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Worlds of Star Trek "Deep Space Nine" Volume 1: Cardassia and Andor [Mass Market Paperback]

Una McCormack , Heather Jarman
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5 July 2004 Worlds of Star Trek (Book 1)
CARDASSIA. Ravaged by the Dominion War which its leaders helped to begin, this once proud and xenophobic planet is the last place Miles and Keiko O'Brien thought they would build a life. But Cardassia's struggle to make itself anew and to throw off the legacy of its imperial past is hampered by those who prefer the old traditions. Una McCormick weaves a tale which brilliantly captures a world of contradictions: the need to atone and the steely darkness that share the Cardassian soul. ANDOR. From one of the best-known worlds in the Star Trek universe to one of the least. Heather Jarman brings the exotic Andor suberbly to life, with its four sexes, its complex social dilemmas and its ancient, mysterious past.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743483510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483513
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring we will go, exploring we will go... 12 Dec 2004
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With Unity ending the most recent Deep Space Nine storyline and sending many of the characters off in different directions, the editors have decided to devote three books to stories about various planets involved in the overall story. Call Worlds of Deep Space Nine, each book will have two stories. The first one, dealing with Cardassia and Andor, is a hit or miss affair, depending on which story you're talking about. It consists of a Cardassian story, "The Lotus Flower" (by Una McCormack) and an Andorian story, "Paradigm" (by Heather Jarman). Overall, the book is well worth reading, with even the weaker story having its moments.
"The Lotus Flower" begins the book with a very strong story. McCormack, who currently has only a Deep Space Nine short story to her name, proves to be very adept at capturing the O'Briens and their interesting marriage. O'Brien is a tinkerer, and one of the best scenes in the story is when he's attempting to fix the air conditioning when he should be preparing his presentation to the Cardassian council. The exasperation and the affection that Keiko has are perfectly done. The story itself is kind of pedestrian, but it does highlight Keiko's ability to lead and be strong, something that wasn't really emphasized in the television series very often (though that may be from Rosalind Chao's performance than anything else). O'Brien's feelings of helplessness when he sees the takeover of the auditorium is also well done. It's even a little forgivable that, given all of the concentration on O'Brien and Macet, that they don't have much to do with the resolution. Everything ties together quite beautifully.
Garak, as usual, stands out in this one, though. He has some great lines, especially when having lunch with O'Brien.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 - Alive and Kicking 8 Mar 2005
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The first of Three World of DS9 has a great start.
This issue contains two magnificent jewels of stories.
Una has a thorough knowledge of Cardassia and Garak and we would love to read more stories from her about them.
Heather describes Andor and his four-gender race in a beautiful way.
Once again a proof how rich the storyline in this Star Trek series is and how it can motivate authors to give the best of themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars deserves 3.5 but not 3 21 July 2004
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This book deserves 3 and half but im giving it 4 as it definatly doesnt deserve a 3.
Well as you know this book is split up into two parts the cardassia story and the andor story so ill review both seperatly.
I read the cardassia story looking forward to learning more aout garak the enigmatic cardassian tailor, and although he did not have a huge role to play in the story, una mc cormick clearly knows her man, as the garak in this story is one of the truest portrayals of this character in all his mistique.
The story itself was refreshingly enough not overly dramatic and instead focused on the dynamics of the characters interactions. however for all its high-points the book still leaves you feeling that there could have been more, actually alot more, but instead you still feel hungry afterward.
The andor book follows a simelar vein of being a character driven story but where as with the cardassia book you did not need to be a follower of the relaunch series to enjoy it, it is almost a prerequsite to have read some if not all of the relaunch books (especially mission gamma 1-4) to get a firm grip of this story.
It takes events involving the local resident andorian shar to a new level, and any followers of the books who have been impressed with the creation of this character will love this book. On top of this is one of the most vivid descriptions of a planet ever written. Hether Jarmin creates from scratch a world which seems to have existed for an etenity and makes you want to go visit there tomorrow. The story itself interestnig and engaging while moving at a good pace, plenty of possibilities and suprises in store.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 10 Jun 2004
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"Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" are intended to immerse the reader in the cultures of the chosen planets and allow the reader to experience those societies from a familiar characters point of view. At the same time the Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine advances the post-finale storylines. Both stories in volume one definitely succeeded in doing both of those things in spectacular fashion.
Una McCormack transports us to Cardassia in "The Lotus Flower" where Keiko O'Brien has accepted a position to head up an important agricultural renewal project. The recovery and reconstruction efforts are continuing slowly when the O'Brien family, Vedek Yevir and other innocents become pawns in a dangerous political game instigated by those on Cardassia who are opposed to the leadership of Ghemor. Garak, an old hand at playing such games, must call on all of his skills to avert a tragedy that could spell the end of hope of a democratic future for Cardassia.
