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Steven Brake
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Posted: 11 July 2019 at 1:10pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Everyone knows that the reason Star Trek: TOS was so successful was because of Scotty, and that the reason subsequent iterations and spin-offs haven't been as good is because they haven't had a Scottish character in them.

So - what Star Trek novels focus on Scotty, or feature him prominently?
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The novel KOBIYASHI MARU has Kirk, Scotty, Sulu, and (I think) Chekov swap stories about how they took the test. Scotty's tale was by far my favorite. Worth checking out for that alone.
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Thanks - got that one already!

I'm currently reading Prime Directive, which gives Scotty some nice scenes - particularly when he reluctantly does his duty and places Kirk under arrest. Surely there must be more with the Greatest Engineer In The Galaxy?
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Glancing about on-line I see that Star Trek novel #52 HOME IS THE HUNTER by Dana Kramer-Rolls features a story wherein Sulu is transported back in time to feudal Japan, Chekov to WW II era Russia, and Scotty to 18th Century Scotland. 

There is a novelization of the ST:TNG episode RELICS written by Michael Jan Friedman.

I've always liked the argument that took place between Scotty and McCoy at the start of James Blish's SPOCK MUST DIE, but I don't recall if Scotty plays much more of a role in the rest of the book.

Not a novel, but Star Trek Annual #3 by Peter David, Curt Swan, and Ricardo Villagran tells the story of Scotty's wife back on Earth and their troubled times together and apart. It is well worth seeking out, in my opinion.

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The novel KOBIYASHI MARU has Kirk, Scotty, Sulu, and (I think) Chekov swap stories about how they took the test. Scotty's tale was by far my favorite. Worth checking out for that alone.

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I thought the Kobiyashi Maru test was for command candidates. Why would Scotty take it?

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Mr. Byrne, in the book, Mr. Scott didn't want to take the test; he wanted to be an engineer. But one of his superior thought he had the exact qualities a commander needed, and was quite insistent that he take the test..

So Mr. Scott took the test... and the results indicated that he would not be suited for command, but not for any reason you'd suspect. I won't say more because it's a spoiler, even after thirty odd years.
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The TNG novel "Crossover" featured Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Mr. Scott. 
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Mr. Byrne, in the book, Mr. Scott didn't want to take the test; he wanted to be an engineer. But one of his superior thought he had the exact qualities a commander needed, and was quite insistent that he take the test..

So Mr. Scott took the test... and the results indicated that he would not be suited for command, but not for any reason you'd suspect. I won't say more because it's a spoiler, even after thirty odd years.

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The word “contrived” leaps to mind.

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Posted: 12 July 2019 at 10:39am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

@Brian Hague:

That's an impressive list - thanks! I might skip the ST:TNG works though - it's more "Prime Scotty" I'm interested in.

Having finished 'Prime Directive', I've just started re-reading 'Vulcan's Glory' and I'm pleasantly surprised to rediscover that Scotty plays a small but decent role in it too!
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Mr. Byrne, in the book, Mr. Scott didn't want to take the test; he wanted to be an engineer. But one of his superior thought he had the exact qualities a commander needed, and was quite insistent that he take the test..

So Mr. Scott took the test... and the results indicated that he would not be suited for command, but not for any reason you'd suspect. I won't say more because it's a spoiler, even after thirty odd years.

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The word “contrived” leaps to mind.

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It worked for me. Chekov expresses similar surprise, IIRC:

"You took the test, Mister Scott?"

"Of course not, laddie. . . they let just any engineer take command of a starship."

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Sounds once again like someone without military experience writing Star Fleet like a club—which has pretty much been the problem with every iteration of TREK since the original series.
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