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Introduction (blurb)

2265: Following the discoveries made by the U.S.S. Constellation in the Taurus Reach, Starfleet has fast-tracked the construction of Starbase 47, a.k.a. Vanguard. But the rapid construction has meant concomitant technical problems, ones that are vexing Vanguard's commanding officer, Commodore Diego Reyes.

So it's the Corps of Engineers to the rescue. The U.S.S. Lovell, with its crack S.C.E. team led by Lt. Commander Mahmud al-Khaled, must solve Vanguard's technical crises so the base can become operational as planned.

A return to the 23rd century, in the tradition of Foundations and Where Time Stands Still, and a prequel to the acclaimed new novel series Star Trek: Vanguard!




Mahmud al-KhaledCurtis BallardBrivJon CooperJessica DiamondIsaiah FarberEzekiel FisherGanzGhrexToby GreenfieldHaniff JacksonJaeqMalhotraZett NilricDaniel OkagawaFolanir PzialDiego ReyesAraev zh'RhunSasha RodriguezAddison ShepherdTamishiroT'LaenT'Prynn
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GodPaul LeGereMatuzasSoral

Starships and vehicles

USS Lovell (Daedalus-class) • Omari-Ekon
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USS Belleau Woodboatescape podUSS Helios (Drexler-class frigate)


Cargo Bay 12Stars LandingTaurus ReachTom Walker'sStarbase 47/Vanguard (Watchtower-class)
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AndorArcturusBuquair IIICargo Bay 19Deep Space Station K-5Glassner colonyHellManón'sMemory AlphaNeutral ZoneOutpost 5Tantalus V

Races and cultures

AndorianArcturianDenobulanHuman (AfricanAsian) • NaloriOrionRigelianRigellian (humanoid)TellariteVulcan
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States and organizations

Klingon EmpireMerchant's GuildOrion SyndicateStarfleetStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titles

ambassadorassassinbartenderbusiness managercaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommodoredockmasterdoctorengineerensignexecutive officerfirst officerfreight haulerhelm officerintelligence officerkinglieutenantlieutenant commandermaintenance workermechanicmerchantofficerprincepsychiatristscientistsecurity chiefsheriffsuperior officertechnicianweapons officeryeoman

Technology and weapons

airlockantenna dishartificial gravityaudio pickupauxiliary generatorbatterybulkheadburst transmittercan openercommunications receivercommunicatorcomputercutting laserdata bankdatabasedata discdata slatedermal protoplaserdiagnostic scannerdisplay monitordocking portdocking ringduotronicenergy reactorenvironmental control systemenvironmental sensorenvironmental suitfire-suppression systemforce-field emitterfreighterhydraulic sealindicatorintercominternal sensorJefferies tubekeypadknifelibrary computerlife supportmagnetic sealmaneuvering thrustermemory bankP-38phaserpower cellpower generatorpower plantprobepulse scramblerrogue gravity fluxsensorsensor arraysensor nodeShedai carrier wavesite-to-site transportspace stationspeakerstarbasestar mapstarshipsupport armthrustertoilettractor beamtram tubetransmittertransportertricorderturboliftuniversal translatorviewscreenwarp enginework light

Other references

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  • This eBook is the fourth of six in the SCE: What's Past miniseries, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek.


Related stories

Media featuring the USS Lovell
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers FoundationsWhere Time Stands StillDistant Early Warning
Star Trek: Vanguard Summon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen Secrets
Characters Daniel OkagawaAraev zh'RhunMahmud al-KhaledMoves-With-Burning-GraceMolan lek Xav
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers stories and publications
eBooks The Belly of the BeastFatal ErrorHard CrashInterphase (Part OnePart Two)Cold FusionInvincible (Part OnePart Two)The Riddled PostHere There Be MonstersAmbushSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderCaveat EmptorPast LifeOathsFoundationsEnigma ShipWar StoriesWildfireHome FiresAge of UnreasonBalance of NatureBreakdownsAftermathIshtar RisingBuying TimeCollective HindsightThe DemonRing Around the SkyOrphansGrand DesignsFailsafeBitter MedicineSargasso SectorParadise InterruptedWhere Time Stands StillThe Art of the DealSpinCreative CouplingsSmall WorldMalefictorumLost TimeIdentity CrisisFables of the Prime DirectiveSecurityWoundsOut of the CocoonHonorBlackoutThe CleanupProgressThe Future BeginsEchoes of CoventryDistant Early Warning10 is Better Than 01Many SplendorsTurn the PageTroubleshootingThe LightThe Art of the ComebackSigns from HeavenGhostRemembrance of Things Past
Short stories "Field Expediency" • "An Easy Fast"
Omnibuses Have Tech, Will TravelMiracle WorkersSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderFoundationsWildfireBreakdownsAftermathGrand DesignsCreative CouplingsWoundsOut of the CocoonWhat's Past
Stories featuring Starbase Vanguard
Star Trek: Vanguard novels HarbingerSummon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen SecretsPrecipiceWhat Judgments ComeStorming Heaven
Short stories and novellas Distant Early WarningThe Black FlagDeclassified (Almost TomorrowHard NewsThe Ruins of Noble MenThe Stars Look Down) • In Tempest's Wake


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Echoes of Coventry
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10 is Better Than 01
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Echoes of Coventry
What's Past
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10 is Better Than 01
Previous story:
Where Time Stands Still
Stories by:
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Summon the Thunder
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Captain's Peril
Chapters 4-5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21-22, 24, 26, and 32
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My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise
Chapters 5-20
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Declassified: Almost Tomorrow
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise
Chapters 5-20