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Star Trek: Mirror Universe is a series of books in the Star Trek Novelverse, filling in the gaps between the episodes taking place in the Mirror Universe (as shown in the various TV series). There were three anthologies:

  • Glass Empires:
    • Age of the Empress: The rise of Empress Sato to power.
    • The Sorrows of Empire: Mirror Spock's rising through the ranks to admiral, coup to become emperor and purposely weakening the Terran Empire so that the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance would conquer them - and be destroyed from the inside.
    • The Worst of Both Worlds: The story of Luc Picard, slave to Gul Macet, captain of a small ship called the Stargazer, as he liberates himself from the Alliance while at the same time defending it from the Borg.

  • Obsidian Alliances:
    • The Mirror Scaled Serpent: The Mirror Universe version of the crew of Voyager and their exploits to take down Intendent B'Elanna.
    • Cutting Ties: The Mirror Universe version of the Star Trek: New Frontier crew as they free themselves from the Romulan Empire.
    • Saturn's Children: "Smiley" O'Brien, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has to deal with unrest in the Terran Rebellion, while at the same time, former Intendent Kira uses her wits to regain her position while dealing with political enemies.

  • Shards and Shadows:
    • Nobunaga (Trip Tucker)
    • Ill Winds (Commodore Robert April and his wife Sarah)
    • The Greater Good (How Mirror Kirk seized control of the Enterprise)
    • The Black Flag (Mirror versions of the Vanguard Station crew)
    • The Traitor (Gilaad Ben Zoma leads a resistance cell)
    • The Sacred Chalice (Deanna Troi, the daughter of harem owner Lwaxanna Troi, on the ruins of Betazed)
    • Bitter Fruit (Kes as a member of Memory Omega)
    • Family Matters (Mirror versions of the IKS Gorkon crew)
    • Homecoming (Mirror Excalibur returns to Romulus)
    • A Terrible Beauty (How Mirror Keiko joined the resistance)
    • Empathy (Mirror versions of the Titan crew on Lru-Irr)
    • For Want of a Nail (Mirror K'Ehleyr and Barclay as resistance commandos)

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch novels Fearful Symmetry and The Soul Key are crossovers with the Mirror Universe series.


Finally, we have the concluding novel, Rise Like Lions: The fall of Terok Nor, the destruction of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance, the secession of Bajor, and the establishment of a new government body, the Galactic Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth later features in Star Trek: Section 31 - Disavowed.

These books contain examples of:

