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Original Sin is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by author David R. George III. It was released in September 2017. Unlike other DS9 novels, Original Sin does not feature Deep Space 9, but instead features Sisko's vessel, the USS Robinson, during the vessels mission in the Gamma Quadrant, hence the subtitle Gamma. A related story set six years earlier on Bajor depicts the kidnapping of Sisko's daughter Rebecca.


At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the USS Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a years-long assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet's charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations.
But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship's crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted—including Sisko's daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko's daughter and the rest of the missing?


While the Robinson is exploring the Gamma Quadrant, it is attacked by an alien race known as the Glant, who use their weapons to maroon the vessel by surrounding it with an area where subspace has been destroyed. They then abduct eighty-seven children, including Rebecca. For Sisko and Kasidy, this brings back memories of six years earlier, when Rebecca was abducted by Radovan Tavus, a member of the Ohalavaru who became convinced she needed to be sacrificed to bring about the promised new age.

The Robinson eventually manages to tractor itself free and locate the Glant's home: A Dyson sphere. Sisko leads a raiding party that manages to rescue two thirds of the children but the remainder are left behind, Rebecca among them.

Sisko and Kasidy lead a negotiating party to meet with the Glant and learn they are an entirely artificial species who construct the next generation and then transfer the minds of children into them. The Robinson party race to the laboratory when the process is taking place only to find Rebecca's mind is already in one of the new Glant bodies. However, without anyone else knowing, Rebecca is able to reverse time and release a surge of energy that alerts the Robinson crew to the danger earlier, just as she did six years earlier when she was nearly killed by Radovan's bomb but managed to travel back to before its detonation and attract the attention of Jasmine Tey and the Bajorans who rescued her. Sisko's party are thus able to retrieve all the children in time and the Robinson departs Glant space.



USS Robinson personnel

Diana AlthouseRita BevelaquaHarry DanversStephanie DeSantisElent DorsonJozell DorsonGrandalFarid IravaniIndray KarzaAmbrozy KosciuszkoGwendolyn PlanteRelkdahzAnxo RogeiroHarris RogersScalin ReskAnatoly SeitzerBenjamin SiskoRebecca Jae SiskoSivadekiJentzen SpingeldStannisStokarUtelnCorallavellis sh'VraneBeschelcorea th'VrentAnissa WeilKasidy Yates
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Haroun al-JarjaniDalisay Dari AquinoGsellmanMensaraAldora VintVeraldorash ch'Vrent


Elias Vaughnzh'Vennias
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Ezri DaxJadzia DaxNogMiles O'Brien


Asarem WadeenCoste ShollDanolDenveer CotesDerish KolnDerwell KantElvem RotaEndred KothEnkar SirsyFanna ElisGarvishJalas DrenLennis DelahNendi PolOrisin DeverRadovan Tavus (Hayl) • Rejias NorvanRozahn KatherStrineTaprenTenevTol DanurTorken NothVendoma AniVernay FalorWinser Ellevet
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Acto ViriAland NovorAltrine ThenoAsarem EloijaAzeni KorenaBelwan LiginDenik AlashEivos AudjEivos CalanFiselFlanner PoshGaloren SenIstani ReylaKira NerysManos TreoMenvel SweeNovor TurskOhaluOpaka SulanPralon OnalaRadovan JendoRadovan LenaShakaar EdonWaska VeneedaWintik Barr

Other characters

KerchenPavarticJasmine TeyVoraneskZonir
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Nanietta BaccoBrathawIliana GhemorLuis García MárquezRomWayne SheppardJake SiskoJennifer SiskoJoseph SiskoSarah SiskoTaran'atarDeniskar Treyna

Starships and vehicles

USS Acheron (Danube-class) • Eclipseemergency evacuation moduleUSS James T. Kirk (Akira-class) • Prentares RibbonUSS Robinson (Galaxy-class) • shuttlecraftUSS Styx (Danube-class) • Transittravel pod
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USS DefiantIRW EletrixUSS Enterprise-EUSS LivingstonUSS OkinawaUSS SaratogaUSS WellingtonSS Xhosa


B'hava'elDernaEndallaGamma QuadrantJeraddoKuiper beltPenraddo
Ashalla (Delisa GardensGreat Assembly) • Jalanda (Bajoran Planetary Operations CenterSurface Transportation Hub) • Kendra Province (Adarak (Avenue of the EmissaryThe FederationMorova's KitchenNerak LaneTransporter Terminal) • Kendra MountainsKendra ValleyRenassa (Mission Operations Center) • Yolja River) • Tozhat Province (Deserak WildernessElanda (Transporter Terminal) • JohcatLaksieTalveran Forest
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Alpha V colonyAlpha CentauriAlpha Quadrant • Bajor (B'halaGallitep labor campKarnoth resettlement campLonar ProvinceMusilla (Consolidated Space Center) • Nirvat SanctuaryReventSharhite labor campTerah'laZhentu Province) • Bajoran wormholeBetazedDeep Space 9Deep Space 9 (II)Dytallix BEarth (Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)) • Helaspont sectorMilvonia IIIminefieldOphiucus IIIOrionRomulus

