The tales featured in Strange New Worlds rocket readers across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from Captain Jonathan Archer's first exploration of the galaxy on board the very first Starship Enterprise through to Captain Picard's tenure on the USS Enterprise 1701-D -- and beyond. Here you can read a fresh and original take on Captain Benjamin Sisko's role on Deep Space Nine, Captain Kathryn Janeway's homeward journey with the crew of the Starship Voyager, Captain Archer's encounters with the Xindi -- and many more ports of call along the way.
Strange New Worlds 9 includes stories from all five Star Trek incarnations:
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
and Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
August 22, 2006
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IX by Dean Wesley Smith
"No, no, no. This simply won't do."
The creature deftly shuffled his papers with hook-clawed appendages in a swirl of activity as the multitasking arms wrote, turned papers over, absently scratched behind his blowhole, brought a drink up to his beak, and restlessly tapped the wooden table we both sat at.
My own hands were rough; callused and worn from the winter harvest and appeared quite fragile compared with his rubbery tentacles. I turned my attention to the golden rows of quadrotriticale whipping in the afternoon breeze.
"I don't want the report on seedless, waterless crops, the reclamation of plasma-polluted soil and other such wastes of my valuable time. Where is your forward command center Why has the Klingon Empire been left intact What happened to establishing a military presence beyond this meaningless speck of dust with zero tactical importance You should have pushed clear across to the Delta Quadrant by now. You've had more than sufficient time to accomplish your mission. In short, what have you and your agents been doing for the past three hundred years "
I decide to answer his question with another question.
"You received the Federation's proposal welcoming us to this region of space "
"Oh, they sued for peace. Excellent, we'll set up interim camps and disposal facilities in central locations: Alpha Proxima Two, Arvada Three and Ivor Prime."
"You mistake their meaning," I said.
"Did you say something, Rojan "
The language barrier was twice as thick as deuterium. I remained silent for a time. My gaze drifted back to the upper fields where a curl of smoke wafted from the wreckage of Prefect Tamar's ship. His vessel, like mine before, sustained critical damage after crossing the galactic divide. He put down not fifty meters from the original landing site.