Over on StarTrek.com, Dayton Ward has provided ten essential Jean-Luc Picard stories you should read. Six of them are in novel form (Vendetta by Peter David, Reunion by Michael Jan Friedman, Requiem by MJF and Kevin Ryan, The Buried Age by Christopher L. Bennett, Last Best Hope by Una McCormack, and the Destiny trilogy by David Mack), and one is an “autobiography” (by David Goodman), but the remaining three are comic books, including one of mine! My first-ever Trek work, the 1999-2000 comic book Perchance to Dream (with art by Peter Pachoumis) is listed, along with Hive by Brannon Braga, Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett, & Joe Corroney, and Countdown by Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson, & Angel Hernandez.
Perchance to Dream deals with an aspect of Picard’s personality that doesn’t get nearly enough play — he has the makings of what twenty years ago we called multiple-personality disorder, and which these days is generally called dissociative identity disorder. After all, he underwent an intense mind-meld with a senile Vulcan, he lived the life of another person for thirty-five subjective years, and he was assimilated by the Borg and made into their avatar.
Thanks, Dayton! That’s some damn fine company you put me in!