Category: ST DS9
Last article published: 8 November 2009
This is the 9th post under this label
CREATORS: K.W. Jeter
STARDATE: Unknown (between Battle Lines and The Homecoming)
PLOT: A spate of murders aboard Deep Space Nine leads the crew to discover all the perpetrators had gone to new, out-of-the-way holosuites equipped with banned technology that got right into their minds. Meanwhile, a new political party on Bajor successfully stages a coup and replaces the Provisional Government. These events are connected through McHogue, an old "business" partner of Quark's who is creating a "dark universe" in subspace, a universe of the mind built on the dark impulses of all the people who have gone into his holosuites. Thankfully, Jake's dark experiences there haven't yet started to brainwash him. Now as a Bajor's new Minister of Trade, he is set to build a Bajoran Vegas where all those dark impulses are catered to, turning the fabricated city into a subspace black hole that extends his mental influence and threatens to shatter the universe on which subspace rests - ours. Dax figures much of this out and is captured by McHogue for her trouble, so Sisko flies to Bajor, through subspace anomalies and Bajoran hurricanes, to rescue her. In his final, hallucinatory confrontation with McHogue, he uses the fact that a part of him in the Wormhole (with the Prophets) to take control of the dark world, leaving McHogue there alone forever. (Interpretations mine.)
CONTINUITY: Sisko and Kira have to deal with Kai Opaka's departure and her belongings. Jake revisits the fishing holoprogram from "Emissary", only now it's darker.
DIVERGENCES: Characters take the lift to the Ops "entrance", but that thing doesn't have any doors, nor a vestibule. But aside from a few quirks of dialog, the real anomaly is that we have YET ANOTHER coup by YET ANOTHER faction set in Deep Space Nine's first year, all before The Circle trilogy. I think this is the third DS9 novel to do this, including Jeter's own Bloodletter.
SCREENSHOT OF THE WEEK - Blood in the water in Jake's dark fishing program