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Prophecy and Change (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) [Paperback]

Marco Palmieri
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1 Sep 2003 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Love and Hate. Faith and Doubt. Guilt and Innocence. Peace and War. Few television series have embraced this symphony of contradictions on the epic scale of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. From the vastness of space to the darkest depths of the soul, from the clash of empires to the struggles of conscience, from the crossroads of a galaxy to the convergence of hearts -- that seven-year journey was both universal and personal, challenging its audience with stories and characters that redefined Star Trek's Human Adventure for all time. PATHWAYS TRAVELED...The widowed father struggling to rebuild his shattered life, reborn as a religious icon to millions of believers. CHALLENGES CONQUERED...The resistance fighter who aided her former oppressors in their struggle for liberation and emerged as the leader she never imagined herself becoming. TRUTHS REVEALED...The orphaned alien whose quest for his own identity became the salvation of a quadrant. Rediscover this extraordinary saga in a landmark collection of tales that confronts assumptions, divulges secrets, and asks as many questions as it answers. These stories, entwined with familiar episodes, reveal the world of Deep Space Nine anew as told by Christopher L. Bennett * Keith R.A. DeCandido * Heather Jarman * Jeffrey Lang * Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels * Una McCormack * Terri Osborne * Andrew J. Robinson * Kevin G. Summers * Geoffrey Thorne

