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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audioworks; Abridged edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067187974X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671879747
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

A gripping Star Trek: The Next Generation tale hearkening back to the original TV series episode, "Mirror, Mirror." That was the one in which Captain Kirk encountered his brutal alter ego in a parallel universe, a place where only the alternative Spock showed any humanity. Here, the alternative Enterprise draws Captain Picard's vessel into its alternative space, bent on capturing it and staffing it with a look-alike crew--all to spearhead an invasion of the Federation. Deanna Troi, Geordi La Forge, and Captain Picard outwit the scheme by transporting aboard the other Enterprise and turning its technology against the would-be conquerors. Here's where Duane's novel turns clever, with Picard assuming his doppelg„nger's role and discovering--among other things--just how malicious and threatening a Betazed can be and how bitter the alternative Dr. Crusher can be in the role of the "captain's woman." There's also a particularly nasty alternative Riker and a noble alternative Worf. The true Picard maneuvers his ship back into Federation space, but the alien follows; there's some manipulation of hyperstrings (with the help of a spacegoing dolphin) to send the bad Enterprise back where it belongs. Another capable entry in this series that always seems to be better than one would expect. John Mort --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A Star Trek: The Next Generation yarn from the fantasist (The Door into Sunset, p. 28) and veteran of numerous Star Trek hardcovers. Duane's first stab at a Next Generation tale is based on an old Star Trek episode, ``Mirror, Mirror,'' in which Kirk, Scott, and Uhura were propelled into a parallel universe where the Federation was a ruthless empire; their personal counterparts, with whom they had exchanged places, turned out to be brutal barbarian warriors bent on conquest and loot. This time, the Enterprise--with Hwiii, a dolphin scientist, aboard--is switched into the same universe visited by Kirk, and finds itself confronted by a counterpart Enterprise, bristling with weapons, of superior speed and power. Now Captain Jean-Luc Picard must defeat his evil twin and prevent the invasion planned by the other, malign, Federation. Anyone who saw the original episode knows more or less what to expect. Given the large first print run, the publishers obviously expect demand to be brisk--but, workmanlike, unsurprising, and mediocre as it is, will it play in Peoria? (First printing of 200,000) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Diane Duane was born in New York City -- a descendant of New York's first mayor -- and worked there as a psychiatric nurse before leaving the profession for the only one she loved better, the business of writing. Since the publication of her first novel in 1981, she's written fifty more, not to mention numerous short stories, comics, computer games and screenplays for TV and film, and has picked up the occasional award here and there. (She's also worked with Star Trek in more media than anyone else alive.)

Right now DD is probably best known for her "Young Wizards" series of young adult fantasy novels, featuring the New York-based teen wizards Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan. The series now enters its third decade with Nita's and Kit's newest adventure: "Games Wizards Play," the tenth Young Wizards novel, is scheduled for publication by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in winter 2015/16. Interested readers can find weekly teaser excerpts from the book at the blog at gameswizardsplay.com.

DD shares a two hundred-year-old cottage in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland with her husband, the Belfast-born novelist and screenwriter Peter Morwood, and various overworked computers... an odd but congenial environment for the staging of epic battles between good and evil and the leisurely pursuit of total galactic domination. (And a lot of ethnic cooking: her own favorite foods come from the cuisines of central Europe and the Mediterranean.) In her spare time DD gardens (weeding, mostly), studies German and Italian, chats with friends and fans on her Tumblr at dduane.tumblr.com, listens to shortwave and satellite radio, and dabbles in astronomy, computer graphics, iaido and amateur cartography... while also trying to figure out how to make more spare time.

Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is "Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance."

