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For other uses, see Hearts and Minds.

Hearts and Minds is a 2017 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by author Dayton Ward.


An electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe.
2031: United States Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon, it’s learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies which for more than eighty years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost…
2386: Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there’s more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history…



Enterprise-E personnelEdit

Austin BraddockT'Ryssa ChenBeverly CrusherRavel DyganDina ElfikiJoanna FaurTamala HarstadRennan KonyaJean-Luc PicardRene PicardJill RosadoAneta ŠmrhováStathamT'SonaTaurikVelsonGary WeinribWorf
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Hegol Den

Starfleet personnelEdit

Leonard James Akaar
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Jonathan ArcherEdward JellicoJames T. KirkAlynna NechayevOwen ParisWilliam T. RikerWilliam Ross


Natalie KoromaJonathan McAllisterMestralGary Seven
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Elizabeth AndersonCynthia FisterRoberta LincolnIan PendletonRyan Vitali

Earth residents, 21st centuryEdit

Jason BayleyRoss BullockHeather BurdenCushmanWilliam DavisonMartin EsparzaErika FigueroaJeni FronteraKirsten HeffronGerald Markham (Donovan Kincaid) • Scott ReuRain RobinsonDerrick SappAlyssa SchmidtMatthew SmithGeoffrey StantonEric Tate
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Zefram CochraneJohn CooleyDaniel MadsenDaniel RobinsonDaniel Wheeler


Valmiki GoswamiMeredith HarperPark Ji-hu
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Neil ArmstrongShaun Geoffrey ChristopherJohn GlennJohn KellyRose KumagawaAndrei NovakovichAlan ShepardAmy Sisson



Other charactersEdit

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Nanietta BaccoLiam BoothbyOctavia E. ButlerC.J. CherryhArthur C. ClarkeOzla GranivRobert A. HeinleinSpockKellessar zh'TarashChuck YeagerMin Zife

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • Novradir (planetary security vessel) • Peacemaker 1V-22 Osprey (helicopter)
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aerial crane helicopterAmerican Airlines Flight 77Ares IIIAres IVAres VChallenger (Space shuttle) • ESS CharybdisColumbia (Space shuttle) • Enterprise (NX-class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • F-35A (fighter jet) • freighterFriendship One/UESPA-1USS Lewis & ClarkMarine Corps transport planeNomadpatrol shipPhoenixPoklori gil daraQuark's TreasureUSS RoanokeSaturn V (rocket) • Sphere 194 (Borg sphere) • TheseusUSS Titan (Luna-class) • Voyager 6Xuanzang


Beta QuadrantEizand space stationOdyssean PassSol systemSralanya (Ponval) • Vorlyntal system
California (Griffith ObservatoryLos AngelesSan FranciscoStarfleet HeadquartersVandenberg Air Force Base) • Georgia (BloomingdaleFort Benning) • Missouri (Kansas City) • New York CityPacific OceanScotland (Isle of Arran) • Virginia (Langley Air Force BasePentagon) • Washington, D.C.
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Aegis homeworldAlpha Quadrantasteroid beltBetazedCardassiaInternational Space StationJupiterLuna (Aldrin City Archives Annex) • MarsMcKinley StationPacificaRisaSaturnTezwaVulcan (Lake YuronT'Paal)
Atlantic OceanCaribbeanChina (FuzhouJiuquan Satellite Launch Center) • Colorado (DenverPeterson Air Force Base) • EgyptFalls ChurchFlorida (Cape CanaveralIndian RiverKennedy Space Center) • GuamIndiaJapanKazakhstanLebanon (Beirut) • MauiNew Mexico (Roswell) • North Carolina (Camp Lejunne) • North Dakota (Minot Air Force Base) • North KoreaPakistanPennsylvania (Raven Rock) • RussiaSavannahSingaporeSouth AmericaSouth KoreaVietnamWest Africa (Sierra Leone) • West PointWorld Trade Center

Races and culturesEdit

BenziteBetazoidCapellanCardassianEizand (Tevent) • Human (AmericanAsianChineseIndian) • KlingonVulcan
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AndorianBajoranBolianBorg • Eizand (GaljYilondra) • RaqilanRomulanTholian

States and organizationsEdit

AegisDepartment of DefenseDepartment of Temporal InvestigationsMajestic 12 (Initiative 2031) • NASAStarfleetStarfleet CommandTevent ArmyTevent Central ControlTevent CoalitionUnited Earth Space Probe AgencyUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America (United States Air ForceUnited States ArmyUnited States Marine CorpsUnited States Navy)
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al-QaedaAres programBorg CollectiveDominionEastern CoalitionEuropean Space AgencyFederation Councilfire departmentGemini programKlingon EmpireManhattan ProjectNational Security AgencyNBCObsidian OrderOptimum MovementpoliceProject Blue BookProject CygnusRomulan Star EmpireSection 31Space Shuttle programStarfleet AcademyStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet Security SchoolTal ShiarTholian AssemblyUnion of Soviet Socialist RepublicsUnited NationsUnited States Military AcademyUnited States Space CommandUnsungWashington Post

