The DS9Continuing project comes full circle. In my seventh and final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine stories, I return to how the whole thing started – with a largely faithful adaptation of the official DS9 novels into TV episode-length screenplays. After seven years’ worth of these “episodes”, which took more than twice as long to write, and the Pocket Books literary continuity ending anyway in deference to the new Star Trek TV shows, it felt like time to bring this to a close.
The novels in question are Zero Sum Game by David Mack, and the epic two-part Plagues of Night / Raise the Dawn by David R George III – with guest appearances from a handful of other stories along the way. That DRG3 duology was always designed as a potential end point for the DS9 story, making this an even more appropriate place to leave my tale.
Readers familiar with the DS9 novel line will already know the general shape of this story. But I hope there will still be turns to surprise and delight even the most well-read of DS9 fans. I expanded the story beyond that told in the novels, bringing characters old and new to the forefront, hoping to create a powerful and emotional farewell to those denizens of Deep Space Nine, Bajor and beyond with whom we first fell in love almost 30 years ago.
NOTE: The 'cover image' is based on the background of the novel Plagues of Night by David R George III.