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Hearts and Minds is a 2017 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by author Dayton Ward.


An electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe.
2031: United States Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon, it’s learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies which for more than eighty years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost…
2386: Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there’s more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history…


The Enterprise is continuing its exploration of the Odyssean Pass when Taurik receives secret orders from Admiral Akaar: A planet the Enterprise is approaching, Sralanya, is mentioned in classified files and he wants Taurik to report on the mission. However, Picard ends up so frustrated with the situation that he has Taurik relieved of duty and confined to quarters.

The ship makes contact with Sralanya's indigineous species, the Eizand, and the presider of the nation state Tevent Coalition, Hilonu. There is evidence that the planet is recovering from a devastating incident three hundred years ago. Hilonu reveals that an Eizand ship sent to explore Earth returned with a human crew who fired on several major cities. This triggered an automated mutually assured destruction response that left billions dead, along with further smaller conflicts as the three main nations struggled for territory. An away team are taken into custody; even though the human astronauts were executed at the time, she intends to try Picard as a representative of Earth authorities.

The Enterprise is attacked by an orbital defence system and forced to withdraw but Picard, Elfiki, Chen and Dygan are freed by Eizand dissidents who are suspicious of the official explanation for the beginning of the war. They have a recording of the ship's mission which they have been unable to decrypt. Taurik ignores the restrictions placed on him to come up with a way of disabling the defence grid and the away team and their ally are beamed to safety, with Picard and Elfiki playing the recording to Hilonu and the rest of the planet.

The truth is that the Eizand ship, surveying Earth as a possible new home for their species, was captured by agents of Majestic 12, who quickly came to view the Eizand as a threat. The Aegis agents attempted to intervene but their only success was in retrieving their ally Kirsten Heffron. Majestic 12 eventually launched the Eizand ship back to Sralanya with a crew of three intended to carry out the precision strikes on major cities. However, the astronauts - after broadcasting an aggressive recorded message - changed their minds and surrendered to the Tevent peacefully. The Tevent then used the weapon themselves, starting the war.

The Enterprise leaves the Eizand to reassess their history and Picard resolves his tension with Taurik. He then receives a transmission from Akaar informing him of the exposure of Section 31 and of his role in Min Zife 's forced removal from office.



Enterprise-E personnel

Jean-Luc Picard.


Austin BraddockT'Ryssa ChenBeverly CrusherRavel DyganDina ElfikiJoanna FaurTamala HarstadRennan KonyaJean-Luc PicardRene PicardJill RosadoAneta ŠmrhováStathamT'SonaTaurikVelsonGary WeinribWorf
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Hegol Den

Starfleet personnel

Leonard James Akaar
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Jonathan ArcherEdward JellicoJames T. KirkAlynna NechayevOwen ParisWilliam T. RikerWilliam Ross


Natalie KoromaJonathan McAllisterMestralGary Seven
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Elizabeth AndersonCynthia FosterRoberta LincolnIan PendletonRyan Vitali

Earth residents, 21st century

Jason BayleyRoss BullockHeather BurdenCushmanWilliam DavisonMartin EsparzaErika FigueroaJeni FronteraKirsten HeffronGerald Markham (Donovan Kincaid) • Scott ReuRain RobinsonDerrick SappAlyssa SchmidtMatthew SmithGeoffrey StantonEric Tate
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Zefram CochraneJohn CooleyDaniel MadsenDaniel RobinsonDaniel Wheeler


Valmiki GoswamiMeredith HarperPark Ji-hu
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Neil ArmstrongShaun Geoffrey ChristopherJohn GlennJohn KellyRose KumagawaAndrei NovakovichAlan ShepardAmy Sisson



Other characters

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Nanietta BaccoLiam BoothbyOctavia E. ButlerC.J. CherryhArthur C. ClarkeOzla GranivRobert A. HeinleinSpockKellessar zh'TarashChuck YeagerMin Zife

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-E.

USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • Novradir (planetary security vessel) • Peacemaker 1V-22 Osprey (helicopter)
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aerial crane helicopterAmerican Airlines Flight 77Ares IIIAres IVAres VChallenger (Space shuttle) • ESS CharybdisColumbia (Space shuttle) • Enterprise (NX-class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • F-35A (fighter jet) • freighterFriendship One/UESPA-1USS Lewis & ClarkMarine Corps transport planeNomadpatrol shipPhoenixplanePoklori gil daraQuark's TreasureUSS RoanokeSaturn V (rocket) • Sphere 194 (Borg sphere) • TheseusUSS Titan (Luna-class) • Voyager 6Xuanzang


Beta QuadrantEizand space stationOdyssean PassSol systemSralanya (Ponval) • Vorlyntal system
California (Griffith ObservatoryLos AngelesSan FranciscoStarfleet HeadquartersVandenberg Air Force Base) • Georgia (BloomingdaleFort Benning) • Missouri (Kansas City) • New York CityPacific OceanScotland (Isle of Arran) • Virginia (Langley Air Force BasePentagon) • Washington, D.C.
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Aegis homeworldAlpha Quadrantasteroid beltBetazedCardassiaInternational Space StationJupiterLuna (Aldrin City Archives Annex) • MarsMcKinley StationPacificaRisaSaturnTezwaVulcan (Lake YuronT'Paal)
Atlantic OceanCaribbeanChina (FuzhouJiuquan Satellite Launch Center) • Colorado (DenverPeterson Air Force Base) • EgyptFalls ChurchFlorida (Cape CanaveralIndian RiverKennedy Space Center) • GuamIndiaJapanKazakhstanLebanon (Beirut) • MauiNew Mexico (Roswell) • North Carolina (Camp Lejunne) • North Dakota (Minot Air Force Base) • North KoreaPakistanPennsylvania (Raven Rock) • RussiaSavannahSingaporeSouth AmericaSouth KoreaVietnamWest Africa (Sierra Leone) • WaldorfWest PointWorld Trade Center

Races and cultures

BenziteBetazoidCapellanCardassianEizand (Tevent) • Human (AmericanAsianChineseIndian) • KlingonVulcan
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AndorianBajoranBolianBorg • Eizand (GaljYilondra) • RaqilanRomulanTholian

States and organizations

AegisDepartment of DefenseDepartment of Temporal InvestigationsMajestic 12 (Initiative 2031Majestic 12's operations division) • NASAStarfleetStarfleet CommandTevent ArmyTevent Central ControlTevent CoalitionUnited Earth Space Probe AgencyUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America (United States Air ForceUnited States ArmyUnited States Marine CorpsUnited States Navy)
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al-QaedaAres programBorg CollectiveDominionEastern CoalitionEuropean Space AgencyFederation Councilfire departmentGemini programKlingon EmpireManhattan ProjectNational Security AgencyNBCObsidian OrderOptimum MovementpoliceProject Blue BookProject CygnusRomulan Star EmpireSection 31Space Shuttle programStarfleet AcademyStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet Security SchoolTal ShiarTholian AssemblyUnion of Soviet Socialist RepublicsUnited NationsUnited States Military AcademyUnited States Space CommandUnsungWashington Post

Ranks and titles

admiralagentambassadorassistant chief engineerassistant directorassistant team leaderastronautaviatorbureaucratcabana boycadetcaptainchief engineercollaboratorcommanderCommander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleetcommanding officercontact specialistcorporalcounselorcyberspace operations officerdeputy security chiefdetaineediplomatdirectorDirector of NASAdoctorengineerensignexchange officerfighter pilotfirst officerfleet admiralflight controllerflight directorforensic technicianfuturistgame designergardenergeneralglinngroundskeepergunnery sergeanthistorianinterrogatorinvestigative journalistjournalistlance corporallieutenantlieutenant commandermajormaster chief petty officernetwork systems officerofficeroperations managerpathologistpetty officerpolice chiefPresident of the People's Republic of ChinaPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident of the United States of AmericaPresident Pro Tempore of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Tevent Coalitionprovisional liaisonrear admiralreporterscience officerscience reporterscientistsecurity chiefsecurity officersergeantsociologistspecialistteam leaderwriter

