(written from a Production point of view)
The Sky's the Limit is an anthology of fourteen short stories in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
From the book jacket:
- Redefining a familiar universe for a more modern time, Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the officers and crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and the worlds of the twenty-fourth century to a new legion of Star Trek® fans. In the two decades since, viewers and readers have embraced these heroes, thrilled to their personal achievements, their shared victories, their passionate loves... and mourned their painful losses.
- Celebrate the twentieth anniversary of this landmark series by joining these now-legendary characters for all-new adventures: fourteen stories that span the time from before their earliest voyages through their missions on board the Enterprise-E – untold tales of intrigue, action, insight, and exploration, as told by:
Meet With Triumph and Disaster
During the commissioning ceremony for the new USS Enterprise-D, Thomas Halloway - shortly to become captain of the Template:ShipClass starship - leads a group of dignitaries on a tour, and comes to a crucial decision regarding his future.
Acts Of Compassion
An urgent call from a Cardassian acquaintance leads Beverly Crusher and Natasha Yar into a precarious situation aboard a Template:ShipClass destroyer, as mutiny and deception threaten the lives of three Starfleet Intelligence officers captured by the Cardassians.
Katherine Pulaski's attempts to develop a medical rapid-response team cause friction on board. But an encounter with an alien ship, and a subsequent assault on the Enterprise, could prove to be the making of both.
Among the Clouds
Thinking of You
'Twould Ring The Bells of Heaven
Deanna Troi's first command mission develops unexpected complications when what begins as a simple astrophysics experiment in a gas giant's ring system results in serious damage to Data, and threatens to destroy a nearby outpost.
Friends With The Sparrows
- By Geoff Trowbridge. Set between Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection, sometime after DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight".
- By Keith R.A. DeCandido. Set between Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis, sometime prior to DS9: "Field of Fire".
On the Spot
Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You
- By Michael Schuster & Steve Mollmann. Set during the epilogue after Star Trek Nemesis.
Picard considers the best wisdom to impart to the newly-promoted Captain Riker, and recalls the advice he was given upon taking command of the Enterprise - by one Thomas Halloway.
- Data, awakening after being programmed to think like a Tamarian
- The anthology contains a excerpt from the Tokyopop manga Kakan ni Shinkou - the complete story "Forging Alliances".
- Fred Bronson was originally announced as a contributor, with a story title of "Now You See Her...", but was forced to withdraw due to other commitments.
- Season four is the only era of TNG not represented in the book. Presumably, this slot would have been filled by Bronson's story.
- In the novel's inner title page, the 5th city listed under Pocket Books is Farpoint, the location of the Enterprise-D's first mission.
- Thomas Halloway (Thomas Halloway at Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works)
- Upon the commissioning of the Enterprise-D, Halloway chooses to turn down the captaincy, in order to stay close to his family. Halloway later perishes aboard the USS Melbourne at Wolf 359, after taking the ship out of Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in a half-constructed state.
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