It's been said that for any event, there are an infinite number of possible out­comes. Our choices determine which outcome will follow, and therefore all possibilities that could happen do happen across alternate realities. In these divergent realms, known history is bent, like white light through a shattered prism -- broken into a boundless spectrum of what-might-have-beens. But in those myriad universes, what might have been... is what actually occurred.
Commander Hikaru Sulu of the Kumari—finest ship of the Interstellar Guard, the military arm of the Interstellar Union that includes Andor, Earth, and Tellar—is sent to rescue an observation team on a primitive desert planet. The world has many names—40 Eridani A-II, Minshara, T'Khasi, Vulcan—and its savage natives have taken the team hostage, including Sulu's daughter, Demora. Even as Captain Sulu negotiates with the fierce T'Pau, Demora meets the elderly S'oval, and with him the only hope for the planet's future…
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Tornellen DaxYrrebneddor th'EngGavAmanda GraysonJabilo M'BengaVanda M'GiiaCorpek th'RellavondaS'ovalS'taskShrasDemora SuluHikaru SuluSybokT'PauChe'srik TalThelin th'ValrassTellameer V'LarrPhelana Yudrin
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AzetburHollisjle GohoyJames T. KirkKorrdLeonard McCoyMyshellmaloni MangolPol kj OnnSarekThelianaresth th'VorothishriaYobob Ha Re

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Excelsior-classIKS JartokkIUES Kumari IIIUES Ravis
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IUES AtlirithIUES Enterprise I


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AndorCoridan IIIEarthNausicaaRisaTellarT'KhutYridia

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Interstellar GuardInterstellar Union
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Andorian EmpireGorn HegemonyGuidon Space PontificateHoly Order of the KinshayaKlingon EmpireKsahtryan RegimeMetron ConsortiumOrion Free StatesTaurhai Unity

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Related storiesEdit

Myriad Universes publications and stories
Prose Infinity's Prism "A Less Perfect Union" • "Places of Exile" • "Seeds of Dissent"
Echoes and Refractions "The Chimes at Midnight" • "A Gutted World" • "Brave New World"
Shattered Light "The Embrace of Cold Architects" • "The Tears of Eridanus" • "Honor in the Night"
Comics The Last Generation "Do Not Close Your Eyes" • "No Cure For That" • "What Happens Now" • "Inevitability" • "The End of History"


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The Embrace of Cold Architects
Shattered Light Next novel:
Honor in the Night
Previous story:
Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You
Stories by:
Steve Mollmann and Michael Schuster
Next story:
A Choice of Catastrophes
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