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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Avatar is a Pocket DS9 novel duology, written by S.D. Perry and published by Pocket Books in 2003.

The duology forms the first instalment of the Deep Space Nine relaunch series, following events aboard the station after the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "What You Leave Behind".

Novels

  1. Avatar, Book One
  2. Avatar, Book Two

Background information

  • The two novels were later reprinted as part of the Twist of Faith omnibus.
  • When asked why the crew of the USS Enterprise were also featured in Avatar, Marco Palmieri commented: "It's fun. It's a bonus. It's relevant to the story, and it has echoes of "Emissary", which is fitting for what I think as a new beginning for DS9". [1] Keith R.A. DeCandido commented: "...Why shouldn't the Enterprise show up? I mean, let's face it, the Enterprise is the fleet's flagship, and Deep Space 9 is one of the most important outposts in the Federation. Further, there are tons of connections between the two: the Sisko family's history with Wolf 359, the fact that two of Picard's crew went on to serve at DS9 and now a third (Ro) is there (someone with whom Picard's history is somewhat tumultuous), and Picard's own interest in Bajor and the Cardassians. Those connections weren't significantly exploited on TV because of the limitations of actor availability, but the books are not constrained by that. In addition, having read Avatar, I can assure you that the Enterprise's role is as a guest star, and a catalyst for one element of the plot. Finally, it carries on a tradition. McCoy was in "Encounter at Farpoint". Picard was in "Emissary". Quark was in Caretaker". For that matter, the Enterprise and Spock were in New Frontier's first book, House of Cards, and Scotty and La Forge were part of the launch of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBook series. [2]
  • Palmieri would later regret releasing Avatar as two books instead of one, noting that "it was plotted as two novels, and I really believed the execution would bear that out […] but I can see now that it should have been a single book.". (Voyages of Imagination, p. 259)
  • The cover art by Cliff Nielsen forms a diptych.

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