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"Last Words" was the first of four TNG short stories released in Amazing Stories magazine, this one in Issue 593 in summer 1998. In this sequel to TNG episode & novelization: Unification, Captain Jean-Luc Picard attends Sarek's memorial service on Vulcan. Pocket Books collected A.C. Crispin's story in August 2002's The Amazing Stories omnibus.


One of Vulcan's greatest heroes is dead. The gap between father and son, immeasurable before, is now so wide that it can never be closed. Into this tense and tragic situation comes Captain Picard, the last hope for a bridge between the generations...


The night after taking leave of Spock on Romulus, Picard has a vivid dream of visiting Sarek and Perrin's residence as if he were Sarek. Admiral Brackett grants permission for the USS Enterprise to divert to Vulcan so Picard can attend Sarek's memorial.

After beaming to Mount Seleya, Picard realizes that his previous mind meld with Sarek has granted him an eerie familiarity with the nearby city of ShiKahr. He, Data, Geordi La Forge, and Beverly Crusher climb the steps to the amphitheater at the top, where the service will take place. They intended to watch from the back, but Sakkath insists that Picard join him and Perrin at the front.

La Forge detects a Romulan amongst the guests and realizes that the life support of the Legaran delegation's tank has been sabotaged. To avoid capture, the saboteur jumps off the mountaintop to his death. The officers quickly aide the delegates and repair the tank, saving the Legarans' lives.

Perrin speaks at the ceremony, lamenting Spock's absence, believing that he's abandoned his family. Picard suddenly speaks with Spock's voice, relaying a message implanted in Picard's mind by Spock when they shared a meld on Romulus. Spock says that he honors his father, and is now doing as his father taught him, to do his duty without fail. He is continuing his father's work as a peacemaker and teacher of Vulcan philosophy, and will always miss him.

Sakkath then takes Sarek's katra into the Hall of Ancient Thought for the conclusion of the ceremony.



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Short stories and roleplay modules published in magazines
TV21 Weekly TOS stories "Gateway to the Future"
Stardate Magazine TOS stories "Force of Law" • "The Killax Vendetta" • "Planetfall" • "Coronation Presumptuous" • "Boarding Party" • "Roleplaying in the Final Frontier"
TOS modules "The Serpent Factor" • "Deneva Deception" • "Safari in Violet" • "Continuing the Line" • "Operation Shadowfall" • "The Barrier of Essai" • "Orion Rising" • "The Hottest Blood of All" • "Operation Kingmaker" • "Operation Starling"
StarDrive TOS modules "Another Piece of the Action"
Amazing Stories TNG stories "Last Words" • "On the Scent of Trouble" • "Life Itself is Reason Enough" • "Bedside Matters"
VOY stories "When Push Comes to Shove" • "A Night at Sandrine's" • "The Space Vortex of Doom"
Star Trek Magazine STO stories "Unexpected Honor" • "Shakedown" • "The Gale, Part I" • "The Gale, Part II" • "Mirror Image, Part I" • "Mirror Image, Part II" • "Chief, Part I" • "Chief, Part II" • "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part I" • "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part II" • "Dove" • "There's No Place Like..." • "Locks Without Keys, Part I" • "Locks Without Keys, Part II" • "Hope Remains" • "After the Storm" • "Recruitment Drive" • "Time of the Scotsman" • "An Honorable Frontier"
Star Trek: Explorer stories "All That Most Maddens and Torments" • "Q and False" • "A Night In" • "The Offer" • "Seven v Seven" • "Quality of Life" • "Retribution" • "Broken Oaths" • "The Way to Exile" • "Kill Captain Proton!"
Star Trek: The Next Generation collected short stories, novellas and short novels
Strange New Worlds I: ("What Went Through Data's Mind 0.68 Seconds Before the Satellite Hit" • "The Naked Truth" • "The First" • "See Spot Run" • "Together Again, for the First Time" • "Civil Disobedience" • "Of Cabbages and Kings") • II: ("I Am Klingon" • "Reciprocity" • "Calculated Risk" • "Gods, Fate, and Fractals" • "I Am Become Death") • III: ("Whatever You Do, Don't Read This Story" • "A Private Victory" • "The Fourth Toast" • "One of Forty-seven" • "A Q to Swear By" • "The Change of Seasons" • "Out of the Box, Thinking") • IV: ("Flight 19" • "The Promise" • "Flash Point" • "Prodigal Son" • "Seeing Forever") • V: ("Bluff" • "The Peacemakers" • "Efflorescence" • "Kristin's Conundrum" • "The Monkey Puzzle Box" • "The Farewell Gift" • "Dementia in D Minor") • VI: ("The Soft Room" • "Protecting Data's Friends" • "The Human Factor" • "Tribble in Paradise") • VII: ("Life's Work" • "Adventures in Jazz and Time" • "Future Shock" • "Full Circle" • "Beginnings" • "Solemn Duty") • 8: ("Morning Bells Are Ringing" • "Passages of Deceit" • "Final Flight") • 9: ("Staying the Course" • "Home Soil" • "Terra Tonight" • "Solace in Bloom") • 10 ("Wired" • "A Dish Served Cold" • "The Very Model") • 2016 ("A Christmas Qarol" • "The Sunwalkers" • "The Seen and Unseen")
The Sky's the Limit "Meet with Triumph and Disaster" • "Acts of Compassion" • "Redshift" • "Among the Clouds" • "Thinking of You" • "Turncoats" • "Ordinary Days" • "'Twould Ring the Bells of Heaven" • "Friends With the Sparrows" • "Suicide Note" • "Four Lights" • "'Til Death" • "On the Spot" • "Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You"
Misc. short stories "The Captain and the King" • "Last Words" • "Bedside Matters" • "On the Scent of Trouble" • "Life Itself is Reason Enough" • "What Dreams May Come" • "Twilight's Wrath" • "Eleven Hours Out" • "Darkness" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • "Q and False" • "Quality of Life" • "Broken Oaths"
Misc. novellas & short novels "The Other Side" • "The Worst of Both Worlds" • "Brave New World"


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