I’m currently reading the adaptations of the original Star Trek episodes by James Blish, and quite enjoying them. They pare down a lot of superfluous stuff and add some interesting colour to the characters. This one in particular has a fascinating take on the original Trek pilot The Cage, later given a framing story and aired in the series as The Menagerie. It gets more into Pike’s head, and emphasises the sexual dynamic between Pike, Vina, and Number One. It pushes things a bit farther than Roddenberry was able to go with a network show.
I like them. A bold take on where we’ve gone before.