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Star Trek: Voyager: Distant Shores Anthology [Kindle Edition]

Marco Palmieri
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Washed up on a faraway galactic shore, Captain Kathryn Janeway of the U.S.S. Voyager™ faced a choice: accept exile or set a course for home, a seventy-thousand-light-year journey fraught with unknown perils. She chose the latter. Janeway's decision launched her crew on a seven-year trek pursuing an often lonely path that embodied the purest form of the Starfleet adage "to boldly go..."™

Committed to that difficult road, Voyager's crew was rewarded with unimaginable experiences on strange and fantastic worlds, encountering exotic alien species and astonishing phenomena...and challenged along the way by conflicts from within as well as from without. Yet none of their adventures tempered their shared determination to find a way back to friends and family.

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Da Capo al Fine Part I


Within the space of a breath, Admiral Kathryn Janeway had been transported out of her shuttle and into the Borg Queen's lair.

Damn it, Kathryn, you got careless! She offered a throwaway thought in the direction of deity, luck, and whatever other forces might influence Voyager's fate, hoping that she'd given Captain Janeway enough time to execute her outrageously risky plan.


Turning her head, she glanced at her prison: a nest of snake-like conduits and circuitry wreathed in glowing green. The throbbing pulse of the hive mind enveloped her senses. She met the glistening black beetle eyes of the Queen across the room -- and wasn't nearly frightened enough. She'd expected that her oldest nemesis would employ this tactic, and for that reason alone her predicament felt like an anticlimax. Ah! The good old days when she could still surprise me, Janeway thought with a twinge of regret. Time for this old campaigner to surrender her post to a less jaded soldier -- a flash from her recent days on Voyager intruded -- like my younger self: That feisty redhead has a lot of fight left in her. And me...? I have enough fight for this round of combat and that's all I need. Too bad she wouldn't live long enough to see what Captain Janeway would do with her second chance. Unbidden, a memory from a primary school poetry lesson wafted to the fore of her consciousness:

"This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper."

Imprisoned in the throne room of a Borg cube, helpless to hold back her inevitable assimilation, Janeway found the poet's sentiment fitting. Acceptance of her fate flooded her.


"Very clever," the Queen said, her tone cutting. "Hiding right on my 'doorstep.'"

At least I knocked before I invited myself in.

The Queen turned toward a floating viewscreen filled with the image of Janeway's shuttle hanging near the Unicomplex's exterior. Any minute, the Borg would assimilate her ship and any chance she ever had of returning home would be lost.


She'd left the future assuming that the change in the timeline would erase her from existence. She couldn't fathom what being erased might feel like. Now facing death, she wished for a less passive end. The Klingons' aspiration to "die in glorious battle" suddenly made a hell of a lot more sense than it ever had before. At least she'd go down with her boots on, and if she succeeded, all the people who populated her future would cease to be; temporally speaking, there wouldn't be anything to miss or anyone to mourn her passing.

Janeway was working her way up to a good wallow until she glanced over at the Borg Queen, whose smug superiority raised her hackles more effectively than any being she'd ever known. She believes she has the upper hand, Janeway thought. Behind that deceptively indifferent facade she glories at the prospect of my demise. She's gloating. But she has no idea what's coming. I'm going to wipe that smirk off her face and I'll live long enough to enjoy it. She repressed the urge to cackle.


"Were you planning to attack us from inside the Unicomplex?" the Queen asked accusingly. Her melodious, soothing voice sliced through the mechanized whir and hum in the background.

Janeway recognized bait when she saw it, and she certainly wouldn't be goaded into biting on this offering. You hate that I've outmaneuvered you so far, that I've piqued your sense of superiority. She sensed that she'd stretched the Queen's patience: stretch a little further and Her Majesty might be provoked into acting rashly --

-- and that was exactly how Janeway wanted it. Make her stew a little longer, she thought, refusing to gratify the Queen with an answer. You want it? Come get it!

