For two seasons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine® chronicled the intense struggle of the Federation, fighting alongside the Klingons and the Romulans against the overwhelming forces of the Dominion in some of the most exciting hours of television ever produced.
Now, for the first time, see how the Dominion War affected the entirety of the Star Trek universe. From the heart of the Federation to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. From the front lines of Klingon space to the darkest recesses of the Romulan Empire. From the heroic members of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to the former crew of the U.S.S. Stargazer. From the edge of the New Frontier to the corridors of station Deep Space 9.
Some of the finest Star Trek novelists have been gathered to provide a dozen new tales from this seminal period in galactic history. Heroes from three generations -- Sisko, Picard, Spock, Kira, Calhoun, Klag, McCoy, Gold, and so many more -- brought together in these...
Tales Of The Dominion War
Greg Cox Peter David Keith R.A. DeCandido Michael Jan Friedman Dave Galanter Robert Greenberger Heather Jarman & Jeffrey Lang David Mack Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels Josepha Sherman & Susan Shwartz Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore Howard Weinstein
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
August 30, 2004
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Excerpt from Star Trek:The Next Generation: Tales of the Dominion War by Keith R. A. DeCandido
This book owes its existence to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for two reasons.
The obvious reason is that the Dominion War was chronicled on the last two seasons of DS9. That show introduced the Dominion, the Jem'Hadar, the Vorta, and the Founders, and many of the stories you are about to read relate to episodes of DS9, either by expanding on references in them or chronicling events that happened simultaneously with them.
But the second reason is far more fundamental than that: when DS9 debuted in 1993, it changed the face of Star Trek forever.
Until DS9 came along, Star Trek was pretty much defined by the words spoken at the beginning of one of the most famous show-opening voiceovers in television history: "These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise." It could be Kirk's Enterprise or Picard's Enterprise (or, if you wanted to get radical, possibly Pike's Enterprise, April's Enterprise, or Garrett's Enterprise), but for twenty-seven years, it was the Enterprise that was always at the forefront of most any Star Trek adventure.
Then in January 1993, DS9 debuted, taking place on a space station, featuring a cast that was only about half Starfleet -- and the floodgates opened. Now, the whole Star Trek universe was fair game. Star Trek was no longer limited to one ship. The storytelling possibilities, already pretty wide with a ship of exploration at its center, got even wider.
This extended not only to television, but also to the Star Trek novels, which have been, in one form or other, an integral part of the franchise since Mission to Horatius was published back in 1968. In 1997, Star Trek: New Frontier debuted, with Peter David chronicling the adventures of an all-new ship and crew created just for the novels -- something that wouldn't have been imaginable before DS9. The success of New Frontier in turn led to more prose-only projects: Star Trek: Stargazer by Michael Jan Friedman, showcasing a young Jean-Luc Picard in his first command three decades prior to Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: S.C.E., a monthly series of eBooks by a variety of authors featuring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers; and my own Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon, focusing on a vessel in the Klingon Defense Force.