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DescriptionEdit

The U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, is returning from a mission to deliver medical supplies to Deep Space Station C-15, one of Starfleet's most distant installations. All is routine until the Enterprise comes within a light-year of the planet Mu Arigulon, when the ship is suddenly thrown from warp and suffers a momentary power cut, having run aground on a spatial distortion not revealed in previous scans of the system. When the pride of Starfleet hits another, much worse distortion, Dr. Leonard McCoy has his hands full caring for officers who have suddenly fallen into comas for no apparent reason. The Enterprise medical team soon discovers that the dying officers are espers—humans with a rare and abnormal level of telepathic and psychic ability. With no choice but to link to the officers' minds in order to come to their aid, McCoy is plunged into a nightmarish dream-world . . . with the end result being nothing short of the possible destruction of the Enterprise and all aboard her. . . .

SummaryEdit

An outbreak of anatid flu means the Enterprise has to transfer medical supplies to Deep Space Station C-15 and McCoy has to stay onboard to supervise while Kirk and Spock take two shuttlecrafts to explore Mu Arigulon, leaving Sulu in command. On the return journey, the Enterprise hits a series of subspace distortions that cripple the ship and leave all the espers onboard in a coma.

Kirk's team are exploring the apparently deserted Mu Aurigon V when one of their number, botanist Fatih Yüksel, goes missing. The party explore an underground chamber and realize the planet is home to the Farrezzi, a race who once traded with the Orions but went missing centuries ago. They discover the race has been in suspended animation but a rogue group, the New Planets Cousins, have arranged so they will be revived first and are planning to sell some of the sleeping Farrezzi, and now Yüksel, into slavery. Chekov is also captured and Kirk and Giotto stow away onboard their ship.

McCoy is bothered by hallucinations of people he has let down and discovers some of the other medical staff are having similar problems. It becomes clear that the subspace distortions are providing gateways to another universe and telepathic contact with the different physical laws has caused the espers' comas. The hallucinations are the result of their attempts to call for help. McCoy and Sulu formulate a plan to throw a shuttlecraft into one of the distortions, with the resulting explosion throwing the Enterprise clear. The espers recover, except for one who died during the journey.

The remaining members of Kirk's team join up with Spock's party. Together, they defeat some fighters sent after them by the slavers. They discover the Farrezzi entered suspended animation to avoid an environmental catastrophe, setting up satellites to restore the atmosphere. The distortions are a defence mechanism set up to prevent warp ships approaching but they never anticipated anything as large as the Enterprise and the distortions have got out of control. Spock manages to deactivate the mechanism.

Kirk manages to revive the Farrezzi aboard the ship and together they retake it from the slavers. An encounter with the distortions and Chekov managing to use the satellite as weapons sees a second ship disabled as well. With the slavers in custody and the faulty revival mechanism triggered by the Enterprise's arrival, the Farrezzi reclaim their planet.

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CharactersEdit

Robert AbramsAndreaNancy BierceNeff-Bironomaktio-FrerishOlivier BouchardClifford BrentCarriereChristine ChapelPavel ChekovConnorsJocelyn DarnellVincent DeSalleDuceyCron Emalra'ehnJohn FarrellNanase FraserDavid GallowaySalvatore GiottoIsbell Golaski-LawrenceJana HainesAli HarperHarrisonLuke HendrickHuberJacobsKarl JaegerBenshor-Ka-MorafeRogelio KelowitzJames T. KirkMariella KologweKotchianJohn KyleTina LawtonRyan LeslieLewisJabilo M'BengaDavid Andrew McCoyJoanna McCoyLeonard McCoyMagaly MessierZainab OdhiamboHomi PadmanabhanGaetano PetrielloPolkManjula RahdaNiall RawlinsRellikKevin RileyRixRizzoEsteban RodriguezRyersonRammal SalahAntti SaloniemiHanna SantosHorr-Sav-FrerinMontgomery ScottKaren Seven DeersHayden SinghSpockHikaru SuluCheryl ThomasY TraNyota UhuraDierdre WatleyYocumFatih YükselZahra
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ArmstrongBannockBellosAndrei ChekovHarding-CyzewskiElizabeth DehnerDemickIrina GalliulinGeesGodCyrano JonesRoger KorbyLaverneRoger LemliChasinthrof zh'MaiMarysMauracherGary MitchellMark PiperShran of AndorVijayVillachV'vMr. YükselMrs. Yüksel

LocationsEdit

AtlantaBradley's CaféCapella IVEarthEmory University HospitalFarrezzForsyththe galaxyGeorgiaHøyland 5900 sectorMu ArigulonThe Other UniverseSan FranciscoStarfleet Headquarters
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Alpha CentauriAndorArgeliusBaten Kaitos sectorBerengariaCentaurusCerberusDeep Space Station C-15Dramia IIFederation-Klingon Neutral ZoneHeavenHellMoscowNeu-StuttgartOmicron Ceti IIIPhi KappaPlesetsk CosmodromeRussiaSector 006Starbase 7TomogrenVulcanWaycross

