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An enigma from the distant past threatens the future of the galaxy!

Summary Edit

From the back cover
More than 200,000 years ago, the ancient Iconians created a network of interdimensional Gateways providing instantaneous transportation across unimaginable distances. Once known as the "Demons of Air and Darkness," the Iconians mysteriously vanished many millennia ago, never to return – or so it was believed.
Summoned to an emergency briefing at Starfleet Headquarters, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is stunned to discover that the legendary Iconians have returned at last, and are offering to sell the secrets of their advanced technology to the Federation. To prove their sincerity, they have reactivated their long-abandoned Gateways, but the results have been strife and chaos throughout the entire Alpha Quadrant. Now Picard and his crew must contend with feuding Klingons and Romulans as the captain seeks to discover the sinister truth behind the Iconians' unexpected rebirth!

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Background information Edit

  • The third of seven books in the Star Trek: Gateways saga.
  • This novel has a cliffhanger conclusion that leads into the Gateways finale, What Lay Beyond.
  • The Federation President, while not named, is referred to as "Madam President", although according to other non-canon references, the president who succeeded Jaresh-Inyo was Min Zife, who was male.

Characters Edit

Jean-Luc Picard
Deanna Troi, 2379


Deanna Troi 
acting captain of the starship Marco Polo.
Carter Brisbayne 
Starfleet captain, of the USS Mercury.


Vulcan, captain of USS T'Kumbra.
Klingon, captain of IKS Chargh.
Klingon, captain of IKS Qob.
Romulan, commander of Glory.

Taleen. (VOY: "Displaced")


Bractor. (TNG: "Peak Performance")

Ferengi, DaiMon of the Kreechta.

References Edit

Romulan ship.
IKS Chargh 
Klingon K't'inga-class warship, commanded by Captain Grekor.
USS da Vinci 
Federation starship (Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers)
Ship which was used to represent an Iconian craft in the ruse perpetrated by the Petraw.
USS Exeter 
Federation starship.
Romulan ship, commanded by Commander Desan.
Ferengi marauder commanded by Bractor.
USS Mercury 
Saber-class Federation starship commanded by Captain Brisbayne.
USS Marco Polo 
Sabre-class Federation starship, temporarily commanded by Commander Troi.
species that impersonated the Iconians
IKS Qob 
Klingon K't'inga-class warship, commanded by Captain Tarnan.

USS T'Kumbra docked at DS9 (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")

USS T'Kumbra 
Federation starship commanded by Solok.

External link Edit

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#2: Chainmail (Challenger) Star Trek: Gateways #4: Demons of Air and Darkness (DS9)
Section 31 #2: Rogue Pocket TNG
Unnumbered novels
 Immortal Coil

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