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Introduction (blurb)Edit

At last, the long awaited novel featuring both famous crews of the starships Enterprise in an epic adventure that spans time and space. Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) are faced with their most challenging mission yet - rescuing renowned scientist Zefram Cochrane from captors who want to use his skills to conquer the galaxy.

Meanwhile, ninety-nine years in the future on the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), Picard must rescue an important and mysterious person who safety is vital to the survival of the Federation.

As the two crews struggle to fulfill their missions, destiny draws them closer together until past and future merge - and the fate of each of the two legendary starships rest in the hands of the other vessel...


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The book begins with an aged James Kirk, ready to retire from Starfleet, visiting the Guardian of Forever one last time. The Guardian has been inactive since a few years after he discovered it, (TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever") and a researcher there requests that he ask it a question. He does, and it doesn't respond. But when the researcher walks away, leaving Kirk alone with his regrets, he whispers the word "Why?", and the Guardian answers...

Zefram Cochrane has just returned from his historic first warp flight – to Alpha Centauri and back in just eight months. His friend and patron Micah Brack warns him that the Optimum – a militaristic political movement bent on the eradication of any person deemed genetically and/or ideologically "inferior" – has taken an interest in his work, and that a high-level officer, Colonel Adrik Thorsen, will arrive in a few hours. Brack explains that he's about to release the warp research he funded, royalty-free, because he believes the Optimum's rise will result in a bloody, planet-leveling war, and he wants extrasolar colonies established well before then. He arranges for Cochrane to be taken to a secret lab where he can continue his research outside the Optimum's grasp.

Nearly twenty years later, Cochrane returns to Earth. The Optimum has taken power across most of the civilized world, suspending the Constitution in the United States, imprisoning the British royalty, and everywhere making sure to "contain" nonoptimals. Thorsen captures Cochrane and demands that he explain how to build a "warp bomb." During early research on the warp drive, an accident caused an antimatter explosion. Everything within eighteen meters of the equipment disappeared without even a trace of radiation. The diameter was determined by the laws of physics and couldn't be changed – but Thorsen refuses to believe that. Cochrane eventually escapes, nearly killing Thorsen in the process – making him suboptimal. With prosthetic enhancements, Thorsen survives World War III and comes after Cochrane in his old age, killing the scientist's wife. Cochrane flees his home in the Alpha Centauri system and disappears.

Eventually Cochrane winds up on the planetoid Gamma Canaris, having been rescued by the Companion.

Years later, the Enterprise under command of Captain Kirk is called to answer for a mysterious transmission from a person who appears to be Nancy Hedford, who was thought to be dead. The Enterprise discovers that Cochrane has been kidnapped by the Optimum. They rescue Cochrane, and eventually begin to head toward a black hole to escape the Optimum.

Eighty years in the future, Picard's crew has been dispatched to retrieve a "special science package" from the same black hole. In a strange twist of black hole physics, both Enterprise's end up trapped inside the same black hole, time having been compressed. The two ships cannot communicate with each other in order to preserve the timelines. Eventually, the Enterprise-D is able to rescue Cochrane, and both ships escape the Optimum. Thorsen's consciousness is destroyed when Picard destroys an ancient artifact containing all that is left of him.

The story fast forwards to just after the Enterprise-D is lost on Veridian. Picard and Riker are on Titan, when Picard receives a letter that had been written to him before his birth. He discovers it is from Kirk, who is finally telling him the entire story.

The final scene is back at the Guardian, where we discover that the entire story was a revelation to Kirk, an answer to his question, "Why?"



John BurkeMonica Burke-CochraneZefram CochraneFlint (Micah Brack)Richard GalenMaryOkudaSarekSternbachAdrik Thorsen
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Neil ArmstrongBuck BokaiGautama BuddhaOliver CromwellCrossDaarDelgadoPhillip GreenStephen HawkingJeinNewsonKhan Noonien SinghYoshikawa

Starships and vehiclesEdit

armored troop carrierBetsylimousinelunar transport diskNautilus-classOrbital Fighter Escortorbital transfer unit
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BonaventureGreat WesternCity Of Utopia PlanitiaJohn Cabalmaglev trainsailing clippersteamshipyacht


Earth (Battersea StadiumBuckingham PalaceHeathrow AirportHighgate PrisonLondonVictoria Station/Thorsen Central HubWED Research Platform) • Titan (Christopher's Landing) • Gateway (Ellison Research Outpost)
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Altair IVBradbury's Landing • Earth (AfghanistanAtlantic OceanBristolHawaiiIndiaLos AngelesNatalNew York CitySan FranciscoSandringham HouseSeoulStockholmSyria) • Luna (Copernicus CityKashishowa Station) • MarsNeptuneRG-1522SolWolf 359 (Stapledon Center)

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Brack InterplanetaryCochrane Foundation for the Study of MultiphysicsFerengi AllianceHer Majesty's Royal Resistance ForceNew United NationsOptimal Republic of Great BritainOptimum MovementPiaget SARolls-RoyceRomulan Star EmpireUnited Federation of Planets
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Analytical CommitteeAustrian EmpireBritish EmpireChinese EmpireLondon KingsManchester DruidsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMartian ColoniesOttoman EmpirePrussian EmpireRoyal Astronomical SocietyThe TimesUnited Nations IntelligenceUnited States of America

Other referencesEdit

astronomerbaseball batbaseball glovecolonelcorporalEM shieldfistgunGuardian of Foreveridentification cardimpulse engineindustrialistinertial dampenernanotechnologynorsehlatneural inhibitoropticsOzymandiasparticle cannonphotographPost-Atomic HorrorPreserver obeliskspray hypostring quartetThe Walrus and the Carpenterwarp driveWorld SeriesWorld War IIIzombie (mercenary)Anglo-Zulu Warantimatterarmored infantryartificial intelligence surrogateasteroid interceptorbaseballbattlefield pulse emitterbotanical engineerClark corollaryCambridge RiotsCasino RoyaleEmergency Measures Act of 2076Eugenics WarsEurodollarfanjetfig treeFourth WorldFundamental Declarations of the Martian Coloniesglasshome plateJames BondJosephson probelacrosseLaw of Parallel Planet Developmentliquid vacuum telescopelithium convertermatterOpium Warparatrooperradiation armorrationingshredderbombsynapseTheory of Special RelativityTreaty of LondonWorld War II


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