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Emissary

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  985 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Commander Benjamin Sisko is just recovering from the death of his wife when he is assigned command over the former Cardassian, but new Federation space station, Deep Space Nine. This space station is strategically located not only because of its orbit about Bajor, but also because of its proximity to the only known stable wormhole in the galaxy. After meeting the other Baj ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1993 by Pocket Books
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Myke Edwards
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
As massive of a Star Trek fan as I was when DS9 premiered, you'd think I would have seen the debut episode. You'd think I would have videotaped every episode and watched all the time when I felt like it.
Nope.
I did start watching the show, several episodes into the series, but hadn't seen the premier episode yet. Not for a long time, actually.
I received this along with three other DS9 books for Christmas in 1994--almost two years after the series premiered! I still hadn't seen the episode, so thi
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Andy
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
This book easily ranks among the best Star Trek novels I've read or listened to. It is the novel adaptation of Deep Space Nine's pilot episode, "The Emissary." I usually find novel adaptations to be worse than the original film or show, but I was really surprised by this book.

I listened to the audio version, originally released on cassette (someone has uploaded it to YouTube). Nana Visitor, the actress who played Major Kira in the show, narrates. She does a fantastic job. Listening to her portra
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David Sarkies
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Recommended to David by: My friend Daniel
Shelves: sci-fi
A novelisation of the first Deep Space Nine episode
4 April 2012

I guess one comment that I read probably sums this book up quite adequately: it is not a nobel laureate grade novel but enjoyable nonetheless, though probably more suited to hard core trekkies. Now I am far from being a hard core trekkie, though when this series came out I did get my hands on a few of the books (actually, considering the number of the Deep Space Nine books I ended up reviewing I would have to say somewhat more than
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Eric Troup
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a serviceable novelization of the pilot episode of the series. I found it interesting to see where some scenes had been shifted in the final cut, with one scene even moved to the next produced episode. The novel does its job well. I don’t have more to say about it.
Autumn
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, scifi
This book was a good quick read. It held my attention by reminding me of details that I have forgotten, since it's been almost a decade since I have watched the show. Exploring this book makes me want to look into other Star Trek books. I would recommend this to fans of DS9.
Lois
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not remember the novel itself, given it's been years since the last time I read it; however, I remember the episode pretty well, and the audiobook does match up perfectly with it - but, like I said, I don't know how well or not it does with the novel itself since I'm pretty sure it's once again, abridged. Anyway, it was a good episode, and it was a good audiobook too. :)
Brian
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent, but full of errors that were fixed before the show actually filmed (Ensign O'Brien, Bajora, etc). Plus, unlike a lot of novelizations, this actually has less in it than the two-part episode it's based on. It would be great to go back and revisit this as a longer book, factoring in what we know about the whole series.
Benjamin Plume
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I was surprised to find myself liking the novelization of a pilot episode as much as I did. I remember the DS9 premiere as fairly uneven (though probably still the strongest Trek premiere). The moments between Picard and Sisko are beautifully illustrated here.
Rob
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just like the Pilot episode, but it is nice to know the thoughts, and really the story was still a great read.
Rob Cook
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid adaptation of DS9's pilot episode and one of the stronger books in the early range. The main cast photo on the front cover is flipped for some unknown reason(?!).
Samantha L'Esperance
A way to re-live that first episode in very. in-depth. detail.
Nancy Gerards
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Did the writer read the script or did he watch the episode ? It was spot on with what i can remember of the tv show DS9 ( it's been a while since i watched tv ;) )
Jesse Lehrer
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Dillard does a suitable job of writing the novelization of the first episode. She captures the characters well and the early feeling of what it was like for the Federation to take over DS9. I aim to go back soon and rewatch the pilot just to see how it compares.

One thing I prefer about reading the women writers of Star Trek is that they capture the women characters SO much better. Dax and Kira are two of the best characters in the Trek universe and they're done well here, Keiko is also written f
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Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Emissary is the first book about the second new Star Trek series. It is based on the first episode of the series that debuted in 1993. To tell the truth, I originally watched part of the first season and gave up on the show almost twenty years ago when it first hit the small screen. Last year, I decided to give it another chance, as I miss having a Star Trek show on television, and I have now made it to the beginning of the third season. The hardest pill to swallow is the horrible acting by Aver ...more
Amory Blaine
Emissary is the novelization of Deep Space Nine's pilot episode of the same name. It was published only a month after the show premiered, and small details (O'Brien's rank, Odo's origin, Jake and Nog's friendship, etc) were not adjusted to match the final script, let alone future story arcs. This makes for a perfunctory retelling with occasional inaccuracies, yet little illumination.

