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Star Trek: Myriad Universes #3: Shattered Light (Star Trek: All) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David R. George III , Steve Mollmann , Michael Schuster , Scott Pearson
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It’s been said that for any event, there are an infinite number of possible out­comes. Our choices determine which outcome will follow, and therefore all possibilities that could happen do happen across alternate realities. In these divergent realms, known history is bent, like white light through a shattered prism—broken into a boundless spectrum of what-might-have-beens. But in those myriad universes, what might have been . . . is what actually occurred.

THE EMBRACE OF COLD ARCHITECTS. “Mister Worf—fire.” With thosewords, William T. Riker defeated the Borg—and destroyed Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Now, a heartsore Captain Riker must carry on the legacy of thecommanding officer and friend whose death he ordered. But crises face himat every turn, from Cardassian aggression to the return of Data’s creator,Noonien Soong. But it is Data’s creation of a daughter, Lal, that may prove to beeveryone’s undoing. . . .

THE TEARS OF ERIDANUS. Commander Hikaru Sulu of the Kumari—finest ship of the Interstellar Guard, the military arm of the Interstellar Union that includes Andor, Earth, and Tellar—is sent to rescue an observation team on a primitive desert planet. The world has many names—40 Eridani A-II, Minshara, T’Khasi, Vulcan—and its savage natives have taken the team hostage, including Sulu’s daughter, Demora. Even as Captain Sulu negotiates with the fierce T’Pau, Demora meets the elderly S’oval, and with him the only hope for the planet’s future. . . .

HONOR IN THE NIGHT. Former Federation president Nilz Baris has died. After losing Sherman’s Planet to the Klingons thanks to poisoned quadrotriticale, the agriculture undersecretary parlayed that defeat into years of political battles with the Klingon Empire, and eventually the Federation’s highest office. Now, the Federation News Service wants the story of his life, a quest that digs up many secrets—including the mystery of why his final words were “Arne Darvin.”

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David R. George III has written more than a dozen Star Trek novels, including The Lost Era: One Constant Star, The Fall: Revelation and Dust, Allegiance in Exile, the Typhon Pact novels Raise the Dawn, Plagues of Night, and Rough Beasts of Empire, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins. He also cowrote the television story for the first-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Prime Factors.” Additionally, David has written nearly twenty articles for Star Trek magazine. His work has appeared on both the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists, and his television episode was nominated for a Sci-Fi Universe magazine award. You can chat with David about his writing at

STEVE MOLLMANN is studying for a Ph.D. in English at an unknown university at an unknown location in the United States. He is not being coy; at the time this was written, he simply had no idea where he would be by the time you read this. He obtained his M.A. in English at the University of Connecticut, and hopes to pursue a career as a scholar, specializing in British literature, especially its intersection with science and technology. Also in that gap of time, he will have gotten married to his then-fiancée, Hayley. He has met Michael Schuster on more than one occasion.

MICHAEL SCHUSTER lives in a picturesque Austrian mountain valley, with half a continent and one entire ocean between him and Steve Mollmann. A bank employee by day, he likes to come up with new (or at least relatively unused) ideas that can be turned into stories with loving care and the occasional nudge. With Steve, he is the co-author of two short stories in the anthology Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Sky's the Limit. Their first novel, The Tears of Eridanus, will be released as part of the collection Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light this December. Currently, the two are hard at work building their own universe-sized sandbox to play in. More information about them (including annotations for The Future Begins) can be found at

Scott Pearson contributed stories to Strange New Worlds VII and Strange New Worlds 9 as well as to the Star Trek: The Next Generation twentieth anniversary anthology The Sky’s the Limit. His novella Honor in the Night is in Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light. Most recently he has had stories in three ReDeus shared-world anthologies alongside many other Star Trek writers. He lives with his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Ella, in personable St. Paul, Minnesota, near the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, fabled in story and song, where he endeavors to make a living as a freelance writer/editor. Visit him on the web at and You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter. You can listen to Generations Geek, the podcast he does with his daughter, at and on the iTunes he’s heard people mention over the water cooler.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Three Further Parallel Developments 23. Dezember 2010
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What if... ?

That is the question this series raises again and again - and the answers are mostly quite interesting. If not always interestingly written

The Embrace of Cold Architects...

... asks, what would have happened, had Riker not stopped the annihilation of the Borg-cube with Locutus on board. The new Cpt. of the ENTERPRISE-D has to fight with his own conscience, while the story with Data and Lal goes into a totally different direction.

Interesting story but the perspective mainly used here underutilises the possibilities for the showing of moral complexities which is really sad.

The Tears of Eridanus...

... makes the Andorians the first partners of humankind when it enters interstellar space because the Vulcans are still busy killing each other for missing an important peace-preaching philosopher. On the eve of a war with the Klingons Cpt. Hikaru Sulu is supposed to get some telepathic weapons from the Vulcans and to try to free some hostages they have taken. One of the hostages is his daughter Demora.

Here we have a philosophically and psychologically quite well-written text that really makes the pages hum.

