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Starfleet Academy graduate Sonya Gomez has received her dream assignment: the Starship Enterprise. Captained by Jean-Luc Picard and working under the supervision of Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge, Gomez hopes to make her mark on the flagship. Her initial months are difficult--an incident involving Picard and a cup of hot chocolate is followed by a brutal encounter with the Borg--but Gomez slowly begins to find her place on the Enterprise even as the ship deals with crises, from the Pakleds to the Ferengi to a return engagement with the Borg. But it is her colleague, Kieran Duffy, who proves to be her greatest challenge, as the driven young woman must decide if a relationship is something that fits with her notion of a Starfleet career…



Chao-Anh AleakalaTess AllenbyBigay AmpalayonReginald BarclayEsmeralda ClancyGarfield CostaBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherRoga DanarDataAlfredo Della GuardiaDershowitzKieran DuffyDavid GoldBelinda GomezSonya GomezGuinanKeiko IshikawaSirna KolramiMartin KopfBernie KornblumGeordi La ForgeRobin LeflerCliff MeyersMonroeKoji OliverJean-Luc Picard/LocutusWilliam T. RikerDennis RussellKatrine SchönhertzElizabeth ShelbyMarguerite ShermanTempleLian T'suHelga Van MayterWorf
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Starships and vehicles

Borg cubeUSS da Vinci (Saber-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Hathaway (Constellation-class)
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Grenthamen waterhopperUSS HoodFMS KreechtaUSS Lexingtonluxury linerUSS OberthUSS ProgressRomulan warbirdrowboatUSS SentinelshuttleUSS StargazerUSS Yamato


Alpha QuadrantAngosia IIIBraslota systemDelta QuadrantEarththe galaxySelcundi Drema sectorStarbase 96Starbase 173Ten-Forward
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Races and cultures

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States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of Planets
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AnsataEndurance UniversityStarfleet AcademyStarfleet TacticalStarsThelian University

Ranks and titles

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Technology and weapons

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Related media

This story runs concurrently through Star Trek: The Next Generation's second through fifth seasons, and several scenes specifically take place simultaneous with these episodes:


  • This eBook is the last of six in the SCE: What's Past miniseries, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek.
  • This is the final numbered eBook in the series Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers. The series was renamed Star Trek: Corps of Engineers beginning with the next title, Turn the Page.



Star Trek: Corps of Engineers stories and publications
eBooks The Belly of the BeastFatal ErrorHard CrashInterphase (Part OnePart Two)Cold FusionInvincible (Part OnePart Two)The Riddled PostHere There Be MonstersAmbushSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderCaveat EmptorPast LifeOathsFoundationsEnigma ShipWar StoriesWildfireHome FiresAge of UnreasonBalance of NatureBreakdownsAftermathIshtar RisingBuying TimeCollective HindsightThe DemonRing Around the SkyOrphansGrand DesignsFailsafeBitter MedicineSargasso SectorParadise InterruptedWhere Time Stands StillThe Art of the DealSpinCreative CouplingsSmall WorldMalefictorumLost TimeIdentity CrisisFables of the Prime DirectiveSecurityWoundsOut of the CocoonHonorBlackoutThe CleanupProgressThe Future BeginsEchoes of CoventryDistant Early Warning10 is Better Than 01Many SplendorsTurn the PageTroubleshootingThe LightThe Art of the ComebackSigns from HeavenGhostRemembrance of Things Past
Short stories "Field Expediency" • "An Easy Fast"
Omnibuses Have Tech, Will TravelMiracle WorkersSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderFoundationsWildfireBreakdownsAftermathGrand DesignsCreative CouplingsWoundsOut of the CocoonWhat's Past


published order
Previous eBook:
10 is Better Than 01
SCE eBooks Next eBook:
Turn the Page
Previous story:
Letting Go
Stories by:
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Next story:
The Mirror-Scaled Serpent
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Measure of a Man
Pocket Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
The Measure of a Man
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2365.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Diplomatic Implausibility
Prologue & Chapters 1-9
Next Adventure:
Dead Zone