The benefit of novelizations has always been the ability to read a character's mind, but that element is wasted h
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Joe Sullivan
There's not much to say here. It's novelization of the very first Deep Space Nine double-length episode.
Like all "early" Trek books, the authors have very little knowledge of the characters and are rushing out a product. This is no different, as there's a couple glaring differences between what's in the book and the character's normal behavior when the author deviates from the episode.
However, it's not as glaring as stand-alone novels since the majority of the book is rehashing the episode.
An "o
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Dann
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Emissary is a novelization of the series' pilot episode, and a fairly good one. Author J.M. Dillard doesn’t just copy the television script, but fills in some important gaps and gives the story a rich texture that the actors weren’t able to convey. Essentially the plot is the same; a wounded Starfleet officer comes to the starbase Deep Space Nine (which has recently been handed over to the liberated world of Bajor) and attempts to help secure a stable government by f ...more
Kanna
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really easy to read. The words simply flowed and anyone who lacks knowledge of Star Trek can easily dive into this book simply to learn and experience its world. The main character is Benjamin Sisko, but it flows in description of one's emotions between several important characters in the story. Almost like the way George R. R. Martin writes, except with less hassle and you don't really encounter a character you hate - even if you aren't excited by their existence at all you still can r ...more
Joanna Cabot
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
We have been rewatching Deep Space Nine on Netflix, and I picked up a few of the ebooks for it. I had not read this series in book form previously and was looking forward to a new Star Trek hit. I knew this was a novelization of the pilot, but since it is book 1, I read it anyway. Some of the inconsistencies in it bugged me; I know they made some changes after the pilot, and I don't blame the writer for it. But for me the reader, it made for a disappointing book. It bugged me to see the decidedl ...more
Tomislav
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I read a Star Trek book maybe once per year, and I have come to recognize that J.M. Dillard is one of the more competent of their writers. This one is a novelization of the two hour pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Given the easy access to original content video these days, novelizations are becoming superfluous. (This was published 22 years ago when it was perhaps not as easy.) And yet, I found that I did enjoy reading it. Granted, the bar is not high, with regard to descriptions of ...more
Jason Vargo
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid adaptation of the television episode. Dillard sticks fairly close to the source material while fleshing out certain relationships and subplots which make the story feel more connected to the DS9 mythos. Those subplots include a healthy dose of Keiko and Molly and the first introduction to the Jake/Nog pairing. We'd see much more of the latter in the first season of the show along the same lines as what she envisions here for the duo.

In this version of the story, we feel Ben and Jake's pa
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Kathleen Dixon
I always think that Star Trek novels are going to come a really poor second to the TV shows, and I'm always most pleasantly surprised when I find they're not. Now, don't ask me why I still return to the same expectation (though it's possibly something to do with other books (of TV shows or movies) which have been disappointing) ...

I was about to not read this book, and then I thought that I might as well because I wanted something light to read and I could always go into a good Star Trek memory
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Elsewok
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Habría estado bien que fuera cualquier otra historia distinta del primer episodio de Deep Space 9. La verdad es que no da para novela (aún siendo un episodio doble bastante bueno para estar abriendo una serie), pero en fin, ha sido un regalo y sabía a lo que iba.

Mención de honor a la traducción llena de faltas, las menciones a "años luz" como unidad de tiempo o el uso alternativo del nombre de la raza de alienígenas azules "bolianos" por el más terrícola término "bolivianos", que algo de risa me
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Sanna
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
As far as these books go, a pretty good one. The background of each character was neatly set. No word about Garak the humble taylor, I did appreciate the (brief) introduction of Gul Gukat though.

Jake Sisko is almost as annoying as Wesley Crusher, even in written form. And the fact how everyone seems to love Cmdr Sisko from the moment they meet him is quite cliché-ish. The fact that Dr Bashir is described as being really young (27!) was quite a surprise, as the actor on the tv-series looks 35 at
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K
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent start to an excellent series! Emissary is the novelization of the pilot episode for DS9. This book basically describes why the Federation is on DS9, how Sisko was transferred and ultimately decided to stay as the Commander on DS9, and a short back story on most of the key (and some secondary) characters. The author did a great job capturing the emotions of Sisko (and Picard for that matter) with respect to Sisko's encounter with the Borg, where he lost his wife. I also enjoyed the auth ...more
Heather Domin
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-books
A lot of novelizations are pretty much just the script with some verbs stuck between the dialogue, but the good ones give you some real insight into the characters' thoughts without straying so far from the source material that it feels out of place. This is one of those. I loved just about everyone's voice, and I super enjoyed the bits which were cut from the original script (one of my other favorite things about novelizations). The Miles & Keiko stuff was pretty dark, and for DS9 that's sa ...more
Steven
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, Emissary is one of those novelizations that was written before the series designers really had a good picture of how they wanted DS9 to be executed, so a lot of the characters are not written as they are portrayed in the series. One baffling difference is that Chief O'Brien is a commissioned officer in the novel, but obviously still enlisted in the series. And then, just for sheer continuity puzzlement, the one stardate that's given is a couple years off the actual timeline. Still ...more
Tina
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a novelization of the first two episodes of the series. Even though I already knew what was going to happen, it was still worth a read. The characterizations were done well, and gave some interesting insights into the characters' feelings and motivations. I especially liked one of the scenes with Julian and Odo towards the end; it gave them a slightly different dynamic than I remember when watching it. There was a good bit more insight into Keiko and Miles O'Brien, too.

Overall it wa
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2003
Of all the recent novelisations I've read recently this one is one of the best. Beyond being a faithful adaptation of the pilot of Deep Space Nine, it actually bothers to give good descriptions and character insights / motivations. My one suggestion is to start with chapter 2. Although the pilot does actually start 3 years in the past with the Borg attack, the first chapter stalls the rest of the story. There is enough referral to the backstory that the first chapter really isn't needed in the b ...more
Debbie
I needed a Star Trek fix and this worked out very well. Oddly enough, this was one of the few episodes that I never managed to see and I had the weird feeling that one gets when reading a novelization without having seen the on-screen version first. I knew that I was missing things and that I didn't get nearly as much out of is as I could have. Nevertheless, there are worse ways to spend the afternoon.
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J.M. Dillard is the pseudonym under which Jeanne Kalogridis (b. 1954) publishes her Star Trek novels.

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