(written from a Production point of view)
During a mission of exploration, the USS Enterprise examines a huge nebula of hazardous gases and plasma storms.
- From the book jacket
Located dangerously near the Cardassian border, the unstable region of space known as the Badlands has long been a hazard to interstellar navigation, characterized by violent plasma storms and other even stranger phenomena. Many starships have faced destruction there, including at least two incarnations of the Starship Enterprise...
James T. Kirk braves the perils of the Badlands to confront a Romulan Bird-of-Prey that has entered Federation space in pursuit of a fleeing smuggler. But trespassing Romulans may be the least of Kirk's problems when the mysterious forces at work in the Badlands threaten both his ship and his crew!
A generation later, Jean-Luc Picard faces the same phantom menace when he commands his Enterprise into the Badlands on a mission vital to Federation-Cardassian relations. With Will Riker's life on the line, and the entire ship in jeopardy, it's up to Lieutenant Commander Data to determine the true nature of the Badlands' hidden danger!
- First novel in The Badlands mini-series.
- The novel contained Chapter Five of the serialized novel Starfleet: Year One.
- An extract from this novel appeared in Star Trek Monthly issue 62.
- James T. Kirk
- Leonard McCoy
- Montgomery Scott
- Hikaru Sulu
- Pavel Chekov
- Christine Chapel
- Jean-Luc Picard
- William T. Riker
- Geordi La Forge
- Beverly Crusher
- Deanna Troi
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