On cue, the Queen stalked across the deck plating, covering the distance between herself and Janeway in three long steps.

A metallic taste filled her mouth: adrenaline. Janeway's heart quickened; the cold prickle of sweat drizzled down her neck. This is it.

"Not feeling talkative?" Any pretense of humor gone, the Queen thrust her hand into Janeway's neck; assimilation tubules pierced her skin.

In agony, Janeway cried out -- groaned -- every fiber in her body howling in pained shock. She slowly collapsed onto the floor. Recollections of her previous assimilation stormed to the fore of her consciousness; unconscionable agony unleashed every terror and nightmare she'd ever survived. Waves of Borg technology rippled beneath her skin, tunneling through her tissues like greedy parasites.

The Queen's shadow enveloped Janeway. "You and I don't need words to understand each other."

Janeway heard the Queen's smile rather than saw it. Don't get cocky, Your Majesty. I'll still have the last laugh. Stubbornly, she hung on to the desire to witness the Queen's defeat, refusing to succumb to the invasion ravaging her body. Cell by cell, the nanoprobe cancer spread, searing away the messy "inadequacies" of individuality and rendering her a clean vessel to receive Borg "perfection." An implant sprouted through her skin as the technology devoured her from the inside.

Through pain-induced delirium, she had a vague notion of the Queen circling her like a predator closing in on wounded prey. I will not give in became Janeway's mantra as enduring her moment-to-moment struggle became progressively more excruciating. Denying the Queen the satisfaction of hearing her screams became paramount; she sought strength by clinging to that part of her mind that remained her own. There, she searched for the calm rationality of her scientist self to shore up her will.


Once a cadet had asked what assimilation felt like and Janeway had compared it to an army of billions of nano-sized rotors pillaging and plundering through subcellular passageways. Now she knew that description was wrong. What she felt had more in common with the glacial burn of a neutron star's liquid hydrogen core coursing through her veins. The cold scorching torment ebbed gradually into numbness. Whether by her own endorphins inducing a narcotic-like haze or by her nervous system surrendering and being overrun entirely by the invaders Janeway didn't care: she only knew that whatever scrap of her identity that had thus far eluded conquest was drifting away, disassociating from the drone body being built from her flesh.

Ghostly whispers encroached on her thoughts -- the end must be near. Let go, Kathryn. Your time has come. The end is here.

In weak protest, she thought, Not yet! Not yet! Voyager isn't safe!

Though Janeway couldn't comprehend what was being said, she was aware of the voice of the collective filling the Queen's chamber as they acted, presumably on the Queen's orders, to stop Voyager.

The metallic monotone echoed " -- redirect vessels to intercept."

Abruptly, a high-pitched whine sliced through the voices; the Queen staggered, Janeway winced. But as the whine died away, the metallic monotone gave way to cacophonous jumble.

" -- corridor nine...transwarp...intercept...unable to comply.."

Janeway, at last, felt satisfaction.

A console sparked. Lights flickered, dimmed. The whine erupted over the miasma, provoking visceral misery from the Queen, who, reeling from pain, grasped her head and covered her ears. Overcome, she gasped, stumbled forward, and braced herself on a metal beam.

Janeway locked gazes with the Queen. "Must be...something you assimilated..." she rasped, managing a half-smile. For a moment, the sweet satisfaction of leveling her enemy trumped her suffering.

"What have you done?" the Queen demanded.

"I thought we didn't need words to understand each other."

A shower of sparks burst from a console; the Queen shuddered. "You've infected us...with a neurolytic pathogen."

"Just enough to bring chaos to order."

The Queen breathed in sharply.

The Queen's obvious panic permitted Janeway to loosen her ironclad control just enough to allow a little pressure release; her shoulders slackened, her limbs relaxed. The nanoprobes flooding her systems spilled over the levies she'd erected to protect what was left of her self.

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang...

