Tin Woodman (novel)
First edition hardback cover
|Author||David Bischoff and Dennis Russell Bailey|
|Cover artist||Gary Monteferante and Judith Turner|
|01 April 1979|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
Tin Woodman is a science fiction novel written by Dennis Russell Bailey and David Bischoff. It was first published in 1979. The story, about a psychic who makes contact with a sentient spacecraft, was adapted into a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode.
A young psychic boy is taken aboard a starship at the request of the government. The boy is considered both a misfit and dangerous because he has the ability to read minds on earth. However, once aboard he travels into deep space where he comes into contact with a sentient starship. The mission of the crew is to somehow communicate with the alien craft and bring it back to earth. However, things don't go to plan when the young psychic makes contact and decides to take matters into his own hands.
- 1979, USA, Doubleday ISBN 0-385-12785-5, Pub date 1 April 1979, Hardback
- 1980, UK, Sidgwick & Jackson, ISBN 0-283-98602-6, Pub date 1980, Hardback
- 1980, UK, Readers Union/The Science Fiction Book Club [UK], Pub date 1980, Hardback
- 1982, USA, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-81292-9, Pub date, Feb 1982, Paperback
- 1982, UK, Sidgwick & Jackson, ISBN 0-283-98813-4, Pub date 1980, Omnibus Hardback
- 1983 France, Les Enfants du Voyage, Opta (OPTA - Galaxie Bis #96), ISBN 2-7201-0182-6, Cover: J. L. Verdier, 206pp, Pub date Dec 1983, Paperback
- 1985, USA, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-81293-7, Cover: Walter Velez, Pub date, Dec. 1985, Paperback
Explanation of the novel's title
The name Tin Woodman is derived from the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Tin Woodman character. The name is used as a euphemism for the alien, the subject of the novel, who like the Woodman seeks happiness by having its heart restored.
This book was adapted into a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Tin Man", also written by Bischoff & Bailey. The core story comes from the novel, but the novel itself was not associated with the Star Trek universe. Many changes had to be made to adapt the story into the Star Trek universe, such as the characterization of the crew, and the book's ending.