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The USS Enterprise's most deadly foe returns!

SummaryEdit

From the book jacket 
The Borg—half organic and half machine, they are the most feared race in the known galaxy. In their relentless quest for technological perfection, they have destroyed entire star systems, enslaved countless peoples, and, in a single brutal attack, decimated Starfleet's mightiest vessels. Only a final desperate gambit by Captain Picard and the USS Enterprise crew stopped the Borg from conquering the entire Federation. And now they have returned.

OvertureEdit

At Starfleet Academy, Cadet Jean-Luc Picard and his class (including rival Morgan Korsmo) attend a lecture on Starfleet history by Professor Talbot. A topic discussed is the doomsday machine encountered by the USS Constellation and USS Enterprise. Picard speculates that the planet killer could not have come from far outside the galaxy, because its low speed and requirement of planetary masses for fuel would make it incapable of traveling from another galaxy. Before and during the lecture, Picard repeatedly sees a mysterious woman, who disappears quickly and whom no other person is able to see. Later that night, Picard is alone in his quarters when he sees her again. She speaks to him, thanking him for his insight into the origins of the planet killer. She says that it was built to combat the soulless ones who destroyed her kind, and that she would stop them. Puzzled by her words, Picard tries to find out everything he can about the planet killer and its origins, but is unable to answer the questions the woman's appearance left with him.

Act oneEdit

On the planet Penzatti, the family of Dantar the 8th is engaged in a family ritual, when klaxons sound. A Borg ship is approaching. The planetary defense system, completely controlled by computers, analyzes the threat and recognizes the attackers as the Borg. Still, the Penzatti are not worried, because the defense system has always saved them, even from an attack by the Romulans twenty years earlier. However, the defense computers actually welcome the Borg, recognizing their way of life as superior, and the defense systems are deactivated. The Borg begin carving up large portions of the planet, transporting them to their ship with tractor beams. Meanwhile, the Penzatti try to defend themselves on the ground. Dantar the 8th is able to kill a Borg soldier with his energy weapon, but the others quickly adapt with force fields. Dantar is knocked unconscious, and a Borg drone enters Dantar's house. Trying to interact with a computer terminal, the Borg is attacked by Dantar's wife, who is able to stick a knife into the Borg's circuitry. The Borg defends itself, killing one of Dantar's daughters and his eldest son. The piece of Penzatti where Dantar's house stands is the last to be cut up by the Borg. While it is being dragged up, the house collapses, killing the whole family, with Dantar as the last witness. Meanwhile, another ship approaches the Borg cube in orbit and quickly begins an attack. Heavily damaged, the Borg stop transporting the last piece of the planet up, which begins to fall back to the surface. The Borg are able to send a warning to the Borg Collective before their ship is destroyed. The ship that destroyed them moves on.

IntermissionEdit

Act twoEdit

Grand finaleEdit

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

USS Enterprise-D crewEdit

BoyajianTom ChafinBeverly CrusherDataGuinanGeordi La ForgeMeyerMiles O'BrienJean-Luc PicardWilliam RikerSelarDeanna Troi
Referenced only 
LocutusJack CrusherWesley Crusher

USS Repulse crewEdit

ArgyleKatherine PulaskiSethAriel Taggert

USS Chekov crewEdit

GoodmanHobsonMorgan KorsmoElizabeth ShelbyPolly ParkePeelToomey

Other Starfleet personnelEdit

Leah SappTalbotTermanunnamed USS Enterprise-D personnel
Referenced only 
Matthew DeckerJames T. KirkHanson

Fictional charactersEdit

Don QuixoteSancho PanzaDulcinea

Other charactersEdit

Borg dronesReannon BonaventureDantar the 8thDantar the 9thDelcaraLojeneLoskeneDarrMartok (Ferengi)Turane (Vastator) • unnamed Penzatti
Referenced only 
Miguel de CervantesDantar the 6thDantar the 7th

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Borg cube (unnamed Borg cubes) • USS Chekov (Excelsior-class) • USS Curie (hospital ship) • USS Enterprise-D • Turane's ship (unnamed Ferengi starships) • Doomsday machineUSS Repulse (Excelsior-class)
Referenced only 
Phantom CruiserUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Constellation (Constitution-class)

LocationsEdit

Interior locationsEdit

Starfleet Academy 
classroomcorridorquarters
USS Chekov 
bridgeready room
USS Enterprise-D 
bridgeconference roomcorridorholodecksickbayten forward
USS Repulse 
bridgesickbay

Planetary locations and landmarksEdit

Golden Gate BridgeLa ManchaSpainSan Francisco

Planets and planetoidsEdit

EarthPenzatti
Referenced only 
Tri Epsilon Delta

StellarEdit

Howell 320KalishSol systemWolf 359Beta Quadrantsector 001Andromeda Galaxy

Races and culturesEdit

androidBetazoidBorgEl-AurianFerengiGornHumanKlingonnanitePenzattiShginTholian
Referenced only 
OrionRomulan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationFederation CouncilFerengi AllianceKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets

Technology and weaponsEdit

androidantiproton beambiobedblastercommunicatorcomputerforce fieldhologramKeldin blasterknifelancenanitestarshiptractor beamtransportertricorderVISORwarp nacellewindmill

Other referencesEdit

antiprotoncastrodiniumcancercivil warcommunicationsDappleenergygalaxyGodgovernmenthairhistoryhomeworldhorsehyperspaceklaxonlight-yearmoneymoonplanetphilosophyPicard ManeuverrankRozinanteStarfleet Academyweaponzinator

TimelineEdit

2320s 
Picard's Academy days.
2340s 
The Romulans attack Penzatti.
2366 
The Borg begin their approach to sector 001.
2367 
After the Borg are defeated at the Battle of Wolf 359, Starfleet begins rebuilding. The next Borg incursion is at Penzatti.

AppendicesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

published order
Previous novel:
Metamorphosis
TNG unnumbered novels Next novel:
Reunion
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Dark Mirror
Pocket Next Adventure:
Of Cabbages and Kings
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2367.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
An Easy Fast
Section 2
2326
Chapter 1
Next Adventure:
Enter the Wolves


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