The Missing is a 2014 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by author Una McCormack. The novel takes place after the events of Star Trek: The Fall, with Beverly Crusher's temporary reassignment from the USS Enterprise to Deep Space 9 in Peaceable Kingdoms being depicted. Odo, Quark, Ro Laren and Pulaski also appear.

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Deep Space 9 is once again becoming an important way station in the Alpha Quadrant for many different people with many different agendas. Uniquely crewed by representatives of different species from both the Khitomer Powers and the Typhon Pact, the Federation science and exploration vessel Athene Donald stops at the station as its final port of call before heading into uncharted territories. The whole project is the brainchild of Dr. Katherine Pulaski, who hopes that science will do what diplomacy alone cannot, and help various powers put aside the tensions of recent years, returning to scientific research and the exploration of space
On DS9, base commander Ro Laren has her hands full with the sudden arrival of a ragtag flotilla of small ships crewed by a group calling themselves the People of the Open Sky. Ro is not keen on handling this first-contact duty, but becomes increasingly intrigued by the People, who are made up of several hitherto unknown species. Describing themselves as explorers, they are interested in everything about the station. Ro begins to enjoy her assignment, particularly as she takes counsel from the logs of Jean-Luc Picard. Blackmer, however, is more suspicious about these apparently friendly arrivals and monitors their movements around DS9...

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Deep Space 9 is visited by the Athene Donald, a civilian research ship set up by Pulaski and commanded by her friend Maurita Tanj. Peter Alden is on the station with his Tzenkethi ward Corazame and manages to get himself assigned to the ship, mainly to keep an eye on its Tzenkethi scientist. He intends for Corazame to accompany him but she fails to board.

A group of nomadic aliens, the People of the Open Skies, come aboard Deep Space 9 from the Gamma Quadrant. They include a large amount of children. Crusher discovers signs of past malnutrition.

The Athene Donald encounters a group of aloof aliens known as the Chain. A series of incidents occur on both sides of the wormhole: Crusher's office is broken into, the Tzenkethi scientist is attacked and one of the People's leaders is murdered. Crusher and Pulaski realise the Chain and the People's leaders are the same species. The Chain commander Aoi demands the People's return, claiming they kidnapped the children with them, but the People's leader Oioli states they are abandoned children that they took in.

All the crimes are revealed to be the work of Ailoi, a member of a rogue intelligence organisation who is both one of Aoi's crew and one of the People's leaders, using a dangerous transwarp transporter to travel between the two quadrants. She dies when she tries to use it one time too many and Oioli convinces Aoi, who she grew up with, to withdraw his claim.

Odo visits Ro wanting help for his friend Mhevita Pa'Dan: Her son is one of a number of Cardassians captured on the Romulan front during the Dominion War who has never been released. The Romulan repatriation officer, Major Varis, is unhelpful but Ro and Odo eventually deduce that the Cardassians in question had families with their Romulan captors and have been kept hidden from view. Garak extends an invitation for all the families to come to Cardassia.

Corazame chooses to travel with the People rather than be a double agent for Alden, who decides to leave Starfleet Intelligence and remain on the Athene Donald. Crusher decides to return to the Enterprise.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

AiloiAoiPeter AldenJefferson BlackmerBrookingCorazameBeverly CrusherDelkaElim GarakIoileIoemiKala MorioMetiger Ter Yai-AMiles O'BrienOdoOioliMhevita Pa'DanTerek Pa'DanKatherine PulaskiQuarkRo LarenTanjMaurita TanjVarisVeelak
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AkretAlizomeNanietta BaccoJulian BashirJack CrusherWesley CrusherDataAthene DonaldSkrain DukatNeta Efheny/MayazanEris JuzeAlex GardnerGodIsabel HowardPaul HowardKorzentenLuciferMichaelMora PolMervyn PeakeJean-Luc PicardRene PicardRo GaleRo TaliaRomTora Ziyal

Locations[edit | edit source]

Alpha QuadrantDeep Space 9 (HubPlazaQuark'sRomulan consulateTemple)
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Ab-TzenkethBajor (AshallaKasella MountainsTrishella) • Bajoran wormholeCardassia Prime (Cemet) • Chain species' homeworldDarwin Genetic Research StationDeep Space 9Earth (London) • FerenginarHellKhitomerOutpost 293PromenadeRomulan FrontRomulusRoyal MoonSekulaVenetan FrontierVenetan homeworld

