Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Volume One
Cardassia and Andor

Authors: Una McCormack and Heather Jarman
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 8351 0
Available 05 July 2004

Within every federation and every empire, behind every hero and every villain, there are the worlds that define them. In the aftermath of Unity and in the daring tradition of Spock's World, The Final Reflection and A Stitch in Time, the civilisations most closely tied to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can now be experienced as never before... in tales both sweeping and intimate, reflective and prophetic, eerily familiar and utterly alien...

Volume one of Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine consists of two stories based on Cardassia and Andor:

Cardassia: The last world ravaged by the Dominion War is also the last on which Miles O'Brien ever imagined building a life. As he joins in the reconstruction of Cardassia's infrastructure, his wife Keiko spearheads the planet's difficult agricultural renewal. But Cardassia's struggle to remake itself - from the fledgling democracy backed by Elim Garak to the people's rediscovery of their own spiritual past - it is not without opposition, as the outside efforts to help rebuild its civilisation come under attack by those who reject any alien influence.

Andor: On the eve of a great celebration of their ancient past, the unusual and mysterious Andorians, a species with four sexes, must decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to ensure their survival. Biological necessity clashes with personal ethics; cultural obligation vies with love - and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane returns home to the planet he forswore, to face not only the consequences of his choices, but a clandestine plan to alter the very nature of his kind.

I originally came to this book with a little apathy. I wasn't really sure what to expect. Was it going to be two rather dull stories that couldn't cut it to warrant a book of their own? Or would they be rushed leaving me wanting more than was on offer?

Of the two stories, I must admit to preferring Cardassia - mainly as I am a huge Cardassian fan - but the Andor story is also worth reading. Cardassia is an O'Brien tale (another plus point for me) and it was interesting to see the Keiko is using her previous experience while aboard DS9 to help Cardassia get back on its feet again.

This is an interesting start to what looks like a promising series.

Pete Boomer

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