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After millennia of warfare, the planets Prastor and Distrel may have finally achieved a lasting peace. Investigating on behalf of the Federation, Captain Kirk is shocked to find out that the architect of the peace is none other than that notorious con artist, Harcourt Fenton Mudd!

Mudd claims to be a changed man, but Kirk has his doubts. He knows that Mudd has to be running some sort of scam, but what is he up to? Kirk must find out soon -- before the peace gives way to unending war.


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Ginn DonanAbraham Lincoln

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


Distrelthe galaxyNevis systemPrastor
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Deneb VEminiar VIIVendikarVulcan

Races and cultures[]

Human (Russian) • Nevisian (DistrellianPrastorian) • Vulcan
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States and organizations[]

Commonwealth of NevisStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Vulcan Planetary Security

Science and technology[]

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Ranks and titles[]

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Other references[]

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Related Stories[]

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Media featuring Harry Mudd
Episodes "Mudd's Women" • "I, Mudd" • "Mudd's Passion" • "Choose Your Pain" • "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" • "The Escape Artist"
Miniseries The Return of MuddThe Return of Harry Mudd
Novels and collections Mudd's AngelsMudd's EnterpriseMudd in Your EyeThe Light Fantastic
Short stories "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations" • "A Sucker Born" • "Dilithium Is a Girl's Best Friend"
RPGs and Video games 25th Anniversary25th Anniversary (NES)Starfleet Academy (game)Through a Glass, Darkly mTrexelsStar Trek TimelinesFleet Command
Comics "Operation Con Game" • "It's a Living" • "When You Wish Upon a Star...!" • "Mudd's Magic!" • "Mission: Muddled" • "The Sky Above...The Mudd Below" • "Target: Mudd!" • "Made Out of Mudd" • "The Survival Equation" • Discovery - Succession, Issue 1 mYear Five, Issue 15Year Five, Issue 16
m : Mirror universe
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Treaty's Law
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Mind Meld
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Twilight's End
Stories by:
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Where Sea Meets Sky
Star Trek: The Captain's Table
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One Giant Leap
Gateways: What Lay Beyond
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
A Sucker Born
Strange New Worlds VII
Previous adventure:
One Giant Leap
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
A Sucker Born
Previous story:
One Giant Leap
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270) Next story:
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Previous story:
The Survival Equation
New Visions
The adventures of Harcourt Fenton Mudd Next story:
A Sucker Born

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