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Wesley's childhood fears come to life… and take over the USS Enterprise!Boogeymen was the 17th book of Pocket Books's numbered series of TNG novels, written by Mel Gilden.

DescriptionEdit

Eric Baldwin is the Federation's premier exologist, a specialist in all manner of alien lifeforms—and one of Captain Picard's oldest, most trusted friends. But Baldwin's discoveries have made him enemies across the galaxy, and now he wants Picard to help him by erasing all traces of his existence.
But Picard soon finds himself with little time to worry about Baldwin's problems. For the USS Enterprise has suddenly become a strange and dangerous place—a ship where assassins lurk in every corner, and even old trusted friends are not what they seem. Threats all masterminded by the strangest race of aliens Picard and his crew have yet encountered…

SummaryEdit

Wesley Crusher's personal log, stardate 43747.3 
I don't seem to be making any progress in my pre-commission course. I'm proficient in science or math, anything for which logical thinking is all that’s needed. But when it comes to command, I don't know if I have what in the 20th century they called "the right stuff".
Commander Riker tells me that being a good commander is at least half intuition. Generally, the more important a question is, the less data you have available to answer it. He says that the skills one uses to decide correctly are more likely to be learned playing poker than chess. Maybe it's too bad I’m such a good chess player.
Commander Riker assures me that even Captain Picard, who likes to do things by the Starfleet book, is as successful as he is only because he knows when to ignore the book and go with his gut feelings. He expects the unexpected. When I told Data about this, he said that expecting the unexpected was, by definition, impossible. Sometimes Data is too literal to get the point.
What about Data? Being a machine, he has no intuition. At least, that's what he tells me. But he is a very complex machine, and the vast number of circuits in his positronic brain—a number that approaches the number of synapses in a Human brain—allows him to manifest behavior that sometimes looks like intuitive thinking. Are appearance and reality ever the same thing? How do you know? Not Mom or Riker or Geordi or even Data can give me a satisfactory answer.
Therefore I have to believe it's possible to learn to be intuitive. Or, if I can’t do that, maybe I can gain so much experience that it will look like intuition. But how can I get experience running a starship? I had a hard time convincing Captain Picard that I belong on the bridge. What are my chances of convincing him that I should sit in the center seat? I have two chances—slim and none. (That's kind of a joke. I'll have to see if Data understands it. He always appreciates an opportunity to understand humor, even when he fails.)
Leaving the Enterprise and going to Starfleet Academy is out of the question. I'll have to go eventually, but right now—
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CharactersEdit

ShubunkinMontEric BaldwinPiligrim
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Chuang TzuSandra BordersJames Thomson

Enterprise personnelEdit

WorfGuinanPerryWesley CrusherWilliam RikerJean-Luc PicardDataBeverly CrusherGeordi LaForgeDeanna TroiWardBirnbergHillerMuiles O'BrienBarbara Winston-SmythUSS Enterprise-D personnel

HologramsEdit

C. ArvakTasha YarEffieRhonda RoweRowe
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PinocchioSherlock HolmesDixon HillChung-TzuRavel

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer)

LocationsEdit

Omega TriangulaeTantamon IVthe galaxy
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Starbase 123Memory AlphaStarfleet AcademyNorth AmericaGrand CanyonShimAxer

Shipboard localesEdit

USS Enterprise-D 
bridgeholodeckquarters (Wesley's)

Races and culturesEdit

androidAxeriiBetazoidBoogeymand'Ort'dHumanKlingonRomulanTantamon IV natives
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BorgBenziteFerengiIconianOrmaTrilgVulcanYahk Shimash

States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleet

Technology and weaponsEdit

androidcircuitcombadgecomputerdeflector shieldintercomisolinear optical chipmusical instrumentnavigational deflectorPADDphaserphoton torpedopositronic brainsensorstarshipsubspace radiotorpedoturboliftuniversal translatorviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titlesEdit

cadetcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommissioned officercounselordoctorensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2360s)first officerflight controllerlieutenantlieutenant commandermission operationsofficeroperations managerscience officersecurity chiefsenior staffspecialisttactical officeryeoman

Other referencesEdit

alienanimalassassinationatmosphereaway teamBorders Scalebraincatchesscommand chaircommunicationsearempathyenergyexologyfirst contactgalaxygovernmenthailing frequencyhumanoidhumorhyperspacehypnotisminsectjokekilometerkittenKobayashi Maru scenariolifeformlightlight speedlog entrylogicmathematicsmeasurementmetermusicnation-statepersonal logplanetpokerpsychologyraces and culturesrandy yeomanrankrecreationsciencespacestarstar systemstardateStarfleet regulationsStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)subspacesynapsetechnologytelepathytimetitletoothuniformuniverseweaponyear

ChronologyEdit

19th century 
Poet James Thomson lives.
20th century 
The term "the right stuff" is in common use.
2366 
Enterprise explores Omega Triangulae.

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ConnectionsEdit

published order
Previous novel:
Contamination
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Q-in-Law
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Captain's Holiday
Pocket Next Adventure:
Tin Man


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