epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Book Review: Star Trek Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions

Star Trek Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions by Geoff Trowbridge,
Keith R.A. DeCandido and Chris Roberson

The 2nd volume of the Myriad Universes Saga is not quite as good as the 1st
but it's still a great read.

The Chimes At Midnight
In a universe where Spock died as a child, an Andorian/Aenar hybrid named
Thelin became Kirk's friend and confidant. Kirk's whiny son David invents
the Project Genesis and then has to live with the repercussions when the
Klingons suspect Genesis is a weapon. This tale retells the 2nd to 6th Trek
movies very differently and shows us how things could have gone terribly
wrong. David broods, Thelin has to use Genesis as a weapon and David has an
unlikely romance with the Vulcan/Romulan hybrid Saavik. This was good and
Thelin was a great character.

A Gutted World
Bajor was never liberated and the Romulans and Klingons are at war and the
Federation is pulled into the conflict. Only a few people, Kira and Quark
among them, know the truth. That many worlds are being manipulated by
shapeshifters from the Gamma Quadrant. But can they get anyone to believe
their tale of a threat called the Dominion? And if they do, will it be
enough? This is a dark tale of death and despair. It's good though.

Brave New World
The weakest story of the both volumes. Androids are a part of Federation
life but now the long lost Data has returned, wielding the powers of the
Iconians. Data wants to remake machine/organic relationships. This was
uninteresting with all the ranting about android rights more suited to the
new 'Battlestar Galactica' and the ending came across as damned ominous. I
honestly don't know if the creepy ending was intended by the author to be
creepy but it was. Weak.

Am looking forward to the 3rd Myriad volume.
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