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by Jeffrey Lang

eBook Immortal Coil (Star Trek: the Next Generation) download ISBN: 0743405927
Author: Jeffrey Lang
Publisher: Star Trek (January 29, 2002)
Language: English
ePub: 1676 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Science Fiction

Jeffrey Lang This book is a work of fiction

Based upon STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION created by Gene Roddenberry. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. An Original Publication of POCKET BOOKS.

In very rare cases, an excellent Star Trek novel does both. It felt more like an extended episode of The Next Generation rather than an independent Novel

In very rare cases, an excellent Star Trek novel does both. Immortal Coil does more with Data's emotion chip, growing self-awareness and maturity, and the implications of artificial life/sentience (as opposed to intelligence) than Insurrection and Nemesis even tried to do, and this novel does it with aplomb. It rewards the long-time fan with connections to the Original Series, connections between different Trek AI storylines, and characterization consistent with the series. It felt more like an extended episode of The Next Generation rather than an independent Novel. I was looking forward to it as perhaps a spring board to something more. But its a self contained work unto itself.

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Immortal Coil is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel written by Jeffrey Lang, published by Pocket Books in February 2002. When a newly developed android developed by Starfleet is destroyed, Lieutenant Commander Data helps investigate the incident and who is responsible.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - 116 - The Light Fantastic. Returning to the story begun in the novel Immortal Coil and continuing in the bestselling Cold Equations trilogy, this is the next fascinating chapter in the artificial life of one of Star Trek’s most enduring characters. He was perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial, self-determining, possessing a mind and body far surpassing that of his makers, and imbued with the potential to evolve beyond the scope of his programming. And then Data was destroyed.

It brought many different past episodes of Next Generation and The Original Series together seamlessly to explain the history of artificial. Jeffrey Lang has authored or coauthored several Star Trek novels and short stories, including Immortal Coil, Section 31: Abyss, The Left Hand of Destiny, Foundlings (in the anthology Prophecy and Change), and Mirror Eyes (with Heather Jarman, in the anthology Tales of the Dominion War). During the run of the original Star Trek series many other robots and androids were seen, yet Data is often referred to as the only android in existence during the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Immortal Coil explains what happened to those other robots and androids, and how Data fits into their histories. The story references several previously-seen artificial intelligences and characters

Series: The Next Generation. The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes

Series: The Next Generation. Author(s): Jeffrey Lang. Publication information. Published: Paperback - February 2002. Previous novel: The Genesis Wave, Book 3. TNG unnumbered novels. Next novel: A Hard Rain. The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes: Previous Adventure: Burning Dreams 2260. 2261 Chapter 19. Next Adventure: Burning Dreams 2261. Previous Adventure: Pathways Chapter 14, Section 5. 2304 Seventy Years Ago.

Immortal Coil: Star Trek The Next Generation. Immortal Coil - Jeffrey Lang.

Immortal Coil by Jeffrey Lang - He is perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form . More books from this author: Jeffrey Lang. More books in this series: Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Immortal Coil by Jeffrey Lang - He is perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form - self-aware, self-determining, possessing a mind.

While investigating the destruction of a new android created by Starfleet, Data and the crew of the Enterprise discover startling secrets from the past that could hold the key to the mystery of Data's own origins as he stumbles upon the hidden history of artificial intelligence. Original.
Comments: (7)
Kizshura
In many cases, a good Star Trek novel will explore some idea about the characters or universe that the series never took the time for. In other cases, a good Star Trek novel will provide a fun adventure story that's fast-paced and exciting. In very rare cases, an excellent Star Trek novel does both.

Immortal Coil does more with Data's emotion chip, growing self-awareness and maturity, and the implications of artificial life/sentience (as opposed to intelligence) than Insurrection and Nemesis even tried to do, and this novel does it with aplomb. It rewards the long-time fan with connections to the Original Series, connections between different Trek AI storylines, and characterization consistent with the series.

I've read many Star Trek novels, and few of them have made me turn pages as this one did. Not only was I interested in what happened, but I was also interested in how it happened. Lang understands what makes Data interesting as a character and as a concept, and he spends the entire novel capitalizing on it. I originally bought this novel because I read that it would enrich my reading of the Cold Equations novels by David Mack, one of my favorite ST authors. It says something that now I only hope that the CE novels live up to this one, which I bought as an afterthought.

