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Sight Unseen is a Star Trek: Titan novel by author James Swallow that was first published 29 September 2015.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

In the wake of political upheaval across the United Federation of Planets, Admiral William Riker and the crew of the USS Titan find themselves in uncertain waters as roles aboard the ship change to reflect a new mandate and a new mission. On orders from Starfleet, Titan sets out toward the edge of Federation space to tackle its latest assignment: to work with an alien species known as the Dinac, who are taking their first steps into the galaxy at large as a newly warp-capable civilization.
But when disaster befalls the Dinac, the Titan crew discovers they have unknowingly drawn the attention of a deadly, merciless enemy; a nightmare from Riker's past lurking in the darkness. Friendships will be tested to the limit as familiar faces and new allies must risk everything in a fight against an unstoppable invader; or a horrific threat will be unleashed on the galaxy!


The Titan is ordered to patrol the Alpha Quadrant frontier, of which Riker has just been made sector commander. Vale is made ship's captain, with Riker aboard as a flag officer. Dalit Sarai, a former Starfleet Intelligence officer who supported the Ishan administration, is assigned as first officer. Their first task is to make contact with the Dinac, a race which Starfleet has recently been working with. However, they arrive to find the USS Whitetree has disappeared and the Dinac ship is deserted.

When crewmembers begin experiencing disturbing dreams and then showing signs of injuries they sustained in them, it becomes clear the culprits are the Solanae, the solanagen-based lifeforms who once abducted Riker and Rager from the Enterprise-D. Riker attempts to use the previous defence against them but this triggers a booby-trap on the Dinac ship which produces hundreds of spider-like drones that sabotage the ship before being destroyed.

Having failed to take the whole ship, the Solanae settle for abducting several of the personnel, including Sarai, Troi and Tasha. They end up in an asteroid base with the surviving members of the Whitetree crew and the Dinac.

The Titan tracks the largest concentration of Solanae lifesigns to another asteroid but find only a civilian colony. The group there are called the Ciari, and have turned their back on the abductions. They explain the subspace dimension where they exist is collapsing and their people were analysing the inhabitants of this dimension for both survival and conquest purposes. One of their number, Xikkix, ran the operation on the Enterprise: Repenting, he helps give the Titan crew the knowledge to enter subspace before committing suicide.

The Titan enters the subspace dimension and uses the transporters to hold the Solanae ships in the pattern buffer. Shuttles are sent across to the asteroid and the Titan ends up crashing into it to bring the freed prisoners aboard. It is discovered the Solanae are planning to send the Whitetree back as a bomb loaded with biogenic weapons, to wipe out the Dinac and Ciari and form a bridgehead. Dakal sacrifices himself to destroy it.

Vale offers two Solanae a truce and assistance with their problem but, seeing all other races as inferior, they refuse. The Titan departs, having wrecked the Solanae’s plans, and helps form an alliance with the Dinac and Ciari.



Leonard James AkaarPava Ek'Noor sh'AqabaaBlayOlivia BolajiBalim CelMordecai CrandallZurin DakalFeren DenkenDennisarEveshPeya FellGuoapaHrissHuboseJaqKekilKeltKershulRanul KeruKeyexisiKikkirEllec KrotineKuu'iutEthan KyzakAili LavenaKaren McCreedyMeldokAlyssa OgawaMelora PazlarKlace PolanBowan RadowskiSariel RagerXin Ra-HavreiiShenti Yisec Eres ReeWilliam T. RikerNatasha Riker-TroiKoasa RossiniPaolo RossiniDalit SaraiHolor SetheSobasorGian SortolloSsuraTokizT'PelDeanna TroiTuvokChristine ValeSecondGen White-BlueVidra TabyrTorvig Bu-Kar-NguvVennossReedesa WaenXikkixYakojY'Lira ModanYthiss
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Sar AntilleaJonathan ArcherNanietta BaccoJulian BashirLiam BoothbyBeverly CrusherEliethPral glasch HaajEdward HaglerShelley HutchinsonIshan AnjarKathryn JanewayJaza NajemChristopher JonesAngelina KaminerK'chak'!'opIone KitainGeordi La ForgeNidani LedrahMedeirosMinecciPetersJean-Luc PicardPohodoSe'al Cethente QasRriarrHuilan Sen'karaShullHikaru SuluTaneT'LirinTylithVanessaWorf, son of Mogh


Alpha QuadrantAlpha Quadrant frontier zoneCasrocCasroc orbital stationEarthMarsMilky Way GalaxyRefugeSolStarbase 1 (Earth Spacedock) • Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
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AlaskaAmargosa DiasporaBadlandsBajoran wormholeBenecia ColonyCardassia PrimeDeep Space 9 (II)Delta 1 stationDelta IVDelta QuadrantDenevaEuropafluidic spaceGamma QuadrantGaradius IVGemworldGum NebulaMemory AlphaOrishaPahkwa MajorisPalais de la ConcordeParadasNorth StarSelayTrillius PrimeValo IIVela PulsarVela sectorZofor Beta