Honor in the Night

History is written by the winners a young reporter learns as she starts to walk on the tracks of Kirk's and McCoy's experiences while losing the fight for Sherman's planet ("The Trouble with Tribbles"). Here history goes a quite different way from the one we're used to. And the question is if it should be published at all to keep the gains some very big old lies have gained. Interesting especially in connection with the discussions about Wiki-Leaks.

Apart from the problem in "The Embrace of Cold Architects " highly readable.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as the other two, but still decent 27. Dezember 2010
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I greatly enjoyed the other two Myriad Universes anthologies, and was looking forward to this one. As it turns out, the story that I was most looking forward to in this anthology, "The Embrace of Cold Architects", was the weakest, and the story that I initially didn't really care about, "Honor in the Night" turned out to be a very gripping read and the best story in the anthology.

Warning - spoilers below.

"The Embrace of Cold Architects" diverges when the Enterprise's attack on the Borg cube after Picard is assimilated (in the episode "The Best of Both Worlds") is successful, destroying the Borg cube and killing Picard. I thought there was a lot of potential with this story, and it appeared to be living up to that potential, at least until the last two pages, when one plotline ends with a shaky cliffhanger, and one simply ends with a thud - no resolution at all. With more resolution, this would have easily been an A+ story. As it is, it gets a B-/C+ from me at best.

"The Tears of Eridanus" takes place in a universe where the Vulcans never embraced logic and are still a savage, emotional race locked in unending civil wars. Decent story, but I agree with the earlier reviewer that this universe was divergent enough that it didn't feel like a Star Trek story. I also kind of lost track of the multitude of Andorian characters in this story. I'd give it a B.

"Honor in the Night" is by far the best story in this anthology. It takes what seems like a minor divergence point (no tribbles on Station K7) and spins it into a very interesting take on the progress of Federation-Klingon relations from the original series forward. Once I started reading this story I didn't stop until the end. This story gets an A from me.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Abrupt Ending, Deriviative, and Good Ole Arne Darvin 16. Februar 2011
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A trekker for over 40 years (and god, I hate how that sounds), I am finding it harder and harder to finish Star Trek books. And I suspect that the fact that fewer and fewer of them are being published indicates that I am not the only one who feels that way. You would think by reducing the quantity of books published that, somehow, the quality of the stories would improve. Sadly, this has not proven to be tha case.

I have also enjoyed the Mirror/Myriad universe series and hoped for more of the same. I got a Next Generation story with an ending so abrupt I was looking for the "continued on page...", a Hikaru Sulu/Demora Sulu/Vulcan story with an almost identical plot to an Enterprise episode and a Next Generation episode, and a story about what could have happened to Nilz Baris and Arne Darvin (of "The Trouble with Tribbles" fame) that was the most well written of the lot, but had the least interesting premise.

I would hate to think that it is time to retire Star Trek Books in general, but given the dissapointing Typhon Pact series and this offering, it seems as if the writers have run out of interesting stories to tell (Forgive me David are not included). Let's hope that this is just a momentary blip and not the beginning of the end of something that has entertained me for my entire adult life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Uneven, but averages to a good book 17. Dezember 2010
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"The Embrace of Cold Architects" is a wonderful story until it ends. It is rather abrupt, and was very unsatisfying to me. There are two main plots in the story; one is questionably resolved, and the other ends at a cliffhanger. Story would have been significantly better as a full-length book.

"Tears of Eridanus" is interesting, but wasn't particularly compelling. The premise was fine, but when things are 'too' divergent it sometimes doesn't feel like a real Star Trek story.

"Honor in the Night" was very good. I thought, despite the lack of linearity, that it was a good, focused novel, that dealt sufficiently with tangential characters that it was barely an alternate universe story. The ending was a surprise -- not what I expected.

Overall, it was alright, but the ending to the first story bothers me sufficiently that I'm tempted to drop the rating to 3.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Forest of Loose Ends Rescued By....Nilz Baris? 1. August 2014
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Three novellas, three reviews, one composite score. And, as always, there be spoilers here.

THE EMBRACE OF COLD ARCHITECTS (5/10): This story has all the hallmarks of an intriguing premise that proved to be much more difficult from which to spin an entertaining and compelling yarn than it first appeared. What IF Picard (as Locutus) had been killed at the end of "Best of Both Worlds Part 1"? That would suggest a tale of how Will Riker handled the situations in the remaining four seasons of TNG as the Enterprise's captain in Picard's stead. Instead, David George made the story primarily about Data and Lal, even though there's nothing about Picard's alternate fate that would have had any bearing on preventing Lal's early death from "cascade failure". And yet the Riker thread was half-heartedly continued even though it had no connection to the Data/Lal story after their departure from the Enterprise. It just coasted along for a while and stopped right as a renewed war with the Cardassians was about to begin. Meanwhile, the saga of Lal's kidnapping as part of an eeeeevil Starfleet plot to create an army of android shock troops (not unlike the Romulans' use of the Remans) wasn't all that credible even with the Borg as justification, and this thread, too, was truncated arbitrarily after its literally explosive climax had finally made it interesting. I wanted to like both sub-stories, but their meandering lack of focus left me wanting much, much more.

