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The unpredictable cosmic entity known only as Q has plagued Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise since their very first voyage together. But little is known of Q's mysterious past or that of the unearthly realm from which he hails. Now Picard must learn Q's secrets -- or all of reality may perish!
Ever since its discovery, the great galactic barrier has impeded humanity's exploration of the universe beyond the Milky Way. Now a brilliant Federation scientist may have found a way to breach the barrier, and the Enterprise is going to put it to the test. The last thing Picard needs is a return visit from an omnipotent troublemaker so, naturally, Q appears.
But Q has more in mind than his usual pranks, and while the Enterprise struggles to defeat a powerful inhuman foe, Captain Picard must embark on a fantastic odyssey into the history of the Q Continuum itself, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.


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Tagus III
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BajorB'halaDeep Space 7Deep Space 9

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USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class)
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USS DefiantUSS Voyager

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States and organizations

Daystrom InstituteStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUniversity of BetazedVulcan Science Academy
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DominionStarfleet Science

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artificial wormholebioneural gel packclass-2 probeGuardian of ForeverIverson's Disease

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Aldebaran serpentBaron DiabolisDominion WarfalconerPeter PanplanetThe Quest for the Golden ThroneSha Ka ReeTarsian Wartova'dokTrixian bubble juice


Related media

  • The events of several episodes featuring Q, including "Q-Less", are mentioned in the novel.



published order
Previous novel:
To Storm Heaven
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Previous novel:
Dujonian's Hoard
TNG novels Next novel:
Previous novel:
Assignment: Eternity
Novels by:
Greg Cox
Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Fire on High
Pocket Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
Immortal Coil
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Next Adventure:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2374.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Pocket Adventure:
Earliest story
Previous MB Adventure:
Death Wish
5 billion years ago
Chapter 11
Next Adventure:
Spock's World
Vulcan: One
Previous Adventure:
All Good Things...
Chapter 20
2.5 billion years ago
Chapter 13
Next Adventure:
Chapter 2

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