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The story begins with the launching of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) and the mysterious disappearence of Captain James T. Kirk. Then, seventy-eight years later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) receives a distress call from a remote scientific observatory.
Picard learns that a newly developed superweapon has been stolen by a desperate scientist with an insane plot. Facing the most difficult task of his career, Captain Picard must seek out the one person with the power to help him, a person long thought dead, Captain James T. Kirk.
Together, the two captains will be tested as they've never been before. And both men will be forced to make the greatest sacrifices of their careers to save countless millions from a madman with a plan of mass destruction.



Movie characters[]

ArmstrongB'EtorButlerPavel ChekovBeverly CrusherDataDokarFarrellGarveyGuinanJohn HarrimanHayesJaeKelloggJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLursaMarruuAlyssa OgawaElise PicardJean-Luc PicardMadison PicardMatthew PicardMimi PicardOlivia PicardRené PicardThomas PicardWilliam T. RikerAntonia SalvatoriMontgomery ScottTolian SoranSpotDemora SuluMark TobiastonDeanna TroiVoightDarien WallaceWorf
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Leonard McCoyMarie PicardRobert PicardLeandra SoranSpockHikaru Sulu

Novelization characters[]

B'EtorPavel ChekovBeverly CrusherDataDjugashviliShandra DockseyFarrellGuinanJohn HarrimanHayesJakeJeffieJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLojurLursaCarol MarcusLeonard McCoyMendezPaskallElise PicardJean-Luc PicardMadison PicardMatthew PicardMimi PicardOlivia PicardThomas PicardQorakJanice RandWilliam T. RikerAntonia SalvatoriSarahMontgomery ScottTolian SoranSpockSpotDemora SuluHikaru SuluDeanna TroiNyota UhuraMasoud ValtaneWorf, son of Mogh
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Will DeckerIrina GalliulinGorkonEdith KeelerAurelan KirkGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.Peter KirkDavid MarcusJoanna McCoyGary MitchellHeihachiro NoguraMarie PicardRené PicardRobert PicardSarekNoonien SoongEmo SoranMara Soran

Young readers novelization characters[]

B'EtorPavel ChekovBeverly CrusherDataGuinanJohn HarrimanJakeJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLursaMendezPaskallElise PicardJean-Luc PicardMadison PicardMatthew PicardMimi PicardOlivia PicardThomas PicardWilliam T. RikerAntonia SalvatoriMontgomery ScottTolian SoranSpotDemora SuluDeanna TroiWorf, son of Mogh
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Leonard McCoyRené PicardRobert PicardSpockHikaru Sulu

Comic adaptation characters[]

B'EtorBenPavel ChekovBeverly CrusherDataFarrellGuinanJakeJohn HarrimanJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLursaMarruuIsabel PicardJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerAntonia SalvatoriMontgomery ScottTolian SoranSpotDemora SuluDeanna TroiWorf
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LeandraMarie PicardRené PicardRobert PicardSpockHikaru Sulu


AmargosaAmargosa observatoryAmargosa systemEarthEarth spacedockNexusSan FranciscoVeridian IIIVeridian system
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Arabian PeninsulaB'rengaChalnaChinaClarusEl-AuriaEl CapitanFarpointForcas IIIGorik IVIowaKhitomerLorenze ClusterMarsMoscowMount SeleyaOgus IIPlutoRura PentheSadorah CityScotlandSeiji MajorSherman's PlanetStarbase 23TalaalThanatos sectorThemisTurkana IVVeridian IVVulcanYosemite National ParkZeon Minor

Starships and vehicles[]

Cha'Joh (D12-class bird-of-prey) • HMS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-A (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-B (Excelsior-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Excelsior (Excelsior-class) • USS Farragut (Nebula-class) • SS Lakul (Whorfin-class) • SS Robert Fox (Whorfin class) • sailing vesselUSS Trosper (Oberth-class)
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USS BozemanUSS EnterpriseUSS Reliant

Races and cultures[]

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States and organizations[]

House of DurasKlingon EmpireMarcuslabsStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Klingon High CouncilStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandVulcan Science Academy

Science and classification[]

antimatterclockdeflector dishemotion chipflagshipholoholodeckinertial damperlifeboatmagnetic interlocknanoprobeneutrinopalm beaconphoton torpedoplasma coolantsextantshield frequencysubspace fieldtractor beamtricordertrilithiumturboliftVISORwarp nacelle

Ranks and titles[]


Other references[]

Battle of TrafalgarcatChristmasChristmas treedogDon JuanEarl GreyfirewatchHoratio HornblowerkatraKtarian egglogicorbital skydivingsaucer separationSaurian brandystellar cartographytechnical journalThirellian mint teaVulcan mandala


Related media[]

  • The Voyages of the USS Enterprise-B continue in:


  • The novelization features a forty page behind-the-scenes section on the making of Star Trek Generations written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.
  • The hardcover version features an ending based on the originally-filmed (yet ultimately deleted) ending of the film. The paperback version features a rewritten ending based on that which ultimately appeared in the finished feature film.
  • The PC video game expands on the 2371 portion of the story.
  • The new uniforms were designed for Star Trek Generations, which is a hybrid of the Wrath of Khan uniform and the TNG uniform, such as a double-breast flap, a colored collar and gold rank on the sleeve-cuffs. They were all scrapped at the last minute and a combination of the TNG and DS9 uniforms were used in the final film instead. Because filming was set to begin shortly, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton had to borrow Avery Brooks and Colm Meaney's costumes for DS9, respectively.


Novelization images[]

Film images[]



published order
Previous novel:
TNG novels Next novel:
Balance of Power
Previous novelization:
All Good Things...
TNG novelizations Next novelization:
Star Trek: First Contact
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Soldiers of Fear
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Best and the Brightest
"Summer", Chapter 10
Previous Adventure:
Tooth and Claw
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
Final voyage of the Enterprise-D
Previous Adventure:
First voyage of the Enterprise-B
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)
Next Adventure:
The Captain's Daughter
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2371.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Shadows on the Sun
Books 1, 3
Chapter 1
Next Adventure:
The Last Roundup
Previous Adventure:
The Lights in the Sky
Stardate 9715.5
Chapters 2-5
Next Adventure:
One of Forty-seven

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