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Strange new worlds II
Smith, Dean Wesley.
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New York ; London : Pocket, 1999.
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341 pages ; 21 cm
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Pocket Books' two Strange New Worlds competitions have drawn thousand of entries from aspiring Star Trek writers. From the mountain of submissions received, editor and established Star Trek author Dean Wesley Smith has selected eighteen winning stories, each one chosen for their combination of originality and style. These tales rocket across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from when Captain Kirk first went 'where no man has gone before', to Captain Picard's exploration in the USS Enterprise D, to Captain Sisko's command of space station Deep Space Nine, to Captain Katherine Janeway's epic journey in the USS Voyager. There are no limits to the Star Trek universe when the fans are allowed to let their imagination take the helm!

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Dean Wesley Smith is the editor of the previous three Strange New Worlds anthologies as well as many other works of science fiction. His "Star Trek" credits include "Captain Proton", "Double Helix Book 2", & "New Earth Book 2 & 5".

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This anthology of original fan fiction is good news for anyone who's memorized videos of the original Star Trek and its increasingly attenuated descendants; it gives more chances to watch favorite characters cope with time travel, tribbles and all the other usual gimmicks. For everyone else, the book is less cause for celebration, since understanding, let alone enjoying, the stories depends on not just knowing the characters in general but also remembering specific episodes or scenes. The writers' ingenuity is challenged as they speculate on the consequences of some detail while staying within the established history of the several series and movies. In fact, it is good to see more of the Star Trek crew. They're good people to be with especially, sometimes, the non-humans. In the original series, Gene Roddenberry created an extremely attractive vision of a future in which ingenuity, empathy and adolescent enthusiasm could solve almost any problem. We remember those stories because we want to believe the message. The sequels are somewhat more mature and less enthralling. But fans like those new characters, too, and don't want to see them hurt, just challenged a bit to let them show what they can do. That's what the stories here mainly offer. It's not a contemptible purpose in writing, but the results are rather odd: fiction that's attractive not in spite of but because of readers' knowing how it will come out. (May 8) FYI: As with the previous three volumes in this series, a contest determined the contributions. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Introduction Dean Wesley Smith Every year you, the fans, take me on a pleasure ride into the amazing past of the Star Trek® universe. Now, granted, I am a story junkie. I'm a person who loves reading Star Trek more than anything else I can think of doing (except writing Star Trek ). Every October, boxes and boxes of great stories arrive at my doorstep, and every year those stories usher me into the Star Trek universe, in ways, and to places, I would have never thought to go by myself. But besides that, your stories take me into my own past. The original Star Trek series premiered in September of 1966 and was aired on Friday nights in Boise, Idaho. I remember how I would rush home from high school to watch it. I never missed an episode back in the days before videotape machines. I didn't dare -- there was the awful chance that the episode might not air again. (Yes, I realize that I just dated myself and told you how old I really am.) The superb Star Trek stories you send in to the contest take me back to my high school days. They remind me of my friends and take me back to the nights of worrying about being drafted and the uncertainty of life -- deciding if I should go to college or just go skiing. I did both, didn't get drafted, and years went by. When Star Trek: The Next Generation® started, a group of us, all hopeful writers, would gather at Nina Kiriki Hoffman's house to watch it every week. We would talk about the episode that we had just seen, talk about writing, and simply enjoy each other's company. If someone had told me that I would be writing Star Trek professionally, I would have just laughed. And wonderful anthologies like this weren't even distant thoughts. Every one of the Next Generation stories we receive reminds me of those delightful " Trek parties" we used to love so much. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine® broadcast its first show via satellite, ahead of when it aired on regular local channels. My wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and I lived in the country and had a satellite dish. We had just finished watching the very first show, about three days before almost anyone else in our area would see it, when John Ordover called. At the time, Kris was editing The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and I was editing Pulphouse Magazine . Before John started at Pocket Books for the Star Trek program, I had bought a story from him, so it wasn't such a surprise to receive his call. We ended up talking about the new series and how cool it was. The conversation progressed and he asked if Kris and I would be interested in writing one of the first Deep Space Nine novels. Well, duh. What a silly question. It came out a year later under our Sandy Schofield name. These are the memories that the Deep Space Nine entries trigger in my mind. They remind me of those days out in the country, watching shows ahead of everyone else, and getting the first chance at doing something I couldn't even have dreamed of doing ten years earlier. Star Trek: Voyager® and Star Trek: EnterpriseTM both have a similar feeling for me; they lead me to the same place in my memory, even though their starts are years apart. Besides the fact that I love the shows, they bring on a faint recollection of worry and panic, as well as a satisfying feeling of success. Okay, why such a mix of emotions? Well, Kris and I were hired, for both series, to do the very first original books. When we wrote those books, it was months before the shows aired. We had only a trailer, some still pictures, and a few scripts for guidance. By then, we knew how important getting the characters in Star Trek dead-on was for the fans. And we had never seen the characters, heard them speak. Nor had we experienced the life an actor gives to each of the people that we were writing about. Trust me, that sets off a real fear for a Trek fan like me -- and a lot of pleasure when we realized that we didn't miss by too much. Now do you see why your stories are like traveling in time for me? My life, especially my adult life, has been tied in and around Star Trek . And I consider myself the luckiest person alive for that. So, send in more stories for the next contest so that I can take new thrilling rides through the history of Star Trek , and take everyone else down their own Memory Lane. Remember, read the rules in the back of this book, read the stories in this book, read previous volumes to really understand what types of stories we are choosing. Then sit down and write a story (or two, or three). Have fun. Take us all to new corners of this vast universe. And send them all in. Then maybe, just maybe, you'll get a phone call saying we would like to include your story in the next volume of Strange New Worlds . Trust me, this is one phone call that will be a unique memory to attach to this great universe. I hope you enjoy these stories. I sure did. Copyright (c) 2005 by Paramount Pictures Excerpted from Strange New Worlds 8 by Dean Wesley Smith, Paula M. Block, Elisa J. Kassin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

IntroductionDean Wesley Smith
Star Trek"
Triptych (Second Prize)Melissa Dickinson
The Quick and the DeadKathy Oltion
The First Law of MetaphysicsMichael S. Poteet
The Hero of My Own LifePeg Robinson
Doctors ThreeCharles Skaggs
Star Trek the Next Generation"
I Am Klingon (Third Prize)Ken Rand
ReciprocityBrad Curry
Calculated RiskChristina F. York
Gods, Fate, and FractalsWilliam Leisner
I Am Become DeathFranklin Thatcher
Star Trek Deep Space Nine"
ResearchJ. R. Rasmussen
Change of HeartSteven Scott Ripley
Star Trek Voyager"
A Ribbon for Rosie (Grand Prize)Ilsa J. Bick
TouchedKim Sheard
Almost...But Not QuiteDayton Ward
The Healing ArtsE. Cristy Ruteshouser and Lynda Martinez Foley
Seventh HeavenDustan Moon
AfterwordJohn J. Ordover
Contest Rules
About the Contributors