Star Trek
Strange New Worlds V

Editor: Dean Wesley Smith
Pocket Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN 0 7434 3778 0
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The fifth anthology featuring original
Star Trek stories by Trek fans, for Trek fans, again features stories set during the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. This collection of stories explore the past and future of Star Trek from a number of different perspectives...

When any publication has the words: "by fans, for fans" emblazoned on the cover a little shiver goes down my spine. These words can normally be supplemented by "by the obsessed for those that will by anything with a Star Trek endorsement on it." However, the Strange New Worlds series seems to has already warranted four volumes, so they must be doing something right.

Each story is less than 7500 words in length which makes this book excellent to dip in and out of. The grand prize winner Mary Scott-Wiecek's Disappearance on 21st Street is a well deserved winner and would have fitted well as a general short-story, the fact that it ties in to the Star Trek universe is neither here nor there. And this is where the strength in this collection is. We want great stories, first and foremost and if they can be transferred to the Trek universe, then even better.

My biggest gripe is that there was only one Star Trek: Deep Space Nine story in the collection. This is a little poor when compared with Next Gen and Voyager which both had seven stories printed and even Enterprise managed three stories. As Deep Space Nine is by far my favourite series I felt a little cheated.

That aside this is an enjoyable, well above average compilation. Those who like short stories more than full novels will love this.

Amber Leigh

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