Headlong Flight is a 2017 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by author Dayton Ward.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.

Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice....


The Enterprise is surveying a nebula when they come across a planet that has just appeared out of nowhere. They receive a message warning them to stay away but Picard sends Worf and an away team across in a shuttlecraft. However, just after they land, the planet shifts to another dimension. Worf's team learn the planet is Ushalon and it is occupied by a small science team from the Sidrac race. They were experimenting with travel to other dimensions and managed to send probes to five such dimensions. However, the first attempt at a shift sent the whole planet along, leaving them shifting between the five dimensions, none of which is their native one.

One of the dimensions is a parallel 2367 where the Enterprise-D is commanded by Riker. Another is an alternate 2266, where the probe and the appearance of the planet draws the attention of a Romulan bird-of-prey. The Romulans attempt to send a team down to Ushalon where they are quickly overpowered and captured by Worf's group. The Romulans' attempts to halt the shift damages the equipment, resulting in both their ships and the Enterprise-D being shifted to the Enterprise-E's dimension.

After initial hostilities, Picard is able to convince the Romulans to work with the two Enterprises. The crews work out a way to use pulses from the deflector dish to control the shifts and in short order the Romulans, the Enterprise-D and the Sidrac are returned to their own dimensions.



USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) personnelEdit

Picard-Hearts and Minds

Jean-Luc Picard.



T'Ryssa ChenBeverly CrusherKirsten CruzenRavel DyganDina ElfikiJoanna FaurTamala HarstadJordanRennan KonyaGeordi La ForgeAiden LynleyPaabellJean-Luc PicardRene Jacques Robert Francois PicardAneta ŠmrhováTaurikTroppGary WeinribWorf, son of Mogh
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Hailan CasmirHaversHegol DenAllison Scagliotti

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D, alternate timeline) personnelEdit

Wesley CrusherDataGeordi La ForgeKatherine PulaskiSariel RagerWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiWorf, son of MoghNatasha Yar
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Heidi Ellis

Other Starfleet personnelEdit

Edward Jellico
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BennettJack CrusherJ.P. HansonKathryn JanewayAlynna NechayevErik PressmanElizabeth Shelby

ChR Bloodied Talon personnelEdit




Other charactersEdit

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ArmusNanietta BaccoGuinanGell KamemorLivingstonRobert PicardKyle RikerNoonien SoongToqelVrax

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Amidar (Romulan shuttlecraft) • ChR Bloodied Talon (Vas Hatham-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • Jarax (Mulaar-class) • N'minecci (Mulaar-class) • Sidrac personnel transportSpinrad
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USS AriesBorg cubeUSS CairoCha'JohUSS Drakeescape podChR Gal Gath'thongUSS HayabusaUSS HonoriusJefferiesJustmanUSS MelbourneUSS PegasusPlanet KillerPoklori gil daraUSS StargazerUSS TitanUSS Voyager


NGC 8541Odyssean PassSpindrift NebulaUshalon
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Alpha QuadrantBetazedBriar PatchCardassiaDelta QuadrantDeneb IVDenobulaEarthEarth Outpost StationElanisalHecuba star clusterlistening outpostMcKinley StationNeutral ZonePacificaPolydorus systemQo'noSStarbase 198Starbase 212Starfleet annex to the Smithsonian Space Museum in San FranciscoVeridian IIIVulcan (Lake Yuron) • Wolf 359

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Cardassian GuardRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Borg CollectiveCardassian UnionDepartment of Temporal InvestigationsKlingon EmpireRomulan SenateStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet MedicalStarfleet Research and DevelopmentStarfleet TacticalTyphon Pact

Science and technologyEdit

ablative armorair circulationairlockalgorithmanalgesicandroidanti-inflammatoryantigravity sledantimatter containmentartificial dimensional shiftartificial gravityatmosphereatmospheric regeneratoratmospheric scrubberautomated survey dronebaryon particlebaryon sweepbuoycamerachronometerclass-1 probeClass Mcloaking devicecloaking fieldcombadgecommunicationscommunications arraycompression pulse generatorcomputerdamping fielddeflector shielddiagnosticdiagnostic scannerdimensiondimensional transferencedissonant feedback frequencydisruptorelectromagnetic pulseemotion chipenergyenergy distribution centerenvironmental suiteukaryotic organismfire suppressionfrequencygrenadeholodeckhologramholographic emitter arrayhyposprayhyronalinimpulse driveinertial damperionized gasisolinear chipjamming signallife supportlong-range communicationsmain deflector arraymedical tricordermemory banksnauseanebulanuclear fusion reactornutational frequency modulationocular implantoreoxygenpaddparallel universeparticle acceleratorphased cloaking devicephysicsplasmapower distribution nodequantum energyquantum fluctuationquantum shiftquantum signaturequantum torpedoradiationreplicatorself-destructsensorsensor arraystabilizerstellar phenomenasubatomicsubspace compression pulsesurvey probetemporal theorytemporal transitionthrustertractor beamtransdimensional movementtranslation processortransphasic pulsetransphasic torpedotransporterturboliftuniversal translatoruniversevertigoVISORwarp core breachwarp drivewarp nacellewarp speedweapons control

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralassistant chief medical officerastronomerbartendercadetcaptaincenturionchaufferchief engineerchief science officercommandercommunications officercontact specialistcounselordeputy chief of securitydiplomatdoctorengineerensignexchange officerfirst-contact specialistfirst officerflight controllerfreight haulerhelmsmanglinnjunior officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderoperations managerpilotplaywrightpoliticianPraetor of the Romulan Star EmpirePresident of the United Federation of Planetsproconsulprofessorrear admiralscientistsecurity chiefsensor control officerspystellar cartographersubcommandersupervisorvice admiralwatch officerweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

17th century23rd centuryafter-action reportastrometricsastrophysics departmentaway teamBattle of Wolf 359beaconBorg Invasion of 2381citationcoffeedaycaredisaster beaconduty shiftEarth-Romulan Warevasive maneuverseyeshadeFederation-Cardassian Treaty of 2366Federation-Cardassian WarThe Globe Illustrated ShakespeareHamletHappy Bottom Riding ClubhistoryKhitomer AccordslionfishmedkitmilkmutinyNew General Catalogueofficer exchangePaleoproterozoic Eraphotographpipplayplaying cardspoempokerpoolPrime DirectiveprisonrationsexualitystardateStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)Starfleet uniform (2373-2386)stellar cartographystorage containersugarsurplus depottactical alertTemporal Prime Directivetextbooktoliktolik sour fizztomeTreaty of Algerontrombonevodka martiniVulcan nerve pinchwater


Background informationEdit

Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Losing the PeacePaths of DisharmonyIndistinguishable from MagicThe Struggle Within‎Cold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent Weapons) • The Body ElectricThe Stuff of DreamsThe Fall (The Crimson ShadowPeaceable Kingdoms) • The Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowPrey (Hell's HeartThe Jackal's TrickThe Hall of Heroes) • Headlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage


Published Order
Previous novel:
Armageddon's Arrow
TNG novels Next novel:
Hearts and Minds (novel)
Previous story:
Purgatory's Key
Stories by:
Dayton Ward
Next story:
Hearts and Minds (novel)


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