Star Trek
Stargazer: Three

Author: Michael Jan Friedman
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 4852 9
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Identical female twins Gerda and Idun Asmund lost their human parents while they were young and were raised as warriors on the Klingon homeworld. Once they reached maturity, they continued to depend on each other as helm officer and navigator on the Starship
Stargazer. But that bond is tested when a transporter mishap deposits a beautiful woman from another universe on the Stargazer. As captain Picard pits the Stargazer against a savage alien species in an attempt to send their visitor home, Gerda comes to suspect the woman of treachery. But is she following her Klingon instincts or succumbing to simple jealousy?...

Stargazer: Three can hardly be accused of being original. A rift in the fabric of space threatens the lives of Jean-Luc Picard and the Stargazer's crew. So to patch everything up they have to seal an anomaly in the Mirror Universe, a rift that may ultimately destroy the Federation. Sorry if that's spoilt the origins of the mysterious visitor, but it is pretty obvious who she is.

That damn Mirror Universe! Won't it ever go away. Okay, while I admit that this can be a fun device when used in a TV show, it does become a little tedious when included in a book. Oh look! They look just like us, but with Goatee beards - they must be from an alternate reality... please!

The warlike Balduk, who refuse to grant the Stargazer passage to the vicinity of the tear, are intriguing and should be included in more Trek books.

It's not that this is badly written, far from it, it's just that rehashing old TV show ideas and passing them off as a book is lazy. Also, why doesn't Picard mention this incident in The Next Generation when confronted with a similar predicament?

Average - and I'm being generous!

Nick Smithson

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