Ranks and titlesEdit

agentambassadorassistant chief engineerassistant directorassistant team leaderastronautaviatorbureaucratcabana boycadetcaptainchief engineercollaboratorcommanderCommander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleetcontact specialistcorporalcounselorcyberspace operations officerdeputy security chiefdetaineediplomatdirectorDirector of NASAdoctorengineerensignexchange officerfighter pilotfirst officerfleet admiralflight controllerflight directorforensic technicianfuturistgame designergardenerglinngroundskeepergunnery sergeanthistorianinterrogatorinvestigative journalistjournalistlance corporallieutenantlieutenant commandermajormaster chief petty officernetwork systems officeroperations managerpathologistpetty officerpolice chiefPresident of the People's Republic of ChinaPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident of the United States of AmericaPresident Pro Tempore of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Tevent Coalitionprovisional liaisonrear admiralreporterscience officerscience reporterscientistsecurity chiefsecurity officersergeantsociologistteam leaderwriter

Science and technologyEdit

ablative armoraccess cardadrenalineantigravityantimatter containment systemartificial gravityatmosphereautomated attack response systemautopsybatteryBeta 7Beta 8biometric interfacebiometric monitorbloodblood cellcameracard slotchronometerClass Mcoalcomacombadgecomputercremationcryogenic suspension support systemcryogenicsdeep-space telescopedeflector shielddigestive systemDNAEizand pistolelectromagnetic pulse generatorelectromagnetic resonanceelevatoremailemergency burst transmitterfacial recognitionfeedback pulseforensicsfossil fuelfrequencyGeiger countergenetic engineeringgeothermal energyGlockheads-up displayhibernationholodeckinertial dampenerinternetintrusion detection systemion plasma propulsionlaptoplidarlunglung cancerM4A3 carbine assault riflemaster systems displaymicrophonemineralmissilemobile phonenatural gasnavigational databasenuclear reactornuclear warheadnuclear weaponocular implantorbital defense networkorepetroleumpharmaceuticalsplasmaprobepulseradiationradiorefrigeratorreplicatorrepulsor-liftrespiratory systemrogue cometsatellitesatellite communications networksensorsensor arrayservoshield emittersmartphonesolar energysolar energy collection networksound dampeningstellar cartography databasestun gunsublightsubspace communicationssubspace relaysurveillance cameratablettelephonetelevisionthermal optictissue regeneration unitTitan Vtransportertricorderuniversal translatorwarp corewarp drivewarp five enginewarp nacelleweapons platform

Dates and eventsEdit

19471949195719581968198319861996200120032020203420351940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2020s2030s19th century20th century21st century22nd centuryAprilAugustBattle of Sector 001Bell RiotsBorg Invasion of 2381Cold WarDominion WarJuneMarchNovemberOccupation of BajorRoswell IncidentSeptemberSeptember 11Space agespringTezwa AffairVietnam WarWorld War III

Food and drinkEdit

Altair waterbreadcoffeeEarl Greyfruitgrapefruit juicegritshoneysucklekervalaoatmealomeletteorange juiceraspberryscotchsteaktoastwhipped butter

Other referencesEdit

2001: A Space OdysseyApollo 13arboretumarchive annexartart gallerybandagebarnbarracksbeachbiological warfareblack siteblanketbleacherblousebookbrinkmanshipbulletbunk bedbunkerbutton-down shirtcalendarcampingcanecatcavechemical warfareclockcombat bootcollagecolored markercontrol stationcottagecourtyarddartsThe Day the Earth Stood Stilldecorative artsdiplomacyduel citizenshipduty shiftEnglish languageextraterrestrial biological entityeye shieldfailsafefarmhousefedorafiling cabinetfilmfireplacefiring squadfishingFlag of IndiaFlag of South KoreaFlag of the United States of Americaflight suitflowergardengumhandkerchiefHappy Bottom Riding Clubhayhelmethigh-security asset communityinfirmaryinterrogationJefferies tubejumpsuitkhakiskey cardKhitomer Accordsleashliteraturemagazinemapmeditationmedkitmemorial serviceminibarMonet Roommoneymosaicmountainmuseummutually assured destructionnewspapernuclear warfareorder packetpaperparachutepenpencilpinpine treeposterPrime DirectivePriority oneprisonpyramidquarantineradar stationravinered alertreligionretirementriverroberocking chairSanctuary districtscience fictionscience labshadow governmentsheepstar chartStarfleet uniform (2373-2386)street lampsunglassesSunrise on Zeta Minortactical equipment vestterrorismtime zonetreatytrouseruranium-enrichment facilityurnvelcrovisaVulcan nerve pinchWaldorfThe War of the Worldswet barwristwatchyellow alert




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 ArrowHeadlong FlightHearts and Minds

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