Force and Motion is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by author Jeffrey Lang that was published on 31 May 2016.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

In 2367, Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the starship Phoenix ordered the destruction of a Cardassian warship and a supply vessel, killing more than six hundred crew members. Maxwell believed that the Cardassians were arming for a new attack on the Federation, and though history eventually proved he was probably correct, the Federation had no choice but to court martial and incarcerate him.
Almost twenty years have passed, and now Maxwell is a free man, working as a maintenance engineer on the private science station Robert Hooke, home to crackpots, fringe researchers, and, possibly, something much darker and deadlier. Maxwell's former crewmate, Chief Miles O'Brien, and O'Brien's colleague, Lieutenant Commander Nog, have come for a visit. Unfortunately, history has proven that whenever O'Brien and Nog leave Deep Space 9 together, unpredictable forces are set into motion...



Sabih AliJulian BashirBellaNita BharadCyrus BrodyNaomi ChaoMichael ClarkCretakDannyAnatoly FinchGingerAbram GuntherTravis HigginsHoneyHorribleJaviBenjamin MaxwellWendy NewshamNogMiles O'BrienJavier RodriquezAmelia RojekRomJake SiskoKen UchihaWinslowWorf, son of MoghVincent Zugay
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Azeni KorenaNanietta BaccoBaras RodiryaBeemanBenaNapoléon BonaparteJim BowieJohannes BrahmsDavy CrockettD'ravsaiDavJadzia DaxElim GarakArin GuntherMark GuntherHexceRobert HookeMarco HuxleyMaria HuxleyMiguel HuxleyIshkaKathryn JanewayElton JohnJames T. KirkLarethLeetaMarcusCarlo MaxwellSofia MaxwellMireaultMornIsaac NewtonBill O'BrienCully O'BrienKeiko O'BrienKirayoshi O'BrienMegan O'BrienMolly O'BrienJean-Luc PicardPrinadoraQuarkMary RatinoffRo LarenRustySelimSeveranBenjamin SiskoJennifer SiskoJennifer SiskoJason StrathamWilliam TravisZerkowski


Deep Space 9 (Nor-class) (Quark's) • Deep Space 9 (Frontier-class) (Quark's (II)) • Earth (AucklandBrigantineHalf Moon BayMexicoNantucket IslandNew JerseyNew ZealandNew Zealand Penal SettlementOtahuhuParisPuerto VallartaStarfleet HeadquartersWaiheke IslandWellington) • Robert Hooke Research Station (Helios-class)
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Acamar IIIBajorBaroliaDenevaDublin (Trinity College) • Empok NorFerenginarIndia (New Delhi) • JapanKorvatMarsMotutapu IslandNew SamarkandNorth America (AbseconMontanaPine BarrensWyoming) • PraxisPromenadeRamatis IIIRegulusRomulan Neutral ZoneSector GeneralSetlik IIIStarbase 8Starbase 46Terok NorVulcanWolf 359

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Amazon (Yellowstone-class runabout) • AubreyUSS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Phoenix (Nebula-class) • Romulan shuttleUSS Rutledge (New Orleans-class) • Wren
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Borg cubecarriageUSS Challenger (Galaxy-class) • USS Constitution (Galaxy-class) • Darius (Xepolite freighter) • USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Erewon-classGalor-classHideki-classKestrel-classKirby (cargo vessel) • tugUSS Voyager (Intrepid-class)

Races and culturesEdit

Alpha CentauranFerengiHuman (BritishCorsicanFrenchIrish) • KlingonRomulanTellarite
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Aldebaran nativeAndorianArcadianBajoranBorgCardassianHortaLurianOrionProphetsShedaiVulcanXepolite

States and organizationsEdit

Ferengi AllianceJudge Advocate GeneralPoliceStarfleetStarfleet IntelligenceUnited Federation of Planets
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Active FourCardassian UnionDominionEarthNavFederation Science CouncilStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet MedicalUniversity of Sydney

