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Strange New Worlds: Volume 2 [Unbound]

Dean Wesley Smith , Paula M. Block , John J. Ordover
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Dec 2000
Back by popular demand! Our second anthology featuring original "Star Trek(R), Star Trek: The Next Generation(R), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(R)," and "Star Trek: Voyager(R)" stories written by "Star Trek" fans, for "Star Trek" fans! Our first Strange New Worlds competition drew thousands of submissions and Strange New Worlds II drew even more. From this mountain of astounding stories, these few, written exclusively by brand-new authors, were selected for their originality and style. These tales rocket across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from when Captain Kirk explored the galaxy on the first "Starship Enterprise(TM) " through Captain Picard's "U.S.S. Enterprise(TM) " NCi1701-D and Captain Sisko's "Deep Space Nine(TM) " to Captain Janeway's "Starship Voyager(TM)," with many fascinating stops along the way. Find out what happens in the "Star Trek" universe when fans -- like you -- take the helm!
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  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Dec 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0743406761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743406765
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 28 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A Nice collection of short stories from the Star Trek Universe, written by the fans for the fans. This book is well worth a read and I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trek for Trek fans, by Trek fans 27 July 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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I am a HUGE fan of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds Series, the books contain new Trek fiction penned by fans from the across the while franchise (the later editions include Enterprise). The concept of the book was a simple one, Star Trek fans who are NOT professional writers send in their stories and if the publisher likes them they can be included in the book. There are obviously some rules, including the irritating disqualification for anyone not a US citizen ( hello! there are Trek fans in the rest of the world)

This edition is the second in the series and is a great follow up from the first. The stories are sharp and include characters which are long established as well as the ones who we barely knew. I must confess to those being my favourites. A recurring theme in ALL the volumes seems to be the episode The City on the Edge of Forever, the one in which Joan Collins dies to the unTrekky.

