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Headlong Flight is a 2017 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by author Dayton Ward.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.

Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice....


The Enterprise is surveying a nebula when they come across a planet that has just appeared out of nowhere. They receive a message warning them to stay away but Picard sends Worf and an away team across in a shuttlecraft. However, just after they land, the planet shifts to another dimension. Worf's team learn the planet is Ushalon and it is occupied by a small science team from the Sidrac race. They were experimenting with travel to other dimensions and managed to send probes to five such dimensions. However, the first attempt at a shift sent the whole planet along, leaving them shifting between the five dimensions, none of which is their native one.

One of the dimensions in a parallel 2367 where the Enterprise-D is commanded by Riker. Another is an alternate 2266, where the probe and the appearance of the planet draws the attention of a Romulan bird-of-prey. The Romulans attempt to send a team down to Ushalon where they are quickly overpowered and captured by Worf's group. The Romulans' attempts to halt the shift damages the equipment, resulting in both their ships and the Enterprise-D being shifted to the Enterprise-E's dimension.

After initial hostilities, Picard is able to convince the Romulans to work with the two Enterprises. The crews work out a way to use pulses from the deflector dish to control the shifts and in short order the Romulans, the Enterprise-D and the Sidrac are returned to their own dimensions.



U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)Edit

T'Ryssa ChenBeverly CrusherDina ElfikiJoanna FaurRennan KonyaGeordi La ForgeJean-Luc PicardAneta ŠmrhováTaurikGary WeinribWorf, son of Mogh

U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D, an alternate timeline)Edit

Wesley CrusherDataGeordi La ForgeKatherine PulaskiWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiWorf, son of MoghNatasha Yar




Odyssean PassUshalon

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • shuttlecraftVas Hatham-class bird of prey

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Romulan Star EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technologyEdit

Class Rdimensionnebulatransphasic torpedo

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincommandercounselordoctorlieutenant commanderlieutenantscientist

Other referencesEdit

away teamplanet

Background informationEdit

Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Losing the PeacePaths of DisharmonyIndistinguishable from MagicThe Struggle Within‎The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body ElectricThe Stuff of DreamsThe Crimson ShadowPeaceable KingdomsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHell's HeartThe Jackal's TrickThe Hall of HeroesHeadlong FlightHearts and Minds


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