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Ultimate DS9 relaunch book poll

Mantaray

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Report this Nov. 28 2008, 2:01 pm

* The Lives of Dax (edited by Marco Palmieri, 1999 trade paperback, 2003 mass-market paperback): A compilation of pre-finale stories involving each of the Dax hosts, framed by a conversation between Ezri Dax and Vic Fontaine. The framing narrative is set two weeks after the DS9 finale and three months prior to Avatar. The book was originally published as a standalone coda to the series, as the framing narrative contains no effect upon nor foreshadowing of the Relaunch plot; but the Relaunch canon retroactively added this book several years later, as the novels came to use some of Dax's stories here as a base for the storyline.

* A Stitch in Time, by Andrew Robinson (May 2000): presented as a letter from DS9-resident Cardassian spy and tailor Garak (writer Andrew Robinson's character from the series) to Dr Julian Bashir, Garak recounts his life story, and also notes developments on Cardassia after the end of the Dominion war. This book was not originally published as part of the Relaunch; but the editor of the Relaunch considers it to have the same relevance to these books as an episode of the series, starting with a reference in Avatar (wherein Dr Bashir reads Garak's letter). A Stitch in Time has been retroactively added to the relaunch line-up.

* N-Vector, by K.W. Jeter (August 2000 - November 2000): a four-issue comic book limited series/miniseries details an adventure of the crew of DS9 and the Defiant between Benjamin Sisko's disappearance and Elias Vaughn's joining the crew. In it, the crew deals with some unusual behavior by Quark which leads to the discovery of a Romulan experiment gone awry. It introduces the character of Tiris Jast, a Bolian female, who serves as executive officer of the station and commanding officer of the Defiant until Vaughn's arrival. Jast also cameos in The Next Generation: Maximum Warp, a novel duology.

* Avatar, 2 books (S.D. Perry, May 2001): As Deep Space Nine recovers from the end of the war, Jem'Hadar ships attack in an attempt to restart hostilities. The station barely survives, but then a cloaked Jem'Hadar soldier is discovered onboard. Meanwhile, Kira and Ro deal with a long-lost Bajoran prophecy. The book introduces all four of DS9's new regular characters.

* Section 31: Abyss, (Jeffrey Lang and David Weddle, July 2001): Dr. Bashir is sent by shadowy intelligence agency Section 31 to deal with a rogue S31 agent who has taken control of a Jem'Hadar cloning facility abandoned by the Dominion after the war, and who, like Bashir, is genetically enhanced.

* Gateways 4: Demons of Air and Darkness (Keith R.A. DeCan####, September 2001): Part of the cross-series Gateways sequence, this book focuses on the effort to save a group of colonists endangered by radiation, and on Quark's negotiations with the mysterious aliens who claim to control access to the gateways.

* Gateways 7: What Lay Beyond - "Horn And Ivory" (Keith R.A. DeCan####, 2001, reprinted October 2002): In a follow up to the previous story, Kira finds herself trapped in Bajor's distant past ? and must come to accept her new role on Deep Space Nine.

* Mission Gamma: The refurbished USS Defiant embarks on a mission of exploration in the Gamma Quadrant, captained by Vaughn. Meanwhile, those left behind on DS9 deal with political upheavals on Bajor. Comprised four books:

  o Twilight (David R. George III, September 2002). In the GQ, Elias Vaughn and Prynn Tenmei's shuttle crashes on a mysteriously deserted planet. In the AQ, a Starfleet Admiral arrives with the news that Bajor's membership in the Federation has been accepted.

  o This Gray Spirit (Heather Jarman, September 2002). In the GQ, Ezri Dax and Shar clash over how to help a politically torn planet. In the AQ, Cardassia's request for peace with Bajor leads to surprising repercussions.

  o Cathedral (Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels, October 2002). In the GQ, Bashir, Dax and Nog are affected by a strange space-borne artefact. In the AQ, religious upheavals threaten to disrupt the upcoming Federation signing ceremony.

   o Lesser Evil (Robert Simpson, November 2002). In the GQ, Vaughn discovers the wreckage of a Borg vessel, containing Prynn Tenmei's mother Ruriko. In the AQ, Kira must track down a new enemy - or rather a very old one that has unexpectedly returned.

* Rising Son (S.D. Perry, January 2003): Lost for months in the Gamma Quadrant, Jake Sisko has numerous adventures which end in his discovery of long-lost Bajoran religious leader Kai Opaka.

* The Left Hand of Destiny (2 books, J.G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang, May and June 2003): Events involving Commander Worf and Chancellor Martok (co-writer J.G. Hertzler's character from the series) upon their victorious return to the Klingon homeworld Qo'nos, based around an attempted coup against Martok. This was written after Avatar but set before it.

