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Author(s): Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Christie Golden, Dean Wesley Smith, and Dayton Ward
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket SCE Collection #1
Published: 1 January 2002
Pages: 416
Stardate: Unknown (2370s)
Reference(s): ISBN 0743439961 (paperback)
ISBN 074343997X (eBook)
ASIN B000FC0PJE (Kindle)

High-tech adventure with the Starfleet Corps of Engineers!

Have Tech, Will Travel is an anthology collecting the first four books from Pocket Books' original eBook series about the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, depicting the missions of a rapid response team of SCE taking place during the 2370s. Several canon characters and concepts were included in the stories, but with new details not mentioned in televised Star Trek of the era.

The name of the collected edition is based on the story "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" by Robert Heinlein, which was, in turn, named for the Ancient West phrase "Have gun, will travel", which was also the title of a Western series Gene Roddenberry frequently worked on as a writer.

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From the back cover
STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Need a gigantic, marauding starship explored? Is your global computer system starting to break down? Call in the crack team from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Overseen by Captain Montgomery Scott from his office at Starfleet Headquarters, the S.C.E. can build, rebuild, program, reprogram, assemble, reassemble, or just figure out everything from alien replicators to doomsday machines. Just don't expect them to perform miracles – unless they absolutely have to.
Captain David Gold, his first officer Commander Sonya Gomez, and the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci put their lives on the line to save a colony world threatened by a deadly alien and rescue a ship trapped in the ravages of interphase.
Join Starfleet's miracle workers for a wrenching journey through the new frontier!

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Stories Edit

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The Belly of the Beast Edit

E-book #1 (9 October 2000, ISBN 0743419014)
by Dean Wesley Smith
The Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Have Tech. Will Travel.
When ancient alien technology is found on a colony world, when robot soldiers from an eons-old interstellar battle restart their war in a highly populated sector, when a global computer system starts to break down or take over, in goes the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Overseen by Captain Montgomery Scott from his office at Starfleet Headquarters, the S.C.E. can build, rebuild, program, reprogram, assemble, reassemble, or just figure out everything from alien replicators to doomsday machines. Just don't expect them to perform miracles - unless they have to.
Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise have defeated a gigantic marauding starship from parts unknown. Now that the immediate threat has been neutralized, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers has been called in to probe the vanquished hulk in search of both new technology and the secret of its mysterious origin. Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge has temporarily transferred from the Enterprise to assist Captain David Gold and the crew of the S.C.E. ship, the U.S.S. da Vinci, on this fascinating mission. La Forge works with Gold, Sonia Gomez, and a top-of-the-line group of technical specialists to unravel the high-tech mysteries of the supposedly dead alien vessel, only to discover that the real danger has just begun!


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Fatal Error Edit

E-book #2 (October 2000, ISBN 0743419022)
by Keith R.A. DeCandido
The death of a giant computer threatens an entire civilization!
Take it apart, figure it out, put it back together. That's the ongoing mission of U.S.S. da Vinci, commanded by Captain David Gold and his first officer, Commander Sonya Gomez, late of the Starship Enterprise and one of Starfleet's top engineers. They oversee a crack S.C.E. team composed of specialists in such diverse fields as tactical systems, alien cultures, computers, linguistics, and cryptography. Together they're ready to cope with just about every kind of high-tech challenge imaginable - and a few that nobody could have imagined.
For centuries, the planet Eerlik has had a thriving civilization, completely run, maintained, and administered by a giant sentient computer. But now that computer is breaking down and the desperate inhabitants are helpless to repair the damage. Only the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci, accompanied by Geordi La Forge, can hope to fix the massive computer before the Eerlikkan society collapses entirely. Their mission grows more dangerous, however, when they discover evidence of sabotage – and learn firsthand that hostile forces will do whatever it takes to stop Gold and his crew from saving the imperiled planet!


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Hard Crash Edit

E-book #3 (October 2000, ISBN 0743419030)
by Christie Golden
A living starship threatens an inhabited world!
There's more to Starfleet than exploring strange new worlds. When serious technical know-how is required, Starfleet sends in an S.C.E. team, such as the one stationed aboard the U.S.S. da Vinci. This topflight assemblage of engineers and technical specialists is a mixture of extraordinarily talented Humans and exotic aliens, including P8 Blue, an insect-like alien who specializes in analyzing structural systems, and a single, unpaired Bynar, unique among his species. Under the command of Captain David Gold, the crew of the da Vinci takes on the down-and-dirty, hands-on jobs that only they can handle.
An alien starship of unknown origin has crashed into a planet inhabited by a large and populous civilization. Accompanied by Geordi La Forge temporarily on loan from the Starship Enterprise, the S.C.E. investigates the mysterious vessel, only to discover that the ship was not nearly as damaged as it first seemed. Now the berserk ship, which seems to possess its own life and intelligence, is on a rampage across the surface of the planet, and Captain Gold and his crew face the awesome challenge of trying to stop a starship gone insane!


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Interphase, Book 1 Edit

E-book #4 (March 2001, ISBN 074342882X)
by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
A risky salvage operation brings the galaxy to the brink of war!
More than a century ago, the U.S.S. Defiant disappeared with all hands into an interspatial rift deep in Tholian territory. Now the derelict ship has been seen drifting in and out of ordinary space, and the Tholian authorities have reluctantly agreed to let Starfleet retrieve the Defiant from the rift. Perhaps, at long last, the lost ship can be brought home and its valiant crew paid their final respects.
Captain David Gold and an S.C.E. team from the U.S.S. da Vinci succeed in boarding the Defiant, but their investigation soon uncovers a dangerous secret. For more than a hundred years, an ancient super-weapon has been hidden away within the scarred and lifeless starship, along with evidence of a long-forgotten atrocity – evidence that could ignite a vast interstellar war!


Characters Edit

If a character appears in more than one SCE collected edition, their information/summary should be moved from this section to the main Pocket SCE article.

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