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Armstrong (type-11 shuttlecraft) • asteroid-craftescape podHorne (Flyer-class) • Monk (type-9A cargo shuttle) • pinnacesloopUSS Titan (Luna-class) • USS Tokyo (New Orleans-class) • USS Whitetree (Saber-class) • workbee
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USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • galleonUSS Ganymede (Luna-class) • USS Lionheart (Nova-class) • USS ProximarunaboutScimitar (Scimitar-class) • shuttlepodUSS Voyager (Intrepid-class)

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

States and organizationsEdit

Dinac councilDinac Expeditionary InitiativeStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets
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Cardassian Central CommandDaystrom InstituteFederation Science CouncilKlingon Defense ForceRomulan Star EmpireSentry CoalitionSolanae command cadreStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet XenobiologyTholian AssemblyTyphon Pact

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralaide-de-campcadetcaptainchiefchief engineerchief medical officerchief petty officercommandercommodorecounselordiplomatic officerdoctorengineer-commanderensignfleet admiralmidshipmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderLord Councilnoncommissioned officerNumber oneofficerpetty officerPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident Pro Tempore of the United Federation of Planetsrear admiralscience officersector commandersecurity chieftactical officervice admiralXO

Science and technologyEdit

antimatterartificial gravityartificial intelligencebatterybiocomputerbioneural gel packchaotic voidclass-1 probeclass Mcombadgecomputercomputer coredelta radiationdroneframedrysuitelectroplasmaEmergency Medical HologramEPS conduitEVA suitF class starhailholodeckhologramimpulse engineinertial dampenerinfraredintercooler matrixinterplexing beaconisolinear circuitryJefferies tubeK class starkeVLCARSlife supportlight-yearlinguacodemag-locknanoprobeneural netoptical data networkorbitorgano-processorpaddpattern bufferpositronic brainprefix codeprobeprotoplaserquadrebreatherreplicatorRos-Sina-Michael Scalesensorsensor wandShedai meta-genomeshuttlecraftSIMs beaconsonic showerspace stationspectaclesstarshipstructural integrity fieldsubspace communicationsubspace rifttractor beamtranspondertransportertranswarp coretricorderturboliftTyken's Riftultravioletuniversal translatorverteron colliderviewscreenwarp corewarp drivewarp fieldwarp nacellewormholezero gravity

Elements, particles and substancesEdit

acidammoniacopperdilithiumgravitonhalogenhydrogenironmethaneneutrinonickeloxygenpolymersolanagentetryontheragentopalinetransparent aluminumtri-ox compoundtritanium

Weapons and defenceEdit

antimatter warheadauto destructbiogenic weaponcloaking devicecompression phaser rifledeflector arraydeflector shielddisruptorforce fieldisolytic subspace weaponorb-droneparticle beam weaponphaserphaser riflephoton grenadephoton torpedoplasma weaponquantum torpedosoftware weaponTR-120transporter bomb

Other referencesEdit

19th century2378assassinationasteroidatmospherebellbookletBorg Invasion of 2381braincerebral cortexcolonycometcryptolinguistDominion Warespionagefairy taleFederation Starfleet ranks (2370s-2380s)first contactgas giantghostglassGreenwich Mean Timehelmethomeworldhurricaneimzadiion stormJackson metricknifeOort cloudpaperphantompilotpiracyPrime Directiveranksaddlesearchlightsectorsleep-stonesnowstarstar systemStarfleet Survival GuideStarfleet uniform (2373-2386)Starship SpotterStetsonTakedown IncidentTech ClutchtelepathywaterwoodWorld War IIIyellow alert

Flora and faunaEdit

batcatcephalopodcetaceancobracosmozoancutter termitedogfoxgrasshorsehumanoidinsectlampreymagpierainmothsnaketree

Food and drinkEdit

cela teachocolatecoffeeice creamkanarKtarian eggraktajinowhiskey

Spacecraft/station terms and locationsEdit

airlockauxiliary controlaway teambosun's whistlebridgebriefing roombulkheadCaptain's Mastcargo baycockpitcorridordeckdistress signaldocking baydocking ringduty shiftengineeringexplorerheavy cruiserhulllog buoymain shuttlebaynacelle pylonofficers' clubpilot craftprimary hullquartersready roomrefresherreplimatsickbaystarbaseviewport



Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
Absent Enemies
Star Trek: Titan Next novel:
Previous story:
The Poisoned Chalice
Stories by:
James Swallow
Next story:
The Latter Fire


Related storiesEdit


Star Trek: Titan publications and stories
Novels Taking WingThe Red KingOrion's HoundsSword of DamoclesDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Over a Torrent SeaSynthesisSeize the FireFallen GodsThe Poisoned ChaliceAbsent EnemiesSight Unseen
Short stories "Improvisations on the Opal Sea: A Tale of Dubious Credibility" • "Empathy"
Other Works "Star Trek: The Tour" (Short film)

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