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Series: The Next Generation
Author(s): Christopher L. Bennett
Publication information
Published: Paperback - August 2008
Pages: 384
ISBN: ISBN 1-4165-7132-9
Date: 2380


Introduction (blurb)

The Starship Rhea has discovered a cluster of carbon planets that seems to be the source of the quantum energies rippling through a section of space. A landing party finds unusual life-forms inhabiting one of the planets. One officer, Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen -- a half-Vulcan -- makes a tenuous connection with them. But before any progress can be made, the Rhea comes under attack from the Einstein -- a Starfleet vessel now controlled by the Borg. The landing party can only listen in horror as their comrades are assimilated. The Borg descend to the planet, and just as Chen accepts that she will be assimilated, the lieutenant is whisked two thousand light-years away.

A quantum slipstream -- instantaneous transportation -- is controlled by these beings in the cluster, and in the heart of the cluster there is now a Borg ship. Cut off from the rest of the Borg collective, the Einstein cannot be allowed to rejoin it. For the sake of humanity, the Borg cannot gain access to quantum slipstream technology.

Starfleet Command gives Captain Picard carte blanche: do whatever he must to help the beings in the cluster, and stop the Einstein no matter the cost.


The USS Rhea is exploring a cluster in star cluster NGC 6281 when they come under attack from a Borg vessel constructed from the former USS Einstein (dubbed the Frankenstein). T'Ryssa Chen, a member of an away team that had just encountered a group of mysterious constructs, is about to be assimilated when she is transported, apparently by slipstream, to Maravel, a planet she visited in her youth.

Picard is in the process of assembling another new command crew, following the mutiny during the previous Borg crisis, when Admiral Nechayev asks him to investigate the Borg presence in NGC 6281. He is provided with a multivector agent, comprised of various previous defences against the Borg, and also transphasic torpedoes, only to be used in an emergency. He agrees to take T'Ryssa along as his new contact specialist.

The Enterprise arrives at NGC 6281 where the crew eventually realise that the star cluster is a living entity, with the constructs being extensions of it. They also discover the Rhea frozen in time, with many of the crew badly injured or partially assimilated. This was the entity's attempt to protect them, just as it sent T'Ryssa to safety.

The Frankenstein, meanwhile, was sent to a colony of former Borg drones led by Hugh, who refer to themselves as the Liberated. A group of them arrive in a vessel called the Liberator and offer the Enterprise their assistance, also asking for their help to be able to procreate.

The Frankenstein attempts to assimilate one of the star cluster's planets. The Enterprise engages them but the multivector agent fails to work because of a new armour. The entity refuses to allow any fighting and separates them. It is decided the multivector agent must be administered by allowing someone to be assimilated with it in their system on a suicide mission. Hugh volunteers.

The Enterprise and the Liberator track down the Frankenstein but the entity refuses to allow them to approach. Picard and T'Ryssa convince it the Borg's way of life is sterile and it changes its mind. The Liberator is captured by the Borg but only Hugh is onboard. The multivector agent takes effect and the Borg cube is destroyed. The entity also delivers the Rhea to them so its crew can be saved. The Liberated depart, grateful.

With the crisis over, Picard agrees to Beverly's request to try for a baby and she becomes pregnant. However, some time afterwards, the Borg launch attacks on Barolia and Acamar, decimating them. The USS Bhutto, Leybenzon's new ship, attempts to defend Barolia but Leybenzon's attempt at a suicide mission allows them to analyse the multivector agent. The Enterprise is recalled to Earth.

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Announced at Shore Leave 2007, this novel continues the post-Nemesis storyline past Before Dishonor and sets the stage for the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy by David Mack.

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published order
Previous novel:
Before Dishonor
TNG novels
Next novel:
Losing the Peace
Previous story:
Places of Exile
Stories by:
Christopher L. Bennett
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chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 22-24
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 25-28
Previous Adventure:
Before Dishonor
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Next Adventure:
Gods of Night
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in October-November 2380.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in three other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 18-21
September 2380
Chapter 1-2
Next Adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 22-24
Previous Adventure:
Articles of the Federation
Chapters 25-28
December 25, 2380
Chapter 12
Next Adventure:
Greater Than the Sum
Previous Adventure:
Greater Than the Sum
Chapter 12
January 2381
Next Adventure:
Mere Mortals
Chapter 18, section 4

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"Greater Than the Sum" is a special episode of Star Trek: Daedalus, set between the third and fourth seasons.



Following the climatic battle with the Redeemers, the severely damaged USS Daedalus limps into Pharos Station for urgent repair. More importantly, Commander Selok is critically injured and borderline brain damaged. Unable to properly treat him aboard the Daedalus or at Pharos, Captain Mackenzie and Doctor Maxwell must take their friend home to Vulcan.



Guests and recurring


Pharos Station; Redeemers; Vulcan; Vulcan (planet)


Star Trek: Daedalus episodes
Season 1
"New Frontiers..." • "...Old Enemies" • "Enlightenment" • "The Highest Bidder" • "Resistance" • "Resistance II" • "Breathing Space" • "Krotek Nor" • "From Out of the Darkness" • "Shakedown" • "Bob" • "Hopes and Fears" • "One True Way"
Season 2
"Clan Mackenzie" • "Into the Reach" • "Hearts and Minds" • "Cultural Contamination" • "Relics" • "Songs of the Cetacea" • "Tafaho" • "Class of '57" • "Per Ardua ad Astra" • "The Daedalus Incident" • "Diplomatic Implausibility" • "Distant Realm" • "Viva la Vida" • "Defenders of the Realm"
Season 3
"Contact" • "The Merchants of Venizio" • "Episode 2" • "The Space Pirates" • "Slipstream" • "Storm Front" • "Zhian'tara" • "Episode 7" • "Fracture" • "Echoes" • "The Honored Dead" • "Episode 11" • "The Followers of Xant" • "The Redeemers"
Season 4
"Greater Than the Sum"
War Stories: ("First, Do No Harm" • "Orphans" • "Collateral Damage" • "Dishonorable Combat" • "Homefront" • "Lambs to the Slaughter" • "War Horses") • A Burning House: ("A Doomsday Like Any Other")

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