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IntroductionEdit

In our universe, a Cardassian sleeper agent—Iliana Ghemor—was once surgically altered to resemble and replace resistance fighter Kira Nerys, future Starfleet captain and hero of the planet Bajor's liberation. That plan never reached fruition, and the fate of the agent remained unknown...until now.
Robbed of the past sixteen years, Iliana Ghemor is back with a vengeance. Over a decade and a half of imprisonment and abuse by her former masters has brought her to the brink of madness, sustained only by the twisted belief that she is, in fact, the real Kira Nerys. She has already made one near-successful attempt on the real Kira's life, but instead of assuming the identity of the woman she was intended to replace, Ghemor has set her sights on the most unexpected target of all: Kira's other double, the malicious Intendant, Bajor's iron-fisted ruler in the alternate reality commonly known as the "Mirror Universe." But far more is unfolding in the Mirror Universe than Ghemor realizes, and the heroes of Deep Space Nine somehow must stop the false Kira without derailing the delicate flow of history that must unfold if both universes, and countless others, are to survive.
Parallel stories following Iliana Ghemor and the real Kira Nerys reflect and build upon each other in this Two-in-One "Flip Book," the continuation of the ongoing DS9 saga.

SummaryEdit

Sisko experiences a vision where various alternate versions of himself tell him that the Prophets opened the gateway to the mirror universe so that he could inspire his counterpart to become that universe's Emissary.

Kira investigates the claim of the mirror universe's Iliana Ghemor that her counterpart has traveled to the mirror universe and replaced the Intendant. Using the Orb of Memory, she discovers that during the occupation she was captured by the Cardassians and held for a week at Elemspur Detention Centre, where she was released by Dukat after her memories had been implanted into a surgically altered Iliana, her death faked and her memory of her capture wiped.

What she doesn't remember is that Dukat blackmailed Entek with the fact he allowed the Bajoran bombing attack on the home of Gul Pirak, causing the death of Illiana's fiancé and enticing her into the Order, without authorization. He then had Illiana, believing herself to be Kira, imprisoned on the Cardassian moon Letau for his own enjoyment, while the Order mistakenly believed the real Kira was Illiana. Illiana escaped with a group of other prisoners at the end of the Dominion War, discovering her true identity and recovering her memories but also retaining Kira's.

The Deep Space 9 crew contact Terok Nor to consult with the resistance but an attack by Alliance ships led by Illiana cuts off communications. Kira transports to the mirror Bajor and Sisko persuades Vaughn to accompany her, supposedly to find his still alive counterpart.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Julian BashirSam BowersCalasCenn DescaTrekal Darhe'elEzri DaxSkrain Dukat / Anjohl TennanCorbin EntekEtana KolElim GarakIliana GhemorKaleen GhemorTekeny GhemorDanig KellKira NerysAkellen MacetMazagalanthiMornFellen Ni-YaleiiLisa NeeleyNogOpaka SulanMorad PirakQuarkAtaan RhukalRo LarenRokaiSelznerShing-kurBenjamin SiskoTarrikSimon TarsesTelalPrynn TenmeiMindur TimotTreirTreparDakahna VaasElias VaughnYandu JezahlKasidy YatesZhag
Mirror universe characters
Iliana GhemorKeiko IshikawaMiles O'BrienEzri TiganMichael EddingtonLuther Sloan
Orb experiences
AluBakkaBre'yelSkrain DukatFurelGanttKira TabanKlinLatha MabrinLupazaMobaraOrnakRokuShakaar EdonAmbassador Benjamin Sisko of the UFP Diplomatic CorpsFleet Captain Benjamin Sisko of the Terran EmpireDoctor Benjamin Sisko of the Daystrom InstituteColonel Benjamin Sisko of the Celestial UnionAdmiral Benjamin Sisko of the FederationSisko of BorgBenjamin Sisko (alternate) of the Federation • Yeln Arvam
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Tret AkleenAlenis GremDanarDava NikendeCurzon DaxJadzia DaxMichael EddingtonGintKira MeruLankfordMikaela LeishmanLenaris HolemNemraOdoOluvas DelDrune OmekOmet'iklanSilaran PrinRemata'klanGhel RhukalKrissten RichterSigol RusotJake SiskoJoseph SiskoLuther SloanRebecca Jae SiskoEnabran TainTaran'atarTrakorVaatrik DrasaStrell VekeerWeyoun
Mirror universe references
Bareil AntosJulian BashirTekeny GhemorKaleen GhemorNogQuarkAtaan RhukalRomBenjamin Sisko

LocationsEdit

BajorAshallaDahkur HillsElemspurHedrikspool ProvinceKendra ValleyBajoran wormhole
CardassiaCardassia CityImperial PlazaPra MenkarState Museum of Natural HistoryDeep Space 9Habitat ringOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sInfirmarySecurity officeWardroomLetauTerok Nor
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Akorem's RockAnanke AlphaBestri WoodsB'halaGallitepGrennokarHarkoumHathonJinaraKendra ValleyKiessa MonasteryMusilla ProvincePullock VRakantha ProvinceSidauTerok NorTempasaTilivus GalleryVekobetVekobetWolf 359

