Anachronism (Star Trek: DS9 story)

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Star Trek DS9 Fanfiction
Title: Anachronism
Author(s): monkee
Date(s): 2002
Length:
Genre: Gen
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
External Links: Part 1 and Part 2 at alt.startrek.creative

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Anachronism is a Star Trek: DS9 story by monkee. The gen story focuses on Jake Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, and a minor canon character, Melanie.

It was nominated for a 2002 ASC Award.

Author's Summary

"In 'The Visitor,' Melanie left an old man who'd just taken poison alone to die. What if she'd had second thoughts about that?" Author's summary from alt.startrek.creative

Reactions and Reviews

I generally love anything written by monkee and this is no exception. I hate to admit that I never saw the episode "The Visitor" but I didn't. But that didn't stop me from loving this story, and appreciating it for all the things it says about being a writer. In this story, monkee makes me care about a character I never saw on the screen and that's no small feat. Good show! [1]
Worthy of the episode that inspired it. Very well-written, moving, and hopeful. The characterizations were good, and I liked that Dulmer and Lucsly were brought back. [2]
I loved this story. An AU take on the episode of "The Visitor", it explores not only the character of Melanie, but Benjamin and Jake Sisko. The father-son relationship is beautifully depicted, as well as the individuals themselves. [3]
The perfect title. And that first line sucks you in and Monkee never lets up her grip before leaving you on the other side. This first person narrative creates such a distinctive voice for Melanie. The story has such a fascinating premise and I loved how Monkee spun out the implications for Melanie of this alternate reality. And of course, this being a Monkee story, the craft is impeccable, and you have a smooth ride throughout in the hands of a writer who really knows her craft. I loved the way Monkee wrote of the connection between Benjamin Sisko and his son Jake, one of the most powerful aspects of Sisko's character and Deep Space Nine. And I very much liked how Monkee drew the way both Sisko's connected with Melanie. I appreciated some of the irony behind their statements as well. And I loved the ending. "Anachronism" is a lovely, lovely story and one of my favorites of Monkee's stories this year. I simply loved it. [4]
This story is one of my favorites from ASC this year. I loved the DS episode "The Visitor," and in this story, monkee provides an excellent, convincing coda. Jake thinks and speaks exactly like a writer would. [5]
Does a good job fleshing out the minor character of Melanie, and making the plight of someone flung back in time, out of an alternate future that won't happen now, very real. [6]

References

  1. Djinn This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  2. Gabrielle Lawson This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  3. Rocky This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  4. Rabble Rouser This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  5. Kelly Chambliss This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  6. Alara Rogers This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story