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Mirror Universe Picard is one, though not an independent one as he wants to be.
  • The Alliance: The Galactic Commonwealth.
    • Also the Taurus Pact, this universe's version of the Typhon Pact.
  • Anti-Human Alliance: In the Star Trek: Enterprise era (mid-22nd cenrury), the Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites and Orions are loosely united against the Terran Empire. Given the brutality of the Terrans, it's a matter of necessity.
  • The Atoner: Damar, after wiping out pretty much every non-Cardassian servant or slave (Rise Like Lions mostly focuses on the Vulcans, apparently because they're the ones that actually are responsible for the triggering events and because Vulcans are very popular as slaves) in the Cardassian realm. When it became clear their telepathy was behind the anarchy gripping Cardassia, he ordered the genocide, and it shattered his sense of worth. He seeks solace in the Oralian Way.
  • Bait-and-Switch: "Muck" (the Mirror Universe Calhoun) meets Shelby (his wife in the regular universe) who's a slave. There's a connection between them as she aids Muck and seems to indicate they'll end up a couple in this universe as well... and then Shelby is killed without warning.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Just before his death, Emperor Spock records a message for the future. In it, he lists out all the people he murdered (including his own mother), all the worlds he destroyed, and all the crimes he committed in the name of his grand plan. He closes by saying he has become that which he opposed - a tyrant and a despot - and that history must not laud him but instead treat him as the villain he is.
  • Being Human Sucks: Vash, after her Tellarite and Vulcan companions smell and hear things, respectively, far sooner than she could, reflects that human senses are so often inadequate - and many races live longer as well.
  • The Butcher: The Tellarite Gral (in the Prime Universe a diplomat) is known to the Terran Empire as "The Butcher of Berengaria".
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: Dukat gets his head blown off by a Vulcan-influenced Damar as he's giving a speech to the Cardassian people.
  • Continuity Snarl: The fate of the Constitution-class Defiant follows from that depicted in Star Trek: Enterprise, which was different from what was established in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers stories. Reconciling the accounts is not unworkable, but might require some thought. Then again, if the interspace in which the ship was lost connects two universes it could connect more, so the two Defiant fates aren't necessarily an issue either way.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Kes ends up as this.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much more so than even the bleakest installments in the Prime Universe.
  • Defector from Decadence: Mirror Seska is a member of the Terran Rebellion and feverent in her disaproval of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. She believes the Cardassians should rule the quadrant, but they shouldn't have allied with the Klingons to do it.
  • Divided We Fall: When O'Brien's Terran Rebellion and Calhoun's Xenexian-Romulan forces come together, the two leaders spend more time posturing and insulting one another than they do co-operating. This leads Memory Omega to impose itself on them as, essentially, their joint leader.
  • Dramatic Irony: Scores of cases as people who are allies in one universe are enemies in this one and vice versa.
    • In the New Frontier series, Si Cwan and Zak Kebron are constantly at odds. In this universe, they're good friends.
    • Picard intends to use the Borg against the Alliance.
    • Kira has to become the underling to Ro.
    • Having been exiled from his home world as a slave, Mac returns to forge his people into a rebellion.
    • Torres kills her treacherous lover/slave... who turns out to be Tom Paris.
    • Betazed is a horrible, blasted out world cited as one of the ugliest in the galaxy.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Kes starts succumbing to the temptations of her incredible psychic powers after Neelix dies, but comes down quickly when she realizes she has seconds left to live.
  • Dying Alone: In The Sorrows of Empire, Mirror Spock and his wife, Marlena, have a conversation in which he promises her that they'll be together when they die, but notes that in the end, everyone is alone when they die.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Rise Like Lions, full stop. So, billions of people on all sides are dead, combatants and civilians alike. Yet now, the galaxy appears to have entered an unprecedented era of peace... unless the Dominion finds the wormhole or the Borg return...
  • Enemy Civil War: A large part of both Memory Omega's and the Terran Rebellion’s plan depends on driving a wedge between the two great powers of the Alliance. Cardassia and the Klingons indeed end up fighting each other.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Kes.
  • Foreshadowing: The fate of Vanguard Station in The Black Flag is pretty similar to that suffered by the prime universe Vanguard, several (real world) years later.
  • Good Old Ways: The Oralian Way on Cardassia, just like in the Prime Universe.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Empress Sato tries to have an offspring with Shran. Given the very different genetic structures of the parents, the baby is artificially engineered and it's not even certain if the experiment ultimately succeeds.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Mirror Janeway and Mirror Christine Vale are both loyal to the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Vale even gets a speech about how the savagery of the Terran Empire is evidence her people shouldn't be allowed freedom.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: The ending of The Sorrows of Empire is both one of the bleakest and simultaneously most uplifting there is.
  • In Harmony with Nature: One of the stories in Shards and Shadows is set on Lru-Irr, the planet of the Irriol race introduced in Star Trek: Titan. The entire biosphere, Irriol included, is telepathically interconnected to the point where prey will lay down and be eaten if the ecological balance requires it.
  • In Spite of a Nail: While there are scores of differences of people and their relationships, in Saturn's Children, Miles and Kieko fall in love.
  • Last of His Kind: The Dax Symbiont, following the genocide of the other symbionts on Trill.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Memory Omega is pulling a lot of strings with regard to the rebellion, and K'Ehleyr in turn is (at first) propping up Picard as their leader because she knows no Terran or Romulan would ever take orders from a Klingon, half-human or not.
  • Mirror Self: Pretty obvious with unique turns on characters:
    • Mac is not a warrior from the beginning but a downright cowardly wimp who has to learn to fight to survive.
    • Janeway is first just an engineer on Voyager not the Captain. It then turns out she's loyal to the Alliance.
    • Harry Kim is a brutal, near psychopath who just wants to kill Klingons.
    • Seska is allied with Chakotay while still a Cardassian
    • And scores more with every major Trek character warped in some way.
  • Mirror Universe: Duh.
  • Necessarily Evil: The actions Spock takes to ensure that the the spirit of the Terran Republic and freedom lives on are quite ruthless, and he knows it. He even calls himself a villain.
  • Out-Gambitted: Sato tricks Shran into an alliance by claiming the records of the future aboard the Defiant showed they would be married with a son. She smugly thinks she can use her "future knowledge" to defend her various actions and win others to her side. She's stunned when, following the marriage, Shran pulls a coup on her. Shran reveals he never believed Sato's talk in the first place and managed to decode the records to discover Defiant isn't from this universe at all. However, he does plan to use their marriage and a lab-created "son" to break Andoria away and forge its own Empire with Shran as ruler.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Kes.
  • Pulling the Thread: Eddington does a beautiful job of this as he line by line exposes how Sito Jax's journal on being pregnant was actually a complex code showing she's an Alliance spy.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Emperor Spock discovers that the Kurlans have succeeded in infesting Trill, hijacking the elder egg-laying symbionts as a means of creating more of their body-stealing parasites.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Dukat, when asked by Damar what Cardassia has to gain from conquering Bajor in the wake of its secession from the Alliance, answers “Revenge!” He also throws his glass at the wall – hey, it’s the mirror universe, it’s supposed to be over-the-top.
  • Running Gag: The Mirror Universe episodes of Deep Space Nine had a running gag concerning Ferengi characters being killed off. The joke climaxes in Rise Like Lions with the destruction of Ferenginar itself.
  • Sequel Hook: The Dominion finds the wormhole opening in the Gamma Quadrant.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Implied at the end of Rise Like Lions. The Mirror Dominion finds the Bajoran wormhole before anyone on the Alpha Quadrant side does. Uh-oh. Except as it turns out in Section 31: Disavowed, maybe not.
  • Star Killing: Trilithium warheads. One is used to destroy the Ferenginar system.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Spock's death is just one step in a huge, century-long gambit of his own design.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: A smuggler is tortured by Zhao Sheng by being blown out the airlock, transported back onto the ship, then put back into the airlock. The third time round, the prisoner gives in and co-operates.
  • Vestigial Empire: It seems the Romulan Star Empire splinters and collapses no matter which universe we’re in; the mainstream Star Trek Novel Verse, Star Trek Online, and now here. After the destruction of Romulus occurs early thanks to a thalaron weapon, the colonies are left to be conquered by Klingons or join Calhoun’s resistance. The Star Empire gets re-established after the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance collapses, and forms an alliance with the new Galactic Commonwealth.


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