Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror

by Diane Duane

Over the past two centuries, mankind has tamed its basest instincts, and reached the starsBut suppose it hadnt happened that way at all?

Suppose instead humanitys darkest impulses, its most savage, animalistic desires had triumphed?

Suppose that the empire mankind made out in the stars was one ruled by terror, where only those willing to brutalize their own kind and their neighbors could survive?One hundred years ago, four crewmembers of the U.S.S. Enterprise crossed the dimensional barrier and found just such an empire.

A mirror image of their own universe, populated by nightmare duplicates of their shipmates.

Or so they thought.But now the scientists of that empire have found a doorway into our universe.

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Sadly, when on the TV Series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, they developed episodes using the angle of the Mirror Universe, the way that they developed how the Mirror Universe was like then, it left this novel in a non-canonical status. I love the regular Deanna Troi, it's a wonderful character, and when I read in this novel about this twisted version of Deanna, I felt quite uneasy since the "Mirror Deanna Troi" is indeed an intimidant character.

Captain Picard and the Next Generation crew find themselves stranded in the Mirror Universe. Geori LaForge, Counselor Troi and Captain Picard must infiltrate the duplicate enterprise. They need the data which the Empire use to bring them to the Mirror Universe--so they can reverse the effect and get home.

Why is that?), Dark Mirror is still a great read.

This is my first time reading a spin-off novel for any franchise, which can't help but color my experience; seeing a franchise adapted to text is as interesting as the story itself.

Dark Mirror is set largely in the mirror universe of the original series, where the benevolent Federation was a genocidal Earth-dominated empire and the personalities of the crew were twisted to match. Probably the most compelling of Duane's alternate-universe characters is the amiable monster Picard, the Worf who quietly maintains as much dignity as he can in trying circumstances, and the Security Officer Deanna Troi whose inquisitive steely viciousness prefigures Deanna's televised appearance as an undercover Tal Shi'ar officer. (I read somewhere that Duane received multiple requests from fans asking for pictures of her mirror universe version of Deanna.) Duane's original character on our side, the dolphinoid scientist Hwiii, did work for me, although friends have told me otherwise. Dark Mirror doesn't fit in with televised canon on the Mirror Universe--the Terran Empire that was crushed by the Klingon-Cardassian alliance thrived here--while the physics of interuniversal transfer and the consequences likewise differ. Even if it isn't, Dark Mirror still stands as a very good novel written by a talented novelist at the height of her powers.

Explored for all of one episode in the Original Series and fleshed out especially well in a couple of Deep Space Nine episodes, the Mirror Universe shows us the alternate lives of our beloved characters in a more barbaric galaxy. The other prediction was Wesley Crusher attempting to exact his revenge on Captain Picard for his father's murder (which, in this parallel, it was cold-blooded murder).

Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.