Highly recommended by a fan of Federation, Q-Squared, and the Destiny Trilogy.
Gavirim
From the first few pages and lasting until the very end, 'Immortal Coil' is one of the rare ST gems that goes beyond just telling an action packed, save the universe type story. This one deals with the search for ones true self, or soul and what makes it that much better is that the person on this very moving quest is not human, but an android, Data.
As fans we have seen Data evolve over the years, even as so much as when he implemented his emotion chip and opened a new world unto himself. Through his adventures he came across his 'brother' Lore, and even tried to create his own 'daughter', Lal, in his creators image.
The most recent adventure calls the Enterprise-E to a distant planet where Data and new Enterprise security chief Rhea McAdams have 3 days to uncover a plot that may not even exist, though Data's intuition suggests homicide. What makes this supposed murder more interesting is that it involves more artificial beings, perhaps distant cousins of Data.
There are a few flashbacks containing some early adventures of Data�s creator, Dr. Noonien Soong and colleagues Bruce Maddox and the mysterious professor Vaslovik. These flashbacks serve as small background vignettes that drive the current plot forward. While interesting, I felt these did not do the character of Dr. Soong justice and also seemed a bit jumbled at times.
During what is the main gist of the book, Data realizes he has an attraction to McAdams, and the feelings are reciprocated. It is here that author Jeffrey Lang does a superb job of fleshing out Data, his innermost thoughts, feeling, beliefs and his quest for love. Does McAdams indeed complete Data? Well, it wouldn't be a ST novel if all the characters ended up being something that they first did not appear as, and there is no let down here.
The main plot widens when a long forgotten sect of androids, somewhat corrupted by time and incomplete programming show up on the scene and cause havoc for the Enterprise-E and its crew, Prof. Vaslovik (some nice things are revealed about our 'innocent' professor), Mr. Maddox, McAdams, and a long forgotten artificial intelligence known as M-5 (see ST: The Original Series). Some may say that this novel went a little overboard on the amount of android characters, but I think it was handled really well and was justified in the telling of this story. Their backgrounds are explained and what the tie in is to the original reason the Enterprise was summoned.
There is plenty of action, though more so revolving around Data than that of other characters, but this book was meant to revolve around Data anyway. There are some really moving and artful passages as Data reflect upon himself what his role in the universe is, and will be many years after his friends die. He wrestles with the idea of his own immortality, his uniqueness, his loneliness, his quest for being human, and more so the fulfillment of his creators designs and exploration of his emotions.
Very well done.
Mettiarrb
In the Star Trek world, there's only so many story lines one could write, and say in "cannon" with the orignal theme. So, many writers work on adding 'background' or 'fill-in' stories, that work with the established lines. Immortal Coil is one of these. It centers around Data, his creator, his origins, and our old friend Flint from TOS days. Jeffrey Lang clevery ties in many of the established Star Trek episodes into the plot. I recommend readers also get "Cold Equations: Persistence of Memory" as an excellent compliment to this book.
Anarius
try to use events and people from previous novels the results seem forced or awkward. Not here. This is a seamless blending of familiar pasts made new and intriguing. Add in two great endings and you have a book worth reading.
Urtte
Loved in when I first read it 12 or so years ago: but a little more simply written than I remember, guess my standards have risen. Classic, good Star Trek sci fi story.
BlackHaze
I've read most of the ST:TNG novels and some from other series that tied in. I have to say, this is in my top five. The narrative was well written, the throwbacks to characters, events and stories from the omnibus of Star Trek lore were extraordinary. Several passages caused me to stop reading, ponder the implications and then re-read the passage.
Buy it, I'm certain you'll enjoy it.
Fhois
With Trek novels, frankly, there have always been the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is one of the good ones.

Although I thought it was a bit overpriced (Kindle edition $8.00), the overall story was intriguing (as Data would say) and kept me interested throughout. 1) If you're one of those who hates ties to TOS then you won't like this. 2) If you don't mind a few surprises from Kirk's era making an appearance, then you will love this story as it will grab your interest and keep you hooked.

B+ overall, but the ending is very heartwarming. The last chapter is not the end. Keep flipping until you read the two short epilogues.
The story had a mission to reunite and unite several elements from the old series and the new. I think it achieved that goal.

Though I thought it could have been a little more original.

It felt more like an extended episode of The Next Generation rather than an independent Novel. I was looking forward to it as perhaps a spring board to something more. But its a self contained work unto itself.