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Series: The Next Generation, No. 53
Miniseries: Double Helix, No. 3
Author(s): Diane Carey
Publication information
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: Paperback - July 1999
Pages: 336
ISBN: ISBN 0671032577
Omnibus: Star Trek: Double Helix
Date: unknown (2353)
unknown (2357)
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Spock and McCoy reunite to save a new generation!


Introduction (blurb)

Like the biological weapons they employ, a sinister conspiracy has spread across the Alpha Quadrant and across many years of Starfleet history. Now the mysterious menace surfaces again -- to strike at the heart of the Romulan Empire.

An artificial virus has infected the entire Romulan ruling family. Ambassador Spock must put aside his efforts at unification to summon his old friend, Dr. Leonard McCoy, who discovers that the only hope for a cure lies with a long lost Romulan heir whose blood and tissues have not been contaminated by the virus. But can the heir be found before the collapse of a ruling dynasty throws the entire Empire into chaos?




A Starfleet security team is in the middle of a complicated landing on the planet PojjanPiraKot under command of a nervous and inexperienced junior officer, Ensign Eric Stiles. His shuttlecraft and five fighter escorts are setting down in a plaza crowded with rioters.

The team scrambles to enter the Federation embassy building, where dignitaries are waiting to be escorted off of the planet, which has ordered all offworlders to be expelled. Ensign Stiles meets one of his personal heroes, Ambassador Spock. Stiles points out the Spock served with his grandfather, John Stiles, during the Battle of Icarus IV. The evacuation is problematic, as there are nearly twice as many Federation individuals than Stiles expected, and the rioters step up their activities, hurling garbage and incendiary devices at the Federation evacuees, but all make it safely aboard the shuttle, Oak 1.


After nearly four years of captivity, Eric and Zevon have developed a rapport, and have laboratory privileges.




SpockEric StilesLeonard McCoyJean-Luc PicardWilliam RikerBeverly CrusherDataWorf


Adams • Ashikaga • Audrey • Greg Blake • Jason Bolt • Zack Bolt • Brad Carter • Ned Clory • Cul • De Gaeta (Chancellor) • De Gaeta (Mrs.) • Douglas Prothero • Edwin • Bernt Folmer • Bill Foster • Matt Girvan • Tino Griffith • Ansue Hashley • Andrea Hipp • Iavo • Kuy • Marina • Dan Moose • Morton • Moytulix • Olenova • Orsova • Travis Perraton • PridemoreRomulan Empress • Sattler • Sykora • Karen Theonella • Gerrid Thul • James Turner • Ulvit • Jeremy White • Whitehead • Alan Wood • Zelasko • Zevon


Bellinorn • James T. KirkAdolf HitlerLi Quan • Ninetta Rashayd • Rekk Devra Kilrune • Romulan Emperor • Samuels • Benjamin Spencer • Josef Stalin • John StilesJake Stiles • Stiles (Lieutenant) • Stiles (Lieutenant Commander) • Yum Nect



AcornBrazilCashewChestnutUSS ConstitutionUSS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Griffith • USS LafayetteUSS LexingtonUSS MajesticOak 1 (G-rate transport coach) • PecanUSS RangerSaskatoonTdal (Romulan scoutship) • Tellarite grain ship • True NorthUSS Whisperwood


Alpha Zebra Outpost • Archaria III • Crystal Ball Nebula • Cuffo Lake • Deep Space 9Florida • Holland • Laateh Mountain • PojjanPiraKot • Port Canaveral • RigelRomulusRomulan Imperial PalaceStarbase 10Starbase 14 • Tarkus • Terok Nor • Usanor IV

Races and cultures

android • Bal Quonnot • BetazoidCentauranHumanKlingon • Pojjana • Romulan • Sagittarian • TellariteVulcan

States and organizations

Kingdom of Palms • Klingon Empire • Oak Squad • Romulan Neutral ZoneRomulan Star EmpireImperial CourtRoyal Civil Attaché • Romulan Imperial Solar Guard • Romulan Imperial Space Fleet • Starfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet SecurityStarfleet Special ServicesUnited Federation of Planets • Zebra Tango Division


Alcatrazambassador • assault interceptor • Bal Quonnot language • cabbagecenturionchancellorcockroach • combat support tender • commander • constrictor • consul general • destroyerDNAdunsel • duophasic shields • Dutch • dutronium • embassy • EnglishensignFederation Medal of Valor • gargoyle • German • gravitational compensator • graviton pulse • graviton wave • hot chocolate • industrial trawler • kelassium • kerosene • lichen • lieutenantlieutenant commanderM-5 • Manhattan Museum of Art • Memory Alpha • midshipman • molotov • multiprion infection • nutOrion Yrevishphaserphoton torpedo • postage stamp • potato • Proconsul • prolocutrix • provost • quantum warp • quintotitantium • red sector • RNA • Romulan languageRomulan WarsSentinelSpanishsubcommandertitanium • vice warden • VTOL thruster


Spock saves Stiles's grandfather's life during the Battle of Icarus IV.
Ensign Stiles lost on PojjanPiraKot during a diplomatic evacuation. A gravitic constrictor strikes shortly after he is imprisoned.
Ensign Stiles and Zevon use a Pojjana laboratory to predict the constrictor. Stiles is freed shortly thereafter and promoted to lieutenant.
Spock, McCoy, the Enterprise crew and Stiles's Saskatoon crew help fight the latest stage of multiprion infection striking the Romulan royals.


  • The Double Helix series was a Next Generation storyline that featured each installment crossing over with another franchise series. "Red Sector" in particular crossed TNG with Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • The USS Lexington in this novel is mentioned to be Galaxy-class, but there were no ships of that type active during the time period that part of the story took place. The 24th century starship Lexington has been confirmed in numerous other sources as a Nebula-class vessel, although the two classes use similar components, possibly explaining one being referred to as the other.
  • The story's stardate is never specified, although the main section seems to be in 2369 -- at a point after Deep Space 9 became named as a Federation station in that year (DS9 episode: "Emissary"), and after Spock first met the crew in 2368 (TNG episode: "Unification"). One oddity is that, on page 135, Riker refers to an event occurring fifteen months earlier on Deep Space 9, which would have been called Terok Nor at the time (unless "Red Sector" took place in 2370). Spock also refers to stardate 41099 as being three years earlier, when stardates of those prefices were about 5 years prior to 2369 (although stardates rarely conform to a recognizable convention), other characters refer to the novel "Vectors" occurring three years earlier.

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published order
Previous novel:
Double Helix
TNG numbered novels
Star Trek: Double Helix
Next novel:
Double Helix
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Chase
Previous Adventure:
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
The Chase
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2369.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Chapters 1-6
Next Adventure:
The Music Between the Notes
Previous Adventure:
Chapter 3
Chapters 7-10
Next Adventure:
Stone and Anvil
Chapters 14-20

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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

This article is about an area of Nar Shaddaa. You may be looking for the section on Nirama's public asteroid.

The Red Sector was an area of Nar Shaddaa known for its illicit entertainment.


  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

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Star Wars Fanon

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The Star Wars wiki of fan invention.

The Red Sector was a sector on Alderaan known for illicit activities such as prostitution.[1]


  • Star Wars: The Alderaan Affair (First mentioned)

Notes and references

  1. The Alderaan Affair, Part 8

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