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Sisko and the crew take a new starship into the Gamma Quadrant to contact the Founders of the Dominion.


From the front cover:

The novelization of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's incredible two-part premiere!

From the back cover:

The Dominion: The mysterious rulers of the worlds on the other side of the wormhole. The Dominion: a ruthless planet-conquering race unknown even to those they rule. The Dominion: the most dangerous foe the Federation may ever face.
At the edge of the wormhole, the space station Deep Space Nine and the planet Bajor sit on what will be the front line in any Dominion attack. To try and prevent the conflict, Commander Benjamin Sisko and his crew take a never-tested Federation warship through the wormhole to track down and confront the Dominion. If Commander Sisko fails, not only the Federation, but the Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, and all the worlds of the Alpha Quadrant will face an interstellar war they cannot win.


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Part I characters

Julian BashirJadzia DaxMichael EddingtonFemale ChangelingKira NerysTaylor MooreMiles O'BrienOdoOrnitharQuarkBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoT'Rul
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Curzon DaxRomJennifer SiskoZek

Part II characters

Julian BashirBorathBroikJadzia DaxMichael EddingtonFemale ChangelingElim GarakJonesKira NerysAlynna NechayevMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoT'Rul
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Novelization characters

Julian BashirBorathJadzia DaxPaul EddingtonErisFemale ChangelingElim GarakJodKira NerysM'rakAlynna NechayevKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienOdoOrnitharQuarkBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoT'Rul
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Benedict ArnoldKing ArthurCurzon DaxHelen of TroyJudas IscariotThomas JeffersonMolly O'BrienRomJennifer SiskoWalt WhitmanZek


Alpha QuadrantBajoran wormholeCallinonCallinon VIICallinon relay stationDeep Space 9Founder homeworldGamma QuadrantKaremmaOmarion NebulaOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sReplimatStation commander's officeWardroom
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AfricaBajorBajoran arcticCamus IICardassiaDublinEarthEarth coloniesFranceIrelandIstanbulNew BajorNew Paris colonyParisRigel systemRomulusSan FranciscoStarfleet HeadquartersThomas Jefferson Memorial Rose Garden

Starships and vehicles

Danube-class runaboutUSS Defiant (Defiant-class escort) • USS Leeds (Nebula-class explorer) • Jem'Hadar fighterShuttle 01 (Type-18 shuttlepod)
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BismarckGalaxy-class starshipUSS LexingtonUSS MekongUSS OdysseyUSS OrinocoUSS Rio Grande

Races and cultures

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airlockantigravity gurneyantiproton beamcloaking devicedocking clampescape podholosuitephaser bankquantum torpedoreplicatorwarp nacelle

States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaDominionFoundersGreat LinkRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran Provisional GovernmentBajoran ResistanceCardassian Central CommandFederation CouncilHundredNaziStarfleet Command

Other references

admiralanalgesicantibioticArbazan vultureBajoran religionbattle cruiserbattle drillbattle simulationbeanbloodcatalpa bushchain of commandcoffeecoffeehousecollision courseconcentration campConstitution historyCupiddaboDefiant historydirakdumplingEnterprise historyescortevasive maneuversfernfrigateGrand Nagus' staffgravyholodeckHood historyhull breachI'danian spice puddingInternational Space StationivykahluaKlingoneselatinumlimestonemicamonoformmoonflowermultiphasic shield generatorNo Second TroyOccupation of BajorOdo's pailphaserphotosynthesispolyduraniumpotatoprototyperibbongrassrogue planetsedumscience officershaleshield perimetersolidstargazer lilyStarfleet commissionsubcommandersubspace varianceSWATsynthalesyntheholtelekinesisThursdaytricordertulaberry winewarshipwaterwitchcraftWorld War IIYoruba mask


Related media


  • The USS Defiant (and the Defiant class) makes it first appearance in the series, as do the Romulans and Deep Space 9's wardroom.
  • The new style combadge makes it's first on-screen appearance in the series after it was designed for Star Trek: Generations.
  • Eddington makes his first appearance in "The Search, Part I", where he introduces himself as Michael Eddington. However, his first name is given as Paul in the novelization. Ron Moore named Eddington after Kirk Douglas's character (Paul Eddington) in the film In Harm's Way. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • As the first episode[s] of 2371, the current insignia (the arrowhead in front of a rectangular bar) debuted here. TNG novel: Intellivore occurred prior to The Search, but the older insignia was still in use during that novel.





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