Star Trek: The Original Series: The Joy Machine

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Joy Machine

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Timshel was once the vacation spot of the galaxy, full of culture, natural
beauty, and friendly, hospitable inhabitants. But now Timshel has cut itself
off from the universe. No one is allowed to enter or leave. Concerned, the
Federation has sent agents to investigate, but none have returned.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship EnterpriseTM are shocked to discover the truth: the people of
Timshel have succumbed to an insidious new technology that guarantees every
citizen total pleasure, a soul-destroying ecstasy that has enslaved their
entire civilization. Kirk and Spock have faced many threats before, but now they face the most seductive menace of all: perfect happiness. And the rest of the Federation may soon fall under the irresistible control of the Joy Machine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671002213
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Publication date: 09/01/1996
Series: Star Trek: The Original Series , #80
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.76(d)

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Star Trek: The Original Series: The Joy Machine 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lycomayflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good sci-fi idea tacked onto a Star Trek book without too much regard for making it a STAR TREK book. Unlike the last Trek I read, this one doesn't feel wrong (with wonky details of the Trek universe), but it doesn't feel right either. For the most part, the book gives dialogue to characters with familiar names (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura--especially Uhura) without making much attempt to make those characters sound like the people who we associate with those names. The plot was also a bit of a let-down--it started off very strong with an interesting set-up with a lot of potential to say revelatory things about work, joy, free will, the human condition, and (implicitly) communism. But then it morphed into a fairly standard adventure story about Saving the Day. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit dull. I found myself reading it just to get it over with
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. I've read it multiple times. Reminds me of a first-season or early second-season TOS episode. I feel the author did a good job capturing the essence of the characters. He also made it very easy to visualize what I was reading. Well written.
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