With their sun about to go nova, the people of Epictetus III face annihilation. Although the USS Enterprise has come to lead the rescue operation, there is no way to evacuate a population of over twenty million, leaving Captain Picard to make an agonizing decision. Should he try to salvage the planet's children, its greatest leaders and thinkers, or its irreplaceable archeological treasures? No matter what he decides, millions must be sacrificed—unless another solution can be found.
With time running out, Data proposes a revolutionary scientific experiment that could save all of Epictetus III, or doom both the planet and the Enterprise as well.


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Beverly CrusherDataGeordi La ForgeJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiWorf, son of MoghMiles O'BrienGanesa MehtaChang Jun-ShingGuinanGriffinJake DaneAnita ObrionAlexander RozhenkoParviz BodoncharHughes HolmanJacques BuleroIris LiangRaymond TamVeronica SorbyJane WebberJensenVida NtumbeJeremy CurtisLxiti LonsRaul ZenderBarbieriWesley CrusherKrystna Peladon


Samas RychiMin MariamnaDorcas DydionCzelaw PonselleLise TuranoLev RobertJames MobutuRobin KnowlesAndrew KolodnyHakim PonselleAsela IbanezDalal GanesaEdmondTeodora TibawaEmilie CasimirOliviaZavir YesedVelensos FamilyArielKwame LandonAshley MorrisCarloDixon-MartinsLecturerPaulo WiegandGena HuongKristin HenriesFord VeniamKathryn Henries

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USS Enterprise-D


Epictetus III

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published order
Previous novel:
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
The Death of Princes
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Future Shock
8th and 9th entries
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Quality of Life

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