on 11 January 2009
As if all the intricately interwoven storylines in the Star Trek universe, with prequels and one fully fledged Mirror Universe already in place were not enough, the 'Myriad Universes' books add even more Mirror Universes to the Star Trek experience.
On the one hand, this means that there is no surprise that you are dealing with 'mirror characters', but on the other hand it means the reader must always pay attention to catch the many subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) differences with 'our' universe. This can be fun for both the casual and the more dedicated Star Trek fan, although the experience is certainly more satisfying if you are familiar with the more secondary characters and storylines from the series and the movies.
'The Chimes at Midnight' is a deviation from 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' and 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.' Spock never lived long enough to become Kirk's friend and first officer. So how was the conflict with Khan Noonien Singh resolved? And at what cost? A fascinating tale that I found utterly convincing and gripping in its deep drama.
'A Gutted World' takes place shortly after 'Star Trek VIII: First Contact' in a universe where Bajor was never liberated from the Cardassians, the wormhole was never discovered by the Bajorans, Benjamin Sisko stayed at the Utopia Planitia shipyards and Voyager was never lost in the Delta Quadrant. Suddenly, mysterious hostilities break out and Captain Picard, still deeply affected by his latest confrontation with the Borg, is sent on a mission to investigate. This tale felt a little more pedestrian (and unfinished) to me. The explanation for the attacks was rather obvious, and the resulting storyline was plagued by the same lack of depth that haunted the original in 'our' universe. Still an interesting read, though.
'Brave New World' has Dr. Noonien Soong's android creations play a much larger role in Federation society than in 'our' Trek universe. But not everyone welcomed them and many androids disappeared, including Data. He reappears at the start of this story with a grim warning and events unfold from there. A highly creative and original setup that was not quite followed up by a worthy storyline and resolution. Nonetheless an interesting read.
All in all, I found the book to be well worth the price, even though the last two tales could have used a little more work. I would certainly buy a following book in this series.
on 2 September 2009
The second book in the Myriad Universes series and again brings in the 'what if' idea
in the first story spock does not exist, and thats that , the story features an angle with a different first officer , and follows the genesis story from the movies , however with a twist , which quite frankly could have been written by any one watching the first five films and deciding to adapt them into a short story , however, the twist being .... well you will have to read the story , which does make it that bit more enjoyable , some how though i cant quite see the federation council ever sanctioning what happened .. again this is the best part of the series its all about what if !!
the second story again could have been written by some one watching ds9 seeing the episode where shape shifters inflitrate starfleet , then decided to write it for a book , this has to be my least favourtie story mainly due to the fact that it was obvious this was exactly what the author had done with the slight change bajor had never been liberated ... oh and to kill off every single character from every single franchise .. not such a good idea
the third story telling the story of data and the planet , he founds was good .. untill the end .. then it became all fluffy and nice with every one all being friends ..it kinda uses the idea of the nuclear deterant idea , but the ending could have done with some more work
overall not too bad a book some bits could have done with improvement but hey we cant all be jk rowling can we
buy it if you have read the first one .. or if you havent its all the same , its all about what if !!
on 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 that it is fractionally better than its predecessor:
Infinity's Prism: Myriad Universes Bk. 1
That book contained probably the worst Trek story I've ever read (The awful Voyager story which was just an excuse to get Janeway together with Chakotay).