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Star Trek: Myriad Universes #1: Infinity's Prism: Myriad Universes Bk. 1 [Kindle Edition]

Christopher L. Bennett , William Leisner , James Swallow
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It's been said that for any event, there are an infinite number of possible outcomes. Our choices determine which outcome will follow, and therefore all possibilities that could happen do happen across countless alternate realities. In these divergent realms, known history is bent, like white light through a prism -- broken into a boundless spectrum of what-might-have-beens. But in those myriad universes, what might have what actually happened.

A Less Perfect Union: More than a hundred years after the Terra Prime movement achieved its dream of an isolationist Earth, humanity is once again at a fork in the river of history...and the path it follows may ultimately be determined by the voice of a single individual: the sole surviving crewmember of the first Starship Enterprise.™

Places of Exile: Midway through Voyager's journey across the galaxy, Captain Kathryn Janeway and Commander Chakotay must choose whether to brave a deadly war zone or abandon their quest for home. But an attack by Species 8472 cripples the ship, and the stranded crew must make new choices that will reshape their destinies...and that of the Delta Quadrant itself.

Seeds of Dissent: Khan victorious! Almost four centuries after conquering their world, genetically enhanced humans dominate a ruthless interstellar empire. But the warship Defiance, under its augmented commander, Princeps Julian Bashir, makes a discovery that could shake the pillars of his proud civilization: an ancient sleeper ship from Earth named the Botany Bay.

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About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416571809
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (22 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCPZ0G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, only problem was the third DS9 story 2 Aug. 2008
By Lurker
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Stand Alone "What If" novellas 19 Aug. 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 19 Feb. 2015
By Tucker
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I thought this book would be a fun little diversion exploring roads not travelled, little alternate tales like that in mirror mirror from the original series. I was wrong, but in a good way. This explores some really great stories, created from single events playing out differently, where episodes like mirror mirror, or in a mirror darkly merely focused on the fun differences, where evil versions of starfleet crews give the actors and writers license to have fun. This book explores the consequences positive and negative of little alternate time lines springing up from, taking different choices.

Looking forward to book 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad .. 10 Aug. 2009
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 5 July 2009
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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