And now Pocket's going back there again, with a really nifty experiment. Where in the past, six-book crossovers have been done in six separate mass-market titles (Captain's Table, Double Helix, New Earth, Gateways, The Lost Era), this time they will be in two trade paperbacks, each containing three novels. Each of the five TV series will be represented, as well as the prose-only series, Peter David's New Frontier.
The three TV shows that had MU episodes will all get followups in these books: the Enterprise story will be coauthored by Mike Sussman (who cowrote "In a Mirror, Darkly"), assisted by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, and will pick up where those episodes left off, showing the rise to power of Empress Hoshi Sato after that two-parter. David Mack will pick up shortly after "Mirror, Mirror," and show how Spock tried to put the mainline universe's Kirk's advice to good use -- and how the history, as described by Kira in "Crossover" played out (be warned, though, that Kira's summation is not the whole story, and you only think you know how it ends). And newcomer Sarah Shaw will bridge the gap between "The Emperor's New Cloak" and the appearances of the MU in the recent DS9 post-finale novel Warpath.
The other three will be 24th-century tales that extrapolate from what we saw, primarily on DS9. Greg Cox's TNG story will be Picard-heavy -- in a world without Starfleet, it is the archeologist side of Picard that becomes dominant. Peter David's NF tale will show us a Calhoun who also never had the civilizing influence of Starfleet.
Which leads us nicely to my contribution: a Voyager story called The Mirror-Scaled Serpent. Counterparts to all the opening-credits regulars on Voyager will appear, as well as those of several recurring characters. The theme will still be people trapped 70,000 light-years from home -- but it will mostly take place in the Alpha Quadrant. It will tie into DS9's MU stories, as well as Dave Mack's TOS tale in this miniserires.
But my favorite aspect of the whole thing can be summed up in three words: Harry Kim, badass.
You can order Glass Empires or Obsidian Alliances from the good folks at Amazon.com, or just haunt your local bookstore.
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