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Introduction (blurb)Edit

In their first few weeks in space, Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the Enterprise have already discovered several new species and explored strange new worlds. But each planet brings new discoveries... and new dangers.

The Fazi, whose ultraregulated culture ranges from strict conversation protocols to unvarying building designs, inhabit half of a planet discovered by Enterprise. But after a disastrous first contact with the ruler of the Fazi, Archer must depend on Vulcan science officer T'Pol and communication specialist Ensign Hoshi Sato to help him mend relations with the people of this planet, and unravel the mystery of the other creatures living on the world.


Enterprise comes across a planet inhabited by a race known as the Fazi, who have a highly structured society even though they have recently achieved space travel. Archer makes contact with them but the first meeting goes disastrously when he fails to follow the protocol for speaking in turn.

Meanwhile, Reed has become curious about an apparently primitive spiderlike race who live on the planet's southern continent and discovers they are actually an advanced underwater civilisation. Archer again contacts the Fazi leader, Draa, but he brings the conversation to an abrupt end when Archer mentions the other race.

Mayweather takes a team to the aliens' village to collect samples but when the aliens reappear suddenly, Crewman Edwards collapses in pain when they surround him. An attempt to retrieve him with the transporter accidentally brings one of the aliens onboard as well and, when two security guards also collapse in his presence, Archer has the alien secured in the brig.

T'Pol and Phlox realize the aliens communicate telepathically using a focused beam of psionic energy, which is damaging and potentially fatal to humanoid brains. Hoshi is able to develop a translator that converts thoughts into words and vice versa and junior engineers Novakovich and Williams are able to devise a psionic shield to protect Archer from the alien's thoughts. With these, Archer communicates with the alien, a Hipon, who explains his people colonised the worlds two thousand years previous when the Fazi were still primitive. Their attempts to communicate with them have proved fatal, for reasons that they didn't understand until now.

Mindful of affecting the aliens' development too much, Archer manages to establish peaceful relations with both races before leaving the planet in the hope they can build a beneficial relationship on their own.



Regular charactersEdit

Jonathan ArcherTravis MayweatherPhloxMalcolm ReedHoshi SatoT'PolCharles "Trip" Tucker III

Recurring charactersEdit

Elizabeth CutlerEthan Novakovich

Other charactersEdit

James AndersonDanielsDraaJamal EdwardsPointerWilliams

Fictional charactersEdit

AbeBerthaMr. DoomDr. MeanHorsemanRustUnk

Starships and vehiclesEdit



Referenced only 

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

States and organizationsEdit

Fazi High CouncilUnited Earth Starfleet

Other referencesEdit

coffeecookieCouncilmanfirst contactjasminemess hallPorthosPrime DirectiveRPGRustsandwichuniversal translator

Related storiesEdit


  • Ensign Hoshi Sato is referred to as Ensign Hoshi (it should be Ensign Sato).
  • Elizabeth Cutler is referred to as an ensign (she is an enlisted crewmember).
  • Novakovich is given the first name of Alex twice in Chapter Three (it should be Ethan).

Chronological placementEdit

  • According to "Fight or Flight", Enterprise didn't encounter any other species since leaving Qo'noS, so this novel must be set after that episode. It is also stated to take place "a few weeks" after the episode "Strange New World".


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