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The second book in the Myriad Universes series and again brings in the 'what if' idea
in the first story spock does not exist, and thats that , the story features an angle with a different first officer , and follows the genesis story from the movies , however with a twist , which quite frankly could have been written by any one watching the first five films and deciding to adapt them into a short story , however, the twist being .... well you will have to read the story , which does make it that bit more enjoyable , some how though i cant quite see the federation council ever sanctioning what happened .. again this is the best part of the series its all about what if !!
the second story again could have been written by some one watching ds9 seeing the episode where shape shifters inflitrate starfleet , then decided to write it for a book , this has to be my least favourtie story mainly due to the fact that it was obvious this was exactly what the author had done with the slight change bajor had never been liberated ... oh and to kill off every single character from every single franchise .. not such a good idea
the third story telling the story of data and the planet , he founds was good .. untill the end .. then it became all fluffy and nice with every one all being friends ..it kinda uses the idea of the nuclear deterant idea , but the ending could have done with some more work
Warning Nerd Alert.....
Some people love Star Trek and some people hate it, personally I've always loved it and have been a fan since watching the Next Gen in the mid eighties. Star Trek as a franchise has been re-energised lately by last years film which used the tactic of altering history to allow the producers to reintroduce new actors into old characters. This tactic of altering history or changing how a race or character behaves has been a stock of Star Trek since the very first series, this alternate universe is called in Star Trek parlance the "Nu universe" - yes said it was nerd alert.
In this universe the producers and writers could have a bit of fun and change how a character might behave if something in thing in their past was altered. The original series used this tactic brilliantly in the episode where Kirk is sent back to early 1930's America and through his actions saving a girls life ultimately stops the USA entering the second world war, Germany win the war and suddenly the Enterprise disappears to be replaced with a ship manned by men with German accents.
Why do I mention this here? Well this book looks at alternate Star Trek universes, places where the TV and films covered in detail in one time line but here take a moment in the past and change it to see how an altered time line might play out differently. This is a book for the true Star Trek lover, it needs a bit of knowledge about the true events and the characters portrayed real events.
The book is split into three novella's, all approximately 180 pages long. They are written by Geoff Trowbridge, Keith DeCandido and Chris Robertson, none of these authors are known to me away from this book.
Chimes at Midnight - Geoff Trowbridge
This book uses the thought, what would happen if Spock died in childhood? Obviously Kirk would have a different first officer and the events which followed the attack by Khan in the second Trek film would finish differently. The book begins just after the creation of the genesis planet after Khan's attack, though the book doesn't explain how the Enterprise survived Khan's attack because in the film Spock enters the engine cassette setting the engines but dieing from radiation poisoning. The genesis planet is created by Kirks son David, in this novel he is captured by the Klingons, he is tortured and Kirk mounts a rescue campaign. The book stretches away from the canon of the Star Trek films and events in the novel genuinely shock for any Star Trek fan. The Klingons are the bad guys and uses the first four films as the background for the changes, in this novel Kirk doesn't save the earth from the probe as in the forgotten country. The novel is well written and at 180 pages races along at a decent rate.
A gutted world - Keith DeCandido
This novel alternate world is a bajor which is still under Cardassian rule, in this world Kira Reyes who in the TV series is the Bajor envoy on Deep Space Nine is here a freedom fighter fighting the oppressive Cardassians. The Romulans and Klingons are at war and the Federation are forced into supporting the Klingons, Reyes has secrets which when revealed will turn the war in the federations way but can she reach Federation space? Again the alternate history is good, here we meet Kira, Picard, Janeway all having different roles from their classic positions from TV and film.
Brave New World - Chris Robertson
One of the more engaging characters in Star trek is the android Data, here in this universe androids are indiginous making the Federation the ultimate power in the universe but the original Data has disappeared. The Federation finally encounters a powerful opponent and the stresses of war places the Federation at a point where destruction or enlightenment are both within reach. Data reappears and the information he has pushes the Federation in one of the two directions.
As I said this is very much a novel for the serious Star Trek lover, it uses characters from the TV series and places them in slightly different positions. The reader needs a bit of prior knowledge and the changes can be genuinely interesting, however, it won't appeal to everyone even those who like their Trek. However, I enjoyed it and would read others in the alternate universe, maybe we'll meet the Borg on their love boats?