Science and TechnologyEdit

airlockadrenalineannular confinement beamanti-gravity engineantimatterantisepticarachnoformartificial gravityartificial gravity generatorartificial intelligenceasteroidatmosphereatmosphere reclaimerautopilotbacteriabatterybiofilterblueshiftcameracarbon dioxidechronometercloaking devicecommunicatorcomputerdimensiondisruptoreddyelectricityenvironmental suitexperimental physicsfrequencyfusion reactorglyceringravitonheadphoneshelmhologramholoprogramholosuiteimpulse engineisolinear chipjouleknitterlife-supportlungsmaglevmagnetic grapplemattermatter-antimatter generatormicrobiologymicroorganismmicroscopyMothernitrogenoxygenpaddphaserphysicsplasma torchplasteelprobepower couplingquantum beekeepingradiationradiation pulserailgunrecovery specialistreplicatorrepulsor field dynamicssaponificationself-sealing stemboltsensorsensor arraysentryShedai meta-genomeshieldshield generatorshrink raysonic screwdriversubspacesubspace communicationsurveyingsynovial fluidtelepathythermonuclear weaponthruster packtorchtractor beamtransceivertransparent aluminumtransportertricorderturboliftuniversal translatoruraniumviewscreenvirusvitelline membranewarp corewarp drivewarp factorwarp nacellewarp speedwaste extractionzero gravity

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralanalystartistbartenderbotanistcadetcaptainCastellan of the Cardassian Unionchemistchiefcommandercommanding officercounselorcyberneticistdirectordoctorengineerfarmerfirst officergeneticistGrand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliancehelmsmanjanitorlandlordlawyerlieutenantlieutenant commandermaintenance engineermatronmetallurgistmission specialistnavigatornoncomofficerphysicistpiratePresident of the United Federation of Planetsprisonerscientistsecurity chiefsenior chief petty officerteacherturbolift technicianweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

20th century22nd centuryabacusalpha shiftanarchyAndorian reproductive crisisaquariumarachnophobiaassassinationbansheebarnBASE jumpingBattle of DenevaBattle of the AlamoBattle of Wolf 359beachBorg Invasion of 2381brigbulkheadcapitalismcaptain's logCardassian conflictCardieCharlotte's Webcommon housecottagecourt martialcrowbardachshunddancediagnosticdistress callDominion Warduct tapeepoxy tipEugenics WarseyeboltfarmfencingFerengi Rules of Acquisitionfirst contactfuelglassglassesgluegunhammerhandkerchiefhangar bayharpoonhelmethikinghullIrish wakejambkegklaxonknifeLatinlatinummalletmedkitThe Minstrel Boymonstermutton stewnooseobituaryoceanoperations centerpatentA Perfect Day for BananafishphotographpianopicnicpiracyPolice StationponytailpubPublic Housequadrantquartersracismrankready roomredshirtreincarnationrepair taperodeoroperunning lightsandalwoodschoolScooby-DoosectorSetlik III Massacresewer systemshartSiege of BastogneStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniform (2278-2350s)Starfleet uniform (2350s-2366)Starfleet uniform (2373-2386)stoolstylussuicidesuit patchsummersurfingtennistoilettotalitarianismvictrolaVisharu Adavuwater bottlewoolwrenchzip-lining

Flora and faunaEdit

apebeebirdbullbullockcatdharadogduckfantailfishgerbilgreat white sharkhaddockhorselocustMongolian gerbilpalm treeratravensharksheepspider

Food and drinkEdit

beerbourbonbroccoliBushmillscoffeeeggGuinnessice creamkreltolivepistachioraktajinoroot beerrumsanarsoyStilton cheesesyntheholteatequilaungaberryvanillavinegarvodkawaterwhiskeywineyak-ja



