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Enigma Tales is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by author Una McCormack released in June 2017.

DescriptionEdit

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Fall comes a compelling and suspenseful tale of politics and power set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union… but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his people's war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation comes Dr. Katherine Pulaski—visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis—and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence. The two soon find themselves at odds with Garak and embroiled in the politics of the prestigious University of the Union, where a new head is about to be appointed. Among the front-runners is one of Cardassia's most respected public figures: Professor Natima Lang. But the discovery of a hidden archive from the last years before the Dominion War could destroy Lang's reputation. As Pulaski and Alden become drawn into a deadly game to exonerate Lang, their confrontation escalates with Castellan Garak—a reluctant leader treading a fine line between the bright hopes for Cardassia's future and the dark secrets still buried in its past…

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

CardassiansEdit

AkretElima AntokEvrek AntokMikor AntokVelek AntokChenetDhrokMetok EfhenyFerisElim GarakNatima LangLetekEdek Mayrat • Arati Mhevet • Ista Nemeny • NevekKelas ParmakServekTelekEnek Therok
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CarnisUlan CoracCorat DamarSkrain DukatRakena GaranAlon GhemorTekeny GhemorLim Pa'MarMeya RejalSayakEnabran TainTelekTora ZiyalTret Vetrek

Starfleet personnelEdit

"Our man" • Katherine Pulaski
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Jean-Luc PicardBenjamin Sisko

OthersEdit

Peter AldenJulian BashirT'Rena
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Nanietta BaccoFranz KafkaKira NerysQuarkMaurita Tanj

LocationsEdit

Cardassia PrimeCardassia City (Assembly HallBarvonokCoranumFederation Embassy on CardassiaLiberation BridgeMunda'arPaldarPerokTain residenceTarlakTorr (East TorrNorth Torr))
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Ab-TzenkethArawathBajor (Rakantha Province) • Brigadoon • Cardassia (Central ArchiveCulatHeadquarters Allied Reconstruction ForcesLakarian CityMetenokOrlehnyVeletur) • Cardassia IVDeep Space 9 (Garak's Clothiers) • Earth (BerlinCambridgeEuropeLondonMount OlympusParisRome) • Tzenketh

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Athene Donaldshuttlecraftskimmer
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USS Enterprise-DPerektram

Races and culturesEdit

BajoranCardassianHumanVulcan
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AndorianFerengiJem'HadarProphetsTrillTzenkethi

States and organizationsEdit

Cardassian AssemblyCardassian Guard (Cardassian Fourth Order) • Cardassian UnionpressFederation Diplomatic CorpsStarfleetStarfleet IntelligenceUnited Federation of PlanetsUniversity of the Union
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Administrative Committee of the Office of the AcademyCardassian Central CommandCardassian Intelligence BureauCardassian Second RepublicDetapa CouncilDominionFoundersFriends of BajorNaziObsidian OrderOffice for Bajoran Racial EquityPeople's Artistic FundProject EnigmaSection 31Tzenkethi Coalition

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralagentaideambassadorarchitectarchivistassassinAssemblypersonAutarch of the Tzenkethi CoalitionbodyguardcaptainCardassian Ambassador to BajorCardassian Ambassador to the FederationCastellan of the Cardassian Unionchief academicianchief of constabularycomfort womandiplomatDirector of ResearchdissidentdoctorEmissary of the ProphetsFederation Ambassador to the Cardassian UniongardenergulhistorianhousekeeperinterviewerjournalistlegatenestoroperativepoetprefectPresident of the United Federation of Planetsproducerprofessorresearcherscientistsociologistsoldierspystudentsurgeontailorteachertorturervedekvendorwriterxenosociologist

Science and technologyEdit

analgesicchronometercombadgecommunicationscommunicatordermal regeneratorDNAfiltration systemgenetic engineeringgenomic therapyholo-cameraholo-recorderholodeckholographyinoculantisolinear rodkeycardmammalmedical tricordernucleotidepaddphaserreplicatorsedativesoil reclamationtransparent aluminumtransportertricorderUraeiwarm-bloodedxenosociolinguistics

