Una McCormack was kind enough to take some time out of her busy writing schedule to answer some questions regarding her new Star Trek: Picard novel, Second Self.
I understand that Second Self was originally scheduled for publication earlier in the year, but was delayed due to paper shortages. Has it been a tough time lately as a writer? Do you find these sorts of delays frustrating? I think it’s tough for everyone at the moment, really.
Lately, I’ve been started to feel as though some of the book review scores given on Sci-Fi Books Club aren’t quite right. I’ve reviewed 30 books and never given a 5-star rating to any of them.
So what? It depends, I suppose, on what 5-stars means. When I first started writing reviews, I didn’t have a baseline score system to work with. In essence, it was just a gut feeling. However, I don’t believe a 5-star score should only be given to the world’s most perfect book.
Was I wrong about Deep Space Nine? Ask a Trekkie what their favourite Trek show is, and they’ll probably either say The Original Series or The Next Generation. Fair enough, those two are the biggest and most well-known iterations. But there will usually be one person lurking in the dark shadows of the room who will say, “Deep Space Nine is the best.”
Although Voyager and Enterprise certainly have their fans (I am a big Voyager fan), Deep Space Nine is often regarded as the unsung hero of Trek — a dark horse in the Trek canon.