Races and cultures

AndorianBajoranBetazoidCorvallenDeltanGlantHuman (AsianCreolePortuguese) • KlaestronLorillianOrionOtevrelTrillTyrellianVulcan
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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Ministry of TransportationChamber of Ministers of the Third Republic of BajorDiplomatic CorpsOhalavaruStarfleetThird Republic of BajorUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran Ministry of AgricultureBajoran Ministry of CommerceBajoran Ministry of DefenseBajoran Ministry of JusticeBorg CollectiveBreen ConfederacyDominionFederation Department of CommerceStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandTyphon PactTzenkethi CoalitionVedek Assembly

Ranks and titles

agentaideartistatheistAvatar of Peacecaptainchief engineerchief medical officerchief science officercolonelcommandercorporalcounselorcourt officialcrewmanEmissary of the Prophetsengineerensignfirst contact specialistFirst Minister of the Third Republic of Bajorfirst officerflight controllerinformation merchantinvestigatorkailieutenantlieutenant commandermagicianmajormanagermedical examinerMinister of commerceMinister of defenseMinister of justicenurseoperations officerovergeneralpainterpeace officerpilotpointillistPresident of the United Federation of Planetsprylarrecords officerscientistsculptorsecond officersecurity chiefsecurity officersergeanttactical officertransportation coordinatortransporter chieftransporter operatortransporter technicianwatch officer

Science and technology

adrenalineammoniaanalgesicanti-inflammatoryantigravantigrav haftantigrav strollerantigrav trunkantimatterantisepticasteroidastronomical unitatmosphereatomauditory nodeaural membraneaural surgeryautopsybarycenterbombbreathing maskcarbon dioxidecarrier wavechemicalchronometercombadgecombraceletcometcommunicatorcomnetconvexcoryzacurative surgerycutting beamdeflector shielddiburniumdilithiumdistal radius fractureDNADyson sectionempathyenergyengineering theoryenvironmental suitequinoxexcavatorfastenerfiber-optic cablefiltration systemforcefieldforensicsforensic psychologyfrequencyfrictionfuel cellfusion reactorgamma-ray generatorgas giantgravitygravity knifeheating elementhemispherical forcefieldholographic kinetic sculpturehumanoidhydrogenhydrologic cyclehyperspannerhyposprayillium-629impulse driveindustrial replicatorinertial damperintercity maglevion trailisolinear chipisolytic subspace weaponIssuancejamming signalK class starlife supportlightlight-yearmagnetic fieldmain sequence starmarker buoymathematicsmedical scannermedicationmicrosingularitymoonmuscular hydrostatnavigational deflectornavigational systemnitrogennoble gasnuclear warheadnull spaceoptical receptoroxygenpaddpainkillerpalliativepalm beaconparabolic emitterphaserphysicsplanetplasma boltplasma shockpost-traumatic stress disorderpower cellpower relaypressure-sensitive padprobequantum torpedoradiationreplicatorrobotsatellite tracking systemscannersedativeself-destructself-replicating buoyself-replicating minesensorsensor holesensor masksensor matshield transmission nodeslidewalksoil reclamationsoil reclamatorsolar collection unitsolar powersoporificspace-time continuumstructural integritysubspacesubspace field coilsubspace variancetemperaturetemporal wavetentacleterrestrialtheta-matrix compositorthrustertoxintractor beamtransfer junctiontransport enhancertransportertransport inhibitortricorderturboliftuniversal translatorviewscreenwarp bubblewarp drivewarp factorwarp fieldwarp field rupturewarp nacelle

Other references

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  • David George gave an insight into the creative process of writing a Star Trek novel, specifically Original Sin, in the article "The Process: From Manuscript to Bookstore". [1]

Related stories

  • The Robinson first appeared in Rough Beasts of Empire. Rebecca Sisko's kidnapping was first mentioned in the same novel.



Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One‎Avatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnity • "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" • "Andor: Paradigm" • "Trill: Unjoined" • "Bajor: Fragments and Omens" • "Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed" • "The Dominion: Olympus Descending" • WarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending SacrificeThe MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageEnigma TalesOriginal Sin
Miniseries and anthologies The Lives of DaxDivided We FallMission GammaWorlds of Deep Space Nine (Volume One, Two & Three)
Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas
Related Star Trek: Section 31Star Trek: Terok NorStar Trek: DestinyStar Trek: Typhon PactStar Trek: The FallStar Trek: Coda
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Enigma Tales
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I, The Constable
Previous story:
The Long Mirage
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most recent novel to date


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