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"Of Cabbages and Kings" is a TNG short story.


The USS Enterprise is transported, without its crew, to an alternate universe, and has to develop its artificial intelligence to survive.



MinuetJean-Luc Picard (hologram)
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Starships and vehicles

USS Carpenter (Excelsior-class cruiser) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer)


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Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Daystrom InstituteStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification

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  • 5 June 2334: The USS Carpenter is listed as missing.
  • Enterprise experienced nearly three months in the alternate universe but returned at almost the instant she left.
  • The communications code Carpenter used to contact Enterprise was nearly seventy years old, and Enterprise is noted to be seventy years more advanced than Carpenter at the time of its disappearance, which indicates this story takes place in either the 2400s, or Carpenter actually went missing around the turn of the 24th century and wasn't listed as missing until 2334.


Related media


  • The story's name comes from the Lewis Carroll poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter".



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