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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.

Publisher's description

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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110111Carol AbramowitzJil BarnakP8 BlueDomenica CorsiBeverly CrusherDataKieran DuffyBart FaulwellDavid GoldSonya GomezGeordi La ForgeElizabeth LenseIna MarDavid McAllanJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerMontgomery ScottFabian StevensDeanna TroiChristine ValeSongmin Wong
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Julian BashirRachel GilmanSalek

Starships and vehicles

"The Beast" • Cook (Type-11 shuttlecraft) • USS da Vinci (Saber-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class)
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USS LexingtonUSS Sentinel (Akira-class)


Blossom IVFolnar system
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New York City

Races and cultures

AtreanBajoranBetazoidBynarHumanNasatwasp-crab insect

States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet AdmiraltyStarfleet Corps of EngineersUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

Academy Marathonblack hole propulsion driveDominion WarEarl Greyemotion chipenvironmental suitphaserquantum singularitytransportertricorder


Background information

Related stories

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers stories and publications
eBooks The Belly of the BeastFatal ErrorHard CrashInterphase (Part OnePart Two)Cold FusionInvincible (Part OnePart Two)The Riddled PostHere There Be MonstersAmbushSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderCaveat EmptorPast LifeOathsFoundationsEnigma ShipWar StoriesWildfireHome FiresAge of UnreasonBalance of NatureBreakdownsAftermathIshtar RisingBuying TimeCollective HindsightThe DemonRing Around the SkyOrphansGrand DesignsFailsafeBitter MedicineSargasso SectorParadise InterruptedWhere Time Stands StillThe Art of the DealSpinCreative CouplingsSmall WorldMalefictorumLost TimeIdentity CrisisFables of the Prime DirectiveSecurityWoundsOut of the CocoonHonorBlackoutThe CleanupProgressThe Future BeginsEchoes of CoventryDistant Early Warning10 is Better Than 01Many SplendorsTurn the PageTroubleshootingThe LightThe Art of the ComebackSigns from HeavenGhostRemembrance of Things Past
Short stories "Field Expediency" • "An Easy Fast"
Omnibuses Have Tech, Will TravelMiracle WorkersSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderFoundationsWildfireBreakdownsAftermathGrand DesignsCreative CouplingsWoundsOut of the CocoonWhat's Past


published order
Previous eBook:
First in Series
SCE eBooks Next eBook:
Fatal Error
Previous story:
Thin Air
Stories by:
Dean Wesley Smith
Next story:
Planet Killer
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Fatal Error

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