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Of all the recent novelisations I've read recently this one is one of the best. Beyond being a faithful adaptation of the pilot of Deep Space Nine, it actually bothers to give good descriptions and character insights / motivations. My one suggestion is to start with chapter 2. Although the pilot does actually start 3 years in the past with the Borg attack, the first chapter stalls the rest of the story. There is enough referral to the backstory that the first chapter really isn't needed in the b...more ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 2, 2014 |
This is the novelization of the premiere episode of the third Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine. It's been awhile since I've seen the actual episode, but the novel seemed very true to the actual story that was seen on the TV.

There were the normal bumps in a novelization. The fact that the station kept being referred to as DS Nine, or that Miles O'Brien from The Next Generation kept being referred to as an Ensign even though he's a non-commissioned officer (although they may have done that on the pilot episode too).

On the other hand the writer, Dillard, gets other things pitch perfect, like the interaction between Jadiza Dax and Ben Sisko.

Odo and Kira come off as a bit stand offish and Julian Bashir as totally clueless, but that was pretty well aligned with how they were on the actual pilot too.

DS9 was a series (and the series of books too) that was both the darkest thematically and the most religious of the Star Trek serieses. This book was a good novelization of the start of that. ( )
  DanieXJ | Nov 1, 2013 |
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    HIS FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH JEAN-LUC PICARD SHATTERED BEN SISKO'S LIFE FOREVER

Lt. commander Benjamin Sisko, first officer of the USS Saratoga, watched as the Borgship on the viewscreen disappeared and was replaced by a human face ... No, not human, but a monstrous marriage of metal and flesh. Sisko recognized the face, which belonged to one of the best-known captains in the fleet.

"Picard," Captain Storil intoned softly.

"I am Locutus," it said. The voice was Picard's, but lifeless, grating, devoid of intonation. "You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."

"Load all torpedo bays," Captain Storil ordered. "Ready phasers."

Sisko watched the screen as Saratoga's phasers and torpedoes streaked through the void and flared briefly against the leaden, layered surface of the Borg Cube. Simultaneously, the Borg ship fired at the nearby USS Melboune, which exploded with a painful brightness on the viewscreen.

That's it, Sisko thought before he could stop himself. And we're next.
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Commander Benjamin Sisko is just recovering from the death of his wife when he is assigned command over the former Cardassian, but new Federation space station, Deep Space Nine. This space station is strategically located not only because of its orbit about Bajor, but also because of its proximity to the only known stable wormhole in the galaxy. After meeting the other Bajoran and Starfleet personnel assigned to the station, including a former Bajoran freedom fighter and a shapeshifter, Sisko finds himself in that very wormhole and in the midst of a metaphysical experience as the alien inhabitants of the wormhole question the concepts of time and love. Sisko, filled with humanistic hubris, begins to explain these experiences, and resolve his painful past.

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Commander Benjamin Sisko is just recovering from the death of his wife when he is assigned command over the former Cardassian, the new Federation space station, Deep Space Nine. This space station is strategically located not only because of its orbit about Bajor, but also because of its proximity tot he only known stable wormhole in the galaxy. After meeting the other Bajoran and Starfleet personnel assigned to the station, including a former Bajoran freedom fighter and a shapeshifter, Sisko finds himself in that very wormhole and in the midst of a metaphysical experience as the alien inhabitants of the wormhole question the concepts of time and love. Sisko, filled with humanistic hubris, begins to explain these experienced, and resolves his painful past.… (more)

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