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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed (27. November 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1416526943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416526940
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,5 x 2,7 cm
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Captain Riker and his crew have discovered a mysterious planet populated by a civilization where science and faith are struggling for supremacy, due in large part to a strange, unexplained phenomenon known as the Watchful Eye, visible in the sky above the planet. Two teams from the Titan have been sent to investigate. One must covertly observe the people and culture of the planet while the other team takes a shuttle to study the strange Watchful Eye. But when the team on the planet is discovered, a dramatic chain of events is set in motion and cause and effect collide, creating a temporal paradox which threatens both the past and Titan's future.

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Chapter One

Occultus Ora, Stardate 58358.1

The Starship Titan rolled slowly in the dark, dancing between the invisible jetsam, the ethereal flotsam, like some graceful leviathan swimming a terrestrial sea. All around it the other occupants of this region, the inspiration for the ship's lingering ballet, also pitched and spun in apparent counterpoint to the vessel's motion.

Titan's astronomers had dubbed the region Occultus Ora for some reason known only to them. The physicists called the things residing here exotic matter plasmids but, lately, those who'd been tasked with ferreting out their secrets had taken to referring to the strange objects simply as darklings.

The image came from a myth Dr. Celenthe had heard on its homeworld of Syrath, something about the Catalysts of creation hiding in the dark.

The name fit the new objects well. They were invisible to every naked eye, irrespective of species, untouchable by all but the most specifically calibrated sensors, intangible by nearly every measure, yet here they were, in the lee of the Gum Nebula, performing their tandem pirouette, bending gravity into knots in complete defiance of their supposed nonexistence.

It was sheer luck that Titan had happened upon them at all even with the fantastic array of devices it sported to facilitate its explorations.

A weird but consistent spike in one of the lower EM bands during a routine sensor sweep had drawn the attention of the senior science officer and subsequently that of his captain. Another ship would have missed even that.

"Absolutely, Mr. Jaza," Captain Riker had said, a broad grin cutting a canyon in the dark hair of his beard as he perused the younger man's data. "Let's have a closer look."

Jaza had never worked under a commander with as acute an appreciation for the beauty of the unknown as William Riker, never encountered anyone, scientist or artist, soldier or civilian, who had as pure a love for discovery. There was a free-form quality to the way Riker directed Titan's missions that kept everyone on their toes without giving them all over to chaos. There was always reason guiding Riker's rhyme, even when it wasn't readily apparent.

Over weeks and with much rewriting of code and re-tasking of systems, the darklings came into sharper and sharper relief. To everyone's delight, they also brought along more mysteries to solve. Days became weeks. A couple of re-tasked systems became a score and soon a good portion of Titan's crew was focused in one way or another on the strange cosmic formation onto which they had luckily stumbled.

They were a strain of so-called dark matter, that was obvious, but, unlike the garden variety of the stuff, the darklings' existence was apparently extremely organized. They were set in a massive ring, evenly distributed and collectively spinning in orbit around a neutron star.

How had this happened? What sustained the effect? What properties set this form of exotic matter outside the normal bestiary? These questions and hundreds more were asked by Jaza and his staff over the weeks Titan, now rigged essentially for silent running to avoid any stray homegrown rads cluttering their survey, spent sliding between the massive invisible pips.

It was a good time, the perfect expression of their collective raison d'être.

Which, of course, meant it couldn't last.

The day began badly for him: a fitful sleep full of powerful and unsettling dreams, followed by a return to consciousness that put him in mind of the time he'd escaped drowning.

Caught in a river whose current he had misjudged, he found himself both falling and being swept forward by the pull of something he could neither see nor fight. It had been terrifying then and, even though his father had pulled him out only a few seconds after he'd tumbled from the boat, his time in the water had felt like eternity.

The dream, what he could remember of it, wasn't truly terrifying in that way. There was no risk of death, obviously, and he wasn't drenched or shivering cold. Yet there was the same power in the thing, the same inexorable pull from something invisible and powerful and impossible to touch.

There had been new elements this time, he thought -- a flash of vegetation he hadn't noticed in previous bouts, the sound of a female voice screaming his name, something about a crash.

Once a strange and even mystical experience for him, especially the first few times, the dream had mostly become little more than an occasional and occasionally unpleasant puzzle, cut into billions of obscure pieces of which he only had access to portions at a time.

He would solve it one day, he knew. In fact he knew considerably more about the puzzle and its solution than he usually admitted even to himself. But one day was not today.

And, of course, the dream was also a kind of promise, one he'd tested over time and found to be true.