THE TEARS OF ERIDANUS (6/10): I liked the premise of the Vulcans destroying themselves before the Sundering could take place. No Romulans, which means no Romulan Empire to hem in the Klingons, who thus run wild across local space. And no Vulcan, greatly changing the character, culture, and focus of what didn't become the "Federation" in this timeline, but an Andor-centric Interstellar Union. I suppose Sulu essentially abandoning his mission to come to his daughter's rescue is in character if you really stretch it. And I did like the Sulu-T'Pau and Demora-Soval interactions, and the seeds planted of a Surakian reformation. However, all the Andorian characters were pretty much forgettable, even the familiar names (Shras, Thelin), and the background jeopardy premise - an impending Klingon invasion - that is supposed to make Sulu's contrived mission to Vulcan of huge strategic importance never materializes before the story ends, and we're left to wonder what the purpose is of setting the Vulcans on a path towards becoming the people we know if the Klingons are just going to sweep through and wipe them out before they can ever get there. As with "Embrace," the story feels unfinished, or perhaps too long for a short-story format.

HONOR IN THE NIGHT (8/10): I freely admit, from looking at the synopses on the back cover, this is the story for which I had the least anticipation. Of all the characters in the Trek universe around which one could build a story, Nilz Baris is the last one I would pick. It's like losing a bet with your editor or drawing the short straw. But I have to give Scott Pearson credit; though the flashback device of telling the tale as a series of documentary interviews was hopelessly convoluted, it succeeded in drawing me in, to see what would happen next. Baris was given character breadth and depth as the tragic intrigues that marked his dealings with various Klingons - warriors, politicians, and spies - unfolded over the years. It was a very....well, logical career- and life-path, although I still find it less than entirely credible that Baris would ever have wound up as President of the Federation. Much the same thing can be said of Arne Darvin's depicted life, an honorable Klingon sent to do dishonorable deeds who regains the path of honor and lays a more credible path to eventual Federation-Klingon rapprochement than that depicted in the "real" Trek universe. And then there's the swerve at the end that is so good I won't spoil it for future readers.

As always seems to be the case with these "Myriad Universes" compendiums, one story makes the entire collection worth the price of admission. Even if it is about a man named "Nilz".
3.0 von 5 Sternen Uneven, not bad but none of the stories is flawless. 8. Dezember 2012
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Presumably the reader is familiar with the concept of "Alternate histories", stories that explore the question of what the present would look like if some key factor in the past had not happened, or had happened differently, than it actually did. This book is comprised of three such stories, each of novella length, in which the "history" that has been altered is the "history" of the Star Trek universe.

The first story, by David R. George III, seems to this reviewer to be a bit unclear on the concept; there seems to be two major changes to the timeline, basically unconnected, so it's difficult to see why they are put into the same alternate history. The first change is that Picard is not rescued in the episode "The Best of Both Worlds", but rather the Enterprise under the command of Riker successfully destroys the borg cube with Picard/Locutus, and Riker remains the captain of the Enterprise. The second change, and the one that seems to have more "alternate universe" bearing, is that Data is successful in saving his "daughter" from the cascade failures that rendered Starfleet's desire to abscond with her moot, and she is taken away by Starfleet. An interesting story, but the dual change in the timeline muddles the issue.

The second story, by Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster, explores the question of "what if" the planet Vulcan had never been converted to the following of logic by Surak, and remained barbarous and warlike, so that the first contact with earth was made by Andoria rather than Vulcan. A very interesting story with a moderately unsatisfactory ending.

The third story was also an interesting concept; told by Scott Pearson, it explores the question of "what if" an accidental explosion had killed Cyrano Jones and his tribbles before he had the opportunity to spread them about Space Station K7 in the Episode "Trouble With Tribbles", thus resulting in the poisoning of the Quatrotriticale grain and the imposture of Arne Darvin never being uncovered. Unfortunately, this was the worst-written (or at least, worst-edited) story of the three; there are a few editing slip-ups in the previous two stories, but twice as many in the third as in the previous two combined. Things like "helsman" instead of "helmsman", "Betazoid" rather than "Betazed" when referring to the planet itself, rather than a denizen of it, "whom" rather than "who", "looked way" rather than "looked away", "Darvis" rather than "Darvin" when referring to the character who is, after all, central to the story, a comma instead of a period (or at the very least, a semicolon) in the "sentence": "Kamuk, watching Krell stomping toward them, started laughing, Baris turned on him.", "peaking" rather than "piquing" somone's interest, leaving out the word "she" in the phrase "Jensen chuckled as sat down...", the phrase "Baris hurried away as if to make contact emergency sevices", which either needed to lose the "make" or to have the word "with" inserted between "contact" and "emergency", the word "breath" instead of "breathe", the word "get" omitted from the phrase "...needed to back to...".Any one (or even two or three) of these could be overlooked as trivial flaws in an otherwise good story, but the sheer volume of them was more than a bit distracting and definitely made the story less interesting, at least to this reviewer.

Overall, not a bad read, but this book definitely had lots of room for improvement.
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