Cadet Picard's first space mission could be his last!Nova Command is a young adult novel, the 9th installment of the Starfleet Academy series of The Next Generation books. This story was authored by Brad and Barbara Strickland and was released in December 1995.

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Before he became the captain of the USS Enterprise
Cadet Jean-Luc Picard is struggling through his first year at the Academy. He's near the top of his classes, right behind Roger Wells. Jean-Luc is determined to do everything better and bigger than Roger. But privately he has doubts. And the lack of communication from home only reminds him of how badly he left things with his father.
Then Jean-Luc and his friend, Marta, discover they've been selected to fly with the Nova Command team, a special training mission through the solar system. This is no simulation—it's the real thing! Jean-Luc tries to ignore the presence of Roger, but the pressure builds between the two cadets. When the mission leader falls ill and the ship receives a distress call, Jean-Luc and the other cadets must decide whether to obey orders or attempt a rescue… as the ship heads for disaster!

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Marta BatanidesLiam BoothbyCalTom FranklinJomo NkoloW. G. PageJean-Luc PicardYvette PicardTabath RanRedderlyGene SayreSilonaSpockRoger Wells
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Auguste PicardMaurice PicardRobert Picard

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

AphroditeIshtarQuetzalcoatlRa
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USS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-D

Locations[edit | edit source]

Bradbury Orbital BaseEarthGolden Gate BridgeSan FranciscoScobee HallSol system
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AlkaluropsAlpha CentauriEllipsiasFranceHeleneJerusalemKemoraLabarreMarsMcKinley StationVoltaire Station

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

AndorianBetazoidHumanKemoranVulcan
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KlingonRomulan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

FederationNova Command teamStarfleetStarfleet AcademyWorrell Mining Commission

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

combadgehumanoidlifeformmatterspacestarshipstarstar systemtime

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

cadetcaptaincommanding officer

Other references[edit | edit source]

24th centuryblack cometclothingcobra-catcommunicationcontinuum distortion topologydistress callEllipsian gambitFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2360s-2370s)governmentHMS PinaforeinsigniaKobayashi Maru scenarionation-stateplanetraces and culturesrankrank insigniasonic showerStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2278-2350s)Starfleet uniform (2366-2373)technologytitletoliuniformValusian skitter-mouseyear

Chronology[edit | edit source]

2323 
Picard's first Academy year.

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published order
Previous novel:
Starfall
TNG books Next novel:
Loyalties
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Starfall
Pocket Next Adventure:
An Easy Fast
Section 2


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