For other uses, see Daedalus.

Introduction (blurb)Edit

October 5, 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach.

But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign Charles Tucker III -- "Trip" to his friends -- discovers a flaw in Daedalus 's design. When he confronts Brodesser, the scientist -- as charismatic as he is brilliant -- eases Trip's concerns. The ship launches on schedule, and as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in a catastrophic ion-cascade reaction, killing all aboard.

Thirteen years pass. Still haunted by memories of that disaster, Trip now serves as chief engineer aboard Enterprise. When a freak explosion cripples his vessel, leaving her helpless before a surprise attack, Trip is forced to abandon his ship -- and his shipmates. As he is on the verge of mounting a desperate rescue attempt, however, a shocking turn of events forces him to confront the ghosts of Daedalus one final time.


The story continues in the novel Daedalus's Children, also by Dave Stern.



Regular charactersEdit

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

Recurring charactersEdit

DuelDonna O'Neill

Other charactersEdit

Victor BrodesserJ. G. CooneyD'LayMonique DuvallElla'jarenFaneFerik ReeveKairnLind UsdanN'RolOrnellRoyceK.P. RyanSadir LyattStannisTrant NeesaVonnWesterberg
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AckerAliciaBrigidaZephram CochraneCoxDanielsDirschElsonJerrodMakandrosOliviaSandersonDower SangSteve Yermish

Starships and vehiclesEdit

DaedalusEclipseEnterprise (NX-01) (NX-class) • IrgunLessanderNightShadowShuttlepod 1StrandT'Pol (Suliban cell ship)


Cole 128 systemDenariKota systemK'Pellis ClusterKreshVox PrimeVox 4
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BurkheltNew IrlaRisa

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Miners Guild

Other referencesEdit

cascading ion drivechesscloaking deviceDaedalus Projectdeuteriumdiagnostic spannerdicodnineepinephrinefossumgravitic mineintermix chamberionK'uda luminosity spectrummining shipoxygenpisarkoPorthosscurvyseelasereus mantaThe Song of El CidstereoisomertritiumX-ray

Related storiesEdit


Takes place just prior to Captain Archer's capture by Skalaar on March 21, 2153.


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Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels set during the series By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenLast Full MeasureRosetta
set after the series The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of BabelUncertain LogicLive by the CodePatterns of Interference )
published order
Previous novel:
Surak's Soul
Enterprise novels Next novel:
Daedalus's Children
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
First Flight
Pocket Next Adventure:
Daedalus's Children
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2153.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
2139 and 2140 Next Adventure:
Egg Drop Soup

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