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"An Infinite Jest" is the seventh issue of Marvel Comics's Star Trek Unlimited series, published in January 1998. This issue is the second issue of the series to feature a single feature-length story, and the first of the series to have a crossover interaction between The Original Series and The Next Generation. Previously, Issue 6 had a feature length story that omitted TOS from Unlimited for the first time (due to the Telepathy War crossover), while Unlimited, Issue 4 had a TOS and TNG tie-in, although the two series did not directly interact in the two stories in that issue.

Description

Two starships, two crews – one adventure! Trelane and Q cause Kirk and Picard to change places!

Summary

Log entries

First officer's log, stardate 49827.5 (October 30, 2371, William T. Riker recording).
Today sees the launch of the USS Enterprise-E of the new Sovereign-class. She's a fine craft, a credit to her name. Yet it's a time of pride tinged with regret. The Enterprise-D got us out of more scrapes than I care to recall. She went before her time on Veridian III. I think the captain took it harder than any of us, as if part of him died down there.
Captain's log , supplemental (recorded by James T. Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise-E).
We're in orbit around Salvation. Kang is holding back, waiting for word on his promised weapons technology. At present lying to a Klingon is the least of my worries.
Captain's log , supplemental (recorded by Jean-Luc Picard aboard the USS Enterprise).
Orbiting Salvation, I sense the final act of this surreal drama is finally about to be played out. Sensors indicate Gowron's ship is in pursuit and closing fast... I only hope we can resolve the so-called secret of Salvation in time!

References

Characters

Pavel ChekovBeverly CrusherDataGowronKangJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLeonard McCoyJean-Luc PicardQWilliam RikerMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTrelaneDeanna TroiNyota UhuraWorfunnamed Klingons (Kang and Gowron's crews)
Referenced only
Robert AprilJack CrusherWesley CrusherJocelyn McCoyChristopher PikeKyle RikerBenjamin SiskoNoonian SoongTraveler

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class explorer) • unnamed D7 class starships (Kang's D7-class battlecruiser) • unnamed Klingon starships (Gowron's Vor'cha-class attack cruiser)
Referenced only
USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer)

Locations

Milky Way Galaxy (primary universe) • Salvationunnamed planets (shipyard facility)
Referenced only
GothosVeridian III

Shipboard locales

USS Enterprise
bridgebriefing room
USS Enterprise-E
bridgeready room

Races and cultures

androidBetazoidHuman (AfricanFrenchJapaneseRussianScottish) • KlingonQVulcan
Referenced only
CardassianNeanderthal

States and organizations

FederationKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireQ ContinuumStarfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences divisionStarfleet Command)
Referenced only
Borg Collective

Science and classification

bat'lethcloaking devicecombadgecommunicatorcomputerdata bankdeflector shielddisruptordocking clampdrydockimpulse engineisolinear chipshieldocular implantphaserphaser bankphaser emitterphaser rifle (phaser rifle (2264)) • photon torpedopositronic brainrapiersensorsledgehammerstarshipsubspace radiotricordertorpedo launcherviewscreenVISORwarp drive

Ranks and titles

admiralbishopcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officercounselordetectivedoctorengineerensignesquirefirst officerflight controllerhelmsmankinglieutenantlieutenant commandergeneralnavigatorofficeroperations managerrear admiralscience officersecond officersecuritysecurity chiefstrategic operations officertactical officer

Other references

23rd century24th centuryalcoholalert statusanimalarmorassimilationbloodbluffBorg Incursion of 2366-2367brainbreakfastcalendarcaptain's logcellcenturychessclothingcommunicationdiplomacydivorcedrinkegoempathyfeatherFederation-Klingon War of 2372-2373Federation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)Federation Starfleet ranks (2370s-2380s)first officer's logfive-year missionfireflagshipFrench languagegalaxygenetic hybridgray cellhairhonorhourhumanoidlanguagelifeformlog entrymarriagemedicinemind-meldminutemonthnanosecondnutpawnphysicsplanetplanetoidpokerrankrecreationred alertschoolsecondservice recordship commissioningspacestarstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniform (2373-2386)subspaceSwahilitechnologythree-dimensional chesstimetitletreetrial by combatuniformuniverseweaponyear

Timeline

Chronology

2245 (23rd century)
Enterprise launched under April. (introduction page)
2251
Pike assumes command of Enterprise. (introduction page)
2264
Kirk assigned to command of Enterprise. (introduction page)
late 2260s
Picard finds himself on the original Enterprise in Q's bizarre chess game.
stardate 8210.3 (2285)
Enterprise destroyed. (introduction page)
2360s2370s (24th century)
Picard commands the Enterprise-D for seven years. (introduction page)
30 October, 2371 (stardate 49827.5)
Enterprise-E launched, with Trelane placing Kirk in command.

Production history

January 1998
First published by Marvel Comics.
17 September 2020
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #130. (Eaglemoss)

Appendices

Background

Related stories

Images

Connections

Star Trek Unlimited comics
#1 ("Directives" & "Dying of the Light") • #2 ("Action of the Tiger" & "The Unkindest Cut") • #3 ("Message in a Bottle" & "Sins of the Fathers") • #4 ("None But the Brave" & "Inheritance") • #5 ("Secret Lives" & "As Flies to Wanton Boys ") • "Heart of Darkness" • "An Infinite Jest" • #8 ("The Boy", "The Warrior" & "The Veteran") • "Trekkers" • "A Piece of Reaction"
Published Order
Previous comic:
#5: As Flies to Wanton Boys
TOS comics
(Unlimited)
Next comic:
#8: The Veteran
Previous comic:
#6: Heart of Darkness
Telepathy War
TNG comics
(Unlimited)
Next comic:
#8: The Boy
Previous comic:
Heart of Darkness
Telepathy War
Star Trek: Unlimited Next comic:
The Boy
Previous story:
Heart of Darkness
Telepathy War
Stories by:
Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Next story:
The Boy
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Maneuvers
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Ship of the Line

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