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Series: Deep Space Nine, No. 12
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
Publication information
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: Paperback - September 1995
Pages: 273
ISBN: ISBN 0671886908
Date: Unknown (2371)



When a mysterious alien woman from the planet Laertes convinces Dr. Bashir to gamble for her at Quark's gaming tables, things seem innocent enough. Yet the more Dr. Bashir wins, the more things go wrong in the Federation: Ore ships vanish. Planets lose their atmosphere. Suns go nova. The cause and effect is hard to understand, but is proven by the bizarre Laertian science called Complexity Theory.

When Bashir tries to stop gambling, a Laertian warfleet appears to force him to continue, while on the planet Laertes itself Major Kira and Science Officer Dax must battle their way through chaos and danger to find a way to stop the Laertians -- and save Deep Space Nine and the Federation from utter destruction!


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Julian BashirJadzia DaxKira NerysMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkBenjamin Sisko



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Adams • Anatol Alleuvial • Allura • Alf Laffer • Linc Barnoe • Zultan Mehmet • Olix • Nicolas Sardopolous • Timbo


Achilles • Agammemnon • Elim Garak • Helen of Troy • Homer • Leesha • Menelaus • Paris • Zoe Sardopolous • Jake Sisko • Ultab


Bajoran wormholeBal Cabarin • Banneria • Deep Space 9 • Gardens of Loomis • Laertes • Operations centerPromenadeQuark'sReplimat • Richoven Building • Scarmodes • Sgheel • Starlight Lounge
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Adrianopolis • Alamenta II • Bajor • Dexus II • Dodge City • Earth • Enten V • Lesurgis XXXII • Macedonia • Mernia-slov • Ostratus • Solotex V • Sparta • Threska II • TombstoneTroy • Srinagar XII

Races and cultures

Bajoran • Braswell • Calydonian • CardassianChangeling • Enten • FerengiHuman • Kendos • Klingon • Lampusan • Trill • Trollite • Yentis
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Starships and vehicles

USS BellerophonMelbourne QueenStar of Buuler

States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaCharismatic Fathers of Profit and Loss • Lampusan People's Party • StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Rhine Institute • University of Science and Art

Other references

andralor • Aneurian mood painting • Bajoran religion • black hole • Complexity Theory • Laertian dinar • Ferengi religion • Ferengi Rules of Acquisition • gamemaster • IliadJeanie with the Light Brown Hair • Kraggnish • latinum • Martian sunset • neutrinoOld West • Patha egg • raktajinorunaboutsolitairetelepathy • zoo



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Family Business
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Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
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