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In Peter David's Imzadi, Deanna Troi mysteriously falls ill and dies during delicate negotiations with an aggressive race called the Sindareen. He suspects that Deanna should not have died and goes back in time to prove it. Her death begins an adventure for Commander Riker that will take him across time, pit him against one of his closest friends, and force him to choose between Starfleet's strictest rule and the one he calls Imzadi.

In Howard Weinstein's Power Hungary, the Enterprise crew finds a brutal dictatorship on the planet Thiopa more interested in preserving its own power than in saving his people from famine or the world they share. Captain Picard is hesitant about turning over the emergency famine relief supplies to this government, fearing they might never reach their intended destination, but he must bring the ruling Thiopans around to his way of seeing things, before the famine becomes a more permanent state of environmental degradation?

In Peter David's A Rock and A Hard Place, Commander Riker is sent to assist an important terraforming job. Riker's replacement on the Enterprise is a volatile officer named Stone whose behavior soon raises questions about his ability and his judgment. Meanwhile, Riker becomes enmeshed in a life and death struggle with Paradise's brutal landscape. However, he soon learns that not all of the planet's dangers are natural in origin, as he comes face to face with Paradise's greatest danger and most hideous secret.

In Keith Sharee's Gulliver's Fugitives, the Enterprise is searching for the U.S.S. Huxley, missing for more than 10 years and stumbles across a forgotten colony of humans on a planet called Rampart, where fiction and works of the imagination of any kind are considered a heinous crime. A survey team beams aboard the ship to search for "contraband," and the crew are drawn immediately into a vicious civil war between Rampart's mind police and a band of determined rebels.

In John Vornholt's Contamination, the U.S.S. Enterprise is stunned when famed scientist Lynn Costa is murdered in one of the ship's science labs. She and her husband Emil were known as science's greatest ongoing collaboration and, together had received the Federation's highest honors for their achievements in scientific research. Determined to see the culprit brought to justice, Captain Picard assigns Lt. Worf and Counselor Deanna Troi to the case. Their routine investigation of the ship's science lab soon reveals a dangerous web of deceit, betrayal, and madness. Now, Worf and Troi find themselves struggling against a ruthless assassin set on revenge, for whom murder is only the beginning.

In Howard Weinstein's Perchance to Dream, while surveying Domarus IV, a class M world with no intelligent life, an Enterprise shuttle crewed by Data, Troi and Wesley Crusher is captured by the Tenirans who claim the world for themselves. Captain Picard tries to negotiate with the Tenirans, but the shuttle suddenly disappears in a blaze of color and light. Picard demands to know what's happened to the shuttle, but the Tenarins deny any part in their disappearance. Captain Picard then vanishes from the bridge and finds himself alone on the planet's surface with the Tenarin captain. As the two captains begin to work together, they realize that they are not alone on Domarus IV as they confront an incredible alien force with the power to transform a world, or to destroy it.

In Laurell K. Hamilton's Nightshade, the planet Oriana is dying after 200 years of civil war. Its vegetation is gone, the air is nearly unbreathable, and the people themselves are wasting away. With hope nearly gone, the two warring factions have at last settled down to talk peace, and the Enterprise is sent to help them negotiate. Just after Picard, Worf, and Troi beam down, however, the ship is called away on another urgent mission, leaving them stranded alone with the Orianans, some of whom would rather not see a peace agreement reached. Picard is framed in a case of murder, and the negotiations fall to Worf.

In Rebecca Neason's Guises of the Mind, the world Capulon IV is finally ready to join the Federation after years of waiting. All that remains is the ruler's coronation and a routine signing of the final treaty. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and their passengers -- a group of women from a religious order dedicated to helping the downtrodden -- arrive for the event, they expect to find a world willing and happy to receive them. Instead, they encounter deceit and treachery. The crown prince, once excited and eager to join the Federation, now refuses even to speak with Captain Picard. Beaming to the surface in an attempt to work out the problem, Picard, Troi, and Mother Veronica, the abbess of the nuns, are drugged and captured. Now they must somehow escape and stop the crowning. If they cannot prevent it, the King will be omnipotent, with the power to destroy the Starship Enterprise and all of Capulon IV as well.

In David Galanter and Greg Brodeur's Foreign Foes, the Hidrans and Klingons have been at each other's throats for seventy years, and Captain Picard has been asked to accomplish a near-impossible task: take the U.S.S. Enterprise to the planet Velex to mediate a treaty that will end the conflict between these two aggressive species. Things get off to a rocky start, then turn deadly as the Hidran ambassador mysteriously dies, and kills a Klingon delegate in a last act of vengence. When Lt. Worf is charged with the ambassador's assassination, and Commander Riker and Counselor Troi are trapped far below the surface of the planet, Captain Picard must not only act to save the Hidrans and Klingons from each other, but to save his Klingon officer from a hideous death sentence.

In Brad Ferguson's The Last Stand, the Enterprise encounters a culture just on the edge of developing warp drive technology. When they survey the planet, they are startled by the sudden approach of thousands of spacecraft from an aggressive alien race bent on destroying this emerging culture. Picard has only days to resolve a conflict that has been going on for millennia. If he fails, billions will die, yet if he succeeds, he will unleash a powerful new threat to the Federation.

In J. M. Dillard and Kathleen O'Malley's Possession, some greedy Ferengi have obtained containers holding violent bodiless aliens who brought a plague of bloodshed to Vulcan eighty years ago. The terror was ended only when the entities were trapped in special containers and walled away behