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Cardassia and Andor

(Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Within every federation and every empire, behind every hero and every villain, there are the worlds that define them. In the aftermath of "Unity" and in the daring tradition of "Spock's World, The Final Reflection, " and "A Stitch in Time, " the civilizations most closely tied to "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" can now be experienced as never tales both sweeping a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 364 pages
Published June 2004 by pocket Books
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Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This book involved two different stories, one set on Cardassia and the other on Andor. Both took place after the Dominion War.

Cardassia was really quite boring. It deserved only two stars at best. Miles and Keiko O'Brien are helping with the reconstruction of Cardassia and only a terrorist bomber threat - by a 14-year-old - saved the story from no stars at all.

Andor, on the other hand, was quite interesting. I would have given it 4+ stars. Shar, a young Andorian, a species with four sexes, is
Matthew Rushing
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, sci-fi, 2015
The Cardassian section is awesome

The Andorian section is only ok
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
For Trek fans who found themselves itching for more after finishing Deep Space Nine, the relaunch novels provide some amazing material to continue along with the adventures of DS9's characters, and do a deeper dive into the show's most prominent alien worlds and cultures. In Cardassia and Andor, readers are given two stories - one by Una McCormack about Keiko and Miles O'Brien helping to rebuild Cardassia after the Dominion Occupation, as well as a family and romantic drama set on Andor, by Heat ...more
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Detailed thoughts on the Cardassia novel:

And on the Andor novel:
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since this book is comprised of two novels I've chosen to review them by themselves.


3 ½ stars. This is a story focusing on Cardassia and the efforts to help rebuild the planet. Miles and Keiko O'Brien now lives there with their two children since Keiko took a botanist job over there. So this is about their life and work on Cardassia, but also about politics and trying to get funding and opposing views not wanting aliens to be involved. Garak also lives there and is involved in th
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried really hard to get through both stories, but failed. Writing stories in someone else's world always presents challenges and Star Trek is such a throughly developed world that it is that much more difficult to convince the reader that they are in that world.
The Cardassia story bored me to tears and I did not finish it. It felt like we went from one long expository conversation to another with no real motivation for the characters or action for most of the story. By chapter 7 nothing sign
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Season 9 of the Deep Space Nine relaunch continues, well, if the books could be called a season. This is similar to character specific stories, such as "Rising Son," which peppered the previous books. This is essentially split into two mini-books. The first focuses on Cardassia with the O'Brian's and Garak being at the forefront, the second is set on Andor with Tenmei, Shar, and Phillipa being the focus. The story surrounding Cardassia is mostly about the planet and its people coming to terms wi ...more
Dola chi-Trei
Apr 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have found the Andorian part of the book to be severely lacking. The story simply doesn't make sense. Not only does it go against canon (where four sexes are not even hinted at) but it tries to sell a species having developed with a reproductive system so complicated that the its survival is directly threatened by the very way the species reproduces. And all of that on a world that is known to have had overpopulation issues. No, it's not convincing at all.
Shelby Lynne
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first half was an absolute stinker, but the Andorian half made up for it.
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two great stories- one focused on Miles and Keiko, one on Shar and Prynn.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume 1 is comprised of two novellas that tell stories set in the Star Trek universe that aren't hugely special or influential in the overall story.

Cardassia, written by Ms McCormack covers the story of a civilization trying to recover following a devastating war. Changing from an authoritarian structure to a nascent democracy and leading to a terrorist threat by reactionaries who want to restore things to the glorious past.

Ms. McCormack highlights the limi
Jim Fulner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This book contains two distinct stories. returnThe first based in Cardaissa is horrible and boring. McCormack uses too much italics, and "quotes" thoughts. Its like Star Wars Pre-quell that sits and looks at how their government works, but its slow. Some kid attempts to blow up parliament to make the foreigners leave Cardassia. It sounds dramatic but its written so poorly that its not. returnreturnThe second story, however, is fantastic. The first time in my life I found a Star Trek love story b ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cardassia -- Completely underwhelming in both story and world-building, although that may be because I can't help but compare it to Una's later works which are my favorite of Trek. The stakes of the bomb threat are high, but not as high as what Cardassia has already gone through with the Dominion War, which results in a "worlds of ds9" story that doesn't shake things up as much as other ones. 2.5/5

Andor -- INCREDIBLE. There's very little about Andor, or Andorian characters, in canon (although th
I found both these stories pretty enjoyable in their own right, although, as a big Deep Space Nine fan, I'm predisposed to like them. I don't know that I found either book particularly memorable, but, in the moment, they were enjoyable.

