It is a new age of exploration, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to “the Odyssean Pass,” a region charted only by unmanned probes and believed to contain numerous inhabited worlds. Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation.
Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds . . . the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system. Now caught in the middle of this conflict, Captain Picard attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon . . . which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began!
After everything that happened over the course of the Typhon Pact books and The Fall miniseries, I had really, really been wanting to get Picard and the gang back to doing some old-fashioned exploring and seeking out and all the Trek-like stuff. I was starting to get burned out on the political storylines, and wanted to “lighten things up” a tad. I also had been wanting to take the Enterprise-E crew and do something with them in the spirit of the original series, with some of that old-school Star Trek flavor to it, where our heroes find something weird and dangerous and have to figure out what to do with it. I hope that much is communicated by the book’s title, which has a very deliberate original series vibe.
In addition to all of that, I started thinking long-term about what to do with the newer characters that had been introduced over the course of the “post-Nemesis” storylines; crew members who’ve moved into positions once occupied by favorite Next Generation characters, and so on. Before this book, I hadn’t really had the luxury of doing that, as my last two turns with Picard and company were in service to larger storylines and working with multiple authors. In truth, I only ended up doing some of that here, due to the way the story unfolded and which characters made the most sense to bring to the forefront. Even as the book hits shelves on its “publication date,” I’ve been having conversations with my editor on what to do next, and which characters we could explore to change things up bit.
But, that’s for later. Here and now? We’ve got this book.
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