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Columbus (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Farrezzi fighter (fighter) • Farrezzi vesselHofstadter (Class G shuttlecraft) • hovertrain
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aircraftUSS ConstitutionUSS FeynmanhovercarUSS KoopUSS LantreeUSS NewtonOrion raiderUSS Republic

Races and culturesEdit

ArkeniteCapellanDeltanFarrezziHuman (IndianRussianTerranTurkish) • SaurianVulcan
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GuidonHaradin • Human (CossackMongolian) • KlingonOrion

States and organizationsEdit

New Planets CousinsStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUniversity of Mississippi
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Emory UniversityFederation Ministry of Science and Space ExplorationStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Medical

Science and technologyEdit

adrenalinealienanabolic protoplaseranatid fluandroidanimalantennaantenna gridantigravantigrav cartantimatterantiperspirantartificial gravityastrophysicsatmosphereautomated probeautopilotautosuturebacteriabenzopyrenebiobedbiofilterbiologybiopsyblack holebloodblood sugarbonebone knitterbrainbrain wavebulkheadcarbon dioxidecardiac arrestcargo transportercentimetercomacommand chaircommunicatorcomputercomputer bankcomputer terminalcordrazinecore samplercryopoddalaphalinedatabasedata packetdata slatedeck platedeep brain stimulationdeflectordermal regeneratordetectordimensiondrugDuke-Heidelburg quotientduotronicearpieceelectronicelectronelevatorenergyengineenvironmental suiteyestalkFarrezzi weaponfeedback loopFeinbergerflashlightfood slotforce fieldfourth-dimensional permeationfurfuselagefusion microreactorfusion reactorGamma Hydran hyperaging syndromegasgeophysicsGlasgow scaleglobal warmingglowstripgoniochronicity factorgravitygravity wellgrenadegroundquakegunhailhairheads-up displayhearthematomahibernationhologramhourhumanoidhurricanehyperbonded matterhypersleephyperspannerhyposprayimpulse engineinchindicatorinertial damperinsectintercominvertebratekilometerkinetic energylanding gearlaser scalpellibrary computerlifeformlife-sign monitorlife supportlightninglight-yearlungmathmatter/antimatter reactormedical computermedical tricordermedicinemedkitmeteorologymetermicroreactormillicochraneminutemobile sensormolecular bondmonitormusketnegative energyneural stimulantneural stimulatorneural suppressantneuronnovanuclear weaponOmicron Ceti III sporeorbitpain killerparacortexparticle fieldparticle weaponpentamerianphaserphaser emitterphaser riflephoton grenadephysicsplantplasmaplasma cutterpneumothoraxpolyaromatic hydrocarbonpower conduitpower generatorpower nodeprefire chamberprobeprojected electrical energyprojective weaponprotoplaserpsycho-tricorderpyrrhoneuritisquantum consciousnessquantum entanglementquantum physicsquantum superpositionquantum waveformquarantinerainreaction control systemreactorreactor networkreal-space bubbleregeneratorremotereptilianribriflesampling kitsatellitescannerscopesecondsedativesensorsensor sweepshield generatorshieldsshock wavesituation monitorskullsolar flaresomnetic inducersonambutrilspacespace elevatorspace sandbarspaceshipspace-time continuumspatial distortionspatial physicsspeakerspinestarstarbasestarshipstimulantsubspacesubspace distortion projectorsurgerysurgical archsurveillance sensorsuspended animationtentaclethrusterthundertimetonsilstorpedotractor emittertransportertransporter padtranstatortricordertri-oxturbolifttweezersuniversal psionic fielduniversal translatoruniverseviewportviewscreenvirusvolcanowarp bubblewarp drivewarp factorwarp fieldwarp generatorwarp nacellewarp reactorwaterweapons platformweather modification satellitewheelwhirlwindwormholezero gravityzoology

Ranks and titlesEdit

archaeology and anthropology officerastronomerballerinabioresearcherbotanistcaptainchiefchief medical officerchief of securitycommandercommanding officercommunications officercrewmandoctorengineerensignexecutive officerexobotanistexpense accountantfiremangeophysicisthelmsmanhunterjunior medical officerjunior officerjustice officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderlifeguardmedtechnavigatorneoanarchistnoncomnurseofficerpetty officerphaser officerphysicianphysicistpilotquartermasterreceptionistscience officerscientistsecurity guardsecurity officersenior chief petty officersenior officerslaveslave traderspecial envoytactical officertacticianteachertechnicianthroat singeryeomanzoology specialist

Other referencesEdit

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