SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses

Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack

THE NEEDS OF THE MANY: Despite heroic efforts by Thirishar ch’Thane, the Andorian species is headed for extinction. Its slow march toward oblivion has reached a tipping point, one from which there will be no hope of return.

THE NEEDS OF THE FEW: With countless lives at stake, the leaders of Andor, the Federation, and the Typhon Pact all scheme to twist the crisis to their political gain—at any price.

THE NEEDS OF THE ONE: Unwilling to be a mere bystander to tragedy, Doctor Julian Bashir risks everything to find a cure for the Andorians. But his courage will come at a terrible cost: his career, his freedom . . . and maybe his life.

This is the third installment in The Fall miniseries. And it soon becomes evident that the acting-president is either power-hungry, vindictive, or both. The Federation has mapped the Meta-genome that can save the Andorians from extinction. But for some reason, they’ve classified the data, and won’t share it with the Andorians. And unfortunately, we still don’t know why. But Dr. Bashir is given the chance to risk his career and possibly his life to save the alien race. And he jumps at the chance. Meanwhile, political turmoil on Andor won’t make it easy to spread the cure, even if it’s found.

I’ve really been enjoying this miniseries. Though there’s a small overlying connection to the installments, each is a complete, standalone story in itself. And with a mixture of politics, suspense, scientific mystery, and Section 31 – A Ceremony of Losses is an exciting and engaging episode. I was also happy to see the focus on a fascinating, alien culture that we don’t often see much about. I’m still not sure where exactly this miniseries is going, but I’m enjoying the ride.