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Item description for Blood and Fire by David Gerrold...

Executive Officer Korie had faced and defeated seemingly invincible Morthan battleships, elusive bio-computer imps, and dreaded Morthan assassins. It would be on the starship Norway, however, that he would meet his greatest challenge---a challenge that could change the outcome of a war and the destiny of humankind. The latest installment of the Star Wolf series, this third galactic struggle concludes the popular trilogy with a rescue mission that is far from routine. Never before published, Blood and Fire is the long-awaited conclusion to the Star Wolf series.

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Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100113  
ISBN13  9781932100112  

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More About David Gerrold

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Gerrold is the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of dozens of books for both adults and young adults. He began his career as the precocious author of the teleplay "The Trouble with Tribbles," broadcast on the original "Star Trek" series and voted the series's most popular episode of all time.
David lives with his son in Northridge, California. And while he admits he no longer believes his son truly is a Martian, in exasperating father-son moments - of which there are many - David believes he still acts like one.

David Gerrold currently resides in San Fernando, in the state of California. David Gerrold was born in 1944.

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But how does Gerrold REALLY feel about Gene Roddenberry?  Jun 6, 2004
Based on the rather reiterative fore- and afterwords by DC Fontana and Gerrold, respectively, this installment of the Star Wolf's misadventures is a bit of a catharsis for Gerrold regarding the headaches he received trying to get this story filmed as an episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The book is interspersed with sharp jabs at the Star Trek franchise, such as Captain Parsons' previous posting, the "Big E" (the US Navy's nickname for the Enterprise) being too valuable to risk on the front lines due to potential morale problems if it's destroyed, and one of the Norway's doomed crewmembers being named M. Okuda, after TNG production staffer Michael Okuda; I also suspect that the Norway's AI "LENNIE" is named after Roddenberry's lawyer who shot down the episode in preproduction. The death of one recurring character wasn't a surprise if you'd read the Star Wolf Briefing Book, which had marked said character for death. The complaints about it not reading like the earlier Star Wolf books do have merit, since this is technically a novelization of a teleplay, but I was able to shrug it off because I've been experiencing similar with novelizing a screenplay of my own.
Another great Star Wolf novel!  Jun 2, 2004
Blood and Fire is another great book, in a wonderful series, from one of America's most underappreciated authors.

I do not understand where the criticisms of some are coming from. The characters and story of Blood and Fire have all of the depth and breadth that those of us who read Gerrold have come to expect from one of his books. In this book, perhaps, Gerrold places a bit more emphasis than he usually does on the subject matter rather than on the internal lives of the characters; the unsophisticated reader may not appreciate that this is a perfectly valid and, in this case, appropriate approach. But don't be surprised to find significant character development here too; Gerrold is, after all, Gerrold.

Blood and Fire is a fantastic continuation of the Star Wolf story and should not be missed.

Different writer?  Apr 4, 2004
One of the best books I've ever read in Sci-Fi, was The Voyage of the Star Wolf. In fact, I had re-read it in anticipation of the final book of the trilogy.

It was as fresh and engaging as the first time I had read it. I had forgotten some of the plot, so it was fun to see how Brik and Korie would out smart the terrifying Morthan assassin. Characters were well developed and smartly defined, with fast paced action. The reader is left on the edge of the seat to the very last minute; even past the very last minute.

Blood and Fire reads like a NASA narrative of a Mars mission. Some of the story seems intended to fill pages. Take this passage:

"On the Bridge, Captain Parsons watched the progress of the docking procedure with deep concern."

No, this is not a NASA narrative, this is one of those silly soliloquies one expects from the mouth of an airhead blond on "Days of Our Lives".

Why couldn't Gerrold show us Captain Parsons' concern?

Compare that with this passage from The Voyage of the Star Wolf:


"Korie looked to the captain. The old man was frozen.


Captain Lowell started to lift a hand, as if he was about to say something. A thought flashed through Korie's mind. He's never been in a real battle.

Korie whirled. ""Targeting-? Get a lock on her. Battle stations! Stand by to fire.""

HARLIE replied instantly. "Targetting now."

Captain Lowell blinked, as if abruptly realizing where he was: "Uh- what did the flagship say?"


See the contrast? We don't need the author to tell us Captain Lowell was completely freaked out by the Morthan attack, we could feel what was going on in the Captain's mind. We were on the deck of that ship with the attack of the dreaded Morthans underway.

This is Gerrold at his best. Which is why Blood and Fire is a real disappointment. It's as if a really good story concept, Star Wolf, was being used to generate a sequel, and the job was handed off to a team of contract script writers because the original writer was fighting over a contract.

Come on David, you can do better then this.

Two stars only because I admire the author.

Highly entertaining science fiction  Apr 3, 2004
For someone who does not typically read science fiction, I must say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I was reminded at times of a particular popular science fiction/horror movie classic, but that's to be expected, as this is a book based on a Star Trek script. I think it only makes for a more fast-paced, exciting story line. As far as writing goes, Gerrold's tone manages to be entertaining yet never condescending. He gives just enough detail and description to satisfy your imagination without slowing down the story's pace. Overall, Blood and Fire is a great blend of action and substance.
newest Star Wolf novel different--not worse  Mar 23, 2004
The first two books in this series were written in an earlier era of science fiction-- and they read like it. (Which is not, at all, to say anything against them: Voyage was probably my favorite of the three.) Blood and Fire is a different kind of book, written at a different time, with a different kind of story arc.

The book was based on an unproduced episode of Star Trek: Next Gen . . . and it reads like an episode. Neither better nor worse-- just different. The story plunges you far more quickly into the action, there's more of an ensemble feel, and the duration of time in which the story takes place is much shorter.

It's still David Gerrold though-- still the same easy, competent fluidity of writing that's a joy to read.


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