don't see how difficult it is for Pinocchio to adjust to being a real boy [...]

    9. I recently read this book after a good 15 years or so, and I have to say that it still holds up as a really good narrative from TNG's second season. It's set in the aftermath of "Measure of a Man", where Data has to prove that he's more than just a machine to Starfleet. Still reeling from this victory, Data's quest for humanity has him do some serious soul-searching.The Enterprise is called to investigate some spatial disturbances around a planet, and upon investigating the strange entities perc [...]

    10. Netter Star Trek Roman der mit der Möglichkeit spielt wenn Lt.-Com. Datas größter Wunsch erfüllt würde OHNE Hilfe von Q.

    11. I kinda wish I hadn't reread it. After coming off I, Q feeling as if I'd just watched a lost episode of TNG, I was hoping to regain the feeling. I still have this book because I liked it so much.I still like it, it just comes nowhere close to feeling like a lost episode. It just reads like pure fanfiction.And, sure, I realize what these books generally boil down to is fanfiction, but what I really consider fanfiction is when the writer takes some real liberties with characterization. And the mai [...]

    12. As my first dip into the TNG novels I don't think I could have picked a better place to start! I've only recently really started getting into all of Trek (only slightly through TNG season 2 and TOS season 2) and since Lieutenant Commander Data is for me, so far, the most delightful character to watch, I'm glad to see he translates extremely well into writing. Perhaps it's because I loved Commander Spock in TOS since Data appears to have similarly themed difficulties with emotions but on the oppo [...]

    13. I really liked this book, though I like just about everything. This starts by almost being 'pure' sci-fi, but starts to get a more fantasy vibe almost right after they land up on the planet.The focus is mostly on Data, and how he becomes human. Don't worry; he doesn't stay like that. The middle part is the best, since it tells more about him acclimatizing to being human. There is some angst, but for the most part it's really cute. The end pretty much repeats an earlier section, as is typical for [...]

    14. Even though I give it one-star, it's not unreadable and the characterizations of S2 TNG is fine --- but the story is just crazy. Data becomes human for 9/10ths of the book then a magic wand is waved, goes back in time, and solves a conflict that will turn the entire Alpha Quadrant into war. But it's so ridiculous. Also, the author takes waaaaaay too much time describing menial tasks for human Data. It's basically very well-written fan fiction -- but definitely nothing that would ever even be co [...]

    15. I first read this book as a teenager and I *loved* it then. I've just finished re-reading it for the first time in some 15 years and I have to say, it's still a charming tale. Data gets to experience being human - a real, flesh and blood human - with all the pleasures and pains that humanity brings. I like the sub-plots that run alongside his personal journey and found them quite imaginitive and clever. Mainly though, it is a Data book through and through and any Data fan should definitely check [...]

    16. This books was really good. It had a lot of space travel and suspense. When the robot turned into a man, it was a whole new experience for him. He was able to taste, feel, and smell himself which I thought was funny. The reason why he turned into a human was because he was attacked by a monster on a planet which took him in the air and dropped him pretty high up. Also this book has some romance in it. When one of his good friends die, he was really hurt and was able to feel emotion which he was [...]

    17. i can't remember that much about this novel except that i read it in the 5th grade during recess while all the other kids were playing. i loved it because it dealt with Data and was a rich story that even a kid could read. i remember being entranced with this book and not being able to put it down. this was a time when my mom bought and read every st:ng novel she could get her hands on. i tried to read most of them too but they all kind of blurred together after a while. i definitely need to fin [...]

    18. The days I do laundry, I like to bring a book with me. It's usually something I haven't read in a long time, or something that I know it doesn't matter if I don't happen to finish it in a timely manner because I try to get laundry done once a week.So this week I've decided it's time to give into my inner geek and connect with my younger, Trekkie self, and read my old ST:NG novels. (Ones that feature Data were always my favourites!)Hooray for laundry daysyou've let me rediscover Trek!

    19. This was the other Star Trek novel I recently reread, that I remembered from when I was a kid (the first was Imzadi). I think I have a problem where it's harder for me to picture characters and scenes in books than it is for most people. These books are nice because I know what everything and everyone is supposed to look and sound like. Reading this book is a lot like watching an episode of the show. Unfortunately, in this case it's a season two episode. But it's still fun.

    20. This was my first time reading one of the novels based on the Star Trek: Next Generation T.V. series and I was pleasantly surprised. It was entertaining and well written, featuring my favorite character (Data) in the way all NG-ers have always wanted to see: Human. I won't write in spoilers, but this novel fits right into the saga of Next Generation, and I think that even if someone has never seen an episode, it can still be appreciated as a good sci-fi read.

    21. A criminally under-rated "Star Trek" novel, that is just about as epic as anything ever published in the range. The exploration of Data becoming human causes all sorts of unexpected complications (from intimate to galactic), and it's written with a great deal of sensitivity, sensuality, and emotional depth. It really deserves far more exposure than it receivesd it's a beautiful follow up to "The Measure of a Man" from the second season.

    22. Bad, just bad ! Data wants to be human, we all know that. But then some god like creature grants him his wish and he is human. He has to deal with all the unknown feelings and emotions and learns what it means to be human.Sounds like a great story, but the writing is just bad. Too long, too boring and not even close to interesting.

    23. "Als Mister Data eines Morgens aus unruhigen Regenerationsphasen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem Menschen verwandelt" — well, that's how I think the story should've started. But it's indeed my all-time favorite Star Trek novel. And my first one ever, I think. I read it at least twice, it's truly marvelous. Having it read in 1997 is merely an uneducated guess, though.

    24. Did not like it as much as survivors. It was well written but too heartbreaking. I actually found it hard to concentrate on the dialogue, I was just waiting for the impending doom to be honest. I think I will go back and read it again at a later time, I'll probably appreciate it more then.

    25. This one focuses on Data. He has a few missions, and in one of them becomes human. There are some very nice touches while he explores the concept. It feels like a 3 parter from the tv series, if you like Data then you should read this book.

    26. The character of Data has always appealed to me, and this novel that focuses on his one true desire--being truly human--was a great read.

    27. Fun story from Data's perspective. When his mind wanders and you are snapped out of it - for some reason it is oddly relate-able. Fun to have a cat interact with Data before Spot was introduced.

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