He'd been here before and would come again he knew, but each time he returned from the dream, whether he remembered every detail or not, he was forced to take moments to remind himself who he was, where he was and that, so far at least, he was still alive.

One day that would not be true. One day there would be no waking and no reassurances. One day the dream would not be a dream.

But that day was also not today.

It wasn't until after he'd stumbled to the wash basin and splashed cool water on his face (sonic showers would never do for something like this) that he felt almost like himself again. Almost, but not quite. The dream, even the sparse fragments of it that he could usually remember, was always unsettling in a way that he had yet to find words to describe.

Looking in the mirror he studied the details of his face and found them just very slightly alien. The eyes were the right color gray; the ridges across his nose were properly deep and defined; his skin was the same brown and the few flecks of gray that had begun to appear in the black of his hair had not multiplied, and yet there was something unrecognizable about the man staring back at him. It was as if he was looking into the face of some acquaintance, a colleague he might see occasionally in passing or a classmate from long ago. Not quite a stranger but not a face he found entirely familiar.

"You're Najem," he told himself. "You're Jaza Najem."

The computer told him that he was about an hour ahead of his duty shift; his subordinates would wonder why he had shown up so early and perhaps consider it a negative mark against their own abilities. So he decided to dress, get a snack, and take a short walk before heading up.

The galley wasn't quite empty when he arrived. Little clusters of chatting people had gathered at a few of the tables, while others had chosen quiet solitude in the hall's more secluded corners.

"Greetings, Mr. Jaza," said Chordys, the Bolian who ran the place from the closing hours of gamma shift through most of alpha. She was a cheery little thing whose round blue body seemed to be little more than life support for her smile. "You're up early. Getting a jump on the day?"

He managed a smile of his own, nowhere near as bright, mumbled something that she pretended was coherent as he pointed to the pitcher of protolact on the shelf behind her.

"Upset stomach?" she intuited. He nodded. It was close enough to how he felt though not truly accurate. Upset soul, perhaps? What was the cure for that?

"Dr. Ree usually comes along in the next half an hour or so," said Chordys, going on without him. "He's on the coldblood cycle, you know. Only up during the 'day.' You can probably catch a word with him before his shift begins."

"No," said Jaza, as she reached for the jar of blue liquid. "It's just bad sleep....

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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Patrick am 7. Januar 2008
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Nach rund einem Jahr war es nun Ende des letzten Jahres endlich soweit und das neueste Abenteuer der U.S.S. Titan unter dem Kommando von Captain William T. Riker ist erschienen. Und man muss sagen, dass Warten hat sich gelohnt.

Auch das jüngste Mitglied der Star Trek Titan-Serie weiß zu gefallen; die Story ist wohl durchdacht, die Charaktere wunderbar getroffen und erneut erhält das Buch durch die starke, aber keineswegs zu aufdringliche, Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Religion, speziell an der Person des Bajoraners Jaza, sehr viel Tiefe.
Zur Story möchte ich hier nicht viel sagen, nur so viel sei verraten:
Im Laufe der Geschichte wird man sich von einem liebgewonnenen Charakter trennen müssen, es gibt schwere Verluste an Menschenleben und auch in der Beziehung zwischen Captain Riker und Counslor Troi kriselt es.
Aber nicht nur für Spannungen innerhalb der Crew ist gesorgt. Der Ausfall des Warptriebwerks, die Entdeckung einer insektenähnlichen Spezies, die Fremden gegenüber nicht sehr aufgeschlossen ist und das Auftauchen eines ungewöhnlichen Weltraumphänomens bilden die externen Gefahrenquellen und sind gleichzeitig der Rahmen in dem sich die Story entfaltet.

Fazit: Auch dieses Buch der Titan-Reihe kann ich nur empfehlen, es ist spannend und überaus gelungen, eine echte Bereicherung für den Star Trek-Bücherkosmos.
Ein weiterer Pluspunkt sind die im Buch enthaltenen Diagramme der Titan, auf denen das neue Raumschiff nun zum ersten Mal gezeigt wird und die äußerst detailliert sind. Für Titan-Fans ein Muss!
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Julian Wangler am 8. Januar 2011
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Eigentlich hat die Titan schon anderes vor. Doch dann kommt plötzlich der Notruf eines Schwesterschiffes dazwischen. Als ob Captain Riker mit Blick auf einen kleinen Ehedisput mit Deanna Troi nicht schon genug um die Ohren hätte, lässt er den Kurs ändern.

Auf halbem Weg zu den Zielkoordinaten, wird die Titan plötzlich durch eine Wellenfront aus dem Subraum geworfen. Offenkundig wurden die physikalischen Gesetzmäßigkeiten in diesem Bereich des Alls außer Kraft gesetzt. Dumm für Riker und seine Crew, denn nun sitzen sie fest mit ihrem Schiff. Wenigstens steigen sie bald schon hinter das Rätsel der Subraumzerstreuung: Eine fremde Spezies experimentiert auf ihrer Welt mit Warptechnologie, um Energiegeneratoren zu betreiben. Das hat Auswirkungen auf den umliegenden Raum, macht sowohl Warp als auch Impuls wirkungslos.

In Orion's Hounds musste Riker gerade die schmerzliche Lektion verinnerlichen, dass die Oberste Direktive mehr ist als ein nobler Vorsatz. Jetzt muss er gegen den inneren Schweinehund ankämpfen, sieht er doch keine andere Möglichkeit, als gegen jene Direktive zu agieren, um die Titan aus ihrer misslichen Lage zu befreien: Er muss Kontakt aufnehmen mit der Zivilisation (die zwar Warptechnologie besitzt, aber nicht nach den Kriterien der ersten Sternenflotten-Regel und daher definitionsgemäß in den Bereich der Prä-Warp-Kultur fällt, für die scharfe Nichteinmischungsrichtlinien gelten).

Diese mentale Einstiegshürde wird genommen. Weil das Schiff aber festhängt, bleibt Riker nichts anderes übrig, als sich auf den waghalsigen Plan seines Wissenschaftsoffiziers Najem Jaza einzulassen.
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2 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Kundenrezensionen TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 7. Dezember 2007
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Die U.S.S. TITAN unter dem Kommando von W.T. Riker macht sich auf in ein überaus seltsames Raumgebiet, in dem ein Schwesterschiff der TITAN - die CHARON - verschwunden ist. Bald erleben Schiff und Besatzung große Schwirigkeiten durhc Subraumverwerfungen, denn auf einem nahegelegenen Planeten scheinen mehrere Warpreaktoren im Gang zu sein. Und die TITAN liegt tot im All, während sich um das Schiff immer mehr Raumveraltungen bilden. Und so muss sich die Beatzung mit einer Zivilisation auseinander setzen, die zwar Warptechnik benutzt - aber nicht zumn Antrieb von Schiffen. Und die auch sonst in vielerlei Hinsicht außerhalb des gewohnten Rahmens liegen.

In Bezug auf dieses "Fremden" und ihre eigenen Besatzungsmitgleider, erfahren unsere Heldinnen und Helden eine Menge über ihre Gaubsausprägungn und den persönlichen Stellenwert, den religion in den Leben verschiedener Mneschen hat. Dadurch dehnt sich das Buch manchmal eine wenig zu sehr. Aber sonst ein ziemlich erfreuliches Buch.
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An excellent entry in the series for all fans 21. November 2007
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"Sword of Damocles' is the first STAR TREK: TITAN novel in almost 2 years, and proves to be worth the wait. A wonderful aspect of this series (chronicling the adventures of Captain Riker and his crew) is the core concept of the series as given by editor Marco Palmieri, essentially that TITAN is "the Original series for the Next Generation era." In other words, TITAN is all about outward exploration, with the Federation getting back to the core ideals of exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and knowledge after years of war and strife. The crew of TITAN are leading this endeavor as they explore a region of the Beta Quadrant called Gum Nebula.

And there are some great moments in this novel- high concepts mixed with wonderful character development. There's a central mystery, the delving into a character's past, the proverbial clock counting down- it all makes for a thrilling adventure. If you're a fan of Star Trek *period* then you should like this novel. Highly recommended.
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Decisions, decisions, decisions...Star Trek: Titan is full of them 7. Februar 2008
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Geoffrey Thorne is a relative newcomer to the published Star Trek mythos, with just a few short stories to his name. Sword of Damocles, the latest "Titan" novel, is Thorne's first full-length novel, and he's written an exquisite one. The Titan writers seem to be excelling at not having "villains" in their novels, instead having antagonists that have conflicting points of view with our heroes, and Thorne provides us with a perfect example of that here. All of that, and Pocket Books has given us technical diagrams of the new ship too!

While the technobabble can get a little thick in Sword of Damocles, Thorne never lets it get out of control, and it helps that he has some non-technological characters for others to explain things to. Thorne has created an extremely intricate plot, dealing with some time travel, cultural contamination (and its avoidance), and how things that are not understood can assume heightened significance in those who don't know any better. Thorne puts all of his characters through the wringer, as all of them must make choices based on both the Prime Directive (the non-interference policy Starfleet has) and what's best for their ship.