In many respects Una McCormack has the more difficult job in this first volume of Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and she definitely rises to the occasion. Life on Cardassia has been portrayed before, while Andor is another kettle of fish entirely, it's more of a clean slate. McCormack builds on what has already been established about Cardassia and does a wonderful job of allowing the reader to catch glimpses of what Cardassian society had been like before the Dominion War, while at the same time portraying what they are experiencing now.
The short chapters really kept the story moving along at a very fast pace and make it seem a bit shorter than it actually was. McCormack does a very good job of illustrating her theme: the idea that major change can be very frightening and that fear can leave people, particularly children, vulnerable to manipulation. She also succeeds in driving home the point that politics can be a very dangerous and cold-blooded game.
What I enjoyed the most about "The Lotus Flower" was McCormack's characterization of Garak. It is outstanding. She's got him down cold and I found myself missing the character very much indeed when I finished. There are also several sweet and effective character moments for the O'Brien's.
The prose is a pleasure to read and very straight forward. Most of the time the narrative is quite evocative but it's a bit uneven. The Garak scenes were the strongest. You can clearly tell she loves the character and understands him well. There is a whole `men in the shadows' element to the story that allows a sense of mystery and menace to creep in and McCormack does an excellent job of using that to build suspense.
In the second story, "Paradigm", Heather Jarman paints a portrait of Andor that you won't soon forget. Shar, Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane, returns home to Andor to face the consequences of his choices but he doesn't travel alone. Ensign Prynn Tenmei and Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Matthias accompany Shar and the trio arrives on Andor as the society stands on the edge of an abyss. To save their species, the Andorians may be forced to make tough choices, choices that may save them as a race but destroy their culture.
"Paradigm" is a very impressive piece of fiction. Heather Jarman's narrative is so rich and vivid that it's quite easy to become lost in the story. As the story unfolds the tension builds continuously providing moments of satisfying release before it builds again. It is like being on a thrill ride that gives you moments to catch your breath before it races off again.
World building is something Jarman excels at and in "Paradigm" she provides a duel look at Andor and Andorian society that works perfectly by giving the reader both the point of view of a native of the planet and a visitor. Shar, in his role as tour guide provides one perspective, but we also get to see Andorian society from Prynn's outsider looking in position as she struggles to understand the complex culture.
There are also moments of lightness and clever inclusions, for example Jarman's way of handling the name of the planet issue and those curious about Andorian sexuality will certainly be satisfied. The issue is handled very tastefully. A glossary of Andorian terms at the end of the book comes in quite handy if all the alien pronouns confuse you as much as they do me.
Although "The Lotus Flower" comes first in "Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", it doesn't matter what order you read the two novellas. Chronologically "Paradigm" is set before "The Lotus Flower". Each story stands on it's own merits and each is outstanding in its own way.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andorian fans should love this! 25 May 2004
By Ian McLean - Published on
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I haven't finished Una McCormack's "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" yet, but as a diehard Andorian fan, I turned to Heather Jarman's "Andor: Paradigm" first...
I'm floating on air. Overall I'm am thrilled and fulfilled by "Paradigm", not only an exciting continuation of "Deep Space Nine" after its so-called "eighth season" (see "Mission: Gamma", "Unity", etc) but this is an Andorian-rich Star Trek story - at last. "Paradigm" drew me in and kept me there. I had a ball; always trying to second guess the action and motivations and being thwarted by Jarman's clever plotting all the way.
In "Paradigm", Andorian DS9 crewman Shar returns to his home planet in disgrace. He has disappointed his birth mother (a UFP councillor) and his two surviving bondmates by shirking his responsibilities to start a family. It was almost hypnotic reading at times. The alien atmosphere is captivating. Shar, and two human DS9 characters introduced in this series of novels set after the TV series, are metaphorically moving backward in time (with the reader) as more and more about ancient Andor is revealed.
Prynn Tenmei's interest in Ensign Shar was also developed well, even though I wasn't sure it was a good idea when suggested in "Unity", but it was a plot complication that helped to keep me guessing right till the end. Thantis was a particularly great character - she's the "zhavey" (birth mother) of Thriss, Shar's deceased bondmate.
We learn quite a bit more about four-partnered Andorian marriages (first mentioned by Data in an episode of TNG). For avid fans, there are some fun cameos: the inclusion of Shran's monument (Enterprise), TOS Andorian chainmail, Therin Park, mention of "The Battle of Betazed" novel - and even the planet Dramia (from TAS).
A truly magnificent effort - and I still have the Cardassian story to read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A look at Cardassian Politics and Andorian Sexuality 31 May 2005
By Antoine D. Reid - Published on
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I'm rather split on this book. You have two seperate stories, one that truly is a short story and another that I feel could have been it's own novel. If this review was based only on Una McCormack's "The Lotus Flower," I may have given it an average rating. Yet, there's a lot more to this first volume. Not only do you have DS9's staple alien foe, the Cardassians, taking the spotlight, but you also have the mysterious Andorians, only touched on by the Original Series, Enterprise and this relaunch of Deep Space Nine.

