247pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-188-3
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Bridge in the 24th Century
Decades after the adventures of Captain James T Quirk and the crew of the USS Competitor, we now follow the next generation of bridge crusaders as they traverse the universe. Led by Captain Jonathan Lucian Pillar III, the starship’s latest incarnation is crewed by many familiar characters: an android Science Officer, an imposing Klingon as Chief of Security, and a young boy who learned the game playing against robots on the ship’s holodeck.
Crew members play a devilish Ferengi team for the rights to a new outpost, visit a planet populated exclusively by the over-60s, and face a nail-biting death-match against a treacherous team of Cardasians. Then there are the fearsome Romulans, once allies and, for the last half century, sworn enemies.
In the thrilling conclusion, two members of the USS Competitor crew join forces with the Vulcans and Romulans to take on a team of mercenaries recruited by The Borg. At stake is the fate of billions of lifeforms, across large swathes of the universe, as The Borg tries to expand its territory into Federation space.
This is Enterprising Bridge Tales: The Next Generation.
Marc Smith (Southampton, UK) is the author, with Barbara Seagram, of the world's best-selling bridge book in the past sixty years, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. He has written many other bridge books and played successfully in several international championships. He is a popular online bridge teacher, conducting many classes at all levels of play.
The hands are plentiful, testing and well analyzed. A number are presented as problems so the reader can match wits with the young hero. The explanations are instructive, and will prepare readers to think through similar situations themselves.
— Australian Bridge Date: 2019-10-30
Almost thirty years ago Marc Smith wrote about bridge in the 23rd Century aboard the USS Starship Competitor. Now, at last, we have the sequel, describing the bridge and space adventures of the Starship under a new commander in the 24th Century. And the original book, with revisions, has been republished alongside it. There is much to enjoy in both these books, even if you’re not a Star Trek fan (I’m not), but I imagine it will add to the enjoyment if you are. The hands are interesting and often instructive, the stories in which they are set are well constructed, and the characters are lifelike. The newer book is more instructional, supported by frequent ‘over the shoulder’ descriptions of a player’s train of thought. However, fans of highly artificial systems might be disappointed to discover that the Vulcan Variable Pass, in common use in the 23rd century, seems to have gone completely out of fashion a hundred years later.
— A New Bridge Magazine Date: 2018-09-25