In honor of the 20th anniversary of the debut of Deep Space Nine, I'll be publishing a few stand-alone stories taking place during the series run. This series is tentatively titled "Deep Space Nine: Phase 1A" after the unaired second Star Trek series known retrospectively as "Star Trek: Phase 2".
Doctor Bashir asks Commander Sisko to intermediate with an alien family who, because of their religious beliefs, refuse to allow a routine treatment that would save their dying child.
Major Kira embarks on a rescue mission to one of Bajor’s outer colonies, where channeling her inner-terrorist may prove costly.
The A and B-plots of this story are loosely based on the Babylon 5
episode "Believers". Of course, when asked if that particular episode was at all based on a DS9 novel, creator Joe Straczynski answered
that the author, "likely got his notion of the sick kid and the religious parents from the same basic source we did: the headlines."
Similarly, the premise of this story also draws on the overall medical ethics issue of respecting a patient's religious beliefs, as well as a recent episode of Grey's Anatomy.
Takes place in 2369, DS9's first season, four months after "Emissary" and some time after "Battle Lines", as the runabout Orinoco
, the Yangtzee Kiang
's replacement, is featured here.
was first referenced in the seventh season DS9 episode "Chrysalis", with numerous appearances in DS9 relaunch novels.