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For the story by Benny Russell, please see Far Beyond the Stars.
For the DS9 episode with a similar title, please see "Far Beyond the Stars".

The novelization of "Far Beyond the Stars" is an adaptation of "Far Beyond the Stars", written by Steven Barnes. A Pocket DS9 novel published by Pocket Books, it was first released in April 1998.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Without warning, Benjamin Sisko is living another life. No longer a Starfleet captain, commander of space station Deep Space Nine, he is Benny Russell, a struggling science fiction writer living in 1950s Harlem. Benny has a dream, of a place called Deep Space Nine and a man named Ben Sisko, and a story he has to tell. But is the Earth of that era ready for a black science fiction hero?
Everyone tells him no, but Benny cannot abandon his dream. One way or another, he will tell the world about Captain Benjamin Sisko and Deep Space Nine.

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Background information Edit

  • Barnes worked from the original script, and thus left in several references excised from the final episode, including a reference to James Baldwin.
  • In his author's note, Barnes talks about writing the novelization and the role of African-Americans in science fiction.
  • An extract from this novel appeared in Star Trek Monthly issue 40.
  • Shakaar Edon appears in the novelization.

Characters Edit

Benjamin Sisko
Kira Nerys
Julian Bashir
Jadzia Dax
Jake Sisko
Miles O'Brien
Shakaar Edon
Benny Russell
Douglas Pabst
Willie Hawkins
Darlene Kursky
Albert Macklin
Herbert Rossoff
Julius Eaton
Kay Eaton (K.C. Hunter)
Kevin Mulkahey
Burt Ryan
Roy Ritterhouse

References Edit

1953; Amsterdam News; baseball; Bible; Bradbury, Ray; Cardassia; Cardassians; cent; Christ, Jesus; Communism; Cortez, USS; Deep Space Nine; Defiant, USS; Dominion; doughnut; England; Fascism; flying saucer; frank; From Here to Eternity; Galaxy; Gnome Press; God; Harlem; Heinlein, Robert A.; Hughes, Langston; Hurston, Zora Neale; Incredible Tales; Jackson; Japanese Zero; Jem'Hadar fighter; Lancaster, Burt; Manhattan; Mars; Martians; Native Son; Negro; New York City; New York Giants; Parker, Charlie; Pearl Harbor; Please, Take Me With You; Prophets; Puppet Masters, The; red; robot; sauerkraut; science fiction; scrambled eggs; Sisko's; Snider, Duke; squadron; Stalin, Joseph; steak and eggs; Stone; Sturgeon, Theodore; Swofford, Quentin; tater; tea; television; typewriter; US Navy; Viking; Wells, H.G.; West, Mae; White Rose Redi-Tea; Wright, Richard; Xhosa.

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