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Referenced only 
AldaraUSS DefiantUSS EnterpriseKamalIKS Negh'VarUSS Rio GrandeUSS SaratogaUSS Yolja

Races and culturesEdit

BajoranBorgCardassianCardassianEfrosianFerengiHumanHumanJem'HadarKressariLissepianOrionRomulanTrill
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BreenHebitianProphetsTalarianTzenkethiVortaVulcan

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincoloneldaldalinEmissary of the Prophetsfleet captainglinngulinquisitorintendantkailegatemajorRegent of the Klingon Empirevedek

States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran ResistanceBorg CollectiveCardassian 4th OrderCardassian Information ServiceCardassian UnionCelestial UnionCentral ArchivesDaystrom InstituteDominionFederation Diplomatic CorpsKlingon-Cardassian AllianceObsidian OrderPra Menkar UniversityShakaar Resistance CellStarfleetTerran RebellionUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran IntelligenceBamarren Institute for State IntelligenceCentral UniversityCircleCult of the Pah-wraithsDekaris InstituteDetapa CouncilFerengi AllianceKohn-MaMaquisMemory AlphaObsidian OrderRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet CommandSurjadaTerran EmpireVedek Assembly

Other referencesEdit

235723612375acoustic guitarad astraAge of Emergenceallied protectorateartificial heartAscensionBajoran liaison officerBajoran prophecyBajoran religionBajoran religion (mirror)batosBattle of Cardassiabone carvingCardassian Institutes of Higher EducationCardassoidcopaldabodesegranineDominion WarFederation-Cardassian WarFerengi Rules of Acquisitionfish juiceforaigafusionstoneGalor BannerGreat Riverguitarhara catholoframehunter-preyisotoliniumJumjaKanarkarmakellipateKendra Valley massacreketracel-whitekhest'nkosstlinnipatemirror universemobamultidimensional transporterThe Never-Ending Sacrificeoceanleaf teaonyx beetleorborb experienceOrb of MemoryOrb of SoulsOrb of TimePaghvaramphekkpianoplasma grenadequantum resonance signatureratamba stewretinal scannerriding houndrodiniumSaurian brandysensor towershatterframeShri-talskimmersleeper agentsynthaletaspartransport inhibitortuna saladtuwaly pieuridiumvolewarlordwheelchairYarim Fel Syndrome

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • The book is formatted as a "flip book," containing two parallel tales.
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The flip book cover, crediting Leanna Morrow

  • This book was originally announced to be written by a new Star Trek author Leanna Morrow, scheduled for release in April 2007. The release was then pushed back to August and later taken off the schedule. In July 2007 it was announced the novel’s authorship had been transferred to Olivia Woods with a new release date of July 2008.
  • Early cover releases also indicated the book would be released under the Star Trek: Mirror Universe banner. The final publication did not reflect this.
  • The quotes from Dukat at the start of both sides are from "Ties of Blood and Water" and "Waltz".
  • A comment made by Corbin Entek in this book states that Gul Danar has similar morphologies as some Humans, Klingons, and Romulans (i.e. he looks like people of those species). This is in reference to the fact that Vaughn Armstrong (who played Gul Danar) has played characters of those species through Star Trek history.

Related storiesEdit

External linkEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Stories featuring the mirror universe
Enterprise episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • prose: Age of the Empress • "Nobunaga"
The Original Series episode: "Mirror, Mirror" • comics: The Mirror Universe Saga ("... Promises to Keep" • "Double Image" • "Deadly Reflection!" • "The Tantalus Trap!" • "Masquerade!" • "Behind Enemy Lines!" • "The Beginning of the End..." • "Homecoming...") • Fragile GlassMirror Images ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 4" • "Issue 5") • prose: SpectreDark VictoryPreserverThe Sorrows of Empire • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • video game: Shattered Universe
The Next Generation comic: "Mirror Images, Issue 3" • prose: Dark MirrorThreeThe Worst of Both Worlds • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • Rise Like Lions
Deep Space Nine episodes: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • comic: "Enemies & Allies" • prose: Dark PassionsWarpathSaturn's ChildrenFearful Symmetry • "A Terrible Beauty" • The Soul Key • "Freedom Angst"
Voyager prose: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent • "Bitter Fruit"
New Frontier comics: Turnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V") • prose: Cutting Ties • "Homecoming"
Klingon Empire prose: "Family Matters" Titan prose: "Empathy" Vanguard prose: "The Black Flag"
Miniseries and anthologies RPG sourcebook: Through a Glass, Darklycomics: The Mirror Universe SagaTurnaroundMirror Imagesprose: Mirror Universe TrilogyMirror Universe (Glass EmpiresObsidian AlliancesShards and Shadows)

TimelineEdit

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(Post-finale)
Next novel:
The Soul Key
Previous novel:
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The Soul Key
Previous story:
First publication
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The Soul Key
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