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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416571809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416571803
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Christopher L. Bennett lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended University for a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. with high honours in History. Prior to his X-Men endeavours, Bennett focused his love for science fiction into Star Trek novelizations for Simon & Schuster, including Star Trek: Ex Machina and Star Trek S.C.E Aftermath. William Leisner is the author of the e-books Star Trek: TNG: The Insolence of Office and Out of the Cocoon. James Swallow is the only British writer to have worked on the Star Trek television series, penning an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. His books include the Sundowners ghost western series as well as Warhammer novels and the Dr Who hardback Peacemaker (2007).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lurker on 2 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm not going to spoil this for potential readers but the first story has to be the best only becasue of the plot twists regarding Kirk and Sarek, and shows that maybe humans weren't really that important in forming something like a UFP.

Story two is good as well, showing us how Things could have gone for Voyager if they hadn't had time to ally with the Borg, also gives us a more concrete explenation of WHY 8472 were attacking, and why a species that lives in Fluidic space needs three legs.

Story three, well it was a good read, but too heavilly focuses on Ezri and Bashir, makeing the rest of the cast with the exception of the Botany Bays crew seem two dimensional. Although the choices of who was aboard was a pleasent suprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Riley on 19 Aug 2009
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Lets face it, if you're looking for a great novel to stimulate your mind and expand your horizons you're in the wrong place. As with all tv and movie tie-ins the Star Trek books are light hearted distractions not the heights of modern literature.

Infinity's Prism offers three "What If's" set in the Star Trek Universe. Three very different types of what if too.
A LESS PERFECT UNION, breaks from the Trek narative in Archer's time, but is set in Kirk's. Many recognisable characters from TOS are found here illustrating how culture strongly affects individuals.
PLACES OF EXILE, is a Voyager story. The plot follows directly on from the break point during the Species 8472/Borg conflict. This offering gives us the standard characters that change only with the ongoing plot, showing how big a difference a single change can make.
SEEDS OF DISSENT is set in the DS9 time frame, the break point being Khan Noonien Singh winning the Eugenics war on Earth. The characters here are mostly name touch points, the human counterparts being unregonisable in terms of personality or indeed physical appearance.

I enjoyed all the stories, they're interesting looks into other types of future, the first and last could have been non-Star Trek stories, but they would have needed longer to set them up. Playing on the differences makes it quick and easy to understand the new timeline. None of them have any link to the "real" Trek universe and they don't link to each other.
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By M. Middleton on 10 Aug 2009
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This is the first star trek book I have read , having been a fan for many years decided to see what the written form would be like, its a what would happen if this happned idea ... the first two stories are ok , however when it came to the final story, reading felt like one should have known what the author was writting about from page 1 , there was no explianation as to what a princeps was and how Julian Bashier had become one, to me it seemed as if several pages leading into the story had been left out.. the book is basicaly written around the original series episode 'mirror mirror'idea

overall an enjoyable read
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SoylentPurple on 5 July 2009
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When I first started reading this book, I thought it fan fiction. I thought 3 fan fiction writers had pooled their money together and paid to publish a book themselves, knowing no reputable company would publish.

Only after finishing all 3 books did I discover that these were experienced authors with many published books under their belts.

The style of writing is simplistic and represents everything that is bad about the mountain of Star Trek and Star Wars books that are written. And that is: Slap the logo on the front and fans will buy it. Doesn't have to be good, as long as the copy-writer can spin a good yarn on the back cover.

The stories are essentially just ways to kill off the characters we all know and love and render all the stories pointless.

The only saving grace of this book is James Swallow, who actually gives some style to his writing, but isn't allowed to run free as he has to stick to the Star Trek of writing.

This book also contains probably the worst Trek story I've ever read (The awful Voyager story which was just an excuse to get Janeway together with Chakotay). The writing of this Voyager story is mechanically and dull; it feels like a 12 year-old's first attempt at fiction. In one hysterically bad piece of writing, Kes is about to become pregnant and have a life changing decision to make, only for it all to be reversed and rendered null-and-void, all in the same paragraph.

If we continue to buy rubbish like this, then they will continue to publish rubbish like this. Fans should avoid on general principle.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Almost Better Than the Original 18 July 2008
By J. Mark Graham - Published on Amazon.com
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So, I really like Star Trek, and science fiction in general. But one of the most annoying problems with the genre is the inability to tackle the consequences of being human. Recently I've been trying to branch out into science fiction and really found it barely comprehendable, because of the inability to make the worlds convincing in a human fashion. Particularly the use of genetic enhancements and super elongated life spans. Otherwise known as a literary device known as deus ex machina. Commonwealth Saga and The Dreaming Void, I'm looking at you. Star Trek isn't completely immune to this, but in Deep Space 9 TV and books and the Alternate Universe they just nail this. People are PEOPLE. While there are many many great things to say about this collection of stories, all of these stories just get it right, to a greater or lesser extent, but on a fundamental level.

