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At the edge of the final frontier."No Time Like the Present" is a DS9 comic story that was the headline feature in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ultimate Annual anthology of stories.



An alien artifact abandoned by the Cardassians at the end of their occupation of Bajor has been reactivated, sending waves of temporal distortion through DS9. This causes the crew to experience leaps into alternate timelines and alerts the Cardassians and the artifact's creators of its whereabouts. It's a race for control of the very fabric of time!


Cardassian agents covertly return to Bajor to retrieve an ancient artifact hidden when the occupation came to an end. When touched, the artifact emits waves of temporal distortion, creating disturbances across the Federation and alerting the artifact's creators, an ancient race eager to reclaim what was once their most feared weapon.



Julian BashirJulius CaesarCurzon DaxJadzia DaxDukatKaydenKira NerysMalbretBenjamin MaxwellMornKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienPelekQuarkRomSebarrKhan Noonien SinghBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoHikaru SuluTartekZekunnamed Karg
Referenced only

Unnamed characters

unnamed Cardassiansunnamed Deep Space 9 personnelunnamed USS Defiant (NX-74205) personnelunnamed USS Rutledge personnel


BajorDeep Space 9
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CardassiaGaulSan FranciscoTroyWolf 359

Starships and vehicles

Cardassian shuttlecraftDanube-classUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • Galor-classKarg starshiprunaboutUSS Rutledge (New Orleans-class) • USS Saratoga (Miranda-class)

Races and cultures

BajoranCardassianHumanKargKayden's speciesLurianTrillsymbiont
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States and organizations

Cardassian GuardCardassian UnionKarg EmpireKlingon EmpireObsidian OrderRoman Empire

Ranks and titles

captainchiefcommanderdictatrixEmissary of the ProphetsgeneralGrand Nagusgullieutenantlieutenant commandersupreme commandervedek

Science and classification


Technology and weapons

Cardassian disruptorcloaking devicedeflector shieldDNAdrill driverplasma generatorphasershieldssonic drilltemporal disruptortransporterwarp drive

Other references

agrobiologychronitondollardoughnutEugenics WarsFederation-Cardassian Warhellhyronalynjumja stickmoonnorepOccupation of Bajorpergiumplasmaradiationsculpturetemporal distortiontimeuridiumvole


Includes alternate timelines.
Ancient Rome
Julius Caesar declares himself dictator of the Roman Empire, as witnessed by timeshifted Bashir.
27 October, 1995
Khan declares victory over the civilized world, as witnessed by timeshifted Sisko.
Late-23rd or early-24th century
Captain Hikaru Sulu becomes the lover of timeshifted Keiko Ishikawa-O'Brien.
Miles O'Brien is timeshifted, and finds himself a commander in the first Cardassian War under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell.
During the Cardassian withdrawal, miners discover the temporal device. They seal the mine, intending to recover it later.
The O'Briens visit a camp on Bajor near the abandoned mine. Gul Tartek's team lands nearby.


Related media


  • This story did not explicitly state a time frame for the primary, unaltered chain of events, however, it seems to have taken place in early 2372, sometime after Sisko was promoted to captain in "The Adversary", but before the arrival of Worf on the station in "The Way of the Warrior".
  • The artist depicted two of Bajor's moons in some panels but it wasn't specified which of Bajor's multiple moons these were.




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