Star Trek: Myriad Universes #2: Echoes and Refractions (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/8/12
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It's been said that for any event, there are an infinite number of possible outcomes. Our choices determine which outcome will follow, and therefore all possibilities that could happen do happen across countless alternate realities. In these divergent realms, known history is bent, like white light through a prism -- broken into a boundless spectrum of what-might-have-beens. But in those myriad universes, what might have been...is what actually happened.
THE CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT: In a continuum where Spock died during childhood, an Andorian named Thelin became Captain Kirk's stalwart friend and first officer. But at the moment of Khan's final defeat, history takes an even stranger turn, and the emerging potential of Project Genesis is revealed as the galaxy's greatest hope...and its most ominous threat.
A GUTTED WORLD: Terrorist Kira Nerys -- from a Bajor that was never liberated -- may hold the key to winning a war that has engulfed half the galaxy. But with the Romulans and the Klingons at each other's throats, and the Federation pulled into the conflict, even victory may not bring salvation.
BRAVE NEW WORLD: Dr. Noonien Soong's dream has been realized: androids are now woven inextricably into the fabric of the Federation, revolutionizing Starfleet and transforming the quality of humanoid life. But when Soong's long-missing breakthrough creation, Data, mysteriously resurfaces, civilization reaches a crossroads that could lead to a bright new future, or to ruin.
Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.
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The second story is the best with this one dealing with a Bajor that was never liberated from Cardassian rule. It is a very dark story with the ending uncharacteristic for Star Trek. Despite the ending of this story, it was the best one of the three.
The final story involves a reality where androids are common in the Federation. Because of unresolved issues concerning their citizenship Data and a group of his kinfolk suddenly disappear. This story had no real "grit" to it and actually seemed to be written on a seventh-grade reading level with the author doing everything possible to avoid any danger or excitement. In other words I was rather bored with it.
1) What if Spock died as a child?
2) What if Bajor was never liberated from the Cardassians?
3) What if Dr. Noonien Soong created more androids?
"What if..." is a question that haunts all of us at some time or another. At least we have answers for these...
The different writers are carefully keeping events in context, but with new subtext that takes the reader on different paths than those they are familiar with. An excellent read - pick up the first one as well!
"A Gutted World" retells everything from ST:TNG, DS9 and Voyager in a fashion that reminded me of Admiral Kirk's taunt to Khan: "You've managed to kill just about everyone ..." I guess that's the fun of writing an alternate universe. For me, the best part of Keith R.A. DeCandido's story was the introduction of Kathryn Janeway and Voyager, and their demise in less than three pages!
"Brave New World" features Ro Laren in a satisfying tale of androids seeking basic human rights. I always thought the Laren character was underused or misused, and Chris Roberson's story goes along way to telling about a fascinating character.