Customer Reviews

Diane Duane is one of Star Trek's best and most celebrated authors.
K. Wyatt
I found a lot of the characters saying and doing things they normally wouldn't do.
Benjamin Fedigan
It takes the basic alternate-universe premise and creates a strong story.
Rebecca L. Tushnet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randall Norman Pick on October 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Easily one of the better entries into published Star Trek, the Next Generation fiction, Dark Mirror does a much better job, er, 'mirroring' the feel of the original Star Trek episode, by leaving enough familiar for us to be truly appalled at the different turns characters with the fundamental abilities of the crew could take. The characters, in both senses, are written very real and very strongly, with even Troi being an interesting character (on both sides of the mirror), and Duane shows her usual flair for creating societies, both in terms of the Mirror Empire, as well as a few new types from in and around the Federation. This book can't carry a higher recommendation, being a mix of action, discovery, and the old Star Trek hope for a better future.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on July 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again, as with her back-history of the Romulans, Diane Duane has the misfortune of writing an excellent book about a subject which subsequently is treated differently onscreen, thereby rendering her version of events non-canonical in retrospect. This book, written before the airing of the DS9 episode "Crossover", is a sequel to the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror". As such, it details what has happened in the mirror universe between Kirk's time and that of the later Trek series; unfortunately, her back-history is radically different from that in the canonical DS9 episode. So what we clearly have, is a DIFFERENT parallel universe. Different from the one in the DS9 series, and different from the one in later novels, notably William Shatner's trilogy, "Spectre", "Dark Victory", and "Preserver", as well as the "Dark Passions" duology by Susan Wright, all of which follow the canonical DS9 history. If one accepts this concept, then the story works just fine. It is well-written, well-concieved, and well-executed, and is excellent in its own right. Granted, I find the concept of a parallel universe extremely dubious; every time someone does something different, it would alter the path of history a little bit, and soon it would be so different that there would be no parallel. But granting the basic concept for the sake of a good story (and I'll admit that it's a fascinating concept, even while it is ridiculously implausable) the writing here is excellent.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Diane Duane's first foray into writing Next Generation was the script for a memorable early episode called "Where None Have Gone Before." This is her first TNG novel. As the title suggests, this is a sequel to the fan-favorite TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror." The writing of this novel predates Deep Space Nine's own canonical sequelization(s) of "Mirror, Mirror," the first of which was quite good -- but this is better. Duane's broader canvas lets her explore levels of opposition between our familiar characters and their counterparts... Mirror-Troi, for example, is the political officer of her Enterprise, is the most feared officer on the ship... Not someone you want "empathizing" with you... Worth the price of admission is one brilliant scene where Picard discovers the differences between the works of our Shakespeare, and his Mirror-Counterpart's... Great stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Hults on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well, as is said in several other reviews, this novel does not follow what is "cannonical" Star Trek. Anyone familiar with the DS9 Episodes and William Shatner's later extension of those premises knows that in "Official History" The Terran Empire fell to its own corruption and greed, perhaps assisted by Shatner's Kirk-centeric view of things focused on the evil Emperor Tiberius AKA evil James Kirk.

You have to remember when this lovely novel was written. It was published in 1993, at the end of Next Generation's TV run. That was a year before the DS9 Episodes first aired, and a decade before Shatner's novels. It's not unusual for books to be contradicted by the series, and this is an example.

The book begins slowly, with a wordy introduction about quantum physics and an overly descriptive introduction to the floating dolphin scientist. This character could have been so much more than just a gimmick alien, but it was still nice to experience a non-humanoid alien. Soon, a strange intruder is found on the ship, and he appears to be a doppelganger of a crewmember; a twisted and paranoid one at that.

Picard and company find the ship is transported to a mirror universe, with a hideously beweaponed mirror of their ship, and a truly evil crew. As they struggle to thwart an invasion of their own universe, they encounter grotesque caricatures of themselves.

With Crusher as an abused "kept" woman, and Troi the deliciously power-hungry dominatrix, we get great incites into two of the lesser known characters via this plot device. While the ending relies heavily on Treknobabel and Treknology, the meat of this story is great reading. The author crafts masterful doubles that don't stray too far into the absurd in their inverted personalities.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Wyatt on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Diane Duane is one of Star Trek's best and most celebrated authors. She also has the distinction of being one of the most contradicted authors by later, "on screen" episodic canon; both in her version of the Romulans and in the mirror universe. In a way though, her work stands on its own, in her own "mirror universe" of a sort in Star Trek fiction.
Capitalizing on The Original Series episode, "Mirror, Mirror," "Dark Mirror" gave Star Trek readers something that many fans had been looking forward to for quite some time, a return to the mirror universe to see what happened after Captain Kirk's accidental but historic "crossover."
Although I am a huge fan of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and from the very first episode in which they visited the mirror universe and the following shows once every year for the remainder of the series, in a way, I liked Diane Duane's version better.
The cover art for this hardback and paperback serves the novel quite well, showing the faces of the two, quite different, Captain Picard's.
The premise:
In one of Star Trek's darkest, yet most intriguing stories, author Diane Duane takes us back to mirror universe - I love the opening chapter of this novel in which the Enterprise is in interstellar space but they're between "spiral arms" in the galaxy where there are no stars and it seems to be having an effect on the crew.
Before long the crew finds themselves and the Enterprise having been dragged through the "looking glass" and they're now in the mirror universe where they soon learn that their doppelgangers are on a mission to replace them.
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