The Light Fantastic is a 2014 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by author Jeffrey Lang.

Publisher's description

He was perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form - self-aware, self-determining, possessing a mind and body far surpassing that of his makers, and imbued with the potential to evolve beyond the scope of his programming.
And then Data was gone.
Four years later, Data's creator, Noonien Soong, sacrificed his life and resurrected his android son, who in turn revived the positronic brain of his own artificial daughter, Lal. Having resigned his commission, the former Starfleet officer now works to make his way on an alien world, while also coming to grips with the very human notion of wanting versus having a child.
But complicating Data's life is an unexpected nemesis from years ago on the U.S.S. Enterprise - the holographic criminal Professor James Moriarty. Long believed to be imprisoned in a memory solid, Moriarty has created a siphon into the "real" world as a being of light and thought. Moriarty wants the solid form he was once told he could never have, and seeks to manipulate Data into finding another android body for him to permanently inhabit... even if it means that is Data himself.




Reginald BarclayBroikDataThe DoctorVic FontaineGeordi La ForgeLalJames MoriartyJean-Luc PicardWorf
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NogMiles O'BrienQuarkWilliam Riker


Alpha QuadrantDeep Space 9Quark'sVeridian III
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Delta QuadrantGamma Quadrant


USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class)
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USS GalenUSS Voyager

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Daystrom InstituteStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

Emergency Medical HologramhologramholosuiteplasteelraktajinoSoong-type android


Background information

Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumLosing the PeaceIndistinguishable from MagicCold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body Electric) • The Stuff of DreamsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHeadlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage

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