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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Mass-Market Paperback / May, 2000
393 pages
0-671-03885-0

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Written by Andrew J. Robinson

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Description:

For nearly a decade, Garak has longed for just one thing--to go home. Exiled on a space station, surrounded by aliens who loathe and distrust him, going back to Cardassia has been Garak's one dream. Now, finally, he is home. But home is a world whose landscape is filled with death and destruction. Desperation and dust are constant companions and luxury is a glass of clean water and a warm place to sleep.

Ironically, it is a letter from one of the aliens on that space station, Dr. Julian Bashir, that inspires Garak to look at the fabric of his life. Elim Garak has been a student, a gardener, a spy, an exile, a tailor, even a liberator. It is a life that was charted by the forces of Cardassian society with very little understanding of the person, and even less compassion.

But it is the tailor that understands who Elim Garak was, and what he could be. It is the tailor who sees the ruined fabric of Cardassia, and who knows how to bring this ravaged society back together. This is strange, because a tailor is the one thing Garak never wanted to be. But, it is the tailor whom both Cardassia and Elim Garak need. It is the tailor who can put the pieces together, who can take a stitch in time.

This book also includes the tenth chapter of the "Starfleet: Year One" serial story, which will be in the back of the paperback novels from August 1999 through July 2000.

Notes

Garak's journals, written by the actor who plays him.

"Andrew J. Robinson did all the writing himself. The book is not really linear, it is a collection of Garak's diaries, which take a the form of a letter to Doctor Bashir. The main narrative thread is post Season 7 material (2376), but we find out about Garak's schooling, his work in the Obsidian Order, and the reason he was banished to Terok Nor/DS9.

"The book takes its form from the "readings" that he has been doing at conventions for years. But, the readings are not the book. Only recently has he been doing readings from the actual text of the upcoming book." -- Margaret Clark, editor

"Andy Robinson appeared, and gave a great panel--the only one I saw, actually--in which he talked about writing a Garak book. I'm always suspicious of actors--especially Trek ones--who get book contracts because of their names while us actual writers are left behind, but from the experiences he spoke of, it was clear that he must have really written it himself. There's things he just couldn't have said at that panel if he hadn't gone through it." -- "Dangermouse", July 23, 1999



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