Taking Wing is a Star Trek: Titan novel by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels published by Pocket Books in 2005. It is the first novel in the Titan series and centers around the introduction of some regular characters and the Titan's first mission.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From the back cover


After almost a decade of strife against foes such as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion, the United Federation of Planets is at the dawn of a new era. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration, diplomacy, and the expansion of knowledge. Among the starships spearheading that endeavor is the U.S.S. Titan, commanded by Captain William T. Riker and manned by the most biologically varied and culturally diverse crew in Starfleet history.

But their mission does not begin according to plan.

In the wake of Star Trek Nemesis, Praetor Shinzon, slayer of the Romulan Senate, is dead. The power vacuum created by his demise had put the Romulan Star Empire, longtime adversary of the Federation, at the brink of civil war. Competing factions now vie for control of their fragmenting civilization, and if the empire should fall, that entire area of the galaxy may destabilize.

To restore order to the region, Titan's long-anticipated mission of exploration is delayed as Starfleet assigns Riker to set up power-sharing talks among the Romulan factions. But even as the first tentative steps are taken toward building a new Romulus, the remnants of the Tal Shiar, the dreaded Romulan intelligence service, are regrouping behind the scenes for a power play of their own. With no other help available, Riker and the Titan crew become the last hope to prevent the quadrant from falling into chaos.




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AmarcanLouis ArmstrongNanietta BaccoJulian BashirTangre BertoranDataSean HawkIloja of PrimKathryn JanewayJames T. KirkKovalMartok, son of UrthogN'GathanNeralJean-Luc PicardAndrew PowellErik PressmanRomShinzonHikaru SuluSurakTai'lunTalkathTorethVkrukZekMin Zife

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS AegripposAmarcan-classUSS Armstrong (Challenger-class) • D7-classUSS Der Sonnenaufgang (Miranda-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • USS Irrawaddy (Danube-class runabout) • K'tinga-classUSS Phoebus (Miranda-class) • Romulan bird-of-preyUSS SeyetikUSS T'rin'saz (Miranda-class) • USS Titan (Luna-class) • IRW Valdore (Mogai-class)
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USS Alliance (Excelsior-class) • Calypso II (captain's yacht) • Scimitar (Scimitar-class)


Utopia PlanitiaGreat BloomRemusRomulusApnex SeaEhrie'fvilKi Baratan (Dartha) • Aekhhwi'rhoiHall of StateIra'sihaerSenate DomeSouth QuarterVikr'l PrisonRarathik DistrictLeinarrh
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Bajoran wormholeCardassiaDeep Space 9Gamma QuadrantGemworldhi'Leyi'aLeinarrhPacificaPelagiaPrimus IVRarathik DistrictStarbase 185

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

States and organizationsEdit

Klingon EmpireEdit

Klingon Defense ForceKlingon Diplomatic Corps

Romulan Star EmpireEdit

Imperial War CollegeReman IrregularsKepeszuk BattalionRomulan SenateSenate Intelligence CommitteeUnification movement

United Federation of PlanetsEdit

Federation Diplomatic CorpsStarfleetStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet Intelligence

Other referencesEdit

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Background information Edit

Related Stories Edit

Star Trek: Titan publications and stories
Novels Taking WingThe Red KingOrion's HoundsSword of DamoclesDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Over a Torrent SeaSynthesisSeize the FireFallen GodsThe Poisoned ChaliceAbsent EnemiesSight UnseenFortune of War
Short stories "Improvisations on the Opal Sea: A Tale of Dubious Credibility" • "Empathy"
Other Works "Star Trek: The Tour" (Short film)


Timeline Edit

The novel runs from December of 2379 through January 2380.

published order
Previous novel:
(first in the series)
Titan novels Next novel:
The Red King
Previous story:
Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume Two
Trill: Unjoined
Stories by:
Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
Next story:
The Red King
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
A Time for War, A Time for Peace
Epilogue, Section 7
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Red King
Chapters 1-3,5-22,Coda
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2379.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in three other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Missing in Action
Chapter 1
Next Adventure:
Star Trek: Nemesis
Previous Adventure:
Final Flight
Chapters 2-4
Next Adventure:
Star Trek: Nemesis
Chapter 11, Sections 5-8
Previous Adventure:
Star Trek: Nemesis
Chapter 11, Sections 5-8
Chapter 5
Next Adventure:
A Time for War, A Time for Peace
Epilogue, Section 7

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