See also The Human Factor, a TOS story by Peter Pan Records.


Q wakes up to find himself without his powers and with a young Lwaxana Troi, who believes he is her husband Ian Andrew Troi and they are on their honeymoon. Although slightly bemused, Q ends up playing along with it.

Q then finds himself as Jack Crusher onboard the Stargazer during the Battle of Maxia. When Picard orders the destruction of the already crippled Ferengi starship, Q is unable to carry out the order. He then finds himself in the courtroom from his first encounter with the Enterprise crew, with Wesley as judge, and is pronounced guilty.

Q ends up in the company of the Traveler and admits to him that humans are a remarkable race. Wesley observes the conversation from a distance: He has been testing Q at the request of the Continuum to see how he has been changed by his encounters with humanity. The values Q has learned will now be used to inspire all Q.

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Wesley CrusherQThe TravelerLwaxana Troi
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Jack CrusherIan Andrew Troi

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USS Stargazer (Constellation-class cruiser)


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Q Continuum

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Battle of Maxia



published order
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Protecting Data's Friends
Strange New Worlds VI
Strange new worlds 6
Next story:
Tribble in Paradise
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
War Stories, Book 1
Starbase 92
Pocket Next Adventure:
An Errant Breeze
Previous Adventure:
Eleven Hours Out
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Next Adventure:
Double or Nothing
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2375.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
An Easy Fast
Sections 4 and 6
Ian Troi section
Next Adventure:
The Art of the Impossible
Previous Adventure:
Jack Crusher section
Next Adventure:
Home Fires
Chapters 4-9