“Make Cardassia great again!” If this sentence is ever actually uttered in The Crimson Shadow, I missed it; the back cover uses “restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory” which seem a bit unwieldy for a baseball cap. Despite being published in 2013, the book has clear echoes (pre-echoes?) of populist movements like Brexit and Trumpism: a yearning for a better past which was actually not better than the present. Institutions designed for democracy are being co-opted for undemocratic purposes. It would be depressing if it wasn’t for the fact that Una McCormack is able to see a way out of it all, but more on that in a bit.