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Dark Mirror (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,832 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
One hundred years ago, four crewmembers of the "U.S.S EnterpriseTM crossed the dimensional barrier and found a mirror image of their own universe, populated by nightmare duplicates of their shipmates. Barely able to escape with their lives, they returned, thankful that the accident which had brought them there could not be duplicated, or so they thought. But now the scient ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Pocket Books (first published January 15th 1993)
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I love this book! Easily it's one of my personal top ten of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read. 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. The canonical value of any novel is questionable, but luckily almost any novel of any Star Trek series can fit into the canon of each one. There are some talking ...more
3.5 to 4.0 stars. I am a fan of Star trek the Next Generation and always liked the concept of the "Mirror Universe" since it first was depicted on the the original series. Here the STNG crew gets the "evil" treatment and it is a lot of fun. Not great literature, but a good read.
Apr 01, 2017 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the alternate universe versions of the crew of the Enterprise.
Mary JL
Apr 16, 2012 Mary JL rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek and /or SF fans
Captain Picard and the Next Generation crew find themselves stranded in the Mirror Universe. In this alternate world, the Federation does not exist. Earth is head of an evil Empire. The society is totally totalitarian--thought police, assasinations,cruelty, survival of the fittest in its worst form.

This had happened once before by accident--the episode "Mirror, Mirror" from the original Star Trek series. Now the Empire's scientists are trying to creat the transfers between universes--deliberatel
Randy Mcdonald
Diane Duane's 1993 Dark Mirror is one of the select Trek novels to have its own Wikipedia article. That speaks to the high quality of this novel, the first to take a look at (a) Mirror Universe in the 24th century.

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. Deep Space Nine took the mirror universe in a rather different direction from Dark
Duckie Rodriguez
Overall, this is a pretty great novel, and the author is pretty amazing, but I have one downer point to mention.

This is the first 'Next Generation' novel to approach the Mirror Universe first explored in ST:tos. That is more than enough to raise interest and when I first read it, I thought it was excellent. Unfortunately, it does not hold up well. You see, this novel came long before we returned to the mirror universe in ST:ds9 and it never really addresses the fallout from the original series
Dark Mirror is a fun read that satisfies a reader's curiosity on what a TNG-era Mirror Universe crew would be like. A couple aspects I particularly enjoyed were Duane's skill writing Trekkian technobabble, and her use of original characters. On the latter, many Trek novels have issues with OCs overpowering the main characters we really want to read about. Duane strikes a perfect balance, introducing interesting characters like the dolphin-like scientist, Hwii, and Lieutenant Eileen Hessan, and g ...more
Thanks to the Amazon class action suit about ebook price fixing, and a lovely $60 payout, I’m catching up on many, many Star Trek novels that I missed during the years when I wasn’t reading them for whatever reason.

One such acquisition was the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Dark Mirror, by Diane Duane. It’s TNG’s chance to experience the “mirror universe” we got to see on-screen in both TOS and DS9, and, as I expected it to be, it was well written, with a few moments that really delighted
Nicolas R.
Oct 02, 2013 Nicolas R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek Dark Mirror by Diane Duane does a great job encapsulating the mirror universe. In Dark Mirror, The Enterprise is transported into the mirror universe by their darker counterparts. Picard, Troi, and La Forge must travel to the other Enterprise and defeat the mirror crew. This story has a dark tone fitting the use of the mirror universe, though the alien dolphin helps make some lighter moments (it makes sense in context). In this story we get to see the characters forced to deal with see ...more
Joseph Masiello
Jan 22, 2015 Joseph Masiello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Mirror was a very fun book to read. It reads as an episode would air: major plot twists and cliffhangers at every commercial (chapter) break! I have always been a fan of the Mirror Universe episodes on Star Trek. And this made me pick up this book the moment I saw it at the used book store. Having watched the DS9 Mirror episodes before reading this book, and realizing that this book was written before those episodes aired, was a shock to see how different the cannon can be.

I enjoyed how ea
Jan 03, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, tng
One of the rare instances that something I loved in my childhood holds up as well as I remember! Dark Mirror was a page-turner then, and it was just as compelling now. Diane Duane has a way of crafting a fascinating story that often has high stakes as well as great character moments, examining an important facet of the human condition along the way. Although the conclusion of the story relies heavily on technobabble (and stars... Duane often uses ship maneuvers involving stars in the climaxes of ...more
While I found the start of this book enjoyable, I found the meat of the it a little too mired in pseudo-technical jargon that made little to no sense, as well as the nagging feeling that the story directly conflicts with the mirror universe episodes from DS9. The climax did not endear itself to me, since it took the earlier issues and squared them, but I did enjoy the resolution.
Patrick Ashworth
The Next Generation never got a Mirror Universe show but DS9 did. However the DS Mirror Universe isnt as good IMHO as the universe written in Dark Mirror. Imagine an Enterprise D crew that is like of the TOS episode "Mirror Mirror". Its a very fun read and I love Diane Duane's portrayal of the characters for TNG both normal and the mirror universe.
N.M. Gillson
Nov 21, 2011 N.M. Gillson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked how Diane has written the same characters with different characteristics - a challenge in itself, I believe. The story intertwines two universes working against each other and it perfectly laid out. Excellent book.
Alyssa Guerrero
Aug 16, 2012 Alyssa Guerrero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was more intellectual than a couple other Star Trek novels I've read and the author captured quite a bit of technical babble that sounded very convincing. This book highlights Picard, Troi, and La Forge but I'm looking for a book that incorporates more of the full crew.
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 Jody Mena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The first Star Trek book I ever read (when I was in third grade!) It took me two years to finish it. After that, all things Star Trek became my drug of choice. Still addicted! Yay!
Tony Laplume
When I began reading this book, a blog I follow happened to feature a review, and I replied in the comments how Duane seemed to have a prosaic mode when she began writing it. The blogger challenged my description of "prosaic." The thing is, when I used the term I thought its definition matched what it sounded like, and as it happens, the complete opposite is true. "Prosaic" sounds flowery, but it in fact means prose that is dull.