Though her vision blurred, Janeway forced her gaze up to the floating viewscreen and watched Voyager soar through the corridor of the transwarp conduit. A spread of transphasic torpedoes streaked out behind her like little shooting stars. The fiery explosions began.

No. Janeway smiled to herself. It'll end with a bang.

"Voyager will be destroyed," the Queen stated.

You're not going to get to me now, you megalomaniacal bitch. "They're ahead of the shock wave. They'll survive...Captain Janeway and I made sure of that." Inhale...Crippling fatigue overtook her; Janeway fought the impulse to succumb. Instead, she reached up and, with the last of her strength, pulled herself up so she stood eye-to-eye with the Queen. "It's you...who underestimated us."

The Queen's body, overcome with tremors, quaked. Threads of energy crackled over her malfunctioning cybernetic limbs. Angrily, she yanked the offending arm out of its organic socket and tossed it to the ground.

It's only a matter of time now, Janeway thought. We won. How long before the cascading explosions triggered by Voyager finally destroyed the complex where she was housed was unknown to her -- and she didn't care. At last, I've received absolution for all of it...Seven's death, Chakotay's broken heart, Tuvok's insanity...Bleary-eyed, she looked ahead. The view shimmered and shifted as if filtered through a warped lens. Janeway pressed her eyelids together, opened them, and felt her world shift woozily. Her head rolled back. A tightness around her neck -- like a vise -- s...

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  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 13, 2005)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Stories November 2, 2005
Any television series, especially viewed in hindsight, misses storytelling opportunities. Pocket Books set out to exploit some of those missed opportunities on Star Trek: Voyager in the new anthology Distant Shores. In Distant Shores Editor Marco Palmieri has brought together a blend of veteran Star Trek authors and newer voices to pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of the series with a beautifully balanced collection of stories that accomplish something I did not think was possible; reading the stories within its pages made me feel nostalgic for Voyager.

Each of the stories in Distant Shores is set within the series seven year run and the stories are presented in chronological order with a framing story bookending the first and last entries. Twelve different and singular voices contributed to Distant Shores: Christopher L. Bennett, Kirsten Beyer, Ilsa J. Bick, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Robert Greenberger, Heather Jarman, Robert T. Jeschonek, Jeffrey Lang, Terri Osborne, Kim Sheard, James Swallow and Geoffrey Thorne. Collectively this volume shares the spotlight among all the characters and provides for the reader a very real sense of the long journey the crew undertook and the changes that occurred along the way.

Each story in this collection is, in its own way, a true tribute. In this case, missed opportunities are to the benefit of the reader. Distant Shores is a wonderful commemoration and celebration of Star Trek: Voyager.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for all those love Voyager! November 1, 2005
This book is a collection of stories that covers different time periods in Voyager's 7 year journey. All the stories are excellent and dive deeper into the characters than the show ever did. It's almost like reading Fan Fiction!!!!! I certainly hope that the Publisher's have more of these types of books on the drawing board, especially ones that have a deeper exploration of the relationship between Janeway and Chakotay...who have a HUGE fan following.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now Voyager gets the anthology treatment January 18, 2006
Star Trek: Voyager was ten years old in 2005, and as part of the celebration, Pocket Books published Distant Shores, an anthology of stories set during the television series. Edited by Marco Palmieri, this collection is definitely better than a lot of the episodes, with great characterization of the regulars, imaginative extrapolations from existing episodes, as well as original stories that don't have anything to do with the episodes. One of the things I've noticed about these anthologies (Prophecy & Change for Deep Space Nine is another one) is that the stories are often used to show us things that the various episodes weren't able to show, for whatever reason.

Thus, we get some closure to the relationship between Neelix and Kes ("Closure"). We see some of the survivors of the Equinox (from the episode of the same name) who joined the Voyager crew, and then disappeared into the vast Central Casting pool, never to be seen again. Some of the stories are quite touching, while others are fun. This is definitely a collection for any Voyager fan, and even non-Voyager fans might actually like it a little bit.

