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The USS Enterprise encounters a million lost souls - trapped on an endless interstellar voyage!Ghost Ship is a 1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by Diane Carey. It was the first novel in Pocket Books' TNG numbered novel line, and was the first original prose TNG story.


EMP aurora over the Black Sea.

In 1995, a Soviet aircraft carrier is destroyed by a mysterious creature that just as mysteriously disappears thereafter. Over three hundred years later, Counselor Deanna Troi awakens in her quarters from a nightmare in which she senses the voices of the crew of that Russian ship, whose life-essences were somehow absorbed by the creature that destroyed them. And the nightmare heralds a danger to the USS Enterprise-D itself, for if Picard can't discover a way to communicate with the creature, it could absorb his crew just as it did the Russians.



ArgyleComptonBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherDataAnnalise DrummDavid GalanterGeordi La ForgeSarah MacDougalMitchellMyakishevJean-Luc PicardArkady ReykovWilliam T. RikerLeon RuszkowskiDeanna TroiTimofei VasskaWorfNatasha Yar
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BorkaCleopatraAlexandre DumasFeklenkoFrancis of AssisiHarperKryoLauraHerman MelvilleF. PalmerHelena RozhenkoSergey RozhenkoStervasneyBram StokerIan Andrew TroiLwaxana TroiAlfred North WhiteheadYorktown captainYorktown second officer

Starships and vehicles

Research dinghy.

USS Enterprise-Dresearch dinghy (Federation shuttlecraft) • Sergei G. Gorshkov (Lenin-class aircraft carrier) • USS Theodore Roosevelt (aircraft carrier) • Vladivostok
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Aegis-class (cruiser) • HMS Dreadnought (battleship) • USS Dwight D. EisenhowerEdmund Fitzgerald (tanker) • USS ForrestalUSS George Washington (Enterprise-class aircraft carrier) • SS Great Britain (steamship) • Queen Elizabeth II (passenger liner) • USS Yorktown (Excelsior-class)


The moon.

battle bridgeBlack SeabridgeNikolayevquartersshuttlebay
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AthensBetazedCanis IVEpsilon Indi VIKlinzhaiLos AngelesParisStarbase 18

Races and cultures

androidBetazoidHuman (AmericanGreekLithuanianRussian) • Klingon

States and organizations

FederationSoviet NavySoviet UnionStarfleetUnited States NavyUnited States
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Federation Science Bureau

Science and technology

drydockelectromagnetic pulseEMP weaponphaserphoton torpedosensorshieldsshuttlecraftturboliftVISORweapon

Ranks and titles

acting ensignadmiralair wing commandercaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommanding officercommandercounselorcrewmandoctorengineerexecutive officerfirst officerflight controllerlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior gradeofficeroperations managerpetty officersecond officersecurity chief

Other references

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  • Author Diane Carey wrote Ghost Ship before TNG premiered, which limited her characterizations to what was provided in the TNG writer's guide. (The Official Fan Club Magazine Issue 63: "Where No Man...: Ghost Ship")
  • Like the first season episode TNG episode: "The Naked Now", this novel was - in a manner which could scarcely have been imagined when it was published - rendered historically inaccurate only a few years later, as the Soviet Union no longer existed in 1995.
  • The ship on the cover of this novel appears to be an upside down image of the titular vessel from Battlestar Galactica. The only other ship this could have been meant to represent is the research dinghy in which Riker chases Data's shuttlecraft.
  • Data is erroneously portrayed on three pages as being able to use contractions when speaking. This novel was written before TNG episode: "Datalore" established that he could not.
  • This is one of two novels where Riker is referred to as "Bill"; the other is TNG novelization: Encounter at Farpoint.


"Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe."

- Alfred North Whitehead



The majority of the book takes place in 2364, chapter one is on the 24th of April 1995.

Published Order
Previous novel:
First in the series
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
The Peacekeepers
Previous story:
Final Frontier
Stories by:
Diane Carey
Next story:
Best Destiny
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Where No One Has Gone Before
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
The Last Outpost
Previous adventure:
Where No One Has Gone Before
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Last Outpost
Previous adventure:
Heart of Glory
DC Comics Timeline Next adventure:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2364.
The Pocket Books Timeline and Memory Beta Chronology place events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
Chapter 21
24 April 1995
Chapter 1
Next adventure:
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
Chapter 22

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