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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Worlds of Deep Space Nine #1: Cardassia and Andor
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Worlds of Deep Space Nine #1: Cardassia and Andor
by Una McCormack
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.89
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Andorian fans should love this!, May 25 2004
I haven't finished Una McCormack's "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" yet, but as a diehard Andorian fan, I turned to Heather Jarman's "Andor: Paradigm" first...
I'm floating on air. Overall I'm am thrilled and fulfilled by "Paradigm", not only an exciting continuation of "Deep Space Nine" after its so-called "eighth season" (see "Mission: Gamma", "Unity", etc) but this is an Andorian-rich Star Trek story - at last. "Paradigm" drew me in and kept me there. I had a ball; always trying to second guess the action and motivations and being thwarted by Jarman's clever plotting all the way.
In "Paradigm", Andorian DS9 crewman Shar returns to his home planet in disgrace. He has disappointed his birth mother (a UFP councillor) and his two surviving bondmates by shirking his responsibilities to start a family. It was almost hypnotic reading at times. The alien atmosphere is captivating. Shar, and two human DS9 characters introduced in this series of novels set after the TV series, are metaphorically moving backward in time (with the reader) as more and more about ancient Andor is revealed.
Prynn Tenmei's interest in Ensign Shar was also developed well, even though I wasn't sure it was a good idea when suggested in "Unity", but it was a plot complication that helped to keep me guessing right till the end. Thantis was a particularly great character - she's the "zhavey" (birth mother) of Thriss, Shar's deceased bondmate.
We learn quite a bit more about four-partnered Andorian marriages (first mentioned by Data in an episode of TNG). For avid fans, there are some fun cameos: the inclusion of Shran's monument (Enterprise), TOS Andorian chainmail, Therin Park, mention of "The Battle of Betazed" novel - and even the planet Dramia (from TAS).
A truly magnificent effort - and I still have the Cardassian story to read.

Star Trek: Other Realities
Star Trek: Other Realities
by Peter David
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 5.15

4.0 étoiles sur 5 An interesting and different Star Trek collection, Oct. 10 2003
Three fun Star Trek stories in one meaty trade paperback!
"N-Vector" is by KW Jeter, not my favourite Trek novelist, but this comic story is most enjoyable. It was our first hint at a "Deep Space Nine" without Captain Sisko - and the new character of Commander Jast, a female Bolian introduced here, is carried over into the DS9 Relaunch novel, "Avatar". The artwork of this comic story is quite bizarre, but it does grow on you.
Peter David's crew of the USS Excalibur, commanded by the alien Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, has been extremely popular in the original Pocket Books saga, "New Frontier". So "Double Time", now out of print in its orginal, slim graphic novel form, is an often hilarious, often tragic, romp through time for NF fans. It dovetails neatly into the ongoing soap opera style of the NF novels and gives most of Calhoun's eccentric Starfleet crew a chance to shine. Peter David collaborated with the illustrators on the "look" of his characters in this comic, and for the most part, the art is exceptional. Watch out for the cameo of Ensign Janos, the resident Mugato security officer. And the non cameo by Majel Barrett!
"All of Me" is a story set in the original series (TOS). I particular enjoyed the freshness of the artwork. The colours and style capture the look of the best of Kirk and Spock's adventures. Why wasn't Gold Key doing stuff like this in the early 70s?
I already had the original comics in this collection, but this TPB gave me an opportunity to have "N-Vector" in more permanent form, but it's also an economical way for fans of the DS9 Relaunch novels and "New Frontier" to catch up on some 'episodes' they've missed.

Star Trek Aliens
Star Trek Aliens
by Decipher Inc
Edition: Hardcover
15 used & new from CDN$ 29.90

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun for fans of Star Trek's aliens... and for RPGers, June 29 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Star Trek Aliens (Hardcover)
Decipher's latest RPG guide, "Aliens", is another attractive volume in the familiar style, well worth picking up even if you never play the roleplaying game itself. There are 58 alien races here, lots of non-canonical elaboration about Star Trek aliens' planet names and (rather overly stereotypical) physical and emotional traits from all live-action incarnations of Star Trek. Most entries come with at least one colour photo.
As with Last Unicorn Games (LUG), the previous RPG licensee's efforts, "ST: The Motion Picture " is represented by Betelgeuseans and Zaranites, but this time there are no photos for these guys. Ilia represents the Deltans.
Some other ST races are conspicuous by their absence; I guess Decipher's authors have been cautious about expanding some races we know little about, but even races covered in earlier Decipher volumes aren't in this one (ie, no Regulans/Caitians of ST's old Animated Series this time).
No Grazerites. No Zaldans. There's an Elasian (of TOS), but no Troyians. No "Nemesis" Remans. The Suliban of "Enterprise" are included, but no Denobulans, even though Dr. Phlox is mentioned in the Introduction. Several major Delta Quadrant aliens are included for gamers wanting to keep the USS Voyager lost in space.
One surprise is that the Efrosian UFP President of "ST VI: The Undiscovered Country" is given yet another overhaul. (The name "Efrosian" was supposedly given to the alien race introduced in "ST IV: The Voyage Home" by the Makeup Dept. and named for Paramount's Mel Efros. The term was then popularised by "Cinefantastique" magazine and the old FASA RPG materials - and most recently by the Pocket Books novel "In the Name of Honor". Other Pocket novels and novelizations have called the race "Deltan".) However, in Decipher's "Aliens" volume, the ST VI UFP President's pic represents the Atreonids of Atreos IV. Sigh...
Anyway, this book is beautifully presented and well worth checking out! Green cover this time.

