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Series: The Next Generation
Author(s): Keith R.A. DeCandido
Publication information
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: Paperback - September 2007
Pages: 304
ISBN: ISBN 1-4165-2741-9
Date: 2380

Cover of the German translation

Q & A was the second of three TNG relaunch novels released in 2007 as part of TNG's 20th Anniversary and featured Q.


Introduction (blurb)

Nearly two decades ago, Jean-Luc Picard took command of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-D. The captain knew it was an honor without equal. His new command bore the name of Enterprise. The people who had commanded other like-named starships had gone down in Starfleet's annals. Some officers would be intimidated, but they would not have been given command of Enterprise.

On her first mission, the Enterprise was sent to Farpoint Station. A simple, straightforward investigation. Perfect for a crew that had never served together. Then there was Q. An omnipotent lifeform that seemed bent on placing obstacle after obstacle in the ship's – and in particular in Picard's – way. And it hadn't ended with that first mission. When he was least expected, Q would appear. Pushing, prodding, testing. At times needling captain and crew with seemingly silly, pointless, and maddening trifles. Then it would turn all too serious, and the survival of Picard's crew was in Q's hands.

Why was it today that Picard was remembering the day he took command of the Enterprise-D? Now he commanded a new ship, the Enterprise-E. His crew was different. There was nothing about Gorsach that in the least resembled Farpoint. But Picard couldn't shake the feeling that something all too familiar was going on. All too awful. All too Q.


This book concerns the pending destruction of the universe by the beings known as Them. It is revealed in the opening pages that They have created and destroyed many other universes because they were bored by them. The planet known as Gorsach IX was an artificial construct by Them to test the first species to find it for the purpose of determining the fate of the universe, and Q, in almost all of his previous visits to the Enterprise, had related to this test. Once an away team beamed down to investigate the planet, they set off a chain reaction of quantum fissures in all corners of the universe. They were invisible to sensors, and could only be seen by having visual contact. While most of them simply swallowed ships, the one in the Gorsach system became very similar to the one encountered by Worf in 2370, in that dozens of Enterprises emerged into one universe. Worf's attempt to shut down the fissure and restore the various Enterprises to their own universes was not successful, and they were all engulfed by it.

Picard had, by Worf's attempt to shut down the fissure, gained audience with Q to speak with Them. They were sufficiently impressed and interested in his reaction to spare the universe. All of the events in the book "never happened", except in Picard's, Worf's, and Q's memories. As Picard composed a report on what had happened to Admiral Janeway, Q made it clear that he, despite that fact that he no longer had to prepare them for anything, would be back to visit the Enterprise again.



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Starships and vehicles

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Romulan Bird-of-Prey
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Alternate reality vessels
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Races and cultures

HumanQ ContinuumVulcanKaremmaMalonKlingonThem
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States and organizations

StarfleetImperial Romulan StatePort Shangri-La SeagullsRomulan Star EmpireUnited Federation of Planets


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  • Author Keith R.A. DeCandido acknowledges his use of this wiki as a research tool in the afterword of this novel.
  • The back of the book contains an excerpt from the next Post-Nemesis TNG novel; Before Dishonor, by Peter David.


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