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Guises of the Mind was the 27th novel in the Pocket Books series of numbered Star Trek: The Next Generation books, written by Rebecca Neason and released September 1993.


The world Capulon IV is finally ready to join the Federation after years of waiting. All that remains is the ruler's coronation and a routine signing of the final treaty. When the crew of the USS Enterprise and their passengers—a group of women from a religious order dedicated to helping the downtrodden—arrive for the event, they expect to find a world willing and happy to receive them. Instead, they encounter deceit and treachery. The crown prince, once excited and eager to join the Federation, now refuses even to speak with Captain Picard.
Beaming to the surface in an attempt to work out the problem, Picard, Troi, and Mother Veronica, the abbess of the nuns, are drugged and captured. Now they must somehow escape and stop the crowning.



Beverly CrusherDataGuinanSister JulianGeordi La ForgeJohann MarshallJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerGeoff SalahDeanna TroiSamantha TuttleMother VeronicaWorf
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Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class)
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CapulonCapulon IV
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States and organizations

The Little MothersStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

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Ranks and titles

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published order
Previous novel:
The Romulan Prize
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Here There Be Dragons
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Chapter 2, Section 12
Pocket Next Adventure:
A Man Alone
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:
The Romulan Stratagem
Next Adventure:
Second Chances


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