The anthology begins and ends with "Da Capo al Fine" (Heather Jarman),

told in two parts and separated by a cliffhanger. The Admiral Janeway from the future who came back to help Voyager home (in the finale) is being mentally assaulted by the Borg Queen. Or is she? Could some alien be returning to deliver what he promised? She visits numerous instances of the life and death decisions she's had to make over seven years in the Delta Quadrant, and she must decide whether to turn down a final offer that could eradicate all of that. I wasn't sure what to make of this story at first, but ultimately it could almost be an analogy for the whole Voyager series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent stories, some not so great! November 21, 2008
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I think this book could have been better but I am still glad I bought it though. Here is what I think about each of the stories.

De capo al fine 1- This is the story that made me want to buy this book cause I read an excerpt of it on the amazon page. Well it was interesting til I got confused reading the part with Seska. I was reading about Janeway and the Borg Queen then bam Seska creeps in. I got confused by this story til I read the last story called De capo al fine 2. Aha now everything makes sense. I think these two stories should have been together. I give it a 3 because of that reason.

Command code-Pretty good! I could see this happening between Tuvok and Chakotay. The mistrust between them(Starfleet & maqui's).Captain Janeway gets injured and Chakotay takes control of voyager. I give this story a 5.

Winds of change-Kes becomes conflicted & angry because she was taken over by tieran. She asks B'Ellana for help. This story would have been good except for the unbeliveable part that just working on a windmill helped Kes's aggresive feelings. I give this story a 2 for it being unbelievable

Talent night-Not that great. It was just o.k. I give it a 3.

Letting go-Now this is the kind of story this book should have been full of. It tells how the voyager's disappearance affected Mark and other people who had husbands, wives, girlfriends, etc. on Voyager. Very good!! I give it a 10!

Closure-Another story that was what I was expecting! This is a sweet story about Kes and Neelix. This story gets a 10 also!

The secret heart of Zolaluz-I love this story! This tells the story of how 2 people Seven of nine and Zolaluz changed each other's lives. Two strangers whose impact on the other was surprising and unexpected. Just perfect!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of stories.
Some weren't really my taste and others were really good. But I enjoyed reading the book and that's really the point.
Published 8 months ago by Melvin K. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good collection of short stories.
The quality of the stories ranges from high in the 2-star range to low in the 5-star range. There's a nice mix here, spanning a time frame from early in the first season through... Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars More please...
Loved, loved, loved this one! It was like the series had continued and I hope more authors release more of these stories! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like Fanfic
I enjoyed this book, but many of the stories read like glorified fanfiction. Unfortunately, not all fanfiction is worth reading.
Published 16 months ago by AbigailB
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyager at its best
A lot of Voyager novels that take place during the series have become rather 'stale' in that they are not cannon (according to Paramount), but things have changed- the show is off,... Read more
Published on June 3, 2009 by Sean Flaherty
2.0 out of 5 stars little entertainment value
I am a voyager fan who read most of the voyager novels that are out. I had high hopes for this book after seeing so many good reviews. Read more
Published on March 21, 2009 by Eric C. Hong
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Loving Mom
If you are a Voyager fan, this book is for you. If you are not a fan, a lot of the details will have little meaning. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by Lisa L
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Pleasure To Read
I am generally not a person who likes short stories, so I only bought Distant Shores because it contained stories about Voyager. Read more
Published on February 14, 2008 by Kate Fredericks
4.0 out of 5 stars Great colloction of short stories for Star Trek Voyager fans...
I enjoyed the stories in this volume some more than others, but overall I thought the entire book was worth adding to my collection and well worth reading. Read more
Published on August 16, 2007 by Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyager Roads Not Taken
DISTANT SHORES is simply an excellent collection of Voyager stories that span the entire run of the series. Read more
Published on June 8, 2007 by Blue Coronet
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