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The astonishing sequel to the New York Times bestseller Chain of Attack!The Final Nexus is a 1988 Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Gene DeWeese. It was the 43rd novel in Pocket Books' TOS numbered novel line, and was a sequel to DeWeese's previous novel.


Uncounted centuries ago, an unknown race from beyond our galaxy created a series of interstellar gates—shortcuts across our universe—and then disappeared, leaving behind no clues to their fate, or the operation of their system. Twice before, the Enterprise has used the system to traverse the galaxy, and returned each time no wiser to the gates' operation.
Now it is imperative that they find out. For the gates are breaking down, taking the very stars in the sky with them. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of the Enterprise crew, and their ability to communicate not only with creatures from another world—but from another universe as well.



AldrichClaudette AnsfieldEsther AnsfieldPaul AnsfieldVernon AnsfieldJeremiah ChandlerPavel ChekovCriderGraysonJames T. KirkKremastorKroninKaren LaszloLeonard McCoyNkrumahOrtizRichardsKevin RileyRinaldiMontgomery ScottSherbourneSpockAndros StepanovichHikaru SuluIngrit TomsonNyota UhuraWellons

Starships and vehicles

USS Cochise (Saladin-class destroyer) • USS DevlinUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)
Referenced only
USS EddingtonKlingon battle cruiser (battle cruiser) • scouttug


Planetary locations

GeorgiaGibraltarNorth AmericaRock of Gibraltar

Planets and planetoids

Aragos planetEarth

Shipboard locations

bridgebriefing roomengineeringquarterssickbay

Stations and outposts

Starbase 1Starbase 14Starfleet Headquarters

Stellar locations

Sagittarius ArmShapley CenterSolTreaty Exploration Territory

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Klingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets


Technology and weapons

AUbloodcloaking devicecommunicatordeflectorgategravitational turbulencegravityhyposprayimpulse engineintercomkilometerlight yearmatter-antimatter reactorparalytic agentparsecphaserprobesensorstarstarbasetransporterturboliftviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titles


Other references

blowfishcaptain's logdistress callliteraturepiano wiresecuritysnakespiderStarfleet regulationstechnologyuniformyellow alert



  • Author Gene DeWeese said, "It's a sequel (to Chain of Attack), and I hadn't intended to write a sequel. If I had known there was going to be a sequel, I would have been a little more careful about some of the details in the first one ... to take care of the things that had to be explained to some extent in the sequel. It took a little bit of manipulation to make things work out. I think there are still a few things that are a little inconsistent." (The Official Fan Club Magazine Issue 65: "Where No Man...: The Final Nexus")
  • This novel is the third novel in a trilogy with The Abode of Life and Chain of Attack.




published order
Previous novel:
Memory Prime
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Vulcan's Glory
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Entropy Effect

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