The question of what happens to the DS9 slice of the Trek universe after the series finale was already answered—and may well continue to be answered—by a different set of writers. Their names include S.D. Perry, Jeffrey Lang, David Weddle, Keith R. A. DeCandido, David R. George III, Heather Jarman, Michael A. Martin, Andy Mangels, Robert Simpson, Una McCormack, J. Noah Kym, David Mack, Olivia Woods, Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann, as well the actors who portrayed the Cardassian tailor/spy Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) and the Klingon General Martok (J.G. Hertzler). Over the last eighteen years these creators have dreamed up an incredibly rich and complex serialized continuation of DS9 in the form of dozens of novels, novellas, and short stories. This audacious publishing enterprise was launched in 2001 under the auspices of then-Trek editor for Pocket Books Marco Palmieri. In his words, he wanted this literary DS9 Relaunch to be “a true continuation, chronicling events that, like those of the TV series, would be fraught with consequences and free of resets.” With the support of folks like Paula Block, the endeavor became a resounding success, and covers the equivalent not only the equivalent of a Season 8, but also a Season 9, 10, and beyond.
I’ve written a little about my love for DS9 in this space, and I briefly covered the twelve young-adult DS9 novels published between 1994 and 1998.
Now, I’d like to be your tour guide through the full DS9 literary Relaunch!