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Athene Donald (Olympic-class) • Chain shipunnamed People of the Open Sky ships
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bikeboatUSS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • Prophet's Tear (freighter)

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

BajoranCardassianChain speciesChangelingFerengiHumanRomulanTrillTrill symbiontTzenkethi
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AndorianBorg • Human (Romani) • Jem'HadarKlingonProphetsVenetanVortaVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Cardassian Central CommandCardassian Second OrderCardassian UnionChainFederation CouncilFerengi AllianceFoundersPeople of the Open SkyRepatriation CommitteeRomulan War OfficeRosalind Franklin Institute for Biomedical ResearchStarfleetStarfleet IntelligenceTyphon PactTzenkethi CoalitionUnited Federation of Planets
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Cardassian Diplomatic CorpsDepartment of the OutsideDominionFerengi Civil ServiceGreat LinkKlingon EmpireObsidian OrderRomulan EmpireSchool of ArtStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalTzenkethi AffairsVenette Convention

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

agentAp-RejarbiterartistassassinAutarch of the Tzenkethi Coalitionbarkeepbossbureaucratburglarcaptaincastellanchiefchief medical officerchief of securitycolonelcommandercommanding officerconstabledetectivediplomatdirector of researchdoctorenforcerenvoyfirst-contact specialistglinngovernorGrand Nagus of the Ferengi Allianceguidance counselorhistorianintelligence officerKing of the Underworldlawyerlegislatorlieutenantlieutenant commandermagicianmagistratemajornestornurseofficerpathologistpolitical officerpoliticianpresidentPresident of the United Federation of Planetsrepresentativescientistsculptorsecurity officerserfslavesociologistsoldierspytailorteacherTeyvedekxenolinguist

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

alienatmospherebiologybloodbonebulkheadcloaking deviceclockcombadgecompaneldaggerdetectorDNAdrugenergyeugenicsfiregenomic therapyglassesgravitygunhairheartholo-cameraholodeckhologramholopichourhumanoidkilometerknifelight-yearmedicineminutemonitornebulaneedleOrbpaddphotonpregnancyproteinreplicatorsecondsensorShedai meta-genomespacespaceshipspace stationstarstarshiptemporal warp physicstimetoilettorpedotranspondertransportertranswarp beamingtricorderturboliftuniversal translatoruniverseviewscreenviruswheelwhipwhirlpoolwindmillxenosociology

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2385alchemyalcoholAndorian Infertility Crisisangelarchangelaway teambadgebirdbirthdaybookcakecaptain's logcaptain's personal log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)cargo baycastlecherrychickcityclaustrophobiacloakclothingcolonycoralcourt martialcurrencydabodaydecadedementiademonThe Diversity Paradoxdocking baydogDominion Wardress uniformThe Duchess of MalfiDukat's Draftemotionempathyextinctionfireworksfirst contactflyfruitgenocideghostgingin and tonicglassgoldGormenghastgovernmentgrapeGreat Material Continuumharphenhide-and-seekHippiehistoryholding cellholidayholofantasyhomeworld • "Identifying Key Drivers of Success in Diverse Teams" • Infinite Diversity in Infinite CombinationsinsigniajacketjuryKhitomer AccordslaboratorylanguagemagicmagnesiummapmarriagemetalmissivemonasterymoneymonthmorguenaanNobel PrizenovelNovemberoboeOccupation of BajoroiloliveThe Ones Who Walk Away from Omelasoutpostpacking casepaperperek flowerphilosophypiepipplanetplaygroundprejudicePrime Directivequadrantquartersquicksilverracismrankready roomrec roomreligionrocksailsaltsalt breadschoolsciencesculptureShape of the Unionsign languagesnakesongspaceportspiceSpring FestivalStarfleet uniformstar systemstrawsurgeryteatechnologytextbooktheatertintoyTzenkethi languageuniformxenosociolinguisticswaterweaponwinterwhalewinewoodyear

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One‎Avatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnity • "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" • "Andor: Paradigm" • "Trill: Unjoined" • "Bajor: Fragments and Omens" • "Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed" • "The Dominion: Olympus Descending" • WarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending SacrificeThe MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageEnigma TalesOriginal Sin
Miniseries and anthologies The Lives of DaxDivided We FallMission GammaWorlds of Deep Space Nine (Volume One, Two & Three)
Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas
Published Order
Previous novel:
Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Next novel:
Sacraments of Fire
Previous story:
The Crimson Shadow
Stories by:
Una McCormack
Next story:
Enigma Tales
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