The Belly of the Beast is the first installment in the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, written by Dean Wesley Smith and published in August 2000. In 2002 it was reprinted in the paperback omnibus Have Tech, Will Travel.
The U.S.S. Enterprise has defeated a gigantic marauding starship from parts unknown. Now that the immediate threat has been neutralized, the S.C.E. has been called in to probe the vanquished hulk in search of both new technology and the secret of its origin. Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge has temporarily transferred from the Enterprise to assist Captain David Gold and the crew of the S.C.E. ship, the U.S.S. da Vinci, on this fascinating mission. La Forge works with Gold and his top-of-the-line group of technical specialists to unravel the high-tech mysteries of the supposedly dead alien vessel, only to discover that the real danger has just begun!
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- 110 • 111 • Carol Abramowitz • Jil Barnak • P8 Blue • Domenica Corsi • Beverly Crusher • Data • Kieran Duffy • Bart Faulwell • David Gold • Sonya Gomez • Geordi La Forge • Elizabeth Lense • Ina Mar • David McAllan • Jean-Luc Picard • William T. Riker • Montgomery Scott • Fabian Stevens • Deanna Troi • Christine Vale • Songmin Wong
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- Julian Bashir • Rachel Gilman • Salek
Starships and vehicles
- "The Beast" • Cook (Type-11 shuttlecraft) • USS da Vinci (Saber-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class)
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- USS Lexington • USS Sentinel (Akira-class)
Races and cultures
States and organizations
- Academy Marathon • black hole propulsion drive • Dominion War • Earl Grey • emotion chip • environmental suit • phaser • quantum singularity • transporter • tricorder
- This story marks the introduction of Enterprise chief security officer Christine Vale, who would become a primary character in the TNG A Time to... miniseries, and the ongoing Star Trek: Titan novel series.
- The German translation was released by Cross Cult in April 2014. It was translated by Susanne Picard and featured new cover art by Martin Frei.
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