Basically, what I want to do is come up with a list of Star Trek novels that are great entry points for such reading. Opinions vary on such things, of course, so I’d like to hear yours.
With that in mind, and assuming you feel like playing along, here’s the deal: Take some time, give it some thought, and give me the title of ONE Star Trek novel that you would give to a friend or relative who had never before read such a book, in the hopes of engaging that person’s interest in reading more titles in this vein. In order to qualify for consideration, you must also explain why you think this book meets the criteria. Why, as a single title, does this book, working on its own and without a net, serve as an “ambassador to Star Trek fiction?”
It can be any novel from any of the series, past or present. Exceptions on a case by case basis will be considered for limited multi-book projects (examples: the Crucible or Destiny trilogies, the Eugenics Wars duology, etc.), but not entire series like Vanguard or New Frontier. If a single book is suggested from one of those series and I end up using it, I’ll supply any additional information on those series as needed.
If I end up using your suggestion in the article, your contribution will of course be cited, and you’ll be eligible for a percentage of my payment on the piece. Since that usually involves undying gratitude from my editor, you’ll get a slice of that. A small one. Just one.
Besides, we’re doing this for the love of the game, right? Who’s with me?
UPDATE: Something I didn’t think to add when writing up the original posting is that for purposes of this exercise, you may assume that the recipient of your hypothetical Star Trek novel/Ambassador to Star Trek Fiction is familiar with any/all of the series, or even is a fan of same, but just hasn’t yet sampled the novels. Example: “You like Captain Janeway? Then you should read Mosaic, because it’s her whole life story, dude!”