* Unity (S.D. Perry, November 2003 hardcover, December 2004 mass-market paperback): The Defiant crew returns to find DS9 under threat by the parasites seen in the TNG episode "Conspiracy."

* Worlds of Deep Space Nine
  o Volume 1: Cardassia and Andor (Una McCormack; Heather Jarman, May 2004): Chief O'Brien and Garak work together to thwart an unusual hostage situation at the new planetary reclamation project; Shar returns home to fulfil cultural and familial obligations.

  o Volume 2: Trill and Bajor (Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin; J. Noah Kym February 2005): Ezri Dax and Julian Bashir face unrest and revelations on Trill; the station crew encounters new challenges as Bajor integrates into the Federation.
  o Volume 3: The Dominion and Ferenginar (David R. George III; Keith R.A. DeCan####, February 2005): Quark and Ro Laren investigate accusations against Quark's brother Rom; Odo deals with a strange discovery about the Founders.

* Warpath (David Mack, April 2006): The Jem'Hadar Taran'atar has brutally attacked Captain Kira and Lieutenant Ro, and Commander Vaughn must track him down. But they find something none of them expected.

* Fearful Symmetry (Olivia Woods, July 2008): Contains two parallel storylines. In "Book 1," Kira recovers physically and emotionally from her injuries. She distrusts everyone, dealing with the mirror version of Iliana Ghemor, who slowly reveals our universe's Iliana's plan. "Book 2" follows Iliana's past on Cardassia, as she changes from idealistic artist to bitter widow to cold-hearted Obsidian Order agent to Bajoran imposter to abused prisoner to revenge-obsessed megalomaniac.

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Report this Nov. 28 2008, 5:04 pm

While A Stitch In Time is brilliant, and The Lives of Dax is definitely my favorite Star Trek anthology book ever, I went with Avatar.

While I haven't read anything after Gateways 7, I felt Avatar was a great continuation of DS9, and would have made a perfect opening 2 parter for "season 8", as it were.

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Report this Nov. 28 2008, 5:15 pm

out of that list, Unity.

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Report this Nov. 28 2008, 6:16 pm

Again!!

My favourite DS9 book is Cathedral but I can't vote for the Gamma books because there are some I like and some I don't.

My second fave is Abyss (by a little bit) so I voting for that one instead.

Third favourite is still Avatar.

Mantaray

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Report this Dec. 01 2008, 3:07 pm

Hey Otakujo,  took your advise and just finished Abyss/Section 31.  Awesome book, thanks for the tip.

Have you read: Left Hand of Destiny?  I think you would love this one too.

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Report this Dec. 05 2008, 12:20 pm

Stitch in Time with NOTHING???

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Report this Dec. 07 2008, 12:27 am

I have Stitch In Time but haven't read it yet, so cannot vote for it! hehe. Even though it's based on my second fav. character.

I might get Left Hand of Destiny one of these days - perhaps once I've read the books still on my reading list (incl. Stitch in Time, among others.) Perhaps. Even though it doesn't have any of my favourite characters in it and I've never really been "into" Klingon stories although there are some good ones out there...

Mantaray

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Report this Dec. 08 2008, 12:21 pm

Mortak is such an interesting character I think you will enjoy LHOD.

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Report this Dec. 08 2008, 10:51 pm

:honorable: I like Martok though he is my favourite Klingon character I think. :honorable:

Mantaray

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Report this Dec. 09 2008, 12:28 pm

Also do yourself a favor:  Read Stitch in Time.   Very well written.

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Report this Dec. 10 2008, 2:50 am

I haven't read the entire series but so far, I would have to say Avatar. It was really great.

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Report this Dec. 10 2008, 5:11 am

Quote (Mantaray @ Dec. 09 2008, 12:28 pm)
Also do yourself a favor: ?Read Stitch in Time. ? Very well written.

I have that one, which means it's on my "to read" list. But I have so much to read. Waaaahhh. ¿:cry: ¿Next one I want to read is "Wounds" because I just got that one and it's bloody brilliant so far. (First five or six chapters or so.)

Not to mention people keep posting fanfics and I always have to read lots of those when they come available.

Definitely going to read "Stitch in Time" very soon, though. Although the first "Destiny" book comes out in five days or so... But maybe I won't read that immediately when it does after all.

Just glanced back @ books to see what else I still have to read!

Oh yeah and Avatar is brilliant too. Love that one. yay. Some really good writing, which I have to confess surprised me. Lots.

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Report this Dec. 10 2008, 10:05 am

Avatar is great as well.   Was that SD Perry?

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Report this Dec. 11 2008, 6:12 am

Quote (Mantaray @ Dec. 10 2008, 10:05 am)
Avatar is great as well. ¿ Was that SD Perry?

yup

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Report this Dec. 12 2008, 5:38 pm

Great writer

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