Interphase, Part One of Two by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Published February 2001
Read January 27th 2013
Previous ebook (S.C.E.): #3: Hard Crash
Next ebook (S.C.E.): #5: Interphase, Part Two of Two
Originally published as an ebook. Later published as part of the S.C.E. compilation Have Tech, Will Travel in January 2002.
|Compilation of the first four SCE stories|
|Original ebook cover|
From the back cover:
More than a century ago, the U.S.S. Defiant disappeared with all hands into an interspatial rift deep in Tholian territory. Now the derelict ship has been seen drifting in and out of ordinary space, and the Tholian authorities have reluctantly agreed to let Starfleet retrieve the Defiant from the rift. Perhaps, at long last, the lost ship can be brought home and its valiant crew paid their final respects. Captain David Gold and an S.C.E. team from the U.S.S. da Vinci succeed in boarding the Defiant, but their investigation soon uncovers a dangerous secret. For more than a hundred years, an ancient super-weapon has been hidden away within the scarred and lifeless starship, along with evidence of a long-forgotten atrocity -- evidence that could ignite a vast interstellar war!
|The U.S.S. Defiant, NCC-1764, trapped in interphase|
|Kieran Duffy, second officer of the da Vinci|
One character I'm not really warming up to yet is the chief of security, Lt. Commander Domenica Corsi. However, I believe that this is by design. Her abrupt manner makes the rest of the crew bristle, and to be perfectly frank, it makes me uncomfortable as well.
One bonus of using the S.C.E. series to tell the story of the Defiant is the fact that the series features a character who was present for the events of "The Tholian Web": Captain Montgomery Scott, the head of the Corps of Engineers. At the beginning of the book, he expresses a desire to be on-hand for the recovery, but alas, there is not enough time for him to accompany the mission. His first-hand knowledge of events of over a century ago provide for an interesting dynamic in the beginning of this story.
The cliffhanger ending was a good one, and it made me eager to go on to part two. I do find it odd that part one of this story is in Have Tech, Will Travel, but readers have to wait for the next volume, Miracle Workers, if they wish to read the second part. I personally would have preferred to have both stories collected in the same omnibus.
An interesting beginning to what I think will wind up being a very compelling story. The Tholians are engaging and enigmatic antagonists, and I enjoy seeing them used in Trek fiction. The cliffhanger ending works very well, and each of the featured characters are placed in positions where they are being tested, Duffy most of all. I'm eager to read the second half of the story and see where it all ends up. It is somewhat unfortunate that this story isn't compatible continuity-wise with the Enterprise two-parter "In a Mirror, Darkly." However, this isn't a roadblock to enjoying the story; each of the "versions" of the events surrounding the final fate of the Defiant can be enjoyed regardless of their incompatibility.
Thus ends the first four S.C.E. stories! I hope you enjoyed the week's reviews all posted in a row. I'll very likely do something similar when I get around to reviewing the next S.C.E. collection, Miracle Workers.
Also by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore:
- Star Trek: S.C.E. #5: Interphase, Part Two of Two (2001)
- Star Trek: Mere Anarchy, Book 1: Things Fall Apart with Kevin Dilmore (2006)
- Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come (2011)
- Star Trek: Seekers #2: Point of Divergence (2014)
- Star Trek: Seekers #4: All That's Left (2015)
- Star Trek: Legacies, Book 3: Purgatory's Key (2016)
My next read:
Next review will be for Alan Dean Foster's novelization of the new film, Star Trek Into Darkness. Coming soon!