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Table of Contents
|What Dreams May Come|
|Night of the Vulture|
|The Ceremony of Innocence Is Drowned|
|11 Hours Out|
|A Song Well Sung|
|Stone Cold Truths|
|The Dominion War Timeline compiled|
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This book owes its existence toStar Trek: Deep Space Ninefor two reasons.
The obvious reason is that the Dominion War was chronicled on the last two seasons ofDS9.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 ofDS9,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: whenDS9debuted in 1993, it changed the face ofStar Trekforever.
UntilDS9came along,Star Trekwas 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 StarshipEnterprise." It could be Kirk'sEnterpriseor Picard'sEnterprise(or, if you wanted to get radical, possibly Pike'sEnterprise,April'sEnterprise,or Garrett'sEnterprise),but for twenty-seven years, it was theEnterprisethat was always at the forefront of most anyStar Trekadventure.
Then in January 1993,DS9debuted, taking place on a space station, featuring a cast that was only about half Starfleet -- and the floodgates opened. Now, the wholeStar Trekuniverse was fair game.Star Trekwas 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 theStar Treknovels, which have been, in one form or other, an integral part of the franchise sinceMission to Horatiuswas 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 beforeDS9.The success ofNew Frontierin turn led to more prose-only projects:Star Trek: Stargazerby Michael Jan Friedman, showcasing a young Jean-Luc Picard in his first command three decades prior toStar 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 ownStar Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon,focusing on a vessel in the Klingon Defense Force.
"This," you may say, "is all well and good, but what does it have to do with this anthology?" A fair question.
The Dominion War was a massive endeavor, one that involved the Federation, the Klingons, the Romulans, the Cardassians, the Dominion, and so much more. ButDS9was really only able to show a small portion of it. Just asMASHshowed the Korean War through the lens of one particular group of characters and one general location,DS9likewise gave us a view of the Dominion War. But it's not the complete picture of the whole conflict.
That's whereTales of the Dominion Warcomes in. I love the opening up of theStar Trekuniverse because I love to explore all the nooks and crannies, the roads not traveled as often, expanding on the bits that are talked about but not shown. With the war, I found myself asking many questions. Some previous novels and eBooks had dealt with the conflict to some degree or other (see the timeline at the back of this volume), but I was still left wondering: What was Picard'sEnterprisedoing? What about the original series characters Spock, McCoy, and Scotty, all of whom are still alive and kicking in the late twenty-fourth century? What about theExcaliburcrew fromNew Frontieror theda Vincicrew fromS.C.E.or Klag from theGorkon?What about the surviving crew of theStargazer?How was it that Shinzon served the Romulan Empire with distinction during the war, as established inStar Trek Nemesis?And what about the events that were mentioned onDS9but not dramatized, such as the fall of Betazed from "In the Pale Moonlight" or the Breen attack on Earth in "The Changing Face of Evil"?
And so I gathered some of the bestTrekprose stylists out there, and set them to the task of sewing some new threads in the tapestry thatDS9provided. Some pairings of author and subject were obvious, e.g., Peter David providing aNew Frontiertale, Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz -- authors of several excellent novels focusing on Ambassador Spock -- offering an insight into Spock's doings on Romulus during the war years, etc. Some will surprise you; I, for example, chose, for reasons of my own, to tell the story of the fall of Betazed, leaving the able Robert Greenberger to dramatize Klag's adventures. Other authors I just let run loose and tell whatever story they wanted.
The result is the book you hold in your hands, one that endeavors to show theentiretyof theStar Trekuniverse. All five television shows are at least touched upon, as are all the above-mentioned prose series. You will see the war from the point of view, not only of Starfleet, but of the Klingons and the Romulans, the Cardassians and the Jem'Hadar, and even that oldStar Trekstandby, a being of pure energy. Within these pages are battles, disasters, fables, medical thrillers, espionage tales, murder mysteries, and so much more.
I must give thanks to the many people who aided me in ushering this book into existence: Jessica McGivney and Elisa Kassin, the in-house editors, who kept the mills grinding. Scott Shannon, the publisher who oversaw those mills. Marco Palmieri, John J. Ordover, and Ed Schlesinger, who kibbitzed marvelously at various points. All the authors, who were true joys to work with, and who were all very patient with their deadbeat editor. Paula M. Block, the wonderful person at Paramount who approves all this stuff, and does so with a keen eye, a fine sensibility, and a marvelous ability to catch things the rest of us are too dumb to notice. And most of all, to the love of my life Terri Osborne, about whom I can't say enough good things, so I won't even try to say them all here.
And now, to the front lines...
-- Keith R.A. DeCandido
somewhere in New York City
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