Other referencesEdit

Age of EmergenceAndorian fertility crisisarchitecturearchiveartart galleryautumnBajoran earringBajoran templebaroquebasketbookboulevardcafecakecanapécandlecankacarociceramicchairchampagnechopstickscoffeeCongregation Hallconstabularycontemporary literaturecountry housecoup d'etatcurrencycurryDante's InfernodemocracyDistinguished Impact MedaldoctoratedocumentaryDominion Wardress uniformdust stormeateryEdosian orchidThe Ending of the Never-Ending SacrificeEnigma taleettaberryettaberry teaeulogyextraditionfabricfactoryfashionfast • "the Fire" • fish juiceflowergardengelatgeletagenocidegraffitigrantGreek mythologygymnasiumHa’marahatholding cellhound-racingiced bunikri bun • iscaithiankanarkotraKukalakalabor campleya fruit • Liberation Daylibrarylillyliteraturelondubmansionmarketmediamedical ethicsmeklamemorialmeyamilitary basemobamurder mysterymusicThe Never-Ending SacrificenewsnhemeninoodlesOccam's razorOccupation of Bajorpaintpaintingparrises squaresperk flowerpoetrypoolPrime Directiveprotestraperation cardred leaf tearefugee campreligionreplicator plantRiddle Runnerrokassa juiceropeshoeshowersiloslaverysnakesoap operasoccersofaspaceportsports and gamesspringsummersunglassestapestryteatechnical collegeteddy bearthesistown housetuxedoUniversity of the Union MassacrevigilwarehousewaterwinewinterWorld War II

AppendicesEdit

Related storiesEdit

BackgroundEdit

In September 2016, McCormack alluded to the upcoming release on a post for Uncanny Magazine. There, she wrote:

It’s nearly fifteen years since I started watching DS9, and I can’t believe my luck that this show came to me at exactly the right moment, when I was ready for it, and ready to shift my writing from hobby to profession. I’ve been able to take characters and settings I adore and shape their future histories. My books have been best-sellers and my publications got me a much-wanted job teaching creative writing at university. And I still don’t feel these stories are done. Every so often, I hear a polite clearing of the throat behind me, a gentle tap on my shoulder, and I hear Garak murmur “Now, my dear, where did we leave matters…?” And round we go again, for Cardassia.[2]

DateEdit

The novel's 'Historian's Note' identifies the novel as set in late 2386, weeks after Control. However, within the novel itself, the text continually refers to many years having passed since the 2385-set The Crimson Shadow. Garak has been Castellan for about "three years", during which time he commissioned an inquiry into the Bajoran Occupation which took over two years. Arati Mhevet remembers their first meeting (during The Crimson Shadow) as occurring "a few years ago". Furthermore, in Pulaski's interview with Cardassian journalist Edek Mayrat, her rhetorical point about Cardassia's superior infrastructure not being dependent on HARF, as it has been "gone a few years now", is not something to say 13 months after a withdrawal. Rather, later, it is mentioned that HARF left their headquarters on Coranum Hill "nearly three years ago". And Peter Alden has completed a doctorate in xenolinguistics since the end of the late 2385-set The Missing, although completed "in record time", a doctoral thesis and an examination in under a year would be exceedingly unlikely. Finally, it is never mentioned how long it has been in-text since Control, although at the novel's start, Dr Parmak notes to Garak that it has been some time since he visited Bashir. The year can therefore be 2388.

As an aside, as Christopher L. Bennett noted on TrekBBS, he set the Cardassian year as equal to 1.063 Earth years, when establishing alien calendars for his Department of Temporal Investigations novel, Watching the Clock.[3] His information for that novel is on his personal site, although it doesn't fit some of what McCormack includes in this (she does have four seasons).[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 'Tragedy in Every Sense of the Word - Section 31: Control: David Mack', Literary Treks - A Star Trek Books and Comics Podcast 186. Accessible at http://trek.fm/literary-treks/186 (Date accessed, 9 April 2017)
  2. Una McCormack, 'All True, Especially the Lies—Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cardassia', Uncanny Magazine 12. Accessible at http://uncannymagazine.com/article/true-especially-lies-learned-stop-worrying-love-cardassia/ (Date accessed 22 January 2017).
  3. Christopher L. Bennett, TrekBBS, 30 June 2017 https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/ds9-enigma-tales-by-una-mccormack-review-thread.288347/page-3#post-12069420
  4. Christopher L. Bennett, 'STAR TREK: DTI: WATCHING THE CLOCK Alien Calendar Notes', https://christopherlbennett.wordpress.com/home-page/star-trek-fiction/dti-watching-the-clock/dti-calendar-notes/

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ConnectionsEdit

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One‎Avatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnity • "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" • "Andor: Paradigm" • "Trill: Unjoined" • "Bajor: Fragments and Omens" • "Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed" • "The Dominion: Olympus Descending" • WarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending SacrificeThe MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageEnigma TalesOriginal Sin
Miniseries and anthologies The Lives of DaxDivided We FallMission GammaWorlds of Deep Space Nine (Volume One, Two & Three)
Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas
Published Order
Previous novel:
The Long Mirage
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Next novel:
Original Sin
Previous story:
The Missing
Stories by:
Una McCormack
Next story:
TBA

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