First, McCormack's "The Lotus Flower." While Robinson's look at the Cardassians post-DS9 series finale was engaging and in depth, I felt this story was just weak. It didn't get my interest until the ending, then I was left having to review the entire story in order to understand all the outcomes. It took me forever to get through this book simply because of this story. Here, the O'Briens make their move to Cardassia, which is letting in the Federation to help rebuild it after being decimated by the war. The entire plot seems to hinge on if Keiko's new position and project are going to be well received. By the second chapter or so, the outcome is rather predictable. You have a touch of Cardassian religion, which I found interesting since the series never touched on it.

There are a lot of characters involved here as well. I felt as if a review of the Cardassians in the government could have benefited the story some. I contiually paused and asked "who's this?" or looked up the episode reference to see where all of these characters appeared and how they fit into the plot. You'd have to have read Andrew Robinson's "A Stitch in Time" to get a proper introduction to all of these characters and the current political situation on Cardassia. Not only that, but you'd have to have all the information from that novel pretty well memorized in order to make all the connections in this story.

The plot seemed to go quickly in some parts and drag on it others. To me, Keiko's characterization was also a bit off. I mean, I never took her as being a chippy, hyper, continually optimistic person all the time. The last few seasons of Deep Space Nine portrayed her differently, perhaps a little more pessimistic and moodier than she was here. She continually was yelling or having a whine-type feel to her with too many exclamation points that simply made my eyes role. O'Brien seemed to be on mark, but he was reduced to being rather angry or tense. The Cardassians for the most part were the most interesting of the bunch. Garak less so than those Keiko is working with.

The Andorian story, "Paradigm," by Heather Jarman is a different story. It's much more engaging and plays between different emotions and subject matters. While "The Lotus Flower" seems to be more of an allegory for the world situation today where politics and religion can't seem to find a way to meet in the middle with one another, "Paradigm" takes Ensign Shar's story even further. He returns to Andor at the request of his mother. Her career is on the line, Andor's future is also threatened.

It reads like a romance novel at some places. The weakness of the story comes from the inclusion of Prynn Tenemi and how sappy and juvenile she's portrayed. The added bonus of this story is that the new character, Counselor Phillipa Matthis. She's not the usual counselor, not what we've come to expect from such a character. Seeing her interact with Shar, Prynn and the other Andorians is the best part of the story. Also, it's easy to follow all the plot threads. It starts off slow, picks up and keeps your interest throughout.

Even though some of this novel conflicts with Andorians as they were seen in the series Enterprise, it's a great read. I'd pick up the novel just for Jarman's story. Perhaps others will find the Cardassian story more engaging and interesting than I did. Regardless, it's worth your money and attention.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High-calorie mind-candy! 22 July 2004
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on
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I bought this for two reasons: One, I really enjoyed Heather Jarman's work on the character of Shar (the Andorian) and wanted to continue his tale in her voice. Two, I needed mind-candy. Bad.

This delivers on both fronts. McCormack's 'Cardassia' story is a bit thin, a straightfoward hostage taking, though it has the virtue of including Keiko and Miles O'Brien (who have been missing mostly from the relaunch of DS9 given that they retired to Earth at the end of the series - but Keiko moved to Caradassia to help rebuild its ecology). Also present, of course, is Garak, but I find that without Doctor Bashir, his character just sort of degrades into a base manipulator with no real redeeming qualities. The inclusing of Vedek Yevir, a character introduced earlier in the DS9 relaunch, however, was a stroke of genius, and well appreciated by me.

'Andor' is where this book shines, however. Jarman delivers yet another superb telling of the Andorian four-gendered culture, the fallout thereof, and some really interesting ethical genetic dilemmas that face the people since Shar's discovery a few books back. Shar and Prynn make an interesting couple - without bordering overmuch on the "Will they or won't they?" crap of most romance in Science Fiction. Definitely worthwhile for the relaunch, or DS9 fans of any stripe (of interesting note is that none of the original series characters pop up in 'Andor,' only the newbies to the DS9 station are involved).

High-calorie mind candy.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Stories in One 13 April 2009
By P. McCoy - Published on
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This novel is actually two stories in one. The first story, "The Lotus Flower" is based on Cardassia after the Dominion War left the planet devastated. I'm delighted to see the return of Miles Edward O'Brien, his wife, Keiko, and their children, Molly and Yoshi. The O'Brien's seem to have adapted to living on Cardassia Prime given that they lived on Deep Space Nine, a Cardassian-designed space station, for about seven years. In this scenario, Keiko is the director of a scientific project to reclaim the soil that was damaged during the War. As usual, Cardassian politics remain an undercurrent while democracy attempts to take root. The hostage situation kept me on the edge of my seat but I was VERY disappointed at the way "The Lotus Flower" ended. The final sentence felt like a "non sequitor". There should have been a better ending than THAT!

I just finished reading the Andorian story, "Paradigm", on Sunday, April 19, 2009, and I'm intrigued about Andorian customs and culture. Given the crisis that the Andorians are facing, and the possible solution that Shar brought back during his Mission Gamma, (from the story "These Haunted Seas), the Andorians might be able to avoid the possible extinction of their species. It was also a bittersweet moment to see how Shar, his Zhavey, his surviving bondmates, and his Zhadi were able to resolve their differences in the wake of Thriss' tragedy. I wonder when will be the next time we see Shar and find out what the update is on him?
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