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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Too Long a Sacrifice is a four-issue miniseries from IDW Publishing. Scheduled to be published in 2020, the series is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art from Greg Scott. The miniseries is IDW's second Star Trek: Deep Space Nine release, following Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool's Gold.


The story is set during the Dominion War and is a noir-type story. David Tipton commented: "Set during the most difficult hours of the Dominion War, Too Long a Sacrifice shows the station during trying times: a series of mysterious and seemingly unsolvable terrorist attacks just as the war has everyone strained to the breaking point. We'll get to see the darker side of life on the station as Odo leads the investigation, with increasingly desperate conditions forcing him and others to deal with new and unexpected allies and to use unusual tactics in their efforts to stop the attacks". [1]

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  • The title is from a poem by Yeats: "Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart".
  • The Tiptons had earlier written Fool's Gold. Scott Tipton commented: "We're so excited to return to the world of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. With its 'frontier setting' and precarious place in the galaxy, Deep Space Nine offers the opportunity to tell truly unique tales of intrigue and suspense. Combine that with one of the best character ensembles ever assembled, and you get something no other Star Trek series can offer". [2]
  • Chase Marotz commented: "Deep Space Nine is one of the Star Trek series that I've been the most eager for IDW to dive into in comics form, so to be at the helm for the first series in over a decade is a dream come true. I've worked with David and Scott Tipton on several amazing Star Trek books and know that they're going to deliver a story that the fans will love, and it's exciting to finally be able to work with Greg Scott. I'm a big fan of his style and I think we're poised to create a Star Trek book that's going to both surprise and delight." [3]
  • David Tipton commented that the series: "was conceived as a story with two points of particular interest: One, a closer look at the 'behind the scenes' aspect of Deep Space Nine (the ongoing underground trade and business that stays in the shadows, along with the station's darker history dating back to the Cardassian occupation of Bajor), and two, a look at how the station would handle a series of seemingly unstoppable crimes. Odo is naturally the nexus for these themes: he has a long and unique history with the station and knows it better than perhaps anyone. Odo's voice is an unusual one: he often communicates with grunts or short expressions, and we've enjoyed conveying that in this story. Often in Star Trek, it's the outsider characters who are the most popular, be it Spock or Data or in the case of DS9, Constable Odo. There's something so compelling about looking at the human condition through the eyes of someone who can never truly understand it, but who finds themselves longing to. Combine that with René Auberjonois' unmistakable voice and distinctively gruff inflections, and it's no wonder that Odo is for so many the standout character of the series." [4]
  • The Tiptons commemted on Bashir and Garak's depiction in the series: "I've always liked the friendship between Bashir and Garak on DS9, and that was something we definitely wanted to touch on when we knew we were coming back. I always liked that mixture of the genuine affection Garak seemed to have for Bashir, along with the sense that Garak always knew more than he was telling you... One of Garak's favorite rhetorical tricks is to ask a question even though he already knows the answer so he can draw out even more information. Here he does that, then he hints he knows even more, and finally he backpedals, keeping Bashir in the dark. Garak's use of words is precise and strategic even though it's often couched in obsequiously friendly tones. It's more likely than not that had this conversation continued, Garak would have walked away with some helpful new nuggets of information about the war, while Bashir would have learned nothing new (except those few scraps Garak chose to divulge)." [5]
  • This series was originally due to begin publishing in April 2020 but was delayed to July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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