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Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in The War Without, The War Within (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“The War Without, The War Within” is the 14th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “What’s Past Is Prologue”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “The War Without, The War Within”.

After the contact with the Federation, the USS Discovery is reached by Admiral Katrina Cornwell (Jayne Brook) and Sarek (James Frain). The situation of the war is even worse than that evident for the crew at first sight and requires extreme measures, even desperate, to change it.

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey

The novel “Abaddon’s Gate” by James S.A. Corey was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the third book in the Expanse series and follows “Caliban’s War”. It won the Locus Award as the best novel of the year.

The protomolecule that remained on Venus for some time left the planet to build near Uranus the Ring. When a belter boy with a makeshift spacecraft passes through the Ring, he ends up in an unknown place and is quickly killed by a violent deceleration. The images he sent alarm the whole solar system.

The crew of the former Martian fleet spaceship Rocinante had a good period but the Martian government seems suddenly intent on recovering its property and the only loophole seems to be working for a journalist going towards the Uranus system. There various spaceships, civil and military ones, representing the various human factions try to deal with the new unknown in various ways.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the Emperor (Michelle Yeoh) in What's Past Is Prologue (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“What’s Past Is Prologue” is the 13th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Vaulting Ambition”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “What’s Past Is Prologue”.

Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) frees his followers and begins his coup against the Emperor (Michelle Yeoh). Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) ended up in the middle of deadly fight and must try to save not only herself but also the USS Discovery crew.

Forever Autumn by Mark Morris

The novel “Forever Autumn” by Mark Morris was published for the first time in 2007.

In Blackwood Falls, a small town in New England, the residents are preparing for Halloween. Rick Pirelli has arrived home, accompanied by two of his friends who go to the same high school, when they notice a strange green light coming from an old tree in the garden. When they dig at the tree’s roots they find a strange book written in an unknown language but one of the boys can read it before Rick takes it out of his hands.

The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones arrive at Blackwood Falls in search of the source of an energy spike. While a strange green fog seems to have invaded the town, the two travelers reach the Pirelli family residence, where the Doctor thinks that the energy was emitted from the object that was buried. Who does that strange book belong to? What’s its connection with the elderly neighbor who has the reputation of being prescient?

Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear

The novel “Hull Zero Three” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2010.

A man awakens from Dreamtime naked, wet and cold in a place that is not familiar to him. A young girl explains to him that he’s Teacher and must adapt quickly or die. Fragments of memory emerge but too little and too slowly to end its confusion. The presence of strange creatures in the corridors certainly doesn’t help.

Teacher tries to understand his situation but doesn’t know how reliable the information provided by other people he meets can be. Putting together the various pieces of information, he realizes that he’s traveling on Ship but doesn’t know its destination. He understands that something serious happened and reconstructing those events could be the key to the survival of all humans on board.