Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Volume Two
Trill and Bajor

Authors: Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin and J. Noah Kym
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $7.99, Cdn $11.99

ISBN 0 7434 8352 9
Available 07 March 2005

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 Two of Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine consists of two stories based on Trill and Bajor:

Trill: They are a people with secrets. For centuries they kept their true nature hidden, even taking disturbing steps to protect the small population of near-immortal symbionts with whom a privileged few Trill are joined, body, mind, and soul. They are a people who hold memory to be sacred, yet deny their own past. Now amid a whirlwind of scandal, accusations, and growing civil unrest, Ezri Dax must penetrate millennia of lies and deceptions, and rediscover what should never have been forgotten, before her civilisation rips itself apart.

Bajor: The honeymoon is over. Following the euphoria of Bajor's marriage to the Federation, the real business of making that union work has begun. But even on a world where politics and religion are intertwined, conflicting visions of Bajor's role in the interstellar arena divide the planet's leadership. As newly minted Captain Kira Nerys sets the tone for the kind of Starfleet officer she will be, First Minister Asarem makes a bold move to define Bajor's voice in the Federation, while the returned Benjamin Sisko prepares for a future that only he, as yet, can see.

The second book in this series is another interesting Trek novel. Fans of DS9 who are still mourning the passing of the greatest show in the Trek franchise will find some comfort in this collection - well, I did.

For me, Bajor has a slight edge over Trill. Firstly, I can't take a planet named after a brand of budgie seed seriously (that's a joke by the way), but mainly it's because Bajor is a lot sexier and closer to DS9 fans hearts.

In fact, thanks to J. Noah Kym it was almost like I was back with the crew of DS9 off on an adventure with Kira.

These are easily digestible stories that help to keep the magic of DS9 alive and for that reason alone they deserve all the attention they can get.

Pete Boomer

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