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Emissary (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Dillard
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Commander Benjamin Sisko is just recovering from the death of his wife when he is assigned command over the former Cardassian, but new Federation space station, Deep Space NineTM. This space station is strategically located not only because of its orbit about Bajor, but also because of its proximity to the only known stable wormhole in the galaxy. After meeting the other Bajoran and Starfleet personnel assigned to the station, including a former Bajoran freedom fighter and a shapeshifter, Sisko finds himself in that very wormhole and in the midst of a metaphysical experience as the alien inhabitants of the wormhole question the concepts of time and love. Sisko, filled with humanistic hubris, begins to explain these experiences, and resolve his painful past.


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Commander Benjamin Sisko is just recovering from the death of his wife when he is assigned command over the former Cardassian, but new Federation space station, Deep Space NineTM. This space station is strategically located not only because of its orbit about Bajor, but also because of its proximity to the only known stable wormhole in the galaxy. After meeting the other Bajoran and Starfleet personnel assigned to the station, including a former Bajoran freedom fighter and a shapeshifter, Sisko finds himself in that very wormhole and in the midst of a metaphysical experience as the alien inhabitants of the wormhole question the concepts of time and love. Sisko, filled with humanistic hubris, begins to explain these experiences, and resolve his painful past. END

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  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (May 23, 2000)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0NVE
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a Star Trek novelization... March 30, 2000
By Nathan
Format:Paperback
While this does not exactly qualify as great literature, for a Star Trek book it's pretty darned good.
Based on the pilot Episode of DS9, it pretty much sticks to the plot of the episode, but it doesn't make the mistake so many do. The author doesn't try to stretch the episode to fit 275 pages, but instead fills in all the extra with background for the characters, both major and minor, so that we have a better idea of who we will be seeing through the series.
It is relatively well written, although a few scenes do fall flat on their face when the author fails to adequately convey sarcasm or humor, and the prophets just didn't make the transition from TV to novel very well.
All in all, if you are a DS9 fan, this is worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DS9 #1 Emissary - The beginning of the best series! September 21, 2003
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Deep Space Nine #1 "Emissary" brings forth the beginning of Star Trek's best and most controversial series to the franchise. I say controversial in that at times, this series whether when it was airing or on DVD and in print it seems to be treated as the red headed stepchild of Star Trek. This doesn't matter though, because in the end, the very principles that make up Star Trek Deep Space Nine; its character conflicts and its dealing with certain aspects not dealt with on the other series ultimately makes it the most beloved by the fans that have stuck with it.
For several years now, when Pocket Books and Paramount have needed an author to novelize a script for one of the movies or television episodes, J.M. Dillard has been the "go to" author for most of them and she has performed brilliantly in every effort. "Emissary" was her third novelization and one of her best. She perfectly captured the characterizations at this pivotal time in the series, the beginning.
As with all of her other novelizations, she does an outstanding and commendable job of not only bringing to print what was on screen but adding personal thoughts to and "between the scenes on screen" scenes.
Of course, beyond the great amount of praise and credit for J.M. Dillard for this novelization there is an even higher amount of accolades due to Michael Piller for the teleplay and basic story being written by himself and Rick Berman.
The cover art for "Emissary" is right on for this particular novel as it displays an entire cast picture which at the time of this novelizations release was very helpful.
The premise:
"Emissary" is of course the novelization of Star Trek Deep Space Nine's pilot episode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as exciting as the show July 1, 2000
Format:Paperback
It's great to get inside the heads of characters, that are seen on TV, and be privy to the way their minds work and see from where their attitudes stem. "Emissary" was a good book for that but -- boy! -- are those chapters long! Not wanting to put the book down until reaching the end of the chapter, you can easily finding yourself propping your eyelids open with matchsticks, if you're reading in bed. Like most film tie-ins, the book keeps faithful to the pilot episode but adds very little to the general story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How it all began July 8, 2007
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The story opens as Benjamin Sisko and his son Jake arrive at Sisko's new assignment on Deep Space Nine. Sisko is ambivelent about his new Star Fleet posting and what greets him at the station does not encourage him to stay. The Cardassians had stripped both the planet and station of everything of worth before their departure. As the DS9 crew began to assemble and attempt to restore order to the situation each was struck by the enormity of the problem(s) that faced them. Then, depending on your point of view, either the Celestral Temple (Bajoran heaven) or a stable wormhole was discovered near the station. Whatever it was called it was a pathway to the Gamma quadrant, a short cut that would place Bajor at the crossroads of major traderoutes. It would also make Bajor a highly coveted prize that many civilizations would be willing to fight over.

If this story sounds familiar it is because this is a novelization of the first episode of DS9. It follows the televised episode quite faithfully but also provides lots of background information and goes into much deeper into what each character is thinking during the action than is possible in a television program. For fans of the series it is great to get these backstories and for those new to the series who may have missed to pilot episode this provides the basic premises of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As usual, J.M. Dillard does a fine job. January 9, 2002
Format:Paperback
This author is unquestionably the best at novelizing episodes or movies. The same author has done many Star Trek novelizations, and they've all been fine jobs. This one is no different; I admit that it's been a while since I saw the episode, but this certainly FEELS faithful to what I remember. The characters certainly come across well, and the storyline seems essentially unchanged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Trek series begins! December 31, 2010
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Eighteen years since it aired, Emissary is probably still the best of the five Star Trek pilot episodes. Based on Michael Piller's early draft of "Emissary", J.M Dillard does an excellent job of novelizing "Emissary", the pilot episode of DS9. Some of the scenes not in the episode is a flashback to the events of the Setlik III (TNG: "The Wounded") by O'Brien, Picard making a vow to be an anonymous benefactor to both Sisko and Jake, scenes featuring Keiko and Molly O'Brien, Bashir mentioning his error in confusing a postganglionic nerve with a preganglionic fiber in his exams (later mentioned in the series in "Q-Less"), Sisko contemplating about returning to Earth to teach and several scenes with Jake and Nog.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than I expected. Required Reading for DS9 fans.
I got this expecting it to be nothing more than a script/screenplay of the DS9 pilot. Oh, how wrong I was. I trusted the good reviews, and so should you! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars read it in 1 day!
couldn't put it down! great expansion on the first episode of DS9! i recommend watching the episode first, as this book goes into the thoughts of the DS9 crew. Read more
Published 14 months ago by scoobysnax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novelization of the episode
I am a big fan of Star Trek and I have seen all the series and episodes. The pilot episode of DS9 was great but I like this novelization better. Highly recommend.
Published on January 30, 2013 by Jason Felt
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer
I really do like this product which is why I'm giving a 5 star rating since I have no complaints about just the fact the product does what it's supposed to do, and I would... Read more
Published on December 13, 2012 by Tommy Martinez Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fast-paced
Great, fast-paced and quick read. Its from the first (pilot) episode from the DS9 series. Even if you have watched it on TV a million times, this page-turner will likely garner... Read more
Published on February 24, 2010 by S. Marrs
4.0 out of 5 stars Skip chapter one
Of all the recent novelisations I've read recently this one is one of the best. Beyond being a faithful adaptation of the pilot of Deep Space Nine, it actually bothers to give good... Read more
Published on June 10, 2004 by Sarah Sammis
5.0 out of 5 stars A DS9 novel
It's fantastically comprehensive and full of action, sciencefiction, adventure and drama.
Dillard provided a good intrepretationof the episode
Published on April 27, 2000
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