c. 2348 (38 years prior to 2386) 
Benjamin Maxwell returns to Earth with the ashes of his wife and children following the Setlik III massacre (chapter 2)
c. 2349 (37 years prior to 2386) 
Aboard the USS Rutledge, Miles O'Brien and Naomi Chao consider their relationship (chapter 4)
2367, stardate 44002.3 
The Battle of Wolf 359 took place (referenced in the prologue)
2367, c. stardate 44429.6 
Under the command of Captain Maxwell, the USS Phoenix destroys a Cardassian science station and two Cardassian starships (referenced in chapter 2). O'Brien reencounters Chao, the Phoenix's first officer, following Maxwell's detention (chapter 10). Maxwell briefly speaks to Worf about his actions (chapter 20)
c. 2367 
Maxwell's court-martial takes place at Starfleet Headquarters (chapter 15)
2369 (20 years prior to 2386) 
Nog and Jake discuss their worst day, and Nog remembers his best day—when Ben and Jake Sisko arrived on DS9—and how one gets the rank pips of a commander, like Sisko's (chapter 7 - 20 years prior to 2386 would make this 2366, but Starfleet didn't begin to administer DS9 until 2369. Also, Jake was attending Keiko's school, but Nog had yet to begin attendance)
c. 2375 
Served by Nog, O'Brien and Julian Bashir get drunk in Quark's and reminisce about their best day together: the day they saved the Alamo (chapter 16). At the penal colony, Dr. Gunther asks Maxwell about the first time he thought he was going to die (chapter 21)
February 10, 2381 
Ben Maxwell at the New Zealand Penal Colony on the eve of the Borg invasion (prologue)
c. 2382 
Maxwell tells Dr. Clark about dream in which a gerbil wore an old-style red Starfleet uniform. He remembers a very old joke about redshirts but declines to tell it to Clark (chapter 17)
c. 2383 (three years prior to 2386) 
Maxwell constructs a set of giant robotic legs (chapter 2). He tells Dr. Clark how he accidentally killed the school gerbil when he was a young boy (chapter 18). Maxwell is released from the penal colony and learns of the death of his mother (chapter 6)
c. 2384 (two years prior to 2386) 
Starfleet Intelligence take an interest in a pirate attack on a freighter helmed by Maxwell (chapter 8). Maxwell returns to New Zealand, rescues a dog called Horrible, and meets up with Doctor Clark again (chapter 11)
c. November, 2385 
Maxwell arrives at the Robert Hooke (chapter 19)
December, 2385 
Nog visits Jake at his home in Wellington, New Zealand (chapter 14)
January 2, 2386 
Nog speaks to Rom via a holosuite at Quark's (chapter 3)
January 7, 2386 
Over a drink, Maxwell tells Nita Bharad that O'Brien is coming to visit him (chapter 13)
January 9, 2386 
O'Brien and Nog arrive at the Robert Hooke research station, the Mother escapes containment, and a Romulan turns up to claim his purchase from Dr. Finch (main story)
May, 2386 
Honey arrives at Nita Bharad's home on Earth and tells of how she escaped the Robert Hooke (epilogue)
June, 2386 
Horrible goes missing from Dr. Clark's residence at the Penal Colony, a thank-you note is left (epilogue)

Production historyEdit

Published Order
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Next novel:
The Long Mirage
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The Light Fantastic
Stories by:
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Although the cover image depicts a Type-9 shuttlecraft, a spacecraft very similar to an Enolian shuttle, and the Robert Hooke as one half of a Jupiter Station-type facility, none of these match the descriptions in the novel (although the Robert Hooke is similar). The Wren is described as structurally similar to, but smaller than the Erewon-class transport and is capable of holding at least a dozen people comfortably - something a Type-9 certainly couldn't manage; the Enolian shuttle should be a Romulan shuttle/Kestrel-class ship; and the Robert Hooke is described more like a much smaller Earth Spacedock-type station.

Related storiesEdit


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One‎Avatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnity • "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" • "Andor: Paradigm" • "Trill: Unjoined" • "Bajor: Fragments and Omens" • "Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed" • "The Dominion: Olympus Descending" • WarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending SacrificeThe MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageEnigma TalesOriginal Sin
Miniseries and anthologies The Lives of DaxDivided We FallMission GammaWorlds of Deep Space Nine (Volume One, Two & Three)
Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas

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