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Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Emissary Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1993

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (1 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671789589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671789589
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Mainly of interest to collectors of the book series who want to have a complete collection as this isn't half as good as the actual TV episode. It's more of a curio to see the earlier draft ideas before things were ironed out and improved than something great in its own right. Lots of things don't ring true, such as O'Brien being called Ensign or some of the action with Jake and Nog, and Keiko and Molly, but that's the point of a novelisation, to add scenes and detail that didn't make it into the filmed version. The story is strong enough that the quality still shines through in places, such as in the scenes with Sisko facing his anguish, but as it was written before the episode was completed it doesn't improve the story as a novelisation should. Admittedly that would have been hard to do. As a book on its own, assuming the reader hasn't already seen the episode it makes a reasonably entertaining read, but I would recommend watching the actual episode much more.
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Format: Paperback
Love this book and this story, all the characters contained within it. How we start to see Sisko, Kira, Odo, Bashir, O'Brian, Dax all become intwined. Love the prophets storyline and the Kai ! Some of the descriptions of Kai Winn are so apt, I love Star Trek TV. Nothing beats a good book though.
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Format: Paperback
Based on Michael Piller's early draft of "Emissary", J.M Dillard does an excellent job of novelizing "Emissary", the pilot episode of DS9. Some of the scenes not in the episode is a flashback to the events of the Setlik III (TNG: "The Wounded") by O'Brien, Picard making a vow to be an anonymous benefactor to both Sisko and Jake, scenes featuring Keiko and Molly O'Brien, Bashir mentioning his error in confusing a postganglionic nerve with a preganglionic fiber in his exams (later mentioned in the series in "Q-Less"), Sisko contemplating about returning to Earth to teach and several scenes with Jake and Nog.
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As a fan of Star Trek, and DS9 in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of the first episode in the DS9 series. It was clearly and expressively read by Nana Visitor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a Star Trek novelization... 31 Mar. 2000
By Nathan - Published on
Format: Paperback
While this does not exactly qualify as great literature, for a Star Trek book it's pretty darned good.
Based on the pilot Episode of DS9, it pretty much sticks to the plot of the episode, but it doesn't make the mistake so many do. The author doesn't try to stretch the episode to fit 275 pages, but instead fills in all the extra with background for the characters, both major and minor, so that we have a better idea of who we will be seeing through the series.
It is relatively well written, although a few scenes do fall flat on their face when the author fails to adequately convey sarcasm or humor, and the prophets just didn't make the transition from TV to novel very well.
All in all, if you are a DS9 fan, this is worth reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 #1 Emissary - The beginning of the best series! 21 Sept. 2003
By K. Wyatt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Deep Space Nine #1 "Emissary" brings forth the beginning of Star Trek's best and most controversial series to the franchise. I say controversial in that at times, this series whether when it was airing or on DVD and in print it seems to be treated as the red headed stepchild of Star Trek. This doesn't matter though, because in the end, the very principles that make up Star Trek Deep Space Nine; its character conflicts and its dealing with certain aspects not dealt with on the other series ultimately makes it the most beloved by the fans that have stuck with it.
For several years now, when Pocket Books and Paramount have needed an author to novelize a script for one of the movies or television episodes, J.M. Dillard has been the "go to" author for most of them and she has performed brilliantly in every effort. "Emissary" was her third novelization and one of her best. She perfectly captured the characterizations at this pivotal time in the series, the beginning.
As with all of her other novelizations, she does an outstanding and commendable job of not only bringing to print what was on screen but adding personal thoughts to and "between the scenes on screen" scenes.
Of course, beyond the great amount of praise and credit for J.M. Dillard for this novelization there is an even higher amount of accolades due to Michael Piller for the teleplay and basic story being written by himself and Rick Berman.
The cover art for "Emissary" is right on for this particular novel as it displays an entire cast picture which at the time of this novelizations release was very helpful.
The premise:
"Emissary" is of course the novelization of Star Trek Deep Space Nine's pilot episode. Here is where we meet the characters that will take us, the fans, through the entire gamut of emotions for several years to come.
Commander Benjamin Sisko who has been stationed on Earth since the tragic events of Wolf 359 in which his ship, the USS Saratoga, where he was serving on as first officer, participated in the defense of Earth from the Borg. As with most starships on that dreadful day, the Saratoga was destroyed and Sisko was able to escape with his son Jake, but his wife, Jennifer lost her life. As any man would, he's been suffering that loss since that day. As he has accepted the command of Deep Space Nine, he's also considering leaving Starfleet.
With that catalyst in mind, "Emissary" begins with Commander Sisko's arrival and the arrival of the rest of the cast to include introductions to Major Kira Nerys, Odo and Quark. Sisko also has a fateful meeting with Kai Opaka, the Bajoran spiritual leader.
What follows from there is nothing less than the best pilot episode of all of the series and one of J.M. Dillard's best novelizations. I highly recommend this novelization for your Star Trek collection. {ssintrepid}
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as exciting as the show 1 July 2000
By Mario Pollacchi - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's great to get inside the heads of characters, that are seen on TV, and be privy to the way their minds work and see from where their attitudes stem. "Emissary" was a good book for that but -- boy! -- are those chapters long! Not wanting to put the book down until reaching the end of the chapter, you can easily finding yourself propping your eyelids open with matchsticks, if you're reading in bed. Like most film tie-ins, the book keeps faithful to the pilot episode but adds very little to the general story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How it all began 8 July 2007
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
Format: Paperback
The story opens as Benjamin Sisko and his son Jake arrive at Sisko's new assignment on Deep Space Nine. Sisko is ambivelent about his new Star Fleet posting and what greets him at the station does not encourage him to stay. The Cardassians had stripped both the planet and station of everything of worth before their departure. As the DS9 crew began to assemble and attempt to restore order to the situation each was struck by the enormity of the problem(s) that faced them. Then, depending on your point of view, either the Celestral Temple (Bajoran heaven) or a stable wormhole was discovered near the station. Whatever it was called it was a pathway to the Gamma quadrant, a short cut that would place Bajor at the crossroads of major traderoutes. It would also make Bajor a highly coveted prize that many civilizations would be willing to fight over.

If this story sounds familiar it is because this is a novelization of the first episode of DS9. It follows the televised episode quite faithfully but also provides lots of background information and goes into much deeper into what each character is thinking during the action than is possible in a television program. For fans of the series it is great to get these backstories and for those new to the series who may have missed to pilot episode this provides the basic premises of the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As usual, J.M. Dillard does a fine job. 9 Jan. 2002
By James Yanni - Published on
Format: Paperback
This author is unquestionably the best at novelizing episodes or movies. The same author has done many Star Trek novelizations, and they've all been fine jobs. This one is no different; I admit that it's been a while since I saw the episode, but this certainly FEELS faithful to what I remember. The characters certainly come across well, and the storyline seems essentially unchanged.
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