KRAD COVID reading #86c: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment Part 3

Concluding the three-part reading of the TNG/DS9 crossover novella Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment, the final part of the Slings and Arrows miniseries released to celebrate TNG‘s 20th anniversary in 2007 by chronicling the first year in service of the Enterprise-E leading up to the movie First Contact.

In this final bit, the Enterprise races to the Badlands to rescue Captains Picard and Sisko from assassins.

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KRAD COVID reading #86b: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment Part 2

Continuing the three-part reading of the Star Trek novella Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment, a TNG/DS9 team up taking place right before the movie First Contact (and between the DS9 episodes “The Ascent” and “Rapture”), in this second part, Picard and Sisko travel to the Badlands to meet with Gowron, while Worf conscripts both Data and Nog to aid in an investigation that may reveal that all is not as it seems….

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KRAD COVID reading #86a: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment Part 1

For Thanksgiving week, I’m doing a three-part reading of a Star Trek novella written as the concluding volume in the six-part Slings and Arrows novella miniseries done for The Next Generation‘s 20th anniversary in 2007 taking place in the year leading up to the movie First Contact. In Part 1 of Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment, a TNG/DS9 crossover, Captains Picard and Sisko are charged by the newly elected Federation president with reaching out to Gowron to convince him to re-enter the Khitomer Accords.

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KRAD COVID reading #75c: “Horn and Ivory” Part 3

Concluding the week-long 75th episode of the reading series with the final bit of my 2001 Kira Nerys-focused novella “Horn and Ivory,” part of the concluding volume of the Star Trek: Gateways crossover, What Lay Beyond. (It was later reprinted in the post-finale Deep Space Nine omnibus Twist of Faith, along with Avatar by S.D. Perry, Abyss by David Weddle & Jeffrey Lang, and my own novel Demons of Air and Darkness.)

In this last portion, Kira must deal with the aftermath of the Perikian Republic’s latest conflict and finally find her way back home.

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KRAD COVID reading #75b: “Horn and Ivory” Part 2

Continuing the week-long reading of my 2001 novella “Horn and Ivory,” a Kira Nerys-focused story from the seventh book in the Star Trek: Gateways series, What Lay Beyond. In this second part, Kira — still 30,000 years in Bajor’s past — is captured by the Lerrit, and she and Torrna must escape the dungeon before they’re executed.

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KRAD COVID reading #75a: “Horn and Ivory” Part 1

In 2001, Simon & Schuster did the seven-book Star Trek: Gateways crossover, which included the four extant TV shows (the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager), plus two of the prose-only series, Challenger and New Frontier. Each of the first six books ended with the captain character (Kirk, Picard, Kira, Janeway, Keller, and Calhoun) stepping through a gateway, not knowing what lay beyond.

Book 7 of the series was called What Lay Beyond, and had six novellas showing what those captains went through. In my case, “Horn and Ivory” followed Kira Nerys on an odyssey through Bajor’s past. In this first part she helps liberate the Perikian peninsula from the oppression of the Lerrit.

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another nice review of my Ferenginar short novel!


The latest installment of Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reread, which has been going through the various post-finale DS9 novels, has reached the Worlds of DS9 miniseries, and this week he got to my part in it, Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, which appeared in Volume 3 alongside David R. George III’s Dominion tale (which he’ll review next week). Best part is that Alvaro really liked it, even though he’s not a huge fan of Ferengi episodes. Yay me!

An excerpt:

This novel passes the basic litmus test I mentioned earlier of being engaging even without its comedic frills, and I’m impressed by how DeCandido was able to compensate for the lack of actors channeling this material through his writing skills. Thankfully, he also refrains from making any of our protagonists dolts, the way that Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe sometimes did. Is this as thought-provoking and meaty as the previous novels in this mini-series? No. But a change of pace was welcome.

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my Deep Space Nine fiction on


Alvaro Zinos-Amaro has been doing a reread of the post-finale Deep Space Nine fiction, and he just got to my first contributions, the novel Demons of Air and Darkness (which was part of the “Gateways” multibook crossover) and the followup novella “Horn and Ivory” (which appeared in the final “Gateways” volume What Lay Beyond).

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An excerpt:

There’s a lot to like about Demons of Air and Darkness, and a lot to admire from a purely logistical perspective. The novel somehow accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of simultaneously A) being enjoyable as a standalone introduction to the DS9 relaunch series, with DeCandido furnishing short summaries of everything one needs to know at the relevant moments; B) pushing that narrative forward and therefore bridging the preceding Section 31: Abyss with what follows; C) fitting neatly into its own seven-volume Gateways series; and D) ending on a cliffhanger whose resolution in “Horn and Ivory” provides emotional closure while setting the stage for future adventures in Mission Gamma, Book One: Twilight. And it does all of this with fun and pizzazz!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch Extra: What We Left Behind


In honor of the 20th anniversary of the end of Deep Space Nine, show-runner Ira Steven Behr put together a documentary to look back on the show, including interviews with actors, writers, producers, journalists, fans, and more. My take on What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine on…

An excerpt:

[Nana] Visitor talks frankly about the show, most impressively calling out Behr for the rather idiotic notion of having Kira get into a relationship with Marc Alaimo’s Gul Dukat. Visitor, who actually understood that this was the equivalent of putting Anne Frank into a relationship with Adolf Hitler, objected very very very loudly, and they switched gears and made it Kira’s mother having a relationship with Dukat, as revealed in “Wrongs Darker than Death or Night.”

introducing the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reread!


There’s a nifty new feature on “The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reread,” which is Alvaro Zinos-Amaro going through all the post-“What You Leave Behind” DS9 novels published by Pocket Books from 2001 onward, starting today with Avatar Book 1 by S.D. Perry.

From a pure self-interest perspective, this means Alvaro will, at some point, be covering my novel Gateways: Demons of Air and Darkness, my novella Horn and Ivory, and my short novel Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed.

Here’s an excerpt from his piece on Avatar Book 1:

Avatar, Book One kicks off the DS9 Relaunch in a deft and accomplished manner. Perry adds significant depth to Jake Sisko, and in general does an incredible job with the voice of every character (the one exception would be Bashir). She also introduces new characters smoothly. In a way, this feels like the novelization of the first half of a two-part season premiere. There are obvious parallels with the series pilot itself, “Emissary”: the station is understaffed and in disrepair, a Starfleet officer somewhat existentially adrift is changed by his encounter with an Orb, new alliances are forged, etc. There are also some parallels with the fourth season two-parter “The Way of the Warrior”: ships attack, conflict looms, and a TNG-character, in this case Ro Laren, is now part of DS9. Finally, the introduction of a Jem’Hadar as a potential series regular is also a nod of sorts to a venerable Trek tradition exemplified in “Encounter at Farpoint,” which featured a Klingon (classically foes of the Federation) as a new ally and lead character.