I found the first one (Cardassia) somewhat disappointing in that it took one of my favourite yet under-used and often loathed TNG/DS9 characters and gave her a story all her own ...only to not really give her enough to do (in my opinion). It still gave Garak a lo
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Good ideas, but not the best follow-through. With Part 1, I really love both Garak and the O'Briens as characters, so a second-rate story will always get me down. I wanted to know more about Cardassia, and I didn't get it here. With Part 2, I always want to know more about Andor and other founding members of the United Federation of Planets who haven't received much attention over the years, so I quite enjoyed this section.
Benjamin Geweke
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
[3-MINUTE-BLITZ-REVIEW] No luck in reading older Star Trek books this year for me. Another 2-3 stars mostly boring story. Only the last 20% of the book were good. Even a story about Garak and the O'Briens was uninteresting and boring, like that would ever happen, Garak please. Maybe I have to read reviews before, that was like the 5th or 6th stinker this year. And those were even half stories here.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Character development!

I loved finding out about Andorians. Ever since Shan in Enterprise I have wanted to know more. I loved the reference to him and the reference to the Battle of Betazed.
Sarah Roberts
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek-novels
Adored the Cardassia story so much I've read it twice, a rarity.
Ann Marie McGinley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for exploring worlds in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine universe
Rick Smith
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
didnt really care for this one
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Five stars for Una McCormack, and one facepalm for Heather Jarman.
Tara Hamilton
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first story on Cardassia was a bit slow but the one on Andor was really good.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very happy with this book! It had two separate stories by different authors, and both were great and wonderfully suited the world they were showcasing.

This story shows Keiko and her family after they've gotten settled and started work on helping solve Cardassia's food shortage. The character interactions are great. True to Cardassian nature, the plot is happening on many levels, and nothing is as straight forward as it seems. Garak is written wonderfully, as is Keiko. It's nice t
Maurice Jr.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two great stories showing us the homeworlds of some of the Deep Space Nine crew through their eyes and those of visitors to the planet.

Cardassia: Miles and Keiko O'Brian live there now: Keiko is in charge of the ravaged planet's agricultural renewal program. But, as she and Elim Garak and others strive to move the planet forward, there are forces determined to take it back to the days when the military ruled and to eschew all outside interference.

Andor: Ensign Thirishar Ch'thane is back from a
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn't help viewing the 'Worlds' series as a necessary 6-novella hurdle on the road to catching up with the larger Trek lit storyline. Although it apparently continued the various storylines set up in the previous DS9 relaunch books - and so they needed to be read - I wasn't terribly interested in stories set solely on one world and in one society. I wanted to get to the Typhon Pact business post haste.

What a pleasant surprise that both stories were engaging, meaningful, and in the case of t
'Nathan Burgoine
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for two reasons: One, I really enjoyed Heather Jarman's work on the character of Shar (the Andorian) and wanted to continue his tale in her voice. Two, I needed mind-candy. Bad.

This delivers on both fronts. McCormack's 'Cardassia' story is a bit thin, a straightforward hostage taking, though it has the virtue of including Keiko and Miles O'Brien (who have been missing mostly from the relaunch of DS9 given that they retired to Earth at the end of the series - but Keiko moved to Cara
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lets review in two parts as it is a two part book.

A quick read at 150(ish) pages. All the characters that we know from TV appear as you would expect them (top marks to the author there). The story is simple but its strength comes from how the different cultures face the situation. A good continuation of the O'Brien family story and its good to see Keiko in a positive light.
It is clear the the author really gets the Cardassian mindset with the political aspects of this book being enough
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Since this is really two novellas in one book, I'll review and rate the two halves separately.

The Lotus Flower by Una McCormack focuses on Cardassia, which is in a rebuilding and occupation phase after disastrously losing a war. I'd call it a soft occupation, since Federation military doesn't seem to play a part, but humans are in charge of their main setting for this story. The Cardassians are one of my favorite Trek species, and Garak is a fan-favorite. Unfortunately, Garak is the only interes
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ds9, star-trek
Cardassia: The Lotus Flower

Unsurprisingly, McCormack's work here is up to her usual excellent level. After the explosive "finale" of S.D. Perry's Unity, this first story in the Worlds of Deep Space Nine anthology felt much like some of DS9's season premieres: a soft re-tuning of the series' premise and a continuation of the story in a somewhat unexpected direction. This story of Cardassian recovery from the horrors of the end of the Dominion War is the perfect story to continue the saga of Deep
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Unlike most people I found the Cardassian portion of the book, The Lotus Flower, to be a bit boring. I really can't put my finger on what specifically I found that caused the story to drag. Maybe it's because Keiko seemed a bit of a flat character through out the television shows; Though when I read all of the lines I could almost hear her voice so bonus points for characterization.

Now I found the Andorian portion of the book, Paradigm, to be fascinating. In the TNG, DS9, and Voyager Andorians
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Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and stories.

She has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.

Other books in the series

Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (9 books)
  • Trill and Bajor (Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Vol. 2)
  • The Dominion and Ferenginar (Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, #3)
  • Cardassia: Die Lotusblume (Die Welten von Star Trek Deep Space Nine, #1)
  • Andor: Paradigma (Die Welten von Star Trek Deep Space Nine, #2)
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