For this review, I'll tackle each story individually and then look at the themes that run through each of them and how they fit together as a whole, in comparison to the rest of recent Star Trek books. For brief story summaries, go the the book's Amazon Page.

A Less Perfect Union is a great start to the collection. First of all, the story flows in a natural fashion, particularly if you have a rough grasp of the background of the original series. These alternate or 'myriad' universes as they call them can create authorial nightmares in terms of exposition and development. Because of the established characters and the mental acknowledgement the reader has that these are going to be different, particularly The Original Series characters, its way too easy to overload on plot exposition and positioning characters within the new universe, but this story just does that very well. Particularly by gradually introducing characters in a natural fashion, like Doctor McCoy. The story itself isn't all that strong, mostly because a significant plot point requires a significant oversight by a major character, but the strength of the universe as a realistic and well-developed setting really makes this story work.

8.5/10

Places of Exile is in my opinion the weakest story of the three, but not really by the fault of the author, who did a fine job of building the characters of the arguably the worst Star Trek series. Where the story kind of hiccups is in Species 8472/Scourge/Groundskeepers, which I can't really blame the author for again because they were really difficult to flesh out. I was intrigued by the general plot premise, and thought the developing of the Delta Coalition to be just a whole lot of fun to experienced. Immigration issues are touched on in a political way, but again like a great deal of this collection just flows naturally. One thing that I really appreciated is the consequences of the deaths of the major characters. B'Elanna's collapse after the death of Tom was totally believable, espeically since it reminded my of the earlier seasons of Voyager, before it all descended into madness. Not only that, I missed Tuvok. There were moments where I just wanted to see Tuvok. So while the plot is a bit iffy, again the new setting works really well, the development of the Delta Coalition was natural (if way too fast timewise. No way Voyager could create a Delta Federation in under two years.) and well fleshed out, and they touched a grand scale that was great to see.

8.0/10

Seeds of Dissent is one of the best stories I've ever read period. Despite being the shortest story of the three, it flows in a natural fashion over a short period of time that makes it feel like you have experienced these events. The pacing is masterful, and the creativity on display was masterful. The development of the characters of Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax in particular were very well done. One of the literary techiniques that Swallow uses is a natural perspective shift. As the story begins, it begins through the perspective of Bashir, but as the plot quickens the perspective gradually to Ezri Dax. Not only that, but the characterization of Bashir is wonderful, and the universe-in-a-bottle that is created in the Defiance just feels authentic and very very unique. The only real weakness I feel is the crew of the Botany Bay, who feel like filler rather than actualy characters, but that just seems like a consequence of the direction of the plot. But overall, quite simply on of the best stories I've ever read.

9.5/10

As a whole, these stories work really well together. The universes are each truly unique, touching on great points. Thematically though with each universe, is that the standard Star Trek universe isn't necessarily better. The best example is Places in Exile, where the what-if scenario is explicitly 'better' than how the canon universe turned out to be. In most other alternate universe stories, the universe is distinctly worse, but these scenarios aren't necessarily worse. While A Less Perfect Union and Seeds of Dissent universes had discintly negative turning point, but these universes have a natural feel to them that even the Alternate Universe doesn't have. In the end, the transition from the Alternate Universe to these Myriad Universes is a great transition for the Star Trek book series, that allows a creative foundation while freeing the authors to create very realistic and unique universes. Kudos to the authors for taking this concept and executing it exceptionally well.

Overall 9.0/10
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not bad at all 26 July 2008
By Raymond J. Clements - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All three stories in this collection were enjoyable, and I read it in a day and a half. Of the three, my favorite was the Voyager story, "Places of Exile." The characterizations are spot-on, and in my opinion, the developments that take place for each of the characters (the ones who make it, anyway) are more interesting and fulfilling than what actually happened on the show.

The other two stories are equally good, but are much more reference-heavy (especially "Seeds of Dissent"; make sure you've read Greg Cox's Khan books and seen "Tomorrow is Yesterday" (TOS), "11:59" (VOY), and "Future's End" (VOY)) and the casual fan may not get it. Still, great stories.

