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"Emissary" was the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the show's first season. The episode was written by series creators Rick Berman & Michael Piller and directed by David Carson. The series premiered with this two-part feature length episode and aired in syndication on the week of 3 January 1993. A novelization version of the story was adapted by J.M. Dillard and published in February 1993 by Pocket Books.


The extraordinary novel, based on the blockbuster pilot episode for the exciting new television series!
It's been over twenty-five years since the original Star Trek television series debuted on network television—and today, the universe first seen in that show is more popular than ever. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was a huge box-office hit, and Star Trek: The Next Generation is now entering its sixth incredible season as the most popular hour of syndicated entertainment on television.
Now comes Deep Space Nine, a thrilling new addition to the Star Trek universe. Commanded by an embittered Starfleet officer and populated by a myriad of exotic aliens, the mysterious space station known as Deep Space Nine hovers on the edge of a wormhole, a doorway that leads to the galaxy's furthest reaches—and beyond.


Benjamin Sisko and his new crew take control of a former Cardassian space station and make a discovery that will change the galaxy.



Episode characters

AltmanJulian BashirBroikGraham DavisCurzon DaxJadzia DaxDelaneyDerellDoranSkrain DukatMaggie HubbellJasadJas-qalJonesKallis VenKira NerysMajutMornNalan BalNogMiles O'BrienOdoOpaka SulanJean-Luc PicardQuarkRomRulanBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJennifer SiskoStorilSuarezTamamotaYevir LinjarinHranok ZarDelaney ProphetJake ProphetJennifer ProphetLocutus ProphetOpaka ProphetPicard ProphetStoril ProphetTamamota ProphetHranok Zar Prophet
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GeorgeKeiko O'BrienJoseph SiskoTaluno

Novelization characters

Julian BashirDax (symbiont)Curzon DaxJadzia DaxDelaneyDoranDrakSkrain DukatGarciaGarciaMaggie HubbellJasadJhakkaWill KaydenKira NerysLindMajutBenjamin MaxwellMeierNogKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienMolly O'BrienOdoOpaka SulanJean-Luc PicardRobert PicardQuarkRendellRomRulanBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJennifer SiskoStorilSuarezTamamotaTsaoVolodzheHranok ZarTy Cobb ProphetDelaney ProphetDoran ProphetJake ProphetJennifer ProphetLocutus ProphetOpaka ProphetPicard ProphetStoril ProphetTamamota ProphetHranok Zar Prophet
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Samuel ClemensDaroGeorgeJ.P. HansonMaria HuxleyLamersonAkellen MacetJoseph SiskoTalunoDeanna Troi


Alpha QuadrantAshallaBajorBajoran wormholeCelestial TempleDeep Space 9Denorios BeltGamma QuadrantHabitat ringIdranInfirmaryOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sShikina MonasteryStation commander's officeWolf 359
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EarthGaris VGilgo BeachHadas IVKumomotoLapolisLunaMarsMississippi RiverPittsburghSector 001Setlik IIISzagy ParkUtopia PlanitiaUtopia Planitia Fleet Yards

Starships and vehicles

USS Bellerophon (Nebula-class) • USS Bonestell (Oberth-class) • Borg cubeUSS Cochrane (Oberth-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • escape podFrunalian science vesselGalor-classUSS Ganges (Danube-class runabout) • USS Melbourne (Excelsior-class) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • USS Saratoga (Miranda-class) • USS Yamaguchi (Ambassador-class) • USS Yangtzee Kiang (Danube-class)
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automobilebusClass VI starshipUSS GageUSS KyushuUSS PhoenixUSS RutledgeUSS Tolstoy

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Provisional GovernmentBorg CollectiveCardassian Seventh OrderCardassian GuardCardassian UnionStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran ResistanceCardassian Fourth OrderChicago CubsStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalStarfleet Medical AcademyVasteras University

Science and technology

airlockantigrav suitcaseantileptonassimilationastrionicsbotanycelsiuschrondrite echocutting beamdeflector generatorenvironmental controlfield density compensatorfire extinguisherholoholodeckhologramholosuiteinterlock servoLCARSmulti-species medicinemyopicnavigational sensorneutrinonucleonic radiationoperations situation tableoptical data networkorborb experienceOrb of Prophecy and ChangeorbitPADDphaserphaser bankphoton torpedopostganglionic nervepreganglionic fiberpulse compression waveQuadros-1 probereplicatorshapeshiftershield nutationspacespace dustspace stationstarbasestarshipsulfursubspacesubspace fieldthorontransportertricorderturboliftviewscreenwarp corewarp drivewormhole

Ranks and titles

captaincommanderdoctorEmissary of the Prophetsfirst officerkaimajorprefectprofessor

Other references

Ark of the Covenantasteroidattack formationaubergine stewBajoran prophecyBajoran religionBajoran sand dragonbaseballbaseball batbaseball gloveBattle of Wolf 359beachBorg Incursion of 2366-2367cannibal • "Cardie" • casinocivil warclass Mcreditcrocodiledabodoughnutdroliduraniumemergency rationevasive maneuversFederation-Cardassian Treaty of 2366Federation-Cardassian WarFerengi languagefishfishingflea marketGodgoldharpHebrewHuckleberry FinnIrishjumja sticklemonadelogicThe Minstrel Boymissivenight shiftOccupation of Bajoronion souporepaghPrime Directiverefugee campRoladan wild drawsandSchool (DS9)Setlik III MassacresetteesoccerStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)synthale


Related media

Video releases


  • This is the first numbered novel of Pocket's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series of novels. The audiobook of this episode and novelization was read by Nana Visitor.
  • This novelization was written using Michael Piller's initial episode teleplay. The initial teleplay included story elements that did not figure into the aired version of "Emissary" but were presented in later episodes of the first season, most notably in the episode "A Man Alone".
  • A deleted or unfilmed scene saw Sisko talking to the university chancellor, who mentioned that the house on Moravian Lane he asked about was available. Moravian Lane was later mentioned in the DS9 novel Inferno.

Notable cast and crew


Episode images

Novelization images



published order
Previous novel:
first in series
DS9 numbered novels Next novel:
The Siege
Previous novel:
Star Trek novelizations Next novel:
Previous episode:
first DS9 episode
DS9 episode produced Next episode:
A Man Alone
Previous episode:
first DS9 episode
DS9 episode aired Next episode:
Past Prologue
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Once Burned
Pocket Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
The Fall of Terok Nor
Chapter 1
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2369.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Wolf 359 backstory
Chapter 1
Next Adventure:
Final Entry
6th and 7th entries

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