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Author(s): Keith R.A. DeCandido
Artist(s): Alan Dingman
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: 27 January 2009
Pages: 384
Stardate: Unknown (2381)
Reference(s): ISBN 1416594957 (paperback)
ISBN 1416598138 (eBook)
ASIN B001NLL90K (Kindle)

A Singular Destiny is a novel written by Keith R.A. DeCandido. Described by the author as a "Clancy-style political thriller", the novel does not focus on any of the main crews - with the protagonist being a newly-created civilian character - although familiar characters do appear. It centers on the political repercussions from the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy, and sets up the wider storyline for later novels in the same timeframe. The novel features characters from DeCandido's previous work, Articles of the Federation. [1] The novel also features the Aventine, a vessel introduced in Destiny and commanded by Ezri Dax.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
The Shape of Things to Come
The cataclysmic events of Star Trek: Destiny have devastated known space. Worlds have fallen. Lives have been destroyed. And in the uneasy weeks that follow, the survivors of the holocaust continue to be tested to the limits of their endurance.
But, strange and mysterious occurrences are destabilizing the galaxy's battle-weary Allies even further. In the Federation, efforts to replenish diminished resources and give succor to millions of evacuees are thwarted at every turn. On the borders of the battered Klingon Empire, the devious Kinshaya sense weakness – and opportunity. In Romulan space, the already-fractured empire is dangerously close to civil war.
As events undermining the quadrant's attempts to heal itself become increasingly widespread, one man begins to understand what is truly unfolding. Sonek Pran - teacher, diplomat, and sometime advisor to the Federation President - perceives a pattern in the seeming randomness. And as each new piece of evidence falls into place, a disturbing picture encompassing half the galaxy begins to take shape, revealing a challenge to the Federation and its allies utterly unlike anything they have faced before.

Background information Edit

  • Announced at the New York Comic-Con in April 2008, the novel follows on from the events of the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy, and "[deals] with the fallout from what happens". [2]
  • According to DeCandido, the title derives "from a comment by Thomas Macaulay, Lord Babington, writing in 1831 about Boswell's Life of Johnson." He further notes that the title, and the quote:
"What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man! – To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries!" [3]
"[fit] the book nicely". [4]

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