I like the whole Myriad Universe idea, especially now that the Mirror Universe stuff is about at mined-out as it can be. Good read, can't wait for the sequel next month.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2 out of 3 are either one worth the price! 18 Oct 2008
By David Mellizson - Published on Amazon.com
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Alternate universes and what-ifs are -- obviously -- the life-blood of science fiction. Two of the three stories in this volume live, one just sags.

"A Less Perfect Union" features Christopher Pike at the helm and James T. Kirk as his second in command. Characters from throughout the original canon appear, including the animated series. I rated it tops until I read "Seeds of Dissent" the DS9 version in the book.

Again, capturing elements from earlier mainstream stories, it ranks as one of the few stories I've ever read that I could not stop once I had started it, and that is in the Trek universe or any other work of fiction -- and I write from the perspective of a 61 year old Trekker (I was there when it started). When Kirk banished Khan to Ceti Alpha 5, Spock wondered what it would be like to see what crop sprang from the seed they had planted. James Swallow lets us see what happened when Khan won the Eugenics War. Outstanding!

"Places of Exile," the Voyager installment, reads like one of the early Next Generation TV shows -- tea and talk. If you don't have anything else to read, read it, but you won't miss much by skipping it.

But don't let that stop you from buying this book!
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Review of "Infinity's Prism" 29 July 2008
By Antoine D. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek: Myriad Universes - 'Infinity's Prism' is an ambitious project that's been in the works for years. This is the 'what if' series of novellas exploring all the avenues and paths not taken in the various Star Trek series and movies. The question is, does "Myriad Universes" please the audiences or does it fall victim to being over-the-top, glorified fan fiction? For me, was by far one of the stronger anthologies and mini series put out in the past few years. Usually, there is one story included that feels far weaker and unworthy of print and makes me regret purchasing the book. That wasn't the case with "Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism". It has some minor flaws that keep it from being perfect but in all, it's a wonderful work of fiction that definitely makes you wish the shows had been willing to take these bold chances and directions with plots and characters.

You'll enjoy how each story tends to capture the spirit of the original series. Each story, to me, comes with a lesson or moral that the writer is putting out for the audience to pick-up on. I was beside myself with the greatness of 'A Less Than Perfect Union'. This story is a blend of Star Trek: Enterprise and the Original Series. This was your classic original series episode with a twist; what would have happened if Starfleet and the Star Trek universe had not been as open minded and in turn was xenophobic? An elderly T'Pol (seen on the cover) is the last surviving member of Archer's Enterprise and through her, we see the alternate history of Enterprise and Pike/Kirk dealing with an Earth that isn't so great. The last novel, 'Seeds of Dissent' takes on a similar theme of exploring the question of 'who writes the history?' as Khan manages to reign over Earth and a rather interesting group of people threaten Khan's legacy and force a genetically enhanced Bashir to re-evaluate the past. Both of these stories, for me, were on the epic scale and a fun read with an actual lesson.

What you may not like is the quick-pace of many of the stories. While it worked for "A Less Than Perfect Union" and "Seeds of Dissent", it didn't work as well for "Places of Exile". The Voyager story came off as the most fan-fiction of the novellas. This was more like a different take or spoof of "Year of Hell" as there are few lessons to be learned and this was just pure entertainment. It wasn't bad but by the end, the story felt rather forced and cheesey. I also felt that even with this being a 'different view' of Star Trek: Voyager, the characters felt very off and unbelievable. This problem also arises in 'Seeds in Dissent' as Kira and Dukat, as well as Bashir, aren't really given any foundation and read as if they are rather plain and stiff, if not over-the-top.

In all, a good read. Yes, there is a fan-fic lining to some of the stories but that's to be expected. What made 'Infinity's Prism' such a good read was that it accomplished the goal of exploring some interesting 'what if' situations in Trek and as you're reading it, your mind begins to run wild with your own ideas of other stories that could be told. I liked that some stories, such as "A Less Than Perfect Union" weren't just entertaining - it was thought provoking and a great allegory to modern times. I enjoyed the 'dark' theme seen in 'Deep Space Nine' running throughout "Seeds of Dissent" which features a host of DS9 characters. Definitely worth your time and money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the better Trek books of late. 9 Oct 2009
By Jordan Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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This book and other like it are the only outlet of Star Trek I have left in my life. I have been an avid Star Trek book reader, but of late, Star Trek book fiction has gone in a very confusing direction and I have refused to read any of them until they get back on the right track. This book was thankfully a nice return to normalcy or atleast as normal as a Star Trek book can get.
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