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Benjamin Sisko experiences another life where he is Benny Russell, a talented science fiction writer of the 1950s, who comes up against the racism of American society.


Without warning, Benjamin Sisko is living another life. No longer a Starfleet captain, commander of space station Deep Space 9, he is Benny Russell, a struggling science fiction writer living in 1950s Harlem. Benny has a dream, of a place called Deep Space Nine and a man named Ben Sisko, and a story he has to tell. But is the Earth of that era ready for a black science fiction hero?
Everyone tells him no, but Benny cannot abandon his dream. One way or another, he will tell the world about Captain Benjamin Sisko and Deep Space Nine.
A moving novel based on an unforgettable Star Trek event!



Episode characters

Julian BashirJadzia DaxJulius EatonKay EatonWillie HawkinsJimmyCassie JohnsonKira NerysDarlene KurskyAlbert MacklinKevin MulkaheyDouglas PabstRoy RitterhouseHerbert RossoffBenny RussellBurt RyanBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJoseph SiskoKasidy Yates
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Ray BradburyJesus ChristW. E. B. Du BoisRalph EllisonRobert A. HeinleinLangston HughesZora Neale HurstonEva JacksonCharles LindberghCharlie ParkerGene RoddenberryDuke SniderJoseph StalinTheodore SturgeonQuentin SwoffordH. G. WellsRichard Wright

Novelization characters

AjabweJulian BashirCooleyJadzia DaxSkrain DukatJulius EatonKay EatonElaineWillie HawkinsJennyJimmyCassie JohnsonKira NerysDarlene KurskyAlbert MacklinArdelia MathisKevin MulkaheyMiles O'BrienOzzieDouglas PabstRikeRoy RitterhouseBill RobinsonHerbert RossoffBenny RussellBurt RyanShakaar EdonBig SidBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJoseph SiskoSwoopWeyounKasidy Yates
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Abbott and CostelloIvie AndersonHarold ArlenHenry ArmstrongLouis ArmstrongJames BaldwinRichmond BarthéRomare BeardenBen BovaJohn W. BubblesFord L. BuckCab CallowayJohn W. CampbellJesus ChristCountee CullenEva CunninghamWalt DisneyW. E. B. Du BoisDuke EllingtonRalph EllisonStepin FetchitMarcus GarveyEmma GellerDizzy GillespieH. L. GoldBenny GoodmanColeman HawkinsRobert A. HeinleinFletcher HendersonLena HorneLangston HughesZora Neale HurstonEva JacksonJames P. JohnsonWilliam H. JohnsonJoe LouisJimmie LuncefordMoms MableyMadame FrenchOwney MaddenMary MallonRocky MarcianoPigmeat MarkhamMartok, son of UrthogMarx BrothersThelonious MonkNogOdoCharlie ParkerAndrew PreerQuarkA. Philip RandolphFranklin D. RooseveltBilly RoseFox RussellAugusta SavageJennifer SiskoBessie SmithCordwainer SmithWillie SmithDuke SniderJoseph StalinQuentin SwoffordEd TuckerJules VerneFats WallerGeorge WashingtonEthel WatersChick WebbEvelyn WelchH. G. WellsMae WestWorf, son of MoghRichard Wright


34th StreetArthur Trill buildingBajorBajoran wormholeBroadwayBronxDeep Space 9EarthEast 127th StreetEva's KitchenFlushing MeadowsFlushing RiverEmpire State BuildingFifth AvenueHabitat ringHarlemInfirmaryManhattanNew York CityNorth AmericaOperations centerPerispherePennsylvania StationQueensRedeemer's Blood Church of FaithSeventh AvenueSt. Philip's ChurchStation commander's officeStatue of LibertySweet TemptationsTimes SquareTrylonWest Side
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AfricaAlbanyApollo TheaterBedford–StuyvesantCardassiaCasablancaConey IslandConnie's InnCotton ClubCubaEnglandEuropeGamma QuadrantGermanyGreat BritainHarlem RiverIrelandItalyJapanJamaicaLondonLunaMaliMarsMaxie'sMississippiNew CrestNew JerseyPanamaPearl HarborPolandPuerto RicoRock of GibraltarRockefeller CenterSavoy BallroomShowcase TheaterSiamSiriusSmall's ParadiseSouth AmericaTaj MahalWashington MonumentYugoslavia

Starships and vehicles

USS Defiant (Defiant-class escort) • USS Leeds (Nebula-class explorer) • Danube-class runaboutPerikian-class
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USS Cortez

