Abyss (Star Trek novel)

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Author David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang
Country United States
Language English
Series Star Trek: Section 31
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication date
July 2001
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 292 pp
ISBN 0-671-77478-6
OCLC 46600396
LC Class CPB Box no. 1920 vol. 2
Preceded by Cloak

Abyss is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel written by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang. It is part of the Star Trek: Section 31 miniseries and forms an early part of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch, developing some of the characters and plot lines introduced in the preceding Avatar books 1 and 2.


Shortly after the Deep Space Nine series finale, Dr. Julian Bashir is once again confronted by Section 31. The rogue group is Starfleet's black ops, answerable to no one. They convince Bashir to go take on Locken, a man who had taken over an enemy facility and wishes to restart a new race of genetically enhanced super-beings. Both Bashir and Locken themselves are genetically enhanced.


In Voyages of Imagination, the plot for the novel was originally developed shortly after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended. Pocket Books editor Marco Palmieri recalled, "One of the great things about David's involvement in the project was that Abyss was the story that followed up on Avatar. It was extraordinarily cool to have one of DS9's TV writers developing a story for the post-TV fiction, with its mix of old and new characters."[1]

On the subject of collaborating with David Weddle, Jeffrey Lang remarked, "My contribution to the story were plot details and the character bits. In particular, I'm pleased with the characterization of Taran'atar. He was pretty much a tabula rasa when I got him and it was fun to try to figure out what made him tick. Also, I tried to make Locken the pseudo-Khan less of a 'Bwah-ha-ha' villain and more of a tortured soul."[1]


  1. ^ a b Ayers, Jeff (2006). Voyages of Imagination. Pocket Books. pp. 445–446. ISBN 1-4165-0349-8. 

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