As if all the intricately interwoven storylines in the Star Trek universe, with prequels and one fully fledged Mirror Universe already in place were not enough, the 'Myriad Universes' books add even more Mirror Universes to the Star Trek experience.
On the one hand, this means that there is no surprise that you are dealing with 'mirror characters', but on the other hand it means the reader must always pay attention to catch the many subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) differences with 'our' universe. This can be fun for both the casual and the more dedicated Star Trek fan, although the experience is certainly more satisfying if you are familiar with the more secondary characters and storylines from the series and the movies.
'The Chimes at Midnight' is a deviation from 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' and 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.' Spock never lived long enough to become Kirk's friend and first officer. So how was the conflict with Khan Noonien Singh resolved? And at what cost? A fascinating tale that I found utterly convincing and gripping in its deep drama.
'A Gutted World' takes place shortly after 'Star Trek VIII: First Contact' in a universe where Bajor was never liberated from the Cardassians, the wormhole was never discovered by the Bajorans, Benjamin Sisko stayed at the Utopia Planitia shipyards and Voyager was never lost in the Delta Quadrant. Suddenly, mysterious hostilities break out and Captain Picard, still deeply affected by his latest confrontation with the Borg, is sent on a mission to investigate. This tale felt a little more pedestrian (and unfinished) to me. The explanation for the attacks was rather obvious, and the resulting storyline was plagued by the same lack of depth that haunted the original in 'our' universe. Still an interesting read, though.
'Brave New World' has Dr. Noonien Soong's android creations play a much larger role in Federation society than in 'our' Trek universe. But not everyone welcomed them and many androids disappeared, including Data. He reappears at the start of this story with a grim warning and events unfold from there. A highly creative and original setup that was not quite followed up by a worthy storyline and resolution. Nonetheless an interesting read.
All in all, I found the book to be well worth the price, even though the last two tales could have used a little more work. I would certainly buy a following book in this series.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1386 KB
- Print Length: 514 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 1st Pocket Books Trade Pbk. Ed edition (12 August 2008)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0015DYLU6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 19 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)