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Author(s): Gene DeWeese
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TNG
Published: February 2005
Pages: 352
Stardate: Unknown (2293, 2369)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671037021

After Scotty changes history aboard the Enterprise-B to save Captain Kirk, he must work with Guinan to prevent a future where the Borg conquer the Federation!

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
After the apparent death of James T. Kirk on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B, Montgomery Scott decides to leave Starfleet. A chance encounter with a mysterious woman named Guinan leads him to hitch a ride on the USS Jenolan – which crashes into a Dyson sphere, leaving only Scotty to survive suspended as a transporter pattern...
Seventy-five years later, he is revived aboard the USS Enterprise-D – on which Guinan serves as bartender. But fate has not finished with either Scotty or Guinan. The engineer hatches an audacious plan to travel back in time and rescue Jim Kirk the moment before he would vanish into the nexus and bring him back to the twenty-fourth century without damaging the timeline.
Scotty's plan, however, does not go as expected. Though Kirk is rescued, the famed captain and the engineer, as well as Captain Picard, Guinan, and the crew of the Enterprise-D, are trapped in an altered past where there is no Federation, and no Human race. Sarek of Vulcan leads a ragtag collection of species fighting a losing battle against the Borg, who have swarmed into the Alpha Quadrant and assimilated Earth.
Starfleet's finest miracle worker must find a way to restore the timeline before the galaxy is overrun...

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Background Information Edit

  • This novel was apparently originally intended for release in August 2001.
  • Over the course of the novel, it is revealed that Kirk's removal from the Nexus resulted in Picard either failing or dying in his attempt to stop Tolian Soran in Star Trek Generations. As a result, Picard wasn't present when Earth was attacked by the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact, and, without his natural knowledge of the Borg from his time as Locutus, the Borg attempt to prevent First Contact was successful and Earth was easily assimilated. This led to an alternate timeline where the Federation never existed, and the last unassimilated species in the Alpha Quadrant are on the verge of defeat to the Borg.

Characters Edit

Jean-Luc Picard
Montgomery Scott, 2369

Captain Montgomery Scott.

Guinan (2366)

Guinan.

William T. Riker
Data
Worf
Beverly Crusher
Geordi La Forge
Guinan
Montgomery Scott
James T. Kirk
Sarek
Borg Queen
Matt Franklin
Raeger

References Edit

Borg; USS Enterprise-B; USS Enterprise-D; Guardian of Forever; Goddard; SS Lakul; Nexus

El-Auria 
El-Aurian homeworld.

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