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The 34th Rule

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Author(s): Armin Shimerman and David R. George III

From a Story by Armin Shimerman & David R. George III & Eric A. Stillwell
Artist(s): Sonia Hillios
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket DS9 #23
Published: 1 January 1999
Pages: 425
Stardate: Unknown (2372)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671007939 (paperback)
ASIN B000FBJFC8 (Kindle)
Audiobook (abridged)
Narrator: Armin Shimerman
Running Time: 3 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published: 1 February 1999
Reference(s): ISBN 0671043951

Quark's biggest deal – by the actor who brings him to life!


From the book jacket
For once, business is going well for Quark, not that anyone on Deep Space Nine truly appreciates his genius for finding profit in the most unlikely of circumstances. Quark is even looking forward to making the deal of a lifetime – when he suddenly finds himself stuck in the middle of a major dispute between Bajor and the Ferengi Alliance. It seems that the Grand Nagus is refusing to sell one of the lost Orbs of the Prophets to the Bajoran government, which has responded by banning all Ferengi activity in Bajoran space.
With diplomatic relations between the two cultures rapidly breaking down, Quark loses his bar first, then his freedom. But even penniless, he still has his cunning and his lobes, and those alone may be all he needs to come out on top – and prevent an interstellar war!

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Background informationEdit


  • Armin Shimerman, David R. George III and Eric A. Stillwell originally made a story pitch to the writers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before Shimerman and George decided to make the story part of the novel, The 34th Rule. Shimerman commented: "We were interested not only in telling a good tale, but also in telling a tale that was about something. Of course I wanted to tell a Ferengi story. I believe it was Eric [Stillwell] who first ventured the idea of an episode based on the plight of the Nisei in America who were isolated from the rest of the population and interned in camps during World War II". David R. George III commented: "We actually pitched the story to the Deep Space Nine producers. They passed on it, but Eric, Armin and I really liked the story, and Armin suggested that we write a novel. ("The 34th Rule: A Novel Approach With a Familiar Name", Star Trek Communicator, issue 121)
  • Armin Shimerman commented: "If anyone is really interested in what I feel the Ferengi are about, I certainly have a free hand in this book, so they might glean those ideas from reading it". (The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine Vol. 19)
  • According to Eric A. Stillwell, the story for this novel was inspired by listening to George Takei at conventions recounting his experiences as a child in internment camps. [1]
  • Wheels Within Wheels was a working title for this book.





Grand Nagus Zek

Benjamin Sisko
Jadzia Dax
Julian Bashir
Miles O'Brien
Ferengi businessman.
Quark's brother.
The Grand Nagus.
Ferengi DaiMon, commander of the Kreechta.
Ferengi DaiMon, commander of the Preekon.
Shakaar Edon
Winn Adami 
Kai of Bajor
Bajoran dabo girl
Charlie Whatley


cabrodine; Cardassia; Delta IV; infernite; Ferenginar; Gallitep; Gamma Hydra IV; Orb; Orb of Wisdom; tranya

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