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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Prophecy and Change Anthology Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Purchase "Prophecy and Change," of course.
I was anticipating this release, and when I finally finished the last story, Andrew J. Robinson's "The Calling," which furthers Garak's character and has to be the best story of the bunch. I mean, this IS Garak, and as "A Stitch in Time" proved, no one knows the character better than the man behind the mask. I always chuckled at the dark humor behind Garak's oblique statements and rather droll yet bold declarations, and it's like you have an audio loop of Robinson delivering every line.
However, his is not the only story of note. The highlights of this anthology are Terri Osborne's tale of Jake and Ziyal's blossoming friendship during the Dominion's takeover of DS9; Keith R. A. DeCandido's "Broken Oaths" which finally ties the thread of "how and why did O'Brien and Bashir kiss and make up after 'Hippocratic Oath,'" a story that proves DeCandido is one of the best Trek authors to come down the pipeline in a very, very long time; Heather Jarman's "The Devil you Know" which allows us to catch up with T'Rul and empathize with her character, something we never had the opportunity to do in the series; and, finally, Andy Mangels and Michael Martin's tale of Kai Winn and Nog teaming up, the much-hyped story that pays off in the end, a story that explains why Nog had a desire to do something as...altruistic...as join Starfleet.Read more ›
The anthology consists of 10 short stories which go a little deeper into the story of Deep Space Nine, from 'Emissary' to 'What You Leave Behind', this book fills in all the blanks, all the loose ends (few that there were) from all 7 years of Deep Space Nine.
The authors are the 'newer' breed of Trek authors, mainly those that have come through the Strange New Worlds competition and written some of the DS9 relaunch books. If the stories from 'Prophecy and Change' and merely the 'early works' of these authors, then I shudder to think just how brilliant their writing will be when these men and women hit their prime.
The stories themselves are mastefully told, and are presented as stories being told by Jake to the young woman that came to see him in 'The Visitor', when Jake is an old man.
Each story is great, but the standouts are definitely 'Three Sides to Every Story', 'Foundlings', and 'Chiaroscuro'. Each of these stories are just brilliant, and cover the last 2 seasons of DS9, which was where the series really hit it's peak.
My only problem with this book was the last story, the Garak story by Andrew J. Robinson. I throughly enjoyed his previous work about Garak, entitled 'A Stitch in Time', but I did not enjoy his contribution to this book, entitled 'The Calling'. I found the story disjointed and at some points just plain confusing. Robinson made some reference to a play entitled 'The Dream Box' which I have never heard of. I'm guessing that this play is the step between 'A Stitch in Time' and 'The Calling', but I have never seen this play, so 'The Calling' was utterly confusing to me.Read more ›
As with any type of story anthology the writing styles vary, but each story has one thing in common--each succeeds in capturing the mood and atmosphere of Deep Space Nine. Some of the stories look at events set between episodes; others at changes the characters underwent that were never addressed onscreen and still others at unseen events set during specific episodes. Some stories answer questions others raise new ones. Just as the variety of beings who populated Deep Space Nine contributed to the gratifying experience of watching the series, the variety of stories in this volume make for a full and rich reading experience.
Ultimately, each individual who reads this anthology will form his or her own opinions about each story. There will be stories you will probably like or dislike based on your own tastes and preferences. Some may even love them all. I know that sometime in the future I will want to revisit this collection and it will be interesting to see if my favorites during my first read through this volume, "Broken Oaths", "Foundlings", "Face Value", "Ha'mara", "Three Sides to Every Story" and "The Orb of Opportunity" provide the same level of pleasure when read for a second or third time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Ha’mara" was my favorite of the stories in this DS9 anthology. Taking place just after Sisko and crew take control of the former Cardassian space station, this story... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lewmo
Prophecy and Change is an accessible volume of short stories for fans of the Deep Space Nine show who might not have read all - or any - of the novels. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Enjolras
DS9 was the first series to get an anthology like this and it is probably still the best nearly a decade on. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by S. Carey
Its hard for me to write a review about Star Trek, or anything tied into it, objectively. From 1987 to 2001, I watched some form of Trek on TV with my father on a weekly basis. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Lexie
This is a collection of short stories set at various points during the run of Deep Space Nine; as with most collections of stories, some are better than others. Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by James Yanni
I just finished reading "Prophecy and Change" and I was absolutely DELIGHTED with all of the stories except one...."The Calling". I found Andrew J. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by P. McCoy
DEEP SPACE NINE was always the most literate corner of the STAR TREK universe. It's no surprise, then, that this tightly-edited anthology uses a clever framing story which allows... Read morePublished on July 11, 2005 by tropic_of_criticism
Reading this book felt like watching the television show (that's a good thing). Each story was probably about the same length as a TV episode, and had similar formats. Read morePublished on July 23, 2004 by jeffe