Summary Edit

From the back cover: When a famous Federation scientist dies, his son puts his inventions up for sale to the highest bidder -- whether Federation, Klingon, Romulan or Cardassian. Among the items at auction are medical devices, engineering advances -- and a photon pulse cannon capable of punching through a starship's shields with a single shot.

Meanwhile, at the Academy, Wesley Crusher comes to the aid of his best friend -- and finds himself kidnapped by renegade Ferengi bent on controlling the universe through commerce. When they also set their sights on the photon cannon, Captain Picard must find a way to save the Starship Enterprise and the Federation from the deadliest weapon ever known - with every race in the galaxy aligned against him!



Hugh AkstonBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherDakvasDataDoraxiJenny DuBoisFubarGuinanHeavenlyKahlessFred KimbalKurakKurnGeordi La ForgeNanci LeesMunkJean-Luc PicardRaymond RedhefferWilliam T. RikerDmitri SmytheSpotGeorges St. JeanDeanna TroiLwaxana TroiTunkLyle WolfeWorfZek
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Joshua AlbertAllendeAxelBlutBuckminster BoomBophur the UnholdableBernard BoxxZephram CochraneDaxalDyrealCrystal EstesCarl La FongNicholas LocarnoPindogRoqadoxRumpelstiltskinThe TravelerVingeJaymi Zorka

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Glutton (Madison-class) • IKS Hiding FishUSS LexingtonNämemeWrite Off
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USS HoodRyan-class


EarthNovus Alamogordus
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Deep Space 5Delta QuadrantFederation Museum of Earth ArtifactsGamma Amar IVGamma QuadrantStarbase 2Starbase 6Versailles

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Ferengi AllianceFerengi High CommandFerengi High CouncilHatheby's BrokerageStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

chaseumdabodabo girlDirac numberEarl GreyEugenics WarsEugenics Wars Bas-ReliefsFerengi Acquisitional Educational facilityFerengi Rules of Acquisitiongoldgold pressed latinumGrand NagushectobarholosuiteJournal of Plasma ExtrusionsKimbal Clockphotonic pulse cannonThe Pirates of PenzancepokerTreasures of Inner Mongoliavedek

External linkEdit

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Thine Own Self
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Thine Own Self
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