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 1st Pocket Books Trade Pbk. Ed edition (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470735
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marco Palmieri is the Star Trek editor behind the highly acclaimed new Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels from Pocket Books which develop new characters and continue the story on beyond the end of the television series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection of DS9 short stories 2 July 2004
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. To mark the event, Pocket Books produced a short story collection called Prophecy & Change. Using the conceit from the episode "The Visitor," the framing story has an older Jake Sisko visited on a rainy night by a young woman, an aspiring writer. He spends the night regaling her with tales of his time on the station, which these happen to be. Despite the fact that a couple of the stories don't really fit this mold (the Garak story being the most unlikely for Jake to know), it's a nice idea that really works well. I can say that there are no bad stories in this volume, and some very good ones make this an excellent collection.
The stories take place along the timeline of the TV series, beginning with a story that takes place days after the series premiere, "The Emissary," and ending with a story set during the post-series novels. Each season is represented except the second, with most of the stories weighted toward the end of the series. While the stories seem to be leaning toward Quark and Odo, each character gets his/her time in the spotlight, which is a nice touch. Sisko and Kira are the most shortchanged, with only the first story, "Ha'Mara" (by Kevin G. Summers) concentrating on them. "Ha'Mara is an effective tale that ties together "The Emissary" and "Past Prologue" and explaining how the relationship between Sisko and Kira mellowed a little bit between the two. Kai Opaka proclaims that Sisko is the emissary from the Prophets. Kira has a lot of trouble believing that some outsider, especially somebody from the Federation could be their savior. They get a lot of time to argue, however, when they and two Bajoran children are trapped in an underground labyrinth by a cave-in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Star Trek anthology 10 Jun 2008
DS9 was the first series to get an anthology like this and is probably still the best five years on. Broken Oaths is probably the best story and picks up the threads from Hippocratic Oath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fills in the Gaps 6 Nov 2003
Ever since DS9 left our screens i've been looking for anything which expands or extends the story. The continuation of DS9 in book form has been a live saver and can do things the series never could due to cost and expense. This book is not really a continuation but rather an expansion that fills in the gaps between episodes, like Nog's revelation that he wants to join starfleet and how Bashir and O'Brien repair their friendship after the events of "hipocratic oath". I found this book to be very enjoyable and can't wait for DS9 Unity and all that it may hold. Long may the series continue.
PS. one downer is the fact that its a large paperback and so costs more for being of larger dimensions, i was at least hoping for nice paper inside for the extra price but it's just the bog standard stuff. Oh well, but it's still great.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real let down 15 Oct 2003
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This book was eagerly awaited but proved to be a real let down. The tales are mostly dull, overwrought and full of exposition. Out of the 12 stories in this tome only 2 are any good. Read the Jake/Tora friendship story 'Three sides to every story' and the Ezri Dax horror story 'Chiaroscuro' and avoid the rest.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DS9: Strengthening The Relaunch 29 Oct 2003
By Jason C. Garza - Published on Amazon.com
The "Misson: Gamma" series came out and sated appetites. "Rising Son" revealed what Opaka and Jake Sisko endured during the months of the aforementioned "Gamma" saga. And "Unity" still hasn't been released, so what is a fan of the continuing saga to do?
Purchase "Prophecy and Change," of course.
I was anticipating this release, and when I finally finished the last story, Andrew J. Robinson's "The Calling," which furthers Garak's character and has to be the best story of the bunch. I mean, this IS Garak, and as "A Stitch in Time" proved, no one knows the character better than the man behind the mask. I always chuckled at the dark humor behind Garak's oblique statements and rather droll yet bold declarations, and it's like you have an audio loop of Robinson delivering every line.
However, his is not the only story of note. The highlights of this anthology are Terri Osborne's tale of Jake and Ziyal's blossoming friendship during the Dominion's takeover of DS9; Keith R. A. DeCandido's "Broken Oaths" which finally ties the thread of "how and why did O'Brien and Bashir kiss and make up after 'Hippocratic Oath,'" a story that proves DeCandido is one of the best Trek authors to come down the pipeline in a very, very long time; Heather Jarman's "The Devil you Know" which allows us to catch up with T'Rul and empathize with her character, something we never had the opportunity to do in the series; and, finally, Andy Mangels and Michael Martin's tale of Kai Winn and Nog teaming up, the much-hyped story that pays off in the end, a story that explains why Nog had a desire to do something as...altruistic...as join Starfleet.
"Prophecy and Change" works because it gives us a chance to revisit the characters from new standpoints, almost always at pinnacles of their development. The stories are set before, after, and during the series, and all are worth a read.
Excellent anthology. Highly recommend to anyone who casually watched the series or is immersed in the relaunch.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tour de force of Star Trek Deep Space Nine 26 Jan 2004
By Elim Garak - Published on Amazon.com
As I stated in my subject line, this book is the tour de force of Star Trek Deep Space Nine, revisiting the most complicated Star Trek series ever made and tying up loose ends.
The anthology consists of 10 short stories which go a little deeper into the story of Deep Space Nine, from 'Emissary' to 'What You Leave Behind', this book fills in all the blanks, all the loose ends (few that there were) from all 7 years of Deep Space Nine.
The authors are the 'newer' breed of Trek authors, mainly those that have come through the Strange New Worlds competition and written some of the DS9 relaunch books. If the stories from 'Prophecy and Change' and merely the 'early works' of these authors, then I shudder to think just how brilliant their writing will be when these men and women hit their prime.
The stories themselves are mastefully told, and are presented as stories being told by Jake to the young woman that came to see him in 'The Visitor', when Jake is an old man.
Each story is great, but the standouts are definitely 'Three Sides to Every Story', 'Foundlings', and 'Chiaroscuro'. Each of these stories are just brilliant, and cover the last 2 seasons of DS9, which was where the series really hit it's peak.
My only problem with this book was the last story, the Garak story by Andrew J. Robinson. I throughly enjoyed his previous work about Garak, entitled 'A Stitch in Time', but I did not enjoy his contribution to this book, entitled 'The Calling'. I found the story disjointed and at some points just plain confusing. Robinson made some reference to a play entitled 'The Dream Box' which I have never heard of. I'm guessing that this play is the step between 'A Stitch in Time' and 'The Calling', but I have never seen this play, so 'The Calling' was utterly confusing to me.
My only other negative point about this book was concerning a specific plot point. Please be warned, this paragraph contains spoilers. If you wish to avoid them, skip this paragraph. In 'Three Sides to Every Story', Ziyal gives Jake a precious Bajoran earring belonging to her mother, asking Jake to keep is safe for a while. After Ziyal's death, Jake goes to Ziyal's body and considers giving the earring back, but then decides that he should keep it, thus fufilling his promise to Ziyal. This was a wonderful piece of writing, but I think that the author could have gone a step further. The last part of the book is the conclusion of the meeting between Jake and the young woman that comes to see him. I believe that Ziyal's earring should have been mentioned there as still being kept safe by Jake. This would work in two ways, firstly, it would add weight the Jake-Ziyal story by making direct reference to it in the 'objective' sections at either end of the book. Secondly, it would help to reinforce the fact that Jake had an active role in these events. It's a fairly trivial point to be sure, but it was something that I felt should have been included in the story. But that is really a matter of opinion.
Overall, if you are a fan of DS9, either casual or serious, then you should buy this book. It's absolutely fantastic.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Rewarding Collection of Stories 18 Sep 2003
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In celebration of Deep Space Nine's tenth anniversary Pocket Books newest anthology of stories "Prophecy and Change" takes the reader on a journey back to the characters and events of the series. It is a very pleasurable and mostly rewarding journey. Ten original stories are included in this lengthy collection from authors both familiar and new. Nine of those stories are set during the series, with only the final contribution being set post-finale. Each regular character has a chance to shine in at least one story, and many of the recurring characters as well.
As with any type of story anthology the writing styles vary, but each story has one thing in common--each succeeds in capturing the mood and atmosphere of Deep Space Nine. Some of the stories look at events set between episodes; others at changes the characters underwent that were never addressed onscreen and still others at unseen events set during specific episodes. Some stories answer questions others raise new ones. Just as the variety of beings who populated Deep Space Nine contributed to the gratifying experience of watching the series, the variety of stories in this volume make for a full and rich reading experience.
Ultimately, each individual who reads this anthology will form his or her own opinions about each story. There will be stories you will probably like or dislike based on your own tastes and preferences. Some may even love them all. I know that sometime in the future I will want to revisit this collection and it will be interesting to see if my favorites during my first read through this volume, "Broken Oaths", "Foundlings", "Face Value", "Ha'mara", "Three Sides to Every Story" and "The Orb of Opportunity" provide the same level of pleasure when read for a second or third time. But that is ultimately what I enjoy most about reading a great anthology--and I believe "Prophecy and Change" fits the description--it stays on the shelf for a period of time but eventually you find yourself wanting to revisit old favorites. Deep Space Nine fans definitely won't want to miss this collection.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restore your faith in STAR TREK 12 July 2005
By tropic_of_criticism - Published on Amazon.com
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DEEP SPACE NINE was always the most literate corner of the STAR TREK universe. It's no surprise, then, that this tightly-edited anthology uses a clever framing story which allows us to imagine that all the stories are being told by a post-middle-aged Jake Sisko, Deep Space Nine's own resident author, reflecting on his time aboard Deep Space Nine. While this means that PROPHECY AND CHANGE isn't technically a part of the so-called "Season 8" relaunch of the series in book form, it does make it a valuable prologue to these newer adventures.