Cold Wars (Star Trek New Frontier: Gateways, Book 6)
Cold Wars (Star Trek New Frontier: Gateways, Book 6)
by Peter David
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Welcome back friends!, Oct. 11 2001
In New Frontier, Peter David brings together much-loved, briefly seen, characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation (such as Dr Selar, Shelby and Lefler), quirky aliens from the original series, and from David's own young adult novels, to create a book series that closely resembles a wacky TV soap opera. At the same time, New Frontier carries the hallmark social commentary of excellent aired Star Trek.
Now two new (old) crewmembers sign up! Peter David was first able to "play" with Arex and M'Ress, funky alien crewmembers of the Enterprise (as depicted in Filmation's Star Trek Animated television series - and Alan Dean Foster's "Star Trek Log" adaptations), when they were re-introduced into DC Comics' Star Trek comics by Len Wein after Star Trek IV. Just as things got really interesting (such as M'Ress falling in love with Sulu!), DC's license was rejigged and poor Arex and M'Ress were forced to disappear again.
It's been a long wait, but they are back! Three-armed, three-legged Lt Arex, and his beautiful felinoid companion, Lt M'Ress, have both fallen through time - to end up on Captain Shelby's starship in the New Frontier books. They even get first names!
Since we last met purple-eyed Captain Calhoun, his crew have been split across two Galaxy class starships (hence the need for more crewmembers). It barely matters that "Cold Wars" is part of a gripping seven-book saga that crosses all other Star Trek series. Often hilarious, often shocking, and always impossible to put down, "Cold Wars" almost makes for a good stand alone story (there is a cliffhanger that isn't resolved until the forthcoming hardcover, "What Lay Beyond"). There are also enough intriguing snippets and characters to make first-time readers scramble to find the New Frontier books that have come before, and to make long-time fans anticipate the next New Frontier adventures.
Now I can't wait for the next NF novel (#12) - and hopefully also the return of Ensign Janos, the only sentient Mugato in the galaxy.

Double Time
Double Time
by Peter David
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from CDN$ 43.50

4.0 étoiles sur 5 The New Frontier crew in colour at last, March 13 2001
Ce commentaire est de: Double Time (Paperback)
Peter David's crew of the USS Excalibur, commanded by the alien Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, has been extremely popular in the original Pocket Books series. Now this latest addition to the Star Trek phenomenon moves into comic books.
"Double Time" is an often hilarious, often tragic, romp through time. It dovetails into the ongoing soap opera style of the novels and gives most of Calhoun's eccentric Starfleet crew a chance to shine. Peter David collaborated with the illustrators on the "look" of his characters in this comic, and for the most part, the art is exception. Watch out for the cameo of Ensign Janos, the resident Mugato security officer.

The Andorians Among the Clans
The Andorians Among the Clans
by Hite Kenneth
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 97.01

3.0 étoiles sur 5 At last! A "semi-official" history of Andorians, April 20 2000
Last Unicorn Games' exciting book,"The Andorians: Amongthe Clans" (the actual title of what Amazon was calling "TheAndorians: Setting Book") is a support manual for use in LUG's series of Star Trek roleplaying games. This one is written by S. John Ross, Steven S. Long and Adam Dickstein.
Finally, we have a "real" book about Andorians. Sadly, for copyright reasons, LUG was not permitted to incorporate ANY of Trek fandom's Andorian "lore". Because none of the various Star Trek TV series, or movies, have given us much in the way of canonical information about the blue-skinned, antennaed aliens called Andorians, it had been left to fandom to fill in the blanks through fanzines. This manual actually debunks such non-canonical works as mythology.
This book offers a quite different, but quite intriguing, background for the Andorians. Three sub-races of Andorians are identified: the predominant Thalassan, with high, knobby antennae (as seen in the original Trek); the Talish (of ST:TMP), who have forward, tendril-like antennae; and the Bish'ee (of TNG), who have diminishing antennae standing straight out from their head.
LUG's thoughtful and richly detailed material is a great source for introducing these warriors into Trek roleplays.

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