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William Leisner

Autor(a) de Losing the Peace

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Obras por William Leisner

Losing the Peace (2009) 238 exemplares
Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism (2008) 190 exemplares
The Shocks of Adversity (2013) 82 exemplares
S.C.E.: Out of the Cocoon (2005) 24 exemplares

Associated Works

Strange New Worlds II (1999) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
Constellations (2006) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Strange New Worlds IV (2001) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
Strange New Worlds V (2002) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar (2018) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark (2020) — Contribuidor; Autor, algumas edições14 exemplares
ReDeus: Divine Tales (2012) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
A Quiet Shelter There — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
ReDeus: Beyond Borders (Volume 2) (2013) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Rochester, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA



Not too bad

I think this book was meant to be a bridge book and in that regard it was good.not a lot of action or intrigue but nice story non the less.
sgsmitty | 8 outras críticas | Jun 14, 2023 |
Even compared to the other MYRIAD UNIVERSES book I read so far, this one felt like it was motivated by the same urges as fanfiction, especially "Places of Exile," which essentially forces the Voyager crew to deal with the fact that they are stuck in the Delta quadrant (instead of insisting they will somehow get home). It's a canon-divergent AU smörgåsbord. I suppose it's because of that that I really look forward to reading the other MYRIAD UNIVERSES...
everystartrek | 6 outras críticas | Jan 4, 2023 |
I don't know why, but I'm a sucker for a good alternate universe story. This might stem from my enjoyment of alternate history, with its speculation of what might have happened and what those differences reveal about people. But this isn't limited to fictional speculations about history, as I get no less pleasure from alternate spins on fictional universes such as that of Gene Roddenberry's much-loved creation.

And this book just hit the spot in that respect. The first of what was a three-book series, it offers three novellas that take the Star Trek canon and spin it off in radical directions. The three are:

"A Less Perfect Union" by William Leisner — Premised on a different outcome to the events of the season four Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Terra Prime," it has a more isolationist Earth reconsidering its rejection of joining the alliance of interstellar species (known here as the "Coalition"). It features a lot of characters from the very start of the original series, including a xenophobic James T. Kirk. The name-checking was a little exhausting, but never overdone and was part of the enjoyment of the story.

"Places of Exile" by Christopher L. Bennett — This one is most closely tied to its source material. Premised on a slightly different ending to the season three finale "Scorpion, Part I," a slightly more cautious approach to the war between the Borg and Species 8472 soon forces the Voyager crew to adopt a very different mission from the one they had been on since their relocation to the Delta Quadrant. This was the one that, based on the description, I was least looking forward to reading, yet (possibly because of my lower expectations) I enjoyed it the most.

"Seeds of Dissent" by James Swallow — Remember Khan Noonien Singh? Imagine what would have happened had he triumphed on Earth and what would have followed over the course of the following three centuries. In some ways it's the most radical departure of the trio, which made it the most entertaining of the three (albeit with a major caveat).

All three novellas represent radical departures from the events of their source material, which gives their authors latitude to tell very different stories. Yet what makes it work is the authors' verisimilitude to the characters from the original shows. All three authors nail their depiction of characters that have been so well established over the years, sometimes across multiple shows. Combined with the freshness of the plots, the three stories make for a stimulatingly different yet still faithful departure from the canon that fans of the original series can enjoy.
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MacDad | 6 outras críticas | Mar 27, 2020 |
A Less Perfect Union by William Leisner explores a world where Christopher Pike remains the captain of the Enterprise while James T. Kirk is at his side as First Officer. Where's Spock? Well, Vulcans are not a member of the Federation of fact, Earth is at odds with the Vulcans due to an incident many years earlier which devastated San Francisco. Kirk has his own bone to pick with the Vulcan people and it all comes to a head when the Enterprise picks up T'Pol for a diplomatic mission to try to repair relations with their alien neighbors. Stranger still, McCoy has joined the crew and he and Kirk immediately butt heads over what McCoy perceives is Kirk's racist feelings toward the Vulcans. Of course, longtime fans of TOS will find this humorously ironic. It's politically and racially charged with tons of action just like all the great Trek episodes. 9/10

Maybe my favorite of the entire lot was Places of Exile by Christopher L. Bennett. I've never seen any episodes of Voyager (I know, I know) so I found this one extremely easy to accept as canon. I guess it might have been harder if you already knew the "real" events of this universe. For those unfamiliar, the crew of Voyager is stranded in the Delta Quadrant and are trying to find their way back to planet Earth while navigating the unknown (and dangerous) stretch of space in-between. In this version, their ship is crippled and they must make an emergency landing on a planet where they are essentially refugees forced to make new lives for themselves. It delves into how each member of the crew reacts to the knowledge that they will most likely never reach their homes in their lifetimes. I love character studies so this one was right up my alley. 10/10

What would happen if Khan had actually succeeded in his quest to rule Earth and create a dominant race of superhumans? Well, Seeds of Dissent by James Swallow has a truly terrifying answer. After Khan's victory, augmented humans become the norm and Khan is viewed as a deity. Princeps Julian Bashir (from Deep Space Nine) is in command of the Defiant and he comes across a most unusual ship named Botany Bay. (If you're a Trekkie, then you most certainly heard ominous music playing just then.) When fictionalized history clashes with the harsh truth of reality the world crafted under Khan's descendants begins to fragment. (This book was the push I needed to continue my Trek tutelage by beginning DS9 by the way.) 9/10
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AliceaP | 6 outras críticas | Oct 18, 2016 |

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