When Deep Space Nine ended, Captain Sisko had gone off to live in the Celestial Temple with the Prophets, Worf went off to be an ambassador, Odo went to the Gamma Quadrant to be with his people in the Great Link and Chief O’Brien took a teaching job at Starfleet Academy on Earth. Colonel Kira was given Command of the station.
With the departure of so many of our favourite characters this truly seemed like the end. However, novels published since have not let the series die. While not officially a series, these novels are almost an eighth series of Deep Space Nine. They need to be read in order. However, some of them are small series all on their own, and some are parts of other series, and some are stand-alone. Confused? Never fear, I have listed below the correct order to read them in.
These novels introduce a lot of new and intriguing characters. I will give you a brief run-down of each one, hopefully in such a way as to not give away any plot points. For example you will notice that there are two new first officers for DS9 listed. Obviously they both aren’t first officer at the same time, but I won’t give away any details.
1. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Avatar, book One by S.D. Perry
2. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Avatar, book Two by S.D. Perry
3. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Section 31: Abyss by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang1
4. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Gateways, book 4: Demons of Air and Darkness by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Concluding chapter Horn and Ivory by the same author in Star Trek: Gateways, book 7: What lay beyond.)2
5. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma, book One: Twilight by David R George III
6. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma, book Two: This Grey Spirit by Heather Jarman
7. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma, book Three: Cathedral by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangles
8. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma, book Four: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson
9. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Rising son by S.D. Perry
10. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Unity by S.D Perry
Worlds of Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Volume One: Cardassia and Andor Una McCormack, Heather Jarman
Volume Two: Trill and Bajor Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin, J. Noah Kym
Volume Three: The Dominion and Ferenginar David R. George III, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Novels that fit into the same timeline which can be read independently
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Lives of Dax by various authors
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Left Hand of Destiny, book One by J.G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Left Hand of Destiny, book Two by J.G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang
The New Characters (in alphabetical order)
Fleet Admiral L.J. Akaar: Though he doesn’t appear until book 5, Akaar has an interesting past. He was born on Capella IV, delivered by Dr. McCoy during federation negotiations for a mining treaty. Things didn’t go smoothly, Akaar’s father (then ruler) was killed when Kilngons made a deal with rebels. Kirk saved his mother in time for her to give birth. (Now you know what L.J. stands for.)3
Akaar has served as Security Chief aboard the starship Excelsior under Captain Sulu.4
Lieutenant Sam Bowers: Tactical officer.
Ensign Thirishar ch’Thane: Science Officer. Shar is a well liked, unassuming individual. He has learned to master his Andorian temper, though there are times when this is a struggle. He is curious about other cultures but is reluctant to talk about himself.
Commander Tiris Jast: First Officer. Jast is Bolian. She has a cool disposition which some find intimidating. Jast believes in expressing herself. She has a very frank manner and isn’t afraid to openly discuss her feelings and ideas. Her cool, calm head is an asset when commanding the Defiant.
Gul Macet: Commander of the Cardassian ship Trager. Macet is a cousin of Gul Dukat and bears and unnerving resemblance to him.
Macet once helped Captain Picard find a rouge Starfleet Captain (Ben Maxwell) who had been firing on Cardassian ships.5
Lieutenant Ro Laren: Head of security. Ro has had a varied career. Having been pardoned for the crime of disobeying orders, Ro was picked for a covert mission for the Enterprise-D and later became a part of the crew.6
She later left Starfleet to join the Marquis.
Now in the Bajoran Militia, stationed on DS9 she struggles to fit in. The Bajoran crew see her as Starfleet, and the Starfleet crew see her as a criminal.
Taran’atar: A Jem’Hadar elder sent to observe and learn about the cultures that coexist in the Alpha Quadrant.
Treir: An Orion Dabo girl. Trier seems to have a sense for business that rivals Quarks.
Doctor Simon Tarses: Now a doctor on DS9, Tarses once served as a Med Tech on the Enterprise-D. While there he became entangled in Admiral Norah Satie’s conspiracy investigation, where it was revealed that he had not disclosed his Romulan heritage to Starfleet. 7
Ensign Prynn Tenmei: Conn Officer. Prynn hadn’t been on DS9 long when she is shocked to discover she will be working with someone with whom she hasn’t spoken to in years because of a bitter dispute.
Commander Elias Vaughn: First Officer of DS9 and Commander of the Defiant. Vaughn, who is 101 years old, has had a long career. Before transferring to DS9, Vaughn’s career was with Starfleet Intelligence. Vaughn has had many varied missions, including a mission with Captain John Harriman that saw the both of them sneaking about a Romulan ship.8 He has also worked with Curzon Dax during a mission where there was a dispute between Romulans and Klingons over a claim to a planet.9
Vedek Yevir Linjarin: Once a member of the Bajoran Militia stationed on DS9, Yevir was Touched by the Prophets through the hand of the Emissary, which led him on the path to a religious life. Yevir hopes to become the next Kai of Bajor.