There are 10 of these books so far and they have never disappointed me, the same cannot be said for other Star Trek Books. As I have read most of the other volumes in the sereis I have noticed that a few names re-appear. Several of them have even gone on to publish stand-alone books. Including Dayton Ward. And Trekdom has been better for it. A great addition to a Trek library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange New Worlds II - Replete with great Trek stories! 4 May 2003
By K. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Taken as a whole this anthology; second in the Strange New Worlds series stands out miles ahead of its predecessor of a year earlier. The majority of the stories by these non professional authors are extremely captivating and a few of them are quite compelling Star Trek short stories. If you had misgivings or second thoughts about reading these particular anthologies, I recommend you rethink that as each and every story is worth your time. The only downside to this and its predecessor in my opinion is that both contain only two Deep Space Nine stories. This is an oversight as DS9 is a very rich environment that could be explored more thoroughly!
Star Trek
Triptych [Second Prize] by Melissa Dickinson**** - This is an interesting tale about the many outcomes from the TOS episode "The City on the Edge of Forever," in which the question is asked, what if this happened or didn't happened.
The Quick and the Dead by Kathy Oltion ***** - This is a great tale about Kirk and crew taking a landing party down on a planet where everything on the planet is seemingly moving at light speed.
The First Law of Metaphysics by Michael S. Poteet **** - This is a surprisingly well written story about Spock and Saavik's first meeting several years after what happened on the Genesis planet.
The Hero of My Own Life by Peg Robinson ***** - This is an extremely well written tale about a meeting through scientific research of Gillian Taylor from Star Trek IV and Dr. Carol Marcus from Star Trek II.
Doctors Three by Charles Skaggs ***** - This is a beautiful and quite poignant story about Admiral Leonard McCoy circa the 24th century and his desire to meet with Dr. Zimmerman as he's in the process of creating and perfecting the Emergency Medical Hologram program of Star Trek Voyager fame.
Star Trek The Next Generation
I Am Klingon [Third Prize] by Ken Rand ***** - This particular fan fictionist knows his Klingons well and in this story he has written a very plausible explanation of the difference between Klingons of the TOS era and that of the TNG era.
Reciprocity by Brad Curry ***** - This by far is the best story of this particular anthology. The author fluidly takes us to a time some four billion years in the past and tells a short story about the firstborn ones.
Calculated Risk by Christina F. York **** - This is a somewhat interesting tale about the rarely used character of Dr. Pulaski of STNG second season fame.
Gods, Fate, and Fractals by William Liesner ***** - This is another of the better stories of this anthology. The author reintroduces us to agents Dulmer and Lucsley from Starfleet's Department of Temporal Investigations. Presented here is an extremely interesting story about the creation or lack of creation of the Maquis.
I Am Become Death by Franklin Thatcher ***** - This author created here an especially intriguing tale of Data in the far distant future and his altered perspective on how things should come about.
Deep Space Nine
Research by J. R. Rasmussen *** - This is extraordinarily short, short tale is intriguing at best, from the humor standpoint.
Change of Heart by Steven Scott Ripley ***** - This is another of the extraordinarily well written stories of this anthology. The author here has perfectly captured the perceived personality of a "Changeling" who's found her self in a particular situation she doesn't care to be in.
Star Trek Voyager
A Ribbon for Rosie [Grand Prize] by Ilsa J. Bick ***** - It is of wonder that this author won the Grand Prize based on this outstanding tale about Seven of Nine making an unheard of trip into the past.
Touched by Kim Shear **** - This is an interesting tale about two Voyager crew members forced to land on the planet of a non warp species and their chance meeting with one of its inhabitants.
Almost...But Not Quite by Dayton Ward ***** - This is another of the finest stories of this anthology. This author has a fluid and deft style of writing that is captivating and compelling. Capitalizing on Starfleet's Department of Temporal Investigations and agents Lucsley and Dulmer, the author deftly integrates them into the fold when Voyager ended up in orbit of Earth in the year 1996. It is no small wonder why this author has moved on to writing professionally!
The Healing Arts by E. Cristy Ruteshouser & Lynda Martinez Foley ***** - These two fine authors present here an exceptional story of a medical crisis and the Doctor's solution.
Seventh Heaven by Dustan Moon ***** - This is a beautiful story about Seven of Nine and a surprise visit by another well known Borg who had earlier regained his individuality. The author captured Seven of Nine's personality perfectly! {ssintrepid}
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone 25 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Strange New Worlds II is the second book of fan written Star Trek short stories and there is something for every fan in this one. I found all the stories to be entertaining . One of my favorites was 'Triptych' which concerns the episode "City on the Edge of Forever" The story 'Doctors Three' was a wonderful tale that was appreciated by me as an honor to the late Deforest Kelly. Klingon fans will love 'I am Klingon'. Deep Space Nine only had two entries both being somewhat unusual in presentation. Hopefully there will be more Deep Space Nine stories next year. Though 'A Ribbon of Rosie' was one of my least favorite stories it is a must read if you are a 7 of 9 fan. It provides insight into a young Anika Hansen. I found the style of the story made it a bit difficult to follow so I recommend re-reading 'Rosie' . Strange New Worlds II is a must read for any Star Trek fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdict: thumbs up! 20 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Definitely worth purchasing.
Comparison to SNW I: Well, I have to admit - the stories aren't quite as good. But SNW I had 35 years of Trek scribblings to draw from. And II still has excellent stories, they just aren't *quite* as excellent as I. Make any sense?
Downside: Once again, DS9 gets shafted! The other series get 5 stories, DS9 gets a measly 2, and one was so short it hardly counted! The other was pretty imaginative, but (Vortaphiles, hang onto your hats), hinged on the plot point that Vortas would conspire to murder a Founder! Speaking for Vortaphiles everywhere, I am scandalized beyond belief! Augh!
Upside: Unlike last year, this year's grand prize winner really was the best story in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professional quality short stories by Star Trek fans 27 April 1999
By D. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Strange New Worlds II impressed me very much with the quality of the short stories written by Star Trek fans. Some stories continue plots from prior series; a Voyager story is a follow-up to an original series show, while another follows one from The Next Generation. Dr. McCoy makes an appearance in a Next Gen story and a Voyager story, while Chakotay and the EMH both appear in Next Gen stories. Fans of Deep Space Nine will be disappointed, as neither of the stories ostensibly from that series really deals with any of the characters. Only Sisko & Odo are even mentioned. Reg Barclay makes two appearances; so do the Time Cops Dulmer & Lucsly. Lt. Saavik, Dr. Pulaski, & Carol Marcus also appear. To me the best story was Triptych, the second prize winner. A Ribbon for Rosie & I Am Klingon (first & third respectively) are also outstanding. I would recommend this book for any Star Trek fan. It is much more fun to read than Dyson Sphere!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't usually read star trek books 4 May 2000
By S. Vasquez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've always been a fan of all the Star Trek TV series. But I've never gotten into the books. This collection of fan written stories may have changed my mind! I can't believe one of the other reviews said this one wasn't "quite" as good as the first one! This one was so awesome that now I can't wait to order the first one, the third and I can hardly wait for the fourth. I wish they were in hardcover so I could keep them for my future children to read...
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