- An alien scientist asks to join Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew in the investigation of an unprecedented scientific find. Soon USS Voyager is embroiled in a battle of wills among several alien races—each intent on manipulating the discovery toward its own end and decimating whole worlds in the process.
- Janeway must stop a quest for knowledge from turning into a plot for destruction!
- Chakotay • The Doctor • Fedr • Kathryn Janeway • Janss • Harry Kim • Maalot • Neelix • Tom Paris • Qaad • Qados • Qavim • Qentor • Qubo • Seven of Nine • B'Elanna Torres • Tuvok • Tyla
Starships and vehicles
- Referenced only
- Congress Hall • Rome
Races and cultures
States and organizations
- Lekk Deep Space Force • Qavok Empire • Qavok Space Forces • Qborne • Starfleet • United Federation of Planets
- Referenced only
- Borg Collective
Science and classification
- atom • binary star • centimeter • electron • G-type star • neutron • neutron star • plasma • proton • pulsar • replicator • sensor • shield • supernova • tractor beam • warp core • white dwarf star
Ranks and titles
- admiral • captain • doctor • Emperor of the Qavok Empire • ensign • executive officer • First Citizen • lieutenant • professor • scientist
- The novel makes frequent reference to "the new shuttle", that was a particular project for Tom Paris. This is most likely intended to be a reference to the Delta Flyer, introduced to Voyager a few months before this book was published, with the novel written before specific details about the new ship were known.
- Two separate English cover editions exist of this novel. One uses a cover image with an illustration of Tuvok and Kathryn Janeway, which seems to just be a solicitation cover, with no known examples having been found in circulation. The standard edition has the characters removed and just shows USS Voyager and a planet. Foreign translations also used the version without the characters.
- Though only Eric Kotani is credited on the cover, the title page credits "Eric Kotani with Dean Wesley Smith."
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