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Cardassia: The Lotus Flower and Andor: Paradigm


Within every federation and every empire, behind every hero and every villain, there are the worlds that define them. In the aftermath of Unity and in the daring tradition of Spock's World, The Final Reflection, and A Stitch in Time, the civilizations most closely tied to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can now be experienced as never before... in tales both sweeping and intimate, reflective and prophetic, eerily familiar and utterly alien. CARDASSIA: The last world ravaged by the Dominion War is also the last on which Miles O'Brien ever imagined building a life. As he joins in the reconstruction of Cardassia's infrastructure, his wife Keiko spearheads the planet's difficult agricultural renewal. But Cardassia's struggle to remake itself – from the fledgling democracy backed by Elim Garak to the people's rediscovery of their own spiritual past – is not without opposition, as the outside efforts to help rebuild its civilization come under attack by those who reject any alien influence. ANDOR: On the eve of a great celebration of their ancient past, the unusual and mysterious Andorians, a species with four sexes, must decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to ensure their survival. Biological necessity clashes with personal ethics; cultural obligation vies with love – and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane returns home to the planet he forswore, to face not only the consequences of his choices, but a clandestine plan to alter the very nature of his kind.

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The first of three novels focusing on six civilizations, Book One focuses on the Cardassians and the Andorians.

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Pocket Books

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25 May 2004

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384 pages

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Featured Characters:

Lamerat Anjen, Charles Drury, Merak Entor, Elim Garak, Alon Ghemor, Jack Emmett, Mev Jartek, Kira Nerys, Korven, Feric Lakhat, Akellen Macet, Nyra Maleren, Tela Maleren, Naithe, Neret, Keiko O'Brien, Kirayoshi O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Remar, Teris Juze, Yevir Linjarin, Thezalden ch'Letha, Vanazhad ch'Shal, Phillipa Matthias, sh'Veileth, Prynn Tenmei, Charivretha zh'Thane, Sessethantis zh'Cheen, Thirishar ch'Thane, Uzaveh, Zhende

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Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Fri 13 May, 2016 11:31 AM
Whilst I found the Cardassian segment of the book somewhat lacking, Paradigm proved to be a brilliant read. Overall this book is well worth getting.
Wed 14 Jun, 2017 5:31 AM
I went through this book from cover to cover in no time flat. Almost sad that it had ended so quickly. One of the top books.

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