Resistance is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by J.M. Dillard published by Pocket Books in the August 2007. It is the second novel in the post-Nemesis TNG continuity and centers around the crew of the Enterprise fighting a stranded Borg cube.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From the back cover

The U.S.S. Enterprise is ready to rejoin the fleet. The body of the great starship -- which managed to survive the deadly Romulan-Reman attack only with Data's ultimate sacrifice -- has been restored.

With the departure of first officer William Riker and ship's counselor Deanna Troi, Picard has to replace two of his most trusted advisors. A Vulcan is granted the commission of ship's counselor. Logical and pragmatic, T'Lana is a highly decorated member of Starfleet who served with distinction during the Dominion War. For his Number One, Captain Picard has only one candidate: Worf.

The captain is looking forward to putting the shadows of war behind him, shaping his new crew, and returning at last to being an explorer. However, the Klingon refuses the promotion. And Picard senses that his new counselor does not approve of Worf.

Starfleet hands the Enterprise a simple assignment perfect for a shakedown cruise. Picard is confident that this is all he needs to bring his crew together. Before the mission commences, the captain once again hears the song of the Borg Collective. Admiral Janeway is convinced that the Borg have been crushed and are no longer a threat. Picard knows that she is wrong, and if he doesn't act immediately, the entire Federation will be under the domination of its most oppressive enemy.


The Enterprise, including new counselor T'Lana, is assigned to mediate a conflict between the Repoki and the Trexatians. Picard has invited Worf to be the ship's new permanent first officer but, aware he was once noted as unfit for command, he refuses.

Before the mission can begin, Picard begins receiving visions of the Borg and suspects that a group of drones left stranded in the Alpha Quadrant are constructing a new queen. He contacts Admiral Janeway, who orders him to hold position. Instead he follows his instincts and takes the ship to Sector 10, where they discover a dormant Borg cube.

Picard sends an away team to dispose of the Queen, but unknown to him, the drones have a natural instinct to protect her. Most of the away team are killed and the new security chief Lieutenant Battaglia is assimilated. Picard is voluntarily transformed physically back into Locutus to infiltrate the cube, but he too is captured and assimilated.

Worf assumes command and gets permission from Janeway to separate the saucer and fit the stardrive with a secret cloaking device to reach the cube unobserved. Crusher has devised a method to neutralize the hormone that is used to create a queen, turning her back into a drone, and she and Worf lead another away team onto the cube.

The mission is a success: the Borg fall dormant and Picard is retrieved, but Battaglia and three other crew are killed. Picard is left facing a possible court martial for disobeying orders but receives good news when Worf accepts the first officer position after all.

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John AllenB-4Lionardo BattagliaBorg QueenSandra ChaoJorge CostasBeverly CrusherNoel DeVrieGregory DiasourakisKathryn JanewayKruegerGeordi La ForgeMargaret LearyLuptowskiMcGowanSara NaveNelsonNguyenOjibwaJean-Luc Picard/LocutusAmrita SatchitanandSpotT'LanaWahlWorf
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Joel AzariaZephram CochraneJadzia DaxLasaranWilliam T. RikerSeven of NineBenjamin SiskoLily SloaneDeanna TroiKarina WozniakYamaguchi

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Borg cubeUSS Enterprise-EUSS IndefatigableUSS Lowe
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USS Voyager


Alpha QuadrantHappy Bottom Riding ClubSector 10
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Delta QuadrantRepokT'hiradaTrexatVulcanXochin

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Borg CollectiveStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Starfleet Academy

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcaptainchief medical officercommandercounselordoctorensignfirst officerlieutenantqueenrepresentativesecurity chief

Science and technologyEdit

adrenalineairassimilationBorg dronecaptain's chairCardassian pneumoviruscloaking devicecybernetic implantdiseasefoghairheartheartbeathourmetalmineralminingmuscleorephase weaponprostheticpulseShalaft's Syndromeskullspinestarstarshiptelepathytimetranswarp conduitturboliftvadiniteviruswarp drive

Other referencesEdit

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Background information Edit

Related Stories Edit

Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Losing the PeacePaths of DisharmonyIndistinguishable from MagicThe Struggle Within‎Cold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent Weapons) • The Body ElectricThe Stuff of DreamsThe Fall (The Crimson ShadowPeaceable Kingdoms) • The Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowPrey (Hell's HeartThe Jackal's TrickThe Hall of Heroes) • Headlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage

Timeline Edit

The novel is set in April of 2380. It begins five months after the final TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis.

published order
Previous novel:
Death in Winter
TNG novels
Next novel:
Q & A
Previous novel:
The Expanse
Novels by:
J.M. Dillard
Next novel:
Most recent novel
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 7-12
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Full Circle}
Chapter 26 sections 2-3
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