What I especially liked about Sword of Damocles, though, is that the fact that the crew is extremely diversified was not used as a cudgel over the reader's head. We saw the integration of the crew, but nobody actually *mentioned* it. It was a breath of fresh air given the past three books. Thorne doesn't avoid this by not using any of the alien crew members, but by showing us how they're interacting with the crew without actually announcing it. I hope future Titan books do the same thing. I realize that this diversity is sort of a novelty, but we're four books in now, so it really should be stopped.

Thorne's characterization is almost perfect, from Vale, Troi and Riker to the other Titan crew members and even the Orishans themselves. Commander Ra-Havreii, the rather arrogant chief engineer, is annoying to everybody, but somehow he walks that thin line of not turning off the reader as well. The reason for the rift between Riker and Troi seems a little basic for how much anguish it causes, but it is understandable, especially in their situation. Still, the writing is powerful and the characterization is right on the nose. The climax to the story veers a little bit into the heavy technobabble mode, but it's exciting nonetheless.

Thorne's prose is quite good for a first novel, and the book reads very smoothly, with very few clunky phrases throwing you out of the book. He describes both the character scenes and the action scenes quite well, never making it boring but also not overdoing the action too much. There were a couple of coincidences that I shook my head at, but for the most part they have a plausible explanation that makes it so they're not too annoying.

Sword of Damocles is the best Titan book since Taking Wing, and here's to many more adventures in the future. Of course, we'll have to see what the upcoming Destiny trilogy holds for our Titan crew before we get the next Titan book, and since that series is written by David Mack, maybe they'll all be dead! Whatever happens, though, Geoffrey Thorne has himself a winner here, and I look forward to reading some more of his stuff in the future.

David Roy
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Star Trek Titan: Sword of Damocles 25. Dezember 2007
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It never cease to amaze how the similar storyline formats of these novels can and still hold your attention but when the writer is good it can happen every time. I am two chapters shy of finishing this and I must say this is fine addition to the Titan saga. You get to know characters that were somewhat neglect in other novels, they become as real to you as Riker, Deanna, and Tuvok because of stories like these. Thorne gives Jaza Najem, Christine Vale, Xin Ra-Havreii and other characters back-stories, quirks and qualities that make them come alive and take shape in your mind. I miss the unique perspective and consideration that Michael A. Martin (Author), Andy Mangels (Creator) brought to the first two novels but this story certainly does not disappoint!
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Well done. 23. Mai 2008
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I enjoy the Titan novels for the same reason I enjoyed Challenger, New Frontier, and Vanguard. That is, they are not the same old Star Trek. While it's good (and comforting) to read about familiar characters, it's *great* to read about entirely new ones. And Titan is packed with 'em.

When I first began to realize this was going to be a temporal story, I got a little nervous, thinking "oh, no, reset button." In the end, thankfully, it did not turn out quite that way. I was most impressed with the story arc about a Bajoran member of Titan's crew, Jaza Najem, who figures centrally in the temporal theme, but who also has his own demons to battle. Faith vs. science (vs. faith) comes heavily into play, and it all struck a very deep chord in me.

For those of you who enjoy space battles in your books, there were a number of those. For those of you who like the "'shipping" aspect, there was plenty of that, too, though I've gotta say the Riker/Troi conflict seemed a little out of proportion to what the conflict actually turned out to be. Still, I gotta hand it to Will and Deanna: They ain't divorced yet! Living in a closed community such as a starship, it cannot be easy separating the personal from the professional, but these two do an admirable job.

Though I'm not much into ship diagrams, it was nice having Titan's included in this book. Congrats to design competition winner, Sean Tourangeau.
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One thing about Thorne is that he is a hardcore Trekker, and it shows. 18. Juli 2011
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This book takes place after the events of the last Star Trek The Next Generation film, and details an adventure that Will Riker has, as the Captain of the Starship Titan. This book reminded me of some of the best episodes of Star Trek, both TOS and TNG, as it had the crew truly exploring a "strange new world" with "new life, never civilizations," etc. They come to a planet whose citizens have, for centuries, been watched over by a mysterious object in the sky above them, not sure if it is friend or foe. What I noticed most about this book was Thorne's strong characterization. In addition to Riker and his wife Deanna Troi, and Tuvok, having joined the Titan, after the events of Star Trek Voyager series, there are several new characters among the crew whom I was not familiar with. I'm not certain how many, if any, were created just for this book or if they had been introduced in earlier Titan novels, but Thorne makes sure that the readers are quickly familiarized with the important characters so that by the end of the book there were as "real" to me as the characters that I already knew from TV and movies. I enjoyed this very much.
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