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Introduction (blurb)[]

Before the twenty-fourth-century adventures of David Gold, Sonya Gomez, and the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci came the more rough-and-tumble S.C.E. of the twenty-third century. In the wake of an incident involving the Starship Enterprise and the infamous Delta Triangle, Lieutenant Commander Mahmud al-Khaled and the crew of the run-down U.S.S. Lovell must "open" the Triangle -- and also find a lost generation ship that was last seen entering the phenomenon. But the mission grows even more complex when the Gorn arrive, demanding -- at gunpoint -- that the Gorn criminals inside the Triangle be returned to them.

A gripping new twenty-third-century drama in the tradition of Foundations!


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Carol AbramowitzMahmud al-KhaledCurtis DanhauserDevnaJessica DiamondRobert FoxGlindDavid GoldSonya GomezSusan HaznedlKelthosByron KomackLahrMagenMoves-With-Burning-GraceDaniel OkagawaFolanir PzialAraev zh'RhunSasha RodriquezRoyanoSaravenSivokFabian StevensT'LaenMolan lek XavXerius
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Zefram CochraneJames T. KirkMaltimChristopher PikeMontgomery ScottSpockRobert Wesley

Starships and vehicles[]

USS da VinciDuroc-class cargo freighter • Gorn minelayer vesselGorn protector vesselUSS Lovell (Daedalus-class) • Mizuki (shuttlecraft) • Phylosian vesselRigelian border frigateUSS T'Saura (Antares-class)
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Ares IVboatSS BonaventureCourageous (DY-500 class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • HawkingIKS Klothos (D7-class) • USS LexingtonSS MariposaTalarian battlecruiserValzhan colony ship


Delta Triangle
Referenced only 
BellatrixCestus IIIEarthEristasFGC-82659KeraKessikMarsNeutral ZoneNimbus IIIOmega CygniPhindaQualor IIValzhanWarp Five Complex

Races and cultures[]

AndorianCygnianGornKlingonHuman (MasaiTerran) • OrionPhylosianRigelianRomulanTellariteunnamed races and culturesValzhanVulcan

States and organizations[]

Ancestral CommissionClan BriphachiClan IggrazoElysiaElysian CouncilFederation Diplomatic CorpsGorn HegemonyKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet IntelligenceUnited Federation of Planets

Other references[]

2268237621st century22nd centuryadmiralalienalternate universeambassadoranchoranimalartistasteroidastrophysicistatmospherebridgebriefing roombulkheadcaptaincatcenturychief engineerChristmas treechronometercloaking devicecolonycommand chaircommandercommanding officercommunications officercomputercopilotdampening fielddata bankdatabasedaydecadedeflector dishdeflector shielddilithum crystaldiplomatEartherEarth-Romulan Warengineerengineeringensignfirefireworksfirst contactfirst officerfishflowergalaxygemstoneGorn languagegovernmentgravitic mineGuardianhairhawkhelmsmanhistorianhistoryhologramhomeworldhourhumanoidindicatorinertial dampenerinsectintercomjelorakemkeypadkilometerklaxonlanguagelawyerlieutenantlieutenant commanderlight-yearmaintenance workermapmarker buoymetermineminutemonitormonthmoonnationnavigatorofficeroreoutpostpaddphaserpilotplanetpolaronpoliticianpsionicsrecorder-markerred alertreptilianrockscholarsciencescience officersecondsensorshield generatorspacespace stationspace-time continuumstabilizer finstarstarbasestar chartstardatestarshipstar systemstellar cartographysubspacesubspace beacontechniciantechnologyThird World Wartimetime traveltransportertricorderturboliftuniformuniversal translatoruniverseviewscreenwarp drivewarp factorwarp nacellewaterweaponweapons officerwormholeyear


Published Order
Previous novel:
Paradise Interrupted
SCE eBooks Next novel:
The Art of the Deal
Previous story:
Grand Designs
Stories by:
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Next story:
Distant Early Warning
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Worlds of DS9: Andor: Paradigm
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
The Art of the Deal
Previous adventure:
The Soul Key
Chapter 3
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Art of the Deal
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2376.
The Pocket Books Timeline and Memory Beta Chronology place events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Time Trap
Delta Triangle backstory
Next adventure:
More Tribbles, More Troubles



  • The ebook release of this story gives the date for the framing story as stardate 54200.9, Earth year 2377. In the print compilation Creative Couplings, this is changed to stardate 53800.9, Earth year 2376.

Related stories[]

Media featuring the USS Lovell
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers FoundationsWhere Time Stands StillDistant Early Warning
Star Trek: Vanguard Summon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen Secrets
Characters Daniel OkagawaAraev zh'RhunMahmud al-KhaledMoves-With-Burning-GraceMolan lek Xav
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers stories and publications
eBooks The Belly of the BeastFatal ErrorHard CrashInterphase (Part OnePart Two)Cold FusionInvincible (Part OnePart Two)The Riddled PostHere There Be MonstersAmbushSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderCaveat EmptorPast LifeOathsFoundationsEnigma ShipWar StoriesWildfireHome FiresAge of UnreasonBalance of NatureBreakdownsAftermathIshtar RisingBuying TimeCollective HindsightThe DemonRing Around the SkyOrphansGrand DesignsFailsafeBitter MedicineSargasso SectorParadise InterruptedWhere Time Stands StillThe Art of the DealSpinCreative CouplingsSmall WorldMalefictorumLost TimeIdentity CrisisFables of the Prime DirectiveSecurityWoundsOut of the CocoonHonorBlackoutThe CleanupProgressThe Future BeginsEchoes of CoventryDistant Early Warning10 is Better Than 01Many SplendorsTurn the PageTroubleshootingThe LightThe Art of the ComebackSigns from HeavenGhostRemembrance of Things Past
Short stories "Field Expediency" • "An Easy Fast"
Omnibuses Have Tech, Will TravelMiracle WorkersSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderFoundationsWildfireBreakdownsAftermathGrand DesignsCreative CouplingsWoundsOut of the CocoonWhat's Past