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Log entries

  • First officer's personal log, Supplemental
    I have decided to maintain our position in the hope that Captain Picard can outwit Q, as he's done in the past.
    But, I must admit, if only to myself, the possibility that the captain will finally run out of ways to deal with this super-being.
    And even if he does manage to outmaneuver his adversary once again... Will Q abide by the rules of whatever game he's invented? Or will he give in to a whim -- and make the captain pay the price?



Beverly CrusherWesley CrusherDataGuinanGeordi La ForgeLanzaChristine PicardClaude PicardMaurice PicardJean-Luc PicardQWilliam RikerDeanna TroiWorfYvonne
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Julius CaesarAdolf Hitler

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer)



Races and cultures


States and organizations

GendarmeQ ContinuumStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Other references




Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow: The following content contains spoilers!
  • Many aspects of this story bear similarity to the scenario of Star Trek: Picard season 2 in later canon: Q's presentation of a historical scenario and an alternate history where Earth is totalitarian and fascist, the depiction of Picard's family as a youth, and so on.
  • This story, written before the TNG episode: "Family", establishes an alternate version of the Picard family, with different names than those later establishes, as well as a brother, Claude, who died as a child.
  • John de Lancie is credited as the writer, with Michael Jan Friedman receiving an "additional dialogue by" credit.
  • The Q fantasy portions of the story occur in 2332. No date is given for the present-day story, but the DC Comics Timeline gives a stardate of 43738.8.
  • Lieutenant Worf is incorrectly pictured with Lieutenant Commander rank pips.
  • This comic is collected in The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • The Gift was reprinted in seven parts in the UK Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine #16-22.
  • The Gift was reprinted by IDW Publishing in March of 2021.




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I, Q
chronological order
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Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Captain's Holiday
Previous Adventure:
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
Captain's Holiday
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2366.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Hour of Fire
2332 Next Adventure:
An Easy Fast
Section 8 & 10
Previous Adventure:
Wildfire, Book 2
Chapter 8
2351 Next Adventure:
A Stitch in Time
Part One: Chapters 21 & 23, Part Two: Chapters 2, 4, 6 & 8

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