All of which is to say, Dark Mirror may be the last Star Trek book
Luke Sims-Jenkins
Dec 25, 2016 Luke Sims-Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Like the TOS episode Mirror Mirror this book leaves you wanting more. Dark Mirror reads almost like a TNG episode, but there are nuggets of depth here when it comes to fleshing out the regulars and also creating disturbing or creepy Mirror counterparts. It's a safe book which really does stick to the format of the TV show, but the story is wonderfully tense and the little nuggets we get about this dark world are intriguing.

I can nitpick here and there, but why? I enjoyed it. If you are turned o
Mar 15, 2017 Vashti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another old favourite, though far more bittersweet 25 years on for realising we are the mirror.
David Sarkies
Feb 13, 2012 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard Star Trek Fans
Recommended to David by: Saw it in a bookshop
Shelves: sci-fi
Next Gen in the Mirror Universe
13 February 2012

This book is based on one of the better Star Trek episodes that I had seen, though I am not really a big fan of the series. For some reason there seems to be competition between the lovers of Star Wars and the lovers of Star Trek, and me I would generally fall into the Star Wars category simply because nobody seems to include Doctor Who in the competition. I like Star Wars much better that Star Trek, but I like Doctor Who much better than both of t
Josh Lewis
Jun 26, 2016 Josh Lewis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans looking for mildly interesting fanfic
What is one thing that every Star Trek fan that has watched every series would want to see (besides Worf winning a one-one-one battle)? A Mirror Universe Enterprise D! 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. In The Next Generation, we got to see several alternate Enterprises, including a desperately outnumber ...more
Rena Sherwood
In the 1990s, I received the audiobook as a gift. John de Lancie ("Q") can read those books to me anytime. He has such a velvety smooth voice that I often didn't pay attention to the story. I still enjoyed the experience, though. (And no -- Q does not appear in this story.)


Flash-forward 20 years. I found this in my local library and thought I'd finally be able to pay attention to the story since I wouldn't be hearing John de Lancie read it. Imagine my surprise when I discovered there was a dolph
Drew Perron
Jan 20, 2016 Drew Perron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting. Dark Mirror goes back to the to the original Star Trek's concept of the "mirror universe", a world where the spirit of heroic exploration among the Enterprise's crew is twisted into the tyranny and cruelty of the Terran Empire. But in trying to expand on the concept, explore it and deepen it into something that feels like a real world, she accidentally asks a question that can't be unasked: How the hell did these people even get into space!?

In this case, they're portrayed as ha
Feb 21, 2012 Infinite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Mirror picks up where the Original Series episode #33 (Mirror,Mirror) left of,with the Next Generation crew of the Enterprise-D.

The Crew of the enterprise has a meeting set with the Lailaru a nomadic race, with an immense understanding of the galaxy. However when the crew arrives at the designated meeting area they find the Lailaru ready to depart in a near panic. Shortly after the Lailaru leave, "Hwii" a researcher that is studying hyperstrings,is panic stricken with the feeling that they
Takiyah Dudley
Feb 13, 2017 Takiyah Dudley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of the alternative universe for Star Trek ( mainly DS9, I found those episodes boring) so I was skeptical of this book. I'm glad I gave it a chance, interesting story and shocking accounts of the "empire's" history of "exploration." a good read.
Tyler Kielb
A fun read overall. Probably due to the fact that the idea was taken from an original series episode, the story and some of its details don't really "feel" like a TNG story in whole; however, the characterizations are handled quite well, thus lending needed support to the off-flavor plot. The writing itself is neither brilliant nor lackluster, only occasionally lapsing into poor sentence structure and paragraphs of rambling introspection or absurd technobabble (especially near the end) which sho ...more
It's Diane Duane, so of course it's good. :)

OTOH, when I reread it this time (August 2007) I noticed several things I probably missed when I first read it (over 10 years ago). The repeated allusions to other (non-ST) characters and worlds of hers are cute at first, but they get a bit annoying. I loved Deep Wizardry, but still! Actually referencing the Song of Twelve was a bit OTT.

It's not surprising that this author chose to write about the ST alt-universe. The battle between good and evil is t
Aug 13, 2012 Leons1701 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, star-trek
Not quite sure why, but I always find this book vaguely disappointing. It's by the usually solid Diane Duane, it's based on one of the better Original Series episodes (Mirror, Mirror of course) and I've never been one of those who finds all the media spin offs to be worthless (although most of them are). It's nothing I can ever put my finger on specifically, but this book feels like it should have been a home run and it's not. Maybe it's the lack of insight into the Imperial counterparts of the ...more
John Kirk
Dec 29, 2011 John Kirk rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was written before the first relevant DS9 episode, so it was just following up on the TOS episode, and it was an opportunity to explore the same premise with a new group of characters. In this story, the Terran Empire is still going strong, and they have their own version of the Enterprise-D; the idea is that (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Jd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, paperback
I really enjoyed this one. It's a fun TV series era adventure. The only real issue with it is the fact that it is inconsistent with the version of the MU that we got in the DS9 and the recent novel series, but this is not it's fault since it was written before DS9 had even aired. But that aside this is a great TNG novel. The MU versions of the characters were good villains, with the standout being Troi, who is just plain evil. Duane also did a great job capturing the mid-series era feel of the T ...more
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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