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Distant Shores: Star Trek Voyager Anthology [Paperback]

Gene Roddenberry , Rick Berman , Marco Palmieri
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1 Nov 2005 Star Trek: Voyager
Washed up on a faraway galactic shore, Captain Kathryn Janeway of the U.S.S. Voyager faced a choice: accept exile or set a course for home, a seventy-thousand-light-year journey fraught with unknown perils. She chose the latter. Janeway's decision launched her crew on a seven-year trek pursuing an often lonely path that embodied the purest form of the Starfleet adage "to boldly go . . . " Committed to that difficult road, Voyager's crew was rewarded with unimaginable experiences on strange and fantastic worlds, encountering exotic alien species and astonishing phenomena . . . and challenged along the way by conflicts from within as well as from without. Yet none of their adventures tempered their shared determination to find a way back to friends and family.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; Anniversary edition (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743492536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743492539
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars And now Voyager gets the anthology treatment 19 Jan 2006
Star Trek: Voyager was ten years old in 2005, and as part of the celebration, Pocket Books published Distant Shores, an anthology of stories set during the television series. Edited by Marco Palmieri, this collection is definitely better than a lot of the episodes, with great characterization of the regulars, imaginative extrapolations from existing episodes, as well as original stories that don't have anything to do with the episodes. One of the things I've noticed about these anthologies (Prophecy & Change for Deep Space Nine is another one) is that the stories are often used to show us things that the various episodes weren't able to show, for whatever reason.
Thus, we get some closure to the relationship between Neelix and Kes ("Closure"). We see some of the survivors of the Equinox (from the episode of the same name) who joined the Voyager crew, and then disappeared into the vast Central Casting pool, never to be seen again. Some of the stories are quite touching, while others are fun. This is definitely a collection for any Voyager fan, and even non-Voyager fans might actually like it a little bit.
The anthology begins and ends with "Da Capo al Fine" (Heather Jarman),told in two parts and separated by a cliffhanger. The Admiral Janeway from the future who came back to help Voyager home (in the finale) is being mentally assaulted by the Borg Queen. Or is she? Could some alien be returning to deliver what he promised? She visits numerous instances of the life and death decisions she's had to make over seven years in the Delta Quadrant, and she must decide whether to turn down a final offer that could eradicate all of that. I wasn't sure what to make of this story at first, but ultimately it could almost be an analogy for the whole Voyager series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read! 26 July 2006
If you're a Voyager fan, then you're bound to find at least one story in this book that either answer's a question, or touches on a part of the show you liked, or thought neglected.

For me, personally, it was the latter. And I'm sure for many Voyager fans out there, you will agree with me.

Distant Shores fills in the gaps left by 'The-Powers-That-Be' for various reasons: what happened to the Doctor when he was left on the planet in 'Blink Of An Eye'; what happened to those the crew left behind in the Alpha Quadrant; the Talent Night mentioned in 'Coda'; the former Borg, Bajoran 'Marika Wilkara' who was liberated in 'Survival Instinct' and elected to stay on Voyager for the month or so she had left; and also a look at the unique relationship of Voyager's 'Command Couple'.

I am biased when it comes to chosing my favourite story, and I have to say that the one of the most interesting stories is 'Isabo's Shirt', by Kirsten Beyer. I don't want to give anything away, as to attempt to do so would ruin the wonderful and slightly mysterious story Beyer weaves - but we all have a niggling feeling we know to whom she refers from the beginning. The events of this story are probably what a lot of people would have liked to see happen in the TV show, but had no chance of occuring because of other directions the Producers wanted to take. It is my favourite because I finally got to 'see' what I wish had been shown only briefly, even if it is taken away to set everything back to normal. Part of me wonders, however, whether if it had happened in canon whether things could have ever gone back.

I digress, but it is hard not to on a subject one feels passionately about.

Overall, it has to be say the Distant Shores anthology is worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voyager Season 7.5 11 April 2007
By Daiho
Voyager was exasperating. The crew never ran out of fuel, food, or shuttles, the characters never really changed, and there was never any sense of peril, that the characters might die or that Voyager might not make it home. But still, after seven years together I couldn't help feeling a little wistful after the last episode knowing I'd never see those characters again, except in reruns.

Which is why Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores was such a pleasant companion for a couple of weeks, a collection of 12 short stories each of which reads like a typical television episode. The stories cover all seven seasons and with the exception of Tuvok, all the major characters are featured in at least one story.

The writers in this volume must be great fans themselves. They've succeeded in capturing the essence of the show and the characters, recreating in print what we saw each week on television. Their faithfulness, however, sometimes goes too far and as a result we get ridiculous plot contrivances, such the first season story in which Tuvok withholds the command codes from Chakotay even though the ship is under alien attack and Janeway incapacitated because, well, Tuvok's not really sure if he can trust the former Maquis. There's also the sentimental, ripped-from-a-Harelquin-romance episode in which Chakotay confesses his love to Janeway, and 38 pages of stuporous logs recorded by the doctor while stranded on the planet Tahal (which answers the question of how a being made of light could have a "son.").

The better stories in this collection equal and even outdo the better televised episodes. Harry Kim finally gets the girl, a very special person who teaches him the value of living in the present.
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