"Fans of this series will love this book"
The last remaining High Guard Starship from the defunct
Systems Commonwealth, the Andromeda Ascendant, heads to
Kantar on the outer rim of the galaxy in their quest to
rebuild galactic society. However, instead of a friendly
welcome, hostile fire batters the Andromeda forcing the
crew to flee the planet in a crippled vessel.
Desperately in need of repair, but near nothing except a
three century abandoned Waystation, Captain Dylan Hunt
lands on the frozen orb over the warnings of time
traveling crew member Trance Gemini. The Captain will
find his belief system, already shaken to the core,
further wrecked on this tundra as the so-called empty
station has a creature stalking the crew with a different
justice system than the corrupt Commonwealth had.
WAYSTATION is a fine fast-paced entry in Gene
Roddenberry's Andromeda universe that is clearly targeted
for fans of the series though newcomers will enjoy the
unique cast, the moral question of what is justice, and
the outer space action. Trance steals the show, but she
is a two edged humanoid like heroine as she is an
intriguing distinctive protagonist, but her time travels
can become quite confusing when the audience tries to
follow her non-linear movements especially when she argues
with herself at loci when "two" of her converge (will need
more than a scorecard to keep track). The Roddenberry
faithful will especially take delight with Steven E.
McDonald's entry in this long running space opera.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 19, 2004
The Andromeda Ascendant is the last surviving ship of the
long-dead Systems Commonwealth interstellar empire. It's
captain, Dylan Hunt, with the crew of the Eureka Maru, has
been trying to contact outlying planets who might rejoin
the revived Commonwealth. But one such planet responds to
the Andromeda's friendly advances with an all-out attack
that cripples the Andromeda. Fleeing on the limited power
that the ship can muster, Hunt, Beka Valentine and the rest
of the crew seek a resupply depot, but none is near enough
for them to reach before repairs, except for an abandoned
station, uninhabited since the collapse of the empire.
When Hunt, systems analyst Seamus Harper, and Andromeda's
AI Rommie get into the station, they find it's not quite
uninhabited. Strange presences assail them. Something very
dark, evil, and entirely unknown. And while they try to get
what they need without being killed by whatever is lurking
on the station, something is attacking the Andromeda
itself. There's plenty of action and suspense before this
routine resupply mission can be finished . . . if it can be