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Author(s): S.P. Somtow
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TNG
Published: July 2003
Pages: 262
Stardate: Unknown (2371)
Reference(s): ISBN 0743411307 (paperback)
ASIN B000FC0NIW (Kindle)

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Every five thousand years, or so the people of Thanet believe, the world ends in fire and a new cycle of creation begins. Now the Last Days are once again upon them, and a fiery star draws near. This is the Death-Bringer, the Eater of the World, whose coming heralds the end of all things....
But to Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise, the Death-Bringer appears to be nothing more than a rogue comet, easily destroyed. Picard faces a difficult dilemma: how can he save the Thanetian's rich and intricate civilization without destroying the very beliefs upon which their culture is based?
The quandary is challenge enough, yet the captain's position is even more complicated when Deanna Troi discovers that, incredibly, the comet is alive!

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Characters Edit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Pocket TNG characters.

Regular and recurring characters Edit

Jean-Luc Picard 
Starfleet captain, CO of USS Enterprise-D. Picard was obligated to make first contact with the Thanetians.
William T. Riker 
Starfleet commander, first officer of Enterprise-D.
Data 
Android Starfleet lieutenant commander, operations officer of the Enterprise-D. Data was capable of interfacing with the Dailong and providing useful information about Thanets's past with Thanith.
Beverly Crusher 
Starfleet commander, CMO of Enterprise-D.
Worf 
Klingon Starfleet lieutenant who was assigned as Enterprise-D security chief.
Deanna Troi 
Half-Betazoid Starfleet commander assigned as Enterprise-D counselor. She was able to directly communicate with Artas via telepathy.
Geordi La Forge 
VISOR-sighted Starfleet lieutenant commander assigned as Enterprise-D chief engineer.
Simon Tarses
Human/Romulan Starfleet officer who falls head-over-heels in love with Kio.

Other characters Edit

Artas
Child chosen to become the Thanopstru, or Death-bringer, who longs for a mother.
Kio
Teenage daughter of Straun who rebels against her teachings and longs to explore the universe.
Straun
Kio's father, puppet ambassador to the Federation who is conservative about his religious beliefs..
Halliday
Human professor studying Thanet up until the days of its destruction.
Adam Halliday
Human/Betazoid boy raised on Thanet with high intellect.
Engvig
Norweigian ensign who is assigned to the Enterprise and early awaits adventure.
Indhoun
Artas' brother.
Shivantak
Leader of all the people of Thanet, he interprets the Panvivlion and is of the highest caste.

References Edit

First Contact; caste; prime directive; comet

Dailong
A biological engineered machine large enough that whole cities can be built upon it.
Panvivlion
Holy book of the Thanetians that dictates everthing from what one may eat to how the world will end.
Thanet
The setting for much of the story, Thanet is a planet with a 5000-year old society with a rigid caste system.
Thanetians
Identical to Humans except for webbing between their fingers, which they paint.
Thanith
A planet destroyed long ago. It has a society nearly identical to that of Thanet, with which it is at war.
Thanopstru
The Death-Bringer, a weapon deployed by Thanith to destroy Thanet.

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