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Star Trek: Mirror Universe : Glass Empires by Mike Sussman with Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, David Mack & Greg Cox

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pub: Simon and Schuster. 458 page enlarged paperback. Price: 9.99 (UK), $ 16.00 (US), $19.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4165-2459-5.

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The mirror universe - a classic 'Star Trek' concept first glimpsed in the original series and giving us the startling image of Mr Spock with a beard. Now Margaret Clark has edited a story in three parts filling in the gaps between the episodes, focusing on the alternative Hoshi Sato, Mr. Spock and Jean-Luc Picard. All three live in a dark world, full of power struggles, slavery, corruption and war. All three are persuaded to fight against the status quo and embark on journeys even harder than they've already travelled.



'Age Of The Empress' features a Hoshi Sato who, after the events of the 'Enterprise' episode 'A Mirror Darkly', is ambitious and cold. With the disposal of Jonathon Archer, the way is clear for her to move ahead within the Terran Empire, with the loyalty of Trip Tucker, Travis Mayweather and Doctor Phlox. Seizing the technology of a mysterious ship from an alternative future, she quickly proclaims herself Empress. But the Empire is vast and in conflict and she has much resistance, not least from her former Vulcan crewmate T'Pol. She must learn who to trust and who is purely out to obtain her secrets.

Years later, in 'The Sorrow Of Empire', Mr Spock has been visited by residents of that same alternative universe and, after they leave, he is unable to forgot what the other James Kirk told him. Logically, he knows the Empire is growing stagnant and if it doesn't change its policies of domination, dictatorship and terror it will soon destroy itself. Logically, Spock cannot let that happen. The other universe, one based on a Federation of co-operation, fair trade and peace was stable and thriving. So this Spock forms a plan, one that will take years to come to fruition and which will see him claw his way up the power ladder of the Empire. He has one ace up his sleeve, a secret, deadly weapon but even with this advantage, can one man succeed in changing his whole world?

In 'The Worst of Both Worlds', it is over a century later and the Empire has been replaced by an Alliance of Klingons and Cardassians. Luc Picard is an archaeologist lucky enough to have a powerful Cardassian as his financier. He works hard to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, trouble comes looking for him in the shape of an ex-girlfriend Vash and a scientist called Noonien Soong. Vash and Soong have heard rumours of a cybernetic race called the Borg and want Picard's help to find them and ask for their assistance in the growing rebellion against the Alliance. But are the Borg the saviours of humanity or the worst of both worlds?

This is a creative and fun look at a well-known fictional universe with a difference. Fans will notice nods to the 'Star Trek' canon universe - unsuccessful peace talks at Khitomer, Wesley Crusher as an orphan who Picard befriends, Khan's descendant being recommended as Emperor and cameos by various other allies and enemies featured in 'Star Trek' episodes and films. All three stories are cleverly written and engaging. The writers manage to make the characters recognisable enough to be themselves whilst allowing for the effect of a harsh, war-driven universe on them, with a good dose of 'what if?' and reference to the mirror universe episodes of 'Enterprise' and the original series. Although split into three stories, they join together to weave a tale of rebellion and struggle in the mirror universe through the three time periods, with the effects of one story - one protagonist - being felt in the continuing tales.

If you are fan of the mirror universe episodes or just of alternative universe stories in general, this is well worth reading, and if you are a 'Star Trek' fan you should find this entertaining

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