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Old May 17 2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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Gateway series?

I have a few question about them.

I am currently trying to read the DS9 relaunch books (just read Saction 31 Abyss) I am trying to stay in order but don't really feel like reading all 7 gateway books.

1. Do I need to read the other gateway books to know whats going on in the DS9 books?

2. If I skip gateway #4 and 7 and proceed to the DS9 book Mission Gamma will I miss anything important?
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Old May 17 2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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Re: Gateway series?

IIRC, you can just read the DS9 book and its conclusion in What Lay Beyond (book 7), and get a complete story.

I would recommend reading the TNG and NF books as well, just to get a wider view of the story, as unfolding in the AQ at the 24th century..

.. and as for skipping the DS9 book altogether - why would you want to miss out on a KRAD novel?
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Old May 17 2010, 02:43 PM   #3
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You can make sense out of Twilight without having read the Gateways stories, but I would recommend reading the DS9 Gateways stories if you can lay hands on copies. Just like Abyss, the characters experience growth and change, and it is not necessary to read the other books in the crossover to understand what is happening.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:44 PM   #4
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IIRC, you can just read the DS9 book and its conclusion in What Lay Beyond (book 7), and get a complete story.

I would recommend reading the TNG and NF books as well, just to get a wider view of the story, as unfolding in the AQ at the 24th century..

.. and as for skipping the DS9 book altogether - why would you want to miss out on a KRAD novel?
I don't know? SO I'm taking it that the series was good?
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Old May 17 2010, 02:48 PM   #5
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You can make sense out of Twilight without having read the Gateways stories, but I would recommend reading the DS9 Gateways stories if you can lay hands on copies. Just like Abyss, the characters experience growth and change, and it is not necessary to read the other books in the crossover to understand what is happening.
Don't worry about that I can get any Star Trek Novel pretty much ever on my nook
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Old May 17 2010, 02:51 PM   #6
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Re: Gateway series?

Well, I didn't read them all, but the DS9 and NF ones are good. And if you read novel, you really should read the story in What Lay Beyond, it's the end of the story begun in the novel, so IMO not reading it would be like stopping 5 or 6 chapters from the end of the novel.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:58 PM   #7
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1. Do I need to read the other gateway books to know whats going on in the DS9 books?

2. If I skip gateway #4 and 7 and proceed to the DS9 book Mission Gamma will I miss anything important?
No to question 1, hell yes to question 2. The Gateways books are only very tenuously connected to each other; they're independent tales of how the various crews react to a single quadrant-spanning crisis, and each of them can stand apart from the rest. But the DS9 installments of Gateways are integral parts of the DS9 post-finale narrative. They're DS9 books first, Gateways second.
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Old May 17 2010, 03:02 PM   #8
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I'm about a third though Twilight at the mo, and although it's great, I'm annoyed that I didn't know to read the Gateways book beforehand

It keeps rubbing it in with references!

I hate missing out!
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Old May 17 2010, 04:42 PM   #9
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GalaxyClass1701 wrote: View Post
1. Do I need to read the other gateway books to know whats going on in the DS9 books?

2. If I skip gateway #4 and 7 and proceed to the DS9 book Mission Gamma will I miss anything important?
No to question 1, hell yes to question 2. The Gateways books are only very tenuously connected to each other; they're independent tales of how the various crews react to a single quadrant-spanning crisis, and each of them can stand apart from the rest. But the DS9 installments of Gateways are integral parts of the DS9 post-finale narrative. They're DS9 books first, Gateways second.
This is the correct response.

Read the DS9 entries. Don't worry about anything else.
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Old May 17 2010, 05:45 PM   #10
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I would recommend reading at least the TNG portions of Gateways (Doors into Chaos and "The Other Side") as well as the DS9. The TNG installments are really the core of the Gateways story, dealing with the root causes of the crisis while the other 24th-century ones deal with various side effects (and the 23rd-century ones are more a prologue). So some things that are resolved offscreen in the DS9 portions are a bit clearer if you read their "onscreen" resolution in the TNG portions.

Still, if you're only interested in the DS9 storyline, you can follow it just fine without any of the non-DS9 Gateways books.
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Old May 17 2010, 06:58 PM   #11
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I would recommend reading at least the TNG portions of Gateways (Doors into Chaos and "The Other Side") as well as the DS9. The TNG installments are really the core of the Gateways story, dealing with the root causes of the crisis while the other 24th-century ones deal with various side effects (and the 23rd-century ones are more a prologue). So some things that are resolved offscreen in the DS9 portions are a bit clearer if you read their "onscreen" resolution in the TNG portions.

Still, if you're only interested in the DS9 storyline, you can follow it just fine without any of the non-DS9 Gateways books.
I agree. The DS9 book was the best of the lot, IMO, but the TNG book set the main stage.

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Old May 17 2010, 08:53 PM   #12
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^that is correct.

the NF one is all kinds of awesome, but it's an NF book first, Gateways second and if you haven't read at least the eXcalibur trilogy before hand you're going to miss some of what they're talking about.
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