Races and cultures

BajoranCardassianHuman (Dogon) • KlingonTrillVorta
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Borg (Incredible Tales)Human (Zulu) • Prophets

States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaBrooklyn-Manhattan Transit CorporationChevroletFord Motor CompanyGeneral MotorsGiantsInterborough Rapid Transit CompanyLeague of NationsLenox High SchoolMacy'sNew York City Police DepartmentNew York City SubwayNew York Stock ExchangeNew York YankeesPlantersStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America
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Back-to-Africa movementBajoran Ministry of CommerceBrooklyn Ash Removal CompanyCivil Rights MovementContinental ArmyDominionGnome PressMali RepublicMobNaziSoviet UnionUnited NationsUnited States Air ForceUnited States Navy

Other references

1776192219271939 New York World's Fair1960A6M ZeroalienambulanceAmericanAmerican DreamAmerican Revolutionary WarAmsterdam NewsAstounding Science FictionautomobilebaconBaptistbarberbaseballbasketballbebopBibleBorg (Incredible Tales)Buck Rogers • "Billy Rose's Aquacade" • Rick BlaineboxingbreakfastCaptain NemoCardassian silkCaucasianCavorcentChristianityChristmasclarinetCoca-ColaCommunismcrullerCubanDeep Space Nine (novella)DemocracitydollarDominion WardoughnutEmissary of the ProphetsEpiscopal Church • "The Exterminator" • Far Beyond the StarsFascismFerengiFlash Gordonflying saucerfootballfrankFrom Here to EternityFuturamaGalaxy Science FictionGodGone with the WindGreat DepressiongravballHarlem StrideHugo Awardhydrogen bombhymnice creamIncredible Tales of Scientific WonderInfrastructurejazzJudaismKirk (Incredible Tales)Klingon (Incredible Tales)linotronicloaferlocomotiveLuciteMacy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeMartianMickey's Surprise PartyNative SonNegroNegro WeekNew York AgeNew York GlobeNew York TimesOccupation of BajorOperation ReturnorbpainterpeanutpianoPicard (Incredible Tales)pneumoniaPresident of the United States of Americaprostitutionracismraktajino • "Road of Tomorrow" • Roborrobotsaxophonescience fictionBenjamin Sisko (character)space stationsteak and eggsswing musicTarkalean teaTarzantaxicabtelevisionThanksgivingtime warpTimextribble (Incredible Tales)uridiumwinterWorld War IWorld War IIVulcan (Incredible Tales)Vulcan demicottonVulcan flu


Related media


  • Steven Barnes included an afterword in the novelization in which he looks at the role of African-Americans in science fiction and the changing attitudes to them. He commented on Deep Space Nine that it is "a major cultural turning point for America, and therefore, the world as a whole... DS9 is, as far as I'm concerned, the first successful dramatic television show in history with a non-Caucasian star".
  • Barnes had to write the novelization in a month, but "had a ball" doing so. He also commented that during the short time, he had "to create a full wraparound backstory, and do considerable research into New York in the 1950s and 1930s". (Voyages of Imagination)
  • Barnes was given notes on several aspects of the episode by Michael Okuda. These notes included the design of the Incredible Tales office and the eclectic contents in it. [1]
  • "Far Beyond the Stars" was the last standard-length Star Trek episode to receive a novelization. Earlier such novelizations included "Relics", "Trials and Tribble-ations", "Flashback" and "Day of Honor". Later novelizations included the feature-length episode What You Leave Behind and two-part stories from Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Notable cast and crew




published order
Previous novelization:
...Sacrifice of Angels
DS9 novelizations Next novelization:
What You Leave Behind
Previous episode:
One Little Ship
DS9 episode produced Next episode:
Honor Among Thieves
Previous episode:
Who Mourns for Morn?
DS9 episode aired Next episode:
One Little Ship
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Final Entry
nineteenth entry
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Ones Left Behind
sixth, seventh entries
Previous Adventure:
Who Mourns for Morn?
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
One Little Ship
Previous Adventure:
When the Stars Come A-Calling
Benny Russell Universe Next Adventure:
Shadows and Symbols
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2374.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Difficulties of Being Evil
July 1940 Next Adventure:
Home Is the Hunter
Russia chapters
Previous Adventure:
When the Stars Come A-Calling
October 1953 Next Adventure:
Isolation Ward 4

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