Within just a few pages, you'll quickly see that this is a different kind of STAR TREK than most people knew existed. This is a rich, messy universe, far, far beyond the scope of the other STAR TREK series. In these post-ENTERPRISE days when STAR TREK seems to be a disgraced genre, the one constant source of good new material is the DEEP SPACE NINE line. This first stop along the way back to STAR TREK will both give you new material while reminding you of the high points of each of the seven televised seasons.

Perhaps the best story of the lot is Kevin Summers' "Ha'mara", which takes us all the way back to Sisko's first journey to the Bajor that would become his home over the course of the television series. Notable for giving us our first real look at a lot of introductions that the television pilot left out, it weaves together broad political themes with the very personal struggles of Ben and Jake Sisko. DEEP SPACE NINE was always remarkable for its deft handling of the big and small pictures, but maybe there's never been quite as poignant a moment in any part of the DEEP SPACE NINE legacy--televised or literary--as Summers gives us here. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that in the midst of exploring exactly why the Bajorans were so distrustful of the new Federation presence, Summers takes the time to give us a portrait of the exact moment Jake Sisko became a writer. So simply moving was this scene that I can still remember it now, some two years after having read it.

If there had been nothing else in this book but that one moment, I would have felt my purchase price fully justified. Happily, there's so very much more in this rich collection, which leaves no major character without a truly signature moment.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like old times 23 July 2004
By jeffe - Published on Amazon.com
Reading this book felt like watching the television show (that's a good thing). Each story was probably about the same length as a TV episode, and had similar formats. Overall it was entertaining. A few of the stories I could have done without, but it was still readable. I would highly recommend this to someone who is feeling nostalgic and misses those old days.
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