"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.

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Log entries[edit | edit source]

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!

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Characters[edit | edit source]

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

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

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)
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USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer)

Locations[edit | edit source]

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

Shipboard locales[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise 
bridgebriefing room
USS Enterprise-E 
bridgeready room

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

androidBetazoidHuman (AfricanFrenchJapaneseRussianScottish) • KlingonQVulcan
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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

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

Science and classification[edit | edit source]

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

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

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

Other references[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Chronology[edit | edit source]

2245 (23rd century
Enterprise launched under April. (introduction page)
Pike assumes command of Enterprise. (introduction page)
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[edit | edit source]

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

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Related stories[edit | edit source]

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Connections[edit | edit source]

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
Next comic:
#8: The Veteran
Previous comic:
#6: Heart of Darkness
Telepathy War
TNG comics
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:
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Ship of the Line

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