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From the back cover: Interstellar civilization depends on the twin blessings of warp travel and subspace communications. But now an unknown force is disrupting subspace throughout the galaxy, creating "dead zones" in which advanced technology will not function. Ships are stranded in space, unable to communicate. Colonies are losing life support. Governments can no longer negotiate with their allies -- or their enemies. Worse yet, the dead zones are proliferating at a geometric rate. Unless a solution is found, the entire Alpha Quadrant may be doomed to a new dark age!

In the wake of the Dominion War, a tenuous peace exists between the Federation and the Romulan Empire. The uneasy alliance is strained to the breaking point, however, by the enigma that is destroying subspace. Now Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Ambassador Spock must join forces with an infamous Romulan war criminal in a desperate attempt to find the source of the disruption -- even if it means sacrificing the very peace they hope to save!



Julian BashirHorace BlakeBradleyChakotayChamberlainBeverly CrusherDataDulroyFolanGibsonGorlatGronoRandall HedrickKathryn JanewayTiris JastJ'emeryKalorHarry KimKira NerysLa CroixGeordi La ForgeLotreMedricK'leeta MertalNogAlvaro OrtizTom ParisParlJean-Luc PicardPolnorQuarkWilliam T. RikerBarbara RossiSandersonSeven of NineShapiroChris SpikerSpockJ.B. SpurnMiko TarikiTobinToporB'Elanna TorresDeanna TroiT'sartTuckerTuvokVarnellJames Venes
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Zefram CochraneJames T. KirkK'mpecMartokGregory QuinnMontgomery ScottTarlanWorf


Alpha QuadrantBajor sectorCaltiska IVChaladraCh'chiknas systemDeep Space 9Delta QuadrantDetroitEarthGamma Hydra IVGamma Hydra sectorJacaria VIILormit SectorMalinga SectorMarsMerterbis ColonyMichiganRomulan Neutral ZoneRomulusSector 001Sector 18Sector 46Sector 47Sector 72Sector 94Tellar VVanes Marineris
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Olympus MonsQu'takt IIISan FranciscoStarbase 10Starbase 15Starbase 244W'lett-Kard system

Starships and vehicles

Borg cubeUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • USS Exeter (Ambassador-class) • USS Hubble (runabout) • USS Kaku (runabout) • IRW Makluan (Romulan warbird) • P'tarchIKS QulricSS RalulR'logaUSS Voyager (Intrepid-class)
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USS DezagoUSS Jenkins (science vessel)

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Science and technology

barantiumdead zonedocking clampholosuitereplicatorsolar sailsubspace

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