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From the back cover
The Starship Titan continues on her outward voyage of discovery. Ranging farther and farther from Federation space, Captain William Riker and the crew look forward to living Starfleet’s mission: seeking out new life, discovering new civilizations.
Striking a “sandbank”—a spatial distortion—the Titan is knocked out of warp, her crew shaken up but uninjured. Titan has stumbled across a battlefield, and floating in it, shattered and in pieces, are the remains of a ship. Searching for survivors, they discover the ship never had a crew. The away team removes the computer core, looking for answers. Once the device is restored, it becomes clear this is not just a computer, but a thinking, reasoning artificial intelligence.
It identifies itself as SecondGen White-Blue, it comes from a civilization composed entirely of sentient computers. Eons ago these artificial intelligences were charged to be the first line of defense against The Null—a destructive force so all consuming that generation upon generation have waged unending war trying to find a way to beat back this terror. Captain Riker offers to assist them, but years of war have left the AIs distrustful and suspicious, especially of organics.
The tide of the battle is turning, The Null is winning. Set free, it will destroy everything in this system and then, unchecked, spread its mindless destruction into the heart of the Federation.

SummaryEdit

When the Titan detects a binary star system ahead, the ship investigates and comes across subspace distortions and the remains of a spacecraft. Vale takes a team across to search for survivors only to discover that the craft was itself a sentient being. Its computer core, White-Blue, is taken aboard the Titan. Soon after, another sentient ship, Cyan-Grey, arrives and, unable to communicate with the Titan and believing it guilty of grave robbing, attacks. White-Blue temporarily takes over the ship in order to transmit a message halting the attack.

Cyan-Grey tows the damaged Titan back to its home planet, aiming to make recompence for the mistake. The other sentient machines agree to effect repairs, although there is opposition from many including the belligerent Red-Gold. They also discover they are at war with a force known as the Null, which emerges from subspace ruptures and is deadly to their universe. Riker and several other crewmembers, notably Vale and Keru, are mistrustful of the machines but reluctantly allow White-Blue onboard to supervise repairs. The paranoia increases when it becomes clear White-Blue has helped the Titan's computer achieve sentience and generate a holographic avatar fashioned after Minuet.

Tuvok takes an away team in the shuttlecraft Holiday to supervise the loading of a shipment of deuterium but it is interrupted by an attack from the Null. The Holiday is destroyed protecting the shipment and the emergency beam out is redirected by the exiled FirstGen Zero-Three, who reveals to Tuvok and the others that the Sentries were created by an organic race who attempted to build subspace gateways to explore the cosmos but instead created subspace ruptures that allowed the Null to pass through. Zero-Three attempts to return home but only succeeds in creating a bigger rupture that allows the Null through. Tuvok and the others are beamed off as Zero-Three self-destructs.

Meanwhile, Red-Gold has attempted to capture the Titan after realising the computer avatar could be the beginning of a race of ThirdGens composed of pure data but is foiled by a dekyon pulse. The Titan joins with the Sentries to battle the Null, with Red-Gold being destroyed during the conflict, but brute force fails to affect the Null since it can exist in both universes simultaneously. Xin, Melora and White-Blue realize their only option is to seal the rift from subspace...and the only being that could survive there is the avatar. The avatar voluntarily sacrifices herself and the Null left stranded in the normal universe dies.

The Sentries are left with their purpose gone and unable to use their subspace shear technology for fear of creating further rifts. Riker offers them Federation assistance in building their own society but is surprised when White-Blue requests to join his crew.

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CharactersEdit

BlayOlivia BolajiBralikBalim CelCrandallZurin DakalFeren DenkenDennisarPeya FellFirstGen One-FiveFirstGen Two-SevenFirstGen Three-FourFirstGen Zero-ThreeFirstGen Zero-NineJaqK'chak'!'opRanul KeruEllec KrotineKuu'iutAili LavenaMcCreedyMeldokMinuetY'lira ModanN'keyatrAlyssa OgawaOnntaTasanee PanyarachunMelora PazlarSariel RagerXin Ra-HavreiiShenti Yisec Eres ReeWilliam RikerSecondGen Black-SilverSecondGen Cyan-GraySecondGen Green-GreenSecondGen Red-GoldSecondGen Silver-GreenSecondGen White-BlueHolor SethePava Ek'Noor sh'AqabaaTitan AvatarTorvig Bu-Kar-NguvNatasha Miana Riker-TroiDeanna TroiTuvokTylithChristine ValeYthiss
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Jonathan ArcherB-4BaarsJunol DakalDataRichard DaystromdesYogFirstGen Zero-OneFirstGen Zero-TwoFirstGen Zero-ZeroIra GravesSean HawkErika HernandezHsuuriMark JamesonJaza NajemKesarKeyexisiJames T. KirkLoreJames MoriartyMinuetJean-Luc PicardBowan RadowskiHuilan Sen'karaBenjamin SiskoNoonien SoongT'PelIan Andrew TroiAlan TuringUnünüüV'GerNatasha Yar

LocationsEdit

Alpha QuadrantCanis Major RegionThe Low NoteNFC 828-90-223NGC 6281Sirius complex
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Alpha MajorisAndorAxionBajorBynausCardassiaCelestial TempleChoblavCygnet XIVDelta QuadrantDropletEarthEfrosGemworldIzarLake ArmstrongLumbuMemory AlphaMemory PrimeMount TarhanaNew OrleansOrishaSol systemStarbase 74Taurus ReachVulcan

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Titan (Luna-class) • Holiday (Aquashuttle-class) • La Rocca
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USS AventineColumbia (NX-02)USS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-EUSS LunaUSS RheaScimitarUSS VoyagerUSS YamatoGalaxy-class

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBajoranBenziteBetazoidBoslicCardassianCatullanChoblikCygnianDeltanEfrosianElaysianHumanKasheetanNapeanNullOrionPahkwa-thanhPak'shreeSelaySeleneanSelkieSentryTrillVok'shaVulcan
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BorgBreenBynarByzantineCaeliarExocompIconianJem'HadarKlingonPathfindersRemanRomulanShedaiSpecies 8472Suliban

States and organizationsEdit

Governance KernelSentry CoalitionStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Borg CollectiveDaystrom InstituteStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet Research and Development

Other referencesEdit

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InformationEdit

AppendicesEdit

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 Enemies
Short stories "Improvisations on the Opal Sea: A Tale of Dubious Credibility" • "Empathy"
Other Works "Star Trek: The Tour" (Short film)

BackgroundEdit

  • The working title for this novel was Ascension. [1]

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Published Order
Previous novel:
Over a Torrent Sea
Titan novels Next novel:
Typhon Pact
Seize the Fire
Previous story:
The Black Flag
Stories by:
James Swallow
Next story:
The Slow Knife
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