Book Genre: Science Fiction, Media Tie-In, Fantasy,
Book Series: Star Trek: The Original Series #39 (Sequel to Yesterday’s Son)
Released: 5/1/1986 Pocket Books
Pages: 303 Price: $3.95 Paperback
Buy the Book: Amazon Time For Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 39)
Source: I own a copy of this book.
When the Guardian of Forever malfunctions, the course of time runs amok, and the Star Trek crew undertakes a desperate mission to contact the Guardian, five thousand years in the past, and to bring Spock’s son, Zar, forward in time.
While Yesterday’s Son read like one of the original Star Trek TV episodes the follow-up book read more like one of the movies. The crew of the Enterprise had all moved on and needed to be rounded up for this adventure to save the universe. Again greater stakes lent to the feeling of a movie rather than a quick hour-long show with a single plot to resolve. While I didn’t enjoy this as much as the last book I’m still glad to have read it as it resolved a lot left-over from Yesterday’s Son.
In this book, Spock and Zar are about 20 years older and thankfully over themselves. This led to a much more satisfying relationship between father and son for the reader. There was an interesting mix of tone or genre to this story. At times it felt more like a historical romance almost in the parts we spent in the past on Zar’s world. Contrast that with the high-tech future when were in Spock’s world and at times the book almost felt like two different stories.
There was supposed to be a third book, making this a trilogy, that was abandoned by the publisher and as a result of the author’s death. I have conflicting emotions on this. While I would love to revisit the Zar character and see what becomes of his later life I am satisfied with how this ended. I can’t really see where they would have gone with another book but I’m sure it would have been some catastrophic event that only Kirk, Bones, and Spock could solve with the help of Zar of course.
Highly enjoyable and recommended if you have read the first book.
My Rating:4 Stars