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It’s been said that for any event, there are an infinite number of possible out­comes. Our choices determine which outcome will follow, and therefore all possibilities that could happen do happen across alternate realities. In these divergent realms, known history is bent, like white light through a shattered prism -- broken into a boundless spectrum of what-might-have-beens. But in those myriad universes, what might have been... is what actually occurred.

"Mister Worf -- fire." With those words, William T. Riker defeated the Borg -- and destroyed Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Now, a heartsore Captain Riker must carry on the legacy of the commanding officer and friend whose death he ordered. But crises face him at every turn, from Cardassian aggression to the return of Data’s creator, Noonien Soong. But it is Data’s creation of a daughter, Lal, that may prove to be everyone’s undoing....

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Beverly CrusherWesley CrusherDataGregory DesjardinsAnthony HaftelJ.P. HansonGeordi La ForgeFortinLalLareskMatthew LuekeMacetBenjamin MaxwellThadiun OkonaAlfonse PacelliJean-Luc Picard/LocutusWilliam T. RikerNekar RovilgElizabeth ShelbySokarNoonien SoongT'KrenTraskDeanna TroiDarien WallaceWorfVeridantha zh'Kal
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AristotleDeGiglioKivas FajoGuinanHadenTom HandyPhillipa LouvoisBruce MaddoxW. Somerset MaughamMichelangeloNguyenPinocchioJean-Paul SartreWilliam ShakespeareShanthi

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS GalateaJovisUSS James T. KirkUSS MelbourneUSS New YorkUSS PhoenixUSS TetonCDS Trager (Galor-class)


Callendra StationCour du MaiDre MiraleGalor IVHauts-de-SeineÎlse de la CitéPalais de JusticeParisRiver La SeineStarbase 133Starbase 211Starbase 234
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AlderaminAlpha CentauriCuellar systemEltaninErraiGaltinor PrimeJouret IVKalorna systemKelrabi systemKochabLa BarreMoulismesNedboi IINeuralNew ProvidenceOmicron ThetaPolarisRenevant VISan FranciscoSector 23Starbase 173Starfleet AcademyTerlina III

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianArkeniteBolianBorgCardassianDenobulanHumanKlingonOrionSoong-type androidVulcan
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States and organizationsEdit

Cardassian Central CommandCardassian UnionDaystrom InstituteFederation News ServiceJudge Advocate GeneralRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet CommandStarfleet Research and DevelopmentStarfleet TacticalUnited Federation of Planets
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Gorn HegemonyKlingon EmpireRomulan Star Empire

Other referencesEdit

2364 • "Beyond Antares" • broccoliBurkhardt's diseasecauliflowerCepheusChevalier de BayardCrystalline EntityDracoemotion chipEthika NikomacheiaFilian pythonFourier seriesFundamental Declarations of the Martian ColoniesHamletHuis ClosimzadiLa DéfensePrime DirectiveraktajinoSetlik III MassacrespaghettiStatutes of Alpha IIIUrsa MinorVulcan Bill of RightsWilkes-Takiyah Normalized Behavior ModelZylo eggs


Related storiesEdit

Myriad Universes publications and stories
Prose Infinity's Prism "A Less Perfect Union" • "Places of Exile" • "Seeds of Dissent"
Echoes and Refractions "The Chimes at Midnight" • "A Gutted World" • "Brave New World"
Shattered Light "The Embrace of Cold Architects" • "The Tears of Eridanus" • "Honor in the Night"
Comics The Last Generation "Do Not Close Your Eyes" • "No Cure For That" • "What Happens Now" • "Inevitability" • "The End of History"


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Losing the Peace
TNG novels Next novel:
Paths of Disharmony
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The Star to Every Wandering
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