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Time's Enemy is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by L.A. Graf. It was published in July 1996, the 16th book in Pocket Books' series of numbered DS9 novels, and the third part of four in the Invasion! crossover.


Millennia ago, an apocalyptic battle was fought in the Alpha Quadrant. The losers were banished, but what became of the victors?
The Federation is threatened by this ancient mystery when a battered and broken version of the Defiant is found, frozen for five thousand years, in an icy cloud of cometary debris. Captain Sisko and the crew of Deep Space Nine are summoned to answer the most baffling question of their lives: how and when will their ship be catapulted back through time to its destruction? And does its ancient death mean that one of the combatants in a primordial battle is poised now to storm the Alpha Quadrant? Only the wormhole holds the answer—and the future of the Federation itself may depend on the secrets it conceals.


Starfleet finds an ancient version of the Defiant near Earth, prompting fears of the Furies using the Bajoran wormhole to invade the Alpha Quadrant again.



Julian BashirJadzia DaxMichael EddingtonFernandezGerjuoyGoldmanJudith HaymanHovanKaddo'BorawnKira NerysKirschbaumMaileManan'AgarAlynna NechayevNesMiles O'BrienOdoPak DorrenHeather PetersenPritzP'selQuarkRomShakaar EdonHajime ShojiBenjamin SiskoT'KrengWinn AdamiYevlin Meris
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Curzon DaxJoran DaxTorias DaxGlotfeltyElim GarakKirichMornNogKeiko O'BrienMolly O'BrienJean-Luc PicardRegitzRobbJake SiskoJennifer SiskoSolvikStelSterchak


Alpha QuadrantBajorBajoran wormholeDeep Space 9Jem'Hadar stationOperations centerOort cloudStarbase 1Gamma Quadrant
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AndorBadlandsBrin PlanetariumBrundage StationCochrane MemorialEarthFuries PointKotar killing fieldOkana shipyardOrganiaPluto LaGrangian coloniesQo'noSRigel sectorSolTerok NorTrillVeska ProvinceVulcan

Starships and vehicles

USS Breedlove (Galaxy-class) • Corsair-classUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • Jem'Hadar fighterKronos-classUSS Mukaikubo (Galaxy-class) • USS Platte (Danube-class) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • Sreba (Vulcan science vessel) • Vinca-class
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USS Enterprise-DUSS Saratoga

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaDominionStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Science Academy
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Bajoran Trade CommissionFoundersMaquisObsidian OrderShakaar resistance cellShesh casteStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Command

Science and classification

alienansible technologyantennaantigenartificial wormholebiopsyboromine citratebraincarapacecerebral cortexcloaking devicecomm badgedeep space stationdefense saildiazradoldifluorinedilithiumdiseaseenergyengineering tricordereuthanasiaevent horizonfusion bombgravitational fieldHaslev-Rahn diseasehydrogen bombhypo kithyposprayisoboraminek'fken probelong-range sensorMactru feverminutemitochondrial DNAneurotransmitterorbitosteodermal regeneratorPedone's Law of Imaginary Energy Usagephaser bankphoton torpedoplutoniumportable diagnostic scannerportable replicatorquantum chronodynamicsquantum torpedorefitsensorspace stationstasis fieldtactical plasma warheadTartha poxtemporal displacementthermal diffuserthermonuclear bombtinnitistorpedotricorderturboliftuniversal translatorVegan choriomeningitisvertigoviroidwormholexenobiology

Ranks and titles

cadetcaptainchiefdoctorEmissary of the ProphetsensignHonored Professorkaipharaohprofessor

Other references

Argelian mocha sorbetBilly the BrontosaurB'stellaChaat juiceChfera stewchocolateClass 5 sector emergencyconference roomcouscouscrystaldabodaydeath icondéjà vuduraniumElasian cloud appleEnglish languageFerengi languageFerengi Rules of AcquisitionGhiachan brandygrakh'rahadhematiteironjil-birdJournal of Quantum MedicineKlingoneselatinummenorahmoneynickelNobel PrizeOccupation of BajorplanetPriority 1quartersraktajinoredfruitRehk'resenRigellian chocolateshore leavespringballSubspace Physical Reviewstongotransparent aluminumtritiumTrojan horseuniformvolewaterweekZee-Magnees Prize


Related media

  • After the crew discover a Jem'Hadar creche, Sisko recalls Quark finding the Jem'Hadar youth in "The Abandoned".


  • Julia Ecklar and Karen Rose Cercone consider Time's Enemy to be their best Star Trek novel. (Voyages of Imagination)
  • Time's Enemy is also one of David R. George III's favorite novels. [1]
  • An excerpt of Time's Enemy appears in Adventures in Time and Space, a collection of the best Star Trek literature.
  • The series featured a four-panel cover by Keith Birdsong showing characters from each book surrounding a broken image of one of the Furies. The complete cover art was used for the omnibus edition, but the Furies character's face was obscured by the title. The face could be seen in a promotional poster for the series. Additionally, on this volume it was decided to feature the Defiant, which is shown behind Kira and Sisko, again obscuring part of the Furies character's crown of snakes. The ship was not added on the German language edition by Heyne Verlag. The re-issue of the book released at the end of Heyne's tenure as licensed German publisher used a templated cover where the art was broken up with new space and comet effects added.



Star Trek: Invasion! Novels
First Strike | The Soldiers of Fear | Time's Enemy | The Final Fury


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Objective: Bajor
DS9 numbered novels Next novel:
The Heart of the Warrior
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The Final Fury
Previous Adventure:
Objective: Bajor
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