INVOLUTION 6 featuresWe have quite a varied assortment of offerings this issue, starting with a "Chain of Command" story. We've read many stories of how Picard felt during his torture, but how about his torturer? Joey Rodrigues gives us a chilling glimpse into the mind of Gul Madred in "Half a Victory." Those who watch Deep Space 9 will recall the episode in which Kira and Bashir find themselves in an altemate universe--one where Humans are slaves. In Marge Robles' "There but for the Grace of God," we find the situation reversed. Two Humans from the other universe are thrust into our universe. Their names are Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher. Fathers and sons. As Lt. Jean-Luc Picard wrests with his feelings for his dying father, he uncovers a few truths about that relationship-and about himself, in "Family Traits," by D.J. Nicholson. Gail Molnar's "Half-Sick of Shadows" has Jean-Luc home at last after his stay with the Cardassians. But is it really over? Beverly Crusher helps to convince him that it is. Picard's coming face to face with-and being remonstrated by-his father in the episode "Tapestry" dredged up some unpleasant memories. This, and the many traumas of his recent past, begin to take their toll on the captain while on shore leave with his first officer. Can "big brother Will" help Jean-Luc to become himself again? Find out in Lynn Lorton's "Time to Reflect." Just how did Jack Crusher die? In Priscilla Ball's "An Imperfect Hero," we find out that there was more to that tragedy than Picard revealed to Crusher's grieving widow. In "Isolation," by Joey Rodrigues, a shuttlecraft accident has left Captain Picard severely brain-damaged. His long, slow recovery is aided by his friends, and as he learns, they learn. A heartwanning story of hope, encouragement, friendship, and love. A little "Unfinished Business" prompts Picard to visit Beverly Crusher in her cabin, directly following the episode, "Attached." Jean-Luc is confused and wants to know: just how does Beverly feel about him? Gail Molnar offers this hopeful and tender scenario. For a change of pace, we have Anne Davenport's "Breakfast at Denneez." Denneez: a planet teeming with heat, humidity and sex. Picard and Crusher barely tolerate the first two, but wholeheartedly indulge in the last. Suffer along with our favorite captain and doctor as their...activity...takes on near-celebrity status. An aged Jean-Luc Picard is experiencing the beginning throes of lrimadic Syndrome, and his marriage to Beverly is showing the strain. "Venus' Eye," by Robin Lyster, is a touching story of just how our captain might have played the cruel hand, had he been dealt it. In "Expectations," by Jo-Ann Lassiter, Picard reminisces about his not-so-happy childhood. Time does not heal all wounds. Artwork by Gabi Stiene, Beverly Chick, Anne Davenport, Joey Rodrigues, Linda Wan, and Renee Levy.
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