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"The Offer" was the second digital exclusive short story published in Star Trek: Explorer. This Enterprise story was written by James Swallow, edited by Jonathan Wilkins, and published on 10 November 2021.


Archer has an unusual encounter.



Jonathan ArcherQ
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Henry ArcherZefram CochraneMaxwell ForrestJean-Luc PicardSoval

Starships and vehicles

Enterprise (NX-01)shuttlepodSuurok-class cruiser
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Freedom-class starshipMaymora-class cruiser


Earth (Orbital Drydock Facility)
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Races and cultures

HumanQ (species)Vulcan

States and organizations

Earth StarfleetVulcan High Command

Science and classification

artificial gravitydilithium crystal moduleintermix chamberPADDphase inducerplasma conduitrecycled atmospheretechnical manualtechnologywarp corewarp drivewarp fieldwarp five engine

Ranks and titles

admiralambassadorcommanderfirst officerlieutenantofficerpilot

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Related media




Star Trek: Enterprise collected short stories, novellas and short novels
Strange New Worlds V ("Remnant" • "A Girl for Every Star" • "Hoshi's Gift") • VI ("Savior" • "Preconceptions" • "Cabin E-14") • VII ("Earthquake Weather") • 8 ("Egg Drop Soup" • "Hero" • "Insanity") • 9 ("Rounding a Corner Already Turned" • "Mother Nature's Little Reminders" • "Mestral") • 10 ("The Dream" • "Universal Chord" • "You Are Not in Space")
Misc. short stories "Prelude: Discovery" • "Have Beagle, Will Travel: The Legend of Porthos" • "Nobunaga" • "The Offer"
Misc. novellas & short novels "Age of the Empress" • "A Less Perfect Union"
Comics "The Fragile Beauty of Loyalty"
Short stories and roleplay modules published in magazines
TV21 Weekly TOS stories "Gateway to the Future"
Stardate Magazine TOS stories "Force of Law" • "The Killax Vendetta" • "Planetfall" • "Coronation Presumptuous" • "Boarding Party" • "Roleplaying in the Final Frontier"
TOS modules "The Serpent Factor" • "Deneva Deception" • "Safari in Violet" • "Continuing the Line" • "Operation Shadowfall" • "The Barrier of Essai" • "Orion Rising" • "The Hottest Blood of All" • "Operation Kingmaker" • "Operation Starling"
StarDrive TOS modules "Another Piece of the Action"
Amazing Stories TNG stories "Last Words" • "On the Scent of Trouble" • "Life Itself is Reason Enough" • "Bedside Matters"
VOY stories "When Push Comes to Shove" • "A Night at Sandrine's" • "The Space Vortex of Doom"
Star Trek Magazine STO stories "Unexpected Honor" • "Shakedown" • "The Gale, Part I" • "The Gale, Part II" • "Mirror Image, Part I" • "Mirror Image, Part II" • "Chief, Part I" • "Chief, Part II" • "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part I" • "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part II" • "Dove" • "There's No Place Like..." • "Locks Without Keys, Part I" • "Locks Without Keys, Part II" • "Hope Remains" • "After the Storm" • "Recruitment Drive" • "Time of the Scotsman" • "An Honorable Frontier"
Star Trek: Explorer stories "All That Most Maddens and Torments" • "Q and False" • "A Night In" • "The Offer" • "Seven v Seven" • "Quality of Life" • "Retribution" • "Broken Oaths" • "The Way to Exile" • "Kill Captain Proton!"


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