Publisher's descriptionEdit

Every five thousand years, so the people of the planet Thanet believe, the world ends in fire and a new cycle of creation begins. Now the Last Days are once again upon them, and a fiery star draws near. This is the Death-Bringer, the Eater of the World, whose coming heralds the end of all things....

But to Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise; the Death-Bringer appears to be nothing but a rogue comet, easily destroyed. Picard faces a difficult dilemma: how can he save the Thanetians' rich and intricate civilization without destroying the very beliefs upon which their culture is based?

This quandary is challenge enough, yet the captain's position becomes even more complicated when Deanna Troi discovers that, incredibly, the comet is alive!


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Beverly CrusherDataRobert HallidayGeordi La ForgeJean-Luc PicardWilliam RikerKio sar-BensuStraun sar-BensuSimon TarsesDeanna TroiWorf
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Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Galaxy-class)

Races and culturesEdit

BetazoidHuman (Norwegian) • KlingonRomulanThanetian
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Human (Viking)

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Cambridge University

Science and technologyEdit


Ranks and titlesEdit

acrobatacting ensignambassadorattendantcaptaindancerdiplomatensignenvoyHigh Shivantakofficerpleasure maiden

Other referencesEdit

caste systemcometcorridorcosmetic dyedayhistoryhomeworldmeditationmoon-turnmusicpalaceplanetquarterssnowballyear


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Genesis Force
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House of Cards
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Second Skin
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Star Trek: The Captain's Table
Dujonian's Hoard
Voyages of the
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Star Trek: Generations
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