Science and technology

ablative armoraccess cardadrenalinealienantigravityantimatter containment systemartificial gravityatmosphereautomated attack response systemautopsybatteryBeta 7 computerBeta 8 computerbiometric interfacebiometric monitorbloodblood cellcameracard slotchemicalchronometerclockcoalcomacombadgecommunicationscomputercomputer terminalcontrol consolecremationcryogenic suspension support systemcryogenicsdatabasedeep-space telescopedeflector shielddigestive systemDNAdrilldrugEizand pistolelectromagnetic pulse generatorelectromagnetic resonanceelectronicelementelevatoremailemergency burst transmitterenergy weaponengine bellfacial recognitionfeedback pulsefireforensicsfossil fuelfrequencygalaxyGeiger countergenetic engineeringgeothermal energyGlockheads-up displayhearthibernationholodeckhourHUDinertial dampenerinstrument padintercominternetintrusion detection systemion plasma propulsionlaptoplidarlunglung cancerM4A3 carbine assault riflemaster systems displaymicrophonemineralmissilemobile phonenatural gasnatural resourcenavigational databasenuclear reactornuclear warheadnuclear weaponocular implantorbital defense networkpetroleumpharmaceuticalsplasmapower drainprobepulseradarradiationradioreceiverrefrigeratorreplicatorrepulsor-liftrespiratory systemreverse engineeringriflerocketsatellitesatellite communications networksensorsensor arrayservoshield emittershield generatorsmartphonesolar energysolar energy collection networksound dampeningstellar cartography databasestreet lampstun gunsublightsubspace communicationssubspace relaysurveillance cameratablettargeting scannertelephonetelevisionthermal optictimetissue regeneration unitTitan Vtransceivertransportertricorderuniversal translatoruniverseviewscreenwarp corewarp drivewarp five enginewarp nacelleweapons platformwristwatch

Food and drink

Altair waterbreadcoffeeEarl Greyfruitgrapefruit juicegritshoneysucklekervalaoatmealomeletteorange juiceraspberryscotchsteaktoastwhipped butter

Dates and events

AprilAugustBattle of Sector 001Bell RiotsBorg Invasion of 2381Cold WarDominion WarJuneMarchNovemberOccupation of BajorRoswell IncidentSeptemberSeptember 11Space agespringTezwa AffairVietnam WarWorld War III

Other references

2001: A Space OdysseyalphabetApollo 13arboretumarchive annexarmored platingartart gallerybandagebarnbarracksbathroombeachbiological warfareblack siteblanketbleacherblousebookbookshelfbridgebrinkmanshipbrochurebulletbunk bedbunkerbusiness suitbutton-down shirtcalendarcampingcanecarpetcatcavecenturycharcoalchemical warfarecityClass Mclothingcoffee mugcombat bootcollagecolored markercontrol stationcorridorcottagecouchcourtyarddartsdayThe Day the Earth Stood Stilldecadedecorative artsdiplomacydoorknobdressdress shirtduel citizenshipduty shiftemotionencryptEnglish languageextraterrestrial biological entityeye shieldfailsafefarmhousefedorafiling cabinetfilmfireplacefiring squadfishingFlag of IndiaFlag of South KoreaFlag of the United States of Americaflight suitflowerfoodfountain pengardengumhandkerchiefHappy Bottom Riding Clubhayhelmethigh-security asset communityhighwayhotelhullinfirmaryinterrogationjacketJefferies tubejumpsuitkey cardkhakisKhitomer Accordskitchenlanguageleashliteraturemagazinemapmattressmazemeditationmedkitmemorial servicemess hallmetalminibarminingMonet Roommoneymoonmosaicmotelmountainmoviemuseummutually assured destructionname tagnewspapernuclear warfareobservation windoworder packetorepaperparachutepenpencilperiodicalpinpine treeplanetposterPrime DirectivePriority oneprisonprotective custodypyramidquarantineradar stationravinereclinerred alertreligionretirementriverroberocking chairrockrogue cometSanctuary districtscience fictionscience labshadow governmentsheepshoesilksofastar chartStarfleet uniform (2373-2386)sunglassesSunrise on Zeta Minortactical equipment vesttechnologyterrorismtietime zonetreatytreetrouseruniformuranium-enrichment facilityurnvelcrovisaVulcan nerve pinchwarThe War of the Worldswaterwet baryearyellow alert


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Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumLosing the PeaceIndistinguishable from MagicCold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body Electric) • The Stuff of DreamsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHeadlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage


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