Margaret Wander Bonanno, writer

"Three science fiction novels about science fiction"


by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Cover art by Cliff Nielsen

From the Simon & Schuster website: "Star Trek's first pilot, 'The Cage,' introduced us to Christopher Pike, the character originally conceived as captain of the Enterprise. For decades, fans across the globe have pondered the unrealized possibilities of tales surrounding this enigmatic template for all the Star Trek captains who would follow. Now comes this revealing look at Captain Pike in a story that spans the character's life and sheds new light upon this lost figure from Star Trek's earliest beginnings."

Christopher Pike, by the very paucity of information we have about him, invites our curiosity. Protagonist of a story deemed "too cerebral" by some long-forgotten studio heads, Pike haunts us down the generations, not only for the terrible thing that happens to him, but because Jeffrey Hunter, the actor who portrayed him, died tragically and too young. We would wish for a better outcome for them both, and so we extrapolate from the little we know about either man and try to imagine great things, outcomes that are better in our minds than in reality. In that way, we are not unlike Christopher Pike ourselves. Dreams are important.


She was trained to be a killing machine. Abandoned as a child, without home or family, past or future, Zetha survived only by her own cunning in the back alleys of Romulus before being taken by the Tal Shiar and remade into one of its deadliest weapons. But Zetha is about to undertake a mission unlike any in her experience.

The mysterious return of a virulent scourge thought to be long extinct threatens devastation on a scale almost too horrific to contemplate. Zetha's only hope of stopping it is across the Neutral Zone-among the enemies of Romulus. Now Admiral Uhura, centenarian chief of Starfleet Intelligence, must decide what to do with the knowledge Zetha has risked her life to bring to her. In order to stop the spread of the disease that is already ravaging the Romulan Empire, Uhura must assign a hand-picked team of Starfleet officers to covertly trace the contagion to its source-and do whatever is necessary to contain it.

But the world awaiting Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Tuvok, Dr. Selar and Zetha herself is a hot zone of secrets, deceptions and subtle machinations, revealing an imminent holocaust beyond anything the away team expected, or what they could hope to combat.


IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: United at last after countless years of warfare, humanity turns toward the stars. But when an alien spacecraft crash-lands in the South Pacific bearing visitors from another world - the Vulcans - Earth must decide whether to extend the hand of friendship, or the fist of war...

While in the distant future, horrible dreams torment Admiral James T. Kirk, dreams prompted by his reading of STRANGERS FROM THE SKY, a book about that historic first contact. Dreams of an alternate reality where he somehow changed the course of history - and destroyed the Federation before it began!


Warrantors of Peace: the Federation's daring experiment to prevent war among its members. Each Warrantor, male and female, is sent by the government of his native world to live in a special enclave on Vulcan, to guarantee that no Federation member breaks the peace.

Now Romulans have kidnapped six Warrantors - an Andorian, three Deltans, a human and a Vulcan in an attempt to foment political chaos within the Federation. A bond is forged between the human Cleante alFaisal and the Vulcan T'Shael which is as strong as that between Kirk and Spock.

Even as Sulu infiltrates Romulan territory to find the hostages, a Romulan commander we will come to know as Charvanek, impressed by the strength of these two young women, and remembering a Vulcan who once stole more from her than a cloaking device, does what she can to facilitate matters.

But ultimately it is Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise who will determine the final outcome.