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Anything But Alone is a Star Trek: The Original Series manga story from the 2006 anthology "Shinsei Shinsei," published by TokyoPop, written by Joshua Ortega and drawn by Gregory Giovanni Johnson. Beaming down to Ximega II, the Enterprise's landing party were welcomed, yet something was amiss. The colonists seemed unable to remember details of their arrival on the planet, serious wounds healed in seconds, and there were no children anywhere.

SummaryEdit

Captain's Log, Stardate 4010.6.
After delivering much-needed medical supplies to Makus III, the Enterprise has set a new course — Sector 061. A largely unexplored region of space near the Alexisian System.

Lt. Uhura picked up a message on a frequency once used by Ximegans before their world was destroyed more than 100 years ago. Following the message, Kirk, Spock and McCoy beamed down. Peculiarities abounded. Charteil greeted them almost immediately, yet was unaware of the transmission that brought them there, so how did she anticipate their arrival? No remnants of spacecraft were detected, so how did the colony arrive on the planet? Endarch cut himself badly, yet his wound healed in seconds. No children were visible, so how did the colony survive the past 100 years? Staying the night, the landing party resolved to answer those questions.

In the morning, Lin confessed to having sent the signal. Spock detected nanotechnology and realized the truth: that the colony was made up entirely of nano-machines. “Were one to develop a technology capable of storing consciousness as electronic data, it is theoretically possible to combine it with nano-scale engines to generate an entire colony of human beings.” Dr. Prekraft and his wife Lin had saved the colonists’ memories and consciousness into a probe, then replicated them on Ximega II. But then solar flares devastated the simulations, and electromagnetic radiation erased all data on the probe. After a virus killed Lin, Prekraft lost all hope. Using the nano-machines, he recreated the colony from memory, maintaining everyone’s personalities, and had forgotten everyone was an illusion until the Enterprise visited. He struck back at the landing party, creating monsters to attack them. Then the memory of Lin interceded, comforting him, telling him the people from the Enterprise were real and could help him through his pain. The colony dissolved. Later, while recuperating in sickbay, Prekraft thanked the captain for his help.

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CharactersEdit

CharteilEndarchJames T. KirkLinLeonard McCoyPrekraftSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
Referenced only 
JanelNnoffJohn von NeumannMontgomery Scott

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

LocationsEdit

Great LibraryManual labor pavilionSector 061Ximega II
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AlexisianEarthMakus IIIVulcanXimega I

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanXimegan

States and organizationsEdit

Federation StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

20th century22nd centurybreakfastbridgecolonycommunicatordoctorheadacheholographic technologyhumanoidmolecular assembly technologynanotechnologyphysicianphysiologyplanetprobescience officerscientistsolar stormsupernovatechnologyvirus

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