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See also Death Before Dishonor, a comic, and later title of a comic collection containing that comic which was also written by Peter David.

Introduction (blurb)[]

An enemy so intractable that it cannot be reasoned with. The entire race thinks with one mind and strives toward one purpose: to add our biological distinctiveness to their own and wipe out individuality, to make every living thing Borg.

In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to stand against them. The Borg were stopped, the price paid in blood. Humanity breathed a sigh of relief, assuming it was safe. And with the destruction of the transwarp conduits, the Federation believed that the killing blow had finally been struck against the Borg.

Driven to the point of extinction, the Borg continue to fight for their very existence, for their culture. They will not be denied. They must not be stopped. The old rules and assumptions regarding how the Collective should act have been dismissed. Now the Borg kill first, assimilate later.

When the Enterprise manages to thwart them once again, the Borg turn inward. The dark places that even the drones never realized existed are turned outward against the enemy they have never been able to defeat. What is revealed is the thing that no one believed the Borg could do.




9 of 18BaxterBorg QueenBoyajianBrennanAndy BrevoortMackenzie CalhounBeverly CrusherDelcaraLucius FoxGallowayKathryn JanewayEdward JellicoMiranda KadohataLady QGeordi La ForgeZelik LeybenzonLindellMatsudaMeyerAlynna NechayevOne VoicePerrinJean-Luc PicardHoward RappaportTina RogersTom SchmidtSeven of NineSpockJon StephensT'LanaTraberTwoAntin VargoMark WackerWorfYarrow
Referenced only
Reannon BonaventureDataMatt DeckerGodGuinanHughThomas JeffersonJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyChristopher PikeQqWilliam T. RikerSarekMontgomery ScottSisyphusSocoDeanna Troi

Starships and vehicles[]

Borg cubeBorg supercubeChawlaUSS Constellation (NCC-1017)EinsteinUSS Enterprise-EUSS Excalibur-AUSS FreedomUSS NautilusPlanet KillerPrideSpinradUSS ThunderchildUSS TitanUSS Voyager


BunkerCharonDorvan VEarthEpsilon Sigma VHydra ElysiumJupiterNeptuneNixP'JemPlutoQ ContinuumRigel VSan FranciscoSaturnSector 001Sector 10Sector 108Star System L374TitanVulcanXenexThe Yard

Races and cultures[]

BorgHumanKlingonPreserverRomulanSpecies 038TholianVulcanXenexian

States and organizations[]

Borg CollectiveCorps of EngineersFederation CouncilSarek School of Diplomacy and Ambassadorial StudiesStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet MuseumUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology[]

Bendii SyndromeBorg dronecloaking devicehairstarshiptranswarptranswarp conduitXeno's paradox

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptaincommanderFleet Commanderlieutenantsecurity officerxenobiologist

Other references[]

bridgecastrodiniumCode 9gaghghuy'ChagrozitJudas goatKolinahrneutroniumplanetProject EndgameRomulan aleRubik's CubeSecond Battle of Sector 001Security Protocol 276Slaughter of Sector 108


Related media[]

Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumLosing the PeaceIndistinguishable from MagicCold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body Electric) • The Stuff of DreamsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHeadlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage


  • The working title for this novel was "Excessum Rector" which can be translated to "The Queen is Dead".
  • An excerpt from this novel was published in issue 134 of the Star Trek Magazine, and in the back of the novels Resistance and Q & A.
  • Events in this book built upon two previous novels – Vendetta and Resistance.
  • The German Translation of this book was titled Heldentod ("Death of a Hero")
  • The Czech translation of the novel was released by Brokilon in 2017. It was translated by Michaela Burock.



As a novel in the post-Nemesis TNG continuity, Before Dishonor is one of a sequence of stories that do not reconcile well with the events established in Star Trek: Picard. In particular, the evolution of the Borg might not match details of the new canon series.




published order
Previous novel:
Q & A
TNG novels Next novel:
Greater Than the Sum
Previous story:
Cutting Ties
Stories by:
Peter David
Next story:
chronological order
Previous adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 13-17 (May 2380)
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Full Circle
Prologue & Chapter 19 (section 1-6)
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2380.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Full Circle
Prologue & Chapter 19 (section 1-6)
Chapters 48-50
Next adventure:
Full Circle
Chapter 19 (section 7)
German : Heldentod, translated by Bernd Perplies. (Cross Cult)