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by Diane Carey,Peter David,Keith R. A. DeCandido,Christie Golden,Robert Greenberger

The threat of the Gateways--portals that allow for travel to other times and places--is finally destroyed, in this explosive conclusion to the Gateways series, in which Captain James T. Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Colonel Kira Nerys, Captain Kathryn Janeway, and the crews confront untold perils in the distant reaches of space. Original.
Download Gateways #7: What Lay Beyond (Star Trek Gateways) epub
ISBN: 0743456831
ISBN13: 978-0743456838
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Diane Carey,Peter David,Keith R. A. DeCandido,Christie Golden,Robert Greenberger
Language: English
Publisher: Star Trek (October 1, 2002)
ePUB size: 1868 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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As EVERYONE else has mentioned, this volume contains the end of six books, and those six endings SHOULD have been in those six books.

Because this book is this end of six books written by six different authors, it is understandably up and down in quality. What I'm going to do here is review each of the six endings individually.

TOS ending: The book itself was OK. This ending to it is a total mess. Nothing is accomplished, and worse yet the ending itself and the action sequence that caps it off are so poorly thought out and plotted that it just leaves you shaking your head.

I mentioned in my review of Gateways 1 that the author has Spock figuring out the coordinates of Starfleet HQ to "set" the gateway to open to it. Considering that Starfleet HQ is on a planet that is rotating about its axis, and is revolving around a star which is constantly in motion relative to the rest of the galaxy (at 132 miles per second), having even Spock do this "in his head" is more than a reach. Having Kirk do this on the fly after being chased thru the aliens' capitol city is completely absurd. Probably the author thought that since the Gateway had been "set" to those coordinates once, it would be easy to "remember" them, which would be fine if the Earth hadn't moved relative to those coordinates something in the neighborhood of hundreds of thousands of miles (at least) in the meantime. LOL

New Earth ending: This one was somewhat better thought out. However, I was disappointed that the author couldn't even get simple math right. LOL In her story, characters in a separate dimension are experiencing time at a rate of 11,000 years to 20 in our universe. When a main character from our universe visits there in this ending, the author gets the math wrong by approximately a factor of 2. Its a 15 second task with a hand held calculator, for goodness sakes, and the math is simple enough to do in your head.

DS9 Ending: A tough one to call. Although mostly well written (if a bit hectic and confusing at the start), this ending had little to do with Book 4 of the Gateways series. Kira went on a little vision quest that helped her with some self doubts. Plot lines left hanging at the end of the "real book" were pretty much still left hanging at the end of this "non-ending". The story presented here seemed more a matter of the author humoring himself than it seemed an attempt by him to satisfy his readers.

Voyager ending: I didn't get into this ending at all. After a somewhat intricate and interesting plot in the body of the real book, this ending was uninspired and contained no drama whatsoever. A couple of tense sub plots had their frowns turned upside down with no dramatic effort. The characters in one were so giddy in a completely out of place way that I wondered if the author had forgotten to mention that they were on recreational drugs. The problems for everyone else were resolved literally by a wish. This ending made me think that the author wrote the ending in a different time frame than the book it ended, and just wasn't really into that story anymore. If you are used to books where the story gets to a tense situation and then all of the crises that have developed suddenly disappear, then this ending is for you.

New Frontiers ending: After an outstanding book, the ending in this volume left me flat. Much like the DS9 ending, there was nothing that connected it to the novel it was separated from. Essentially, Calhoun and Shelby have a surreal little episode before returning to their ships. A couple of loose ends left hanging from the original novel are just left hanging. One event from early in this ending sequence would certainly have had major repercussions on the cultures the novel itself revolved around, yet those repercussions were just ignored. The event might well have undone the nicely wrapped up diplomacies in the novel, in fact it would have taken some fancy footwork for it not to have. This was very disappointing, since the novel "Cold Wars" was truly excellent. Peter, you blew it on this one.

TNG ending: Well, this ending was fully as wretched as the book it capped off. Picard actually leaves a small boy to perform a task of importance to the entire galaxy so that he can be certain he isn't stranded as he solves the Gateways problem. Does that ring true to anyone? A Petraw saboteur commits mass murder by blowing up an entire Deltan starship. However, that is dealt with convincingly ... Riker gives him a "stern talking to". Picard shows him he disapproves. Go home, young man, and please don't murder anymore starship crews, I know you'll see the light. Twelve planets of the old Iconian Empire, none of which are in the Alpha Quadrant, are reached in 28 hours. Really? Voyager should be able to get home more quickly! ROFL This entire plot is just embarrassing for the writer.

Don't waste your money, or more importantly, your time, on this "series".
Instead of one big novel involving characters from all six current Star Trek book series, this is a collection of six short stories, each one picking up from the cliffhanger ending of each of the Gateways novels from the individual series (if that makes sense). While this sounded like a cynical marketing ploy, I had hoped that the six stories would build on each other to present some sort of unified whole, bringing the whole adventure to one grand conclusion. How wrong I was!
The Star Trek (original series), Challenger, and Voyager stories could--and probably should--have easily been included as concluding chapters in their respective books. Each one is nothing more than an epilogue to the main story. The Deep Space Nine and New Frontier stories present somewhat separate adventures, but that doesn't make them much better. In both, characters get transported to significant locations (an important historical moment for Colonel Kira, a mythical afterlife for Calhoun and Shelby) where nothing of any real consequence seems to happen. Of course, since both series present ongoing adventures, it's possible that these tales plant seeds for upcoming stories. Even if that were the case, it doesn't make these stories any less inconsequential or any more satisfying.
The Next Generation tale, longer than the other five, does, indeed, wrap up the Gateways story. But, like the other five, there's no real reason (besides financial) that this story couldn't have been included at the end of Doors Into Chaos.
Because four of the stories are completely dependent upon what came before, there is a complete lack of tension or suspense. All the big events happened in the parent novels, and all the authors have left to do in What Lay Beyond is tie up the loose ends (even when there aren't really any loose ends that need tying up). Any opportunites for suspense that could have been sustained through the other two stories are completely ignored by their authors. Frustratingly, those two authors, Peter David and Keith RA DeCandidio, have done particularly good Star Trek work in the past, which makes their lackluster contributions here even more disappointing.
So, if you followed the Gateways saga so far and need to see what happens next, I recommend waiting for the paperback. Nothing of enough consequence happens to make this an immediate must-read.
What Lay Beyond (2001) is the seventh work in the Gateways subseries of the Star Trek series. The publisher of Star Trek books has, once again, come up with a way to entice readers into buying another book. This book is a collection of endings to the first six books in the mini-series! Cute, but no cigar.

Well, they conned me into buying the book. The other Gateways books were well-enough written and I did want to read the endings, but I got the book from the library first and then decided to invest the extra money. Notice that this book came out in hardback whereas the others were published as paperbacks. Of course, the mass market paperback version was finally issued, but impatient souls such a myself just wouldn't wait.

Remember when they published Star Trek Year One as a trailer to other Star Trek novels? And then finally brought it out as a separate novel. The current ploy of delaying the endings had the same feel of a serial novel, but compounded by waiting for SIX finales.

Buy the paperback. Don't be like me and fork out the money for the hardback. Unless, of course, you really think it is worth the money.

-Arthur W. Jordin
If you didn't read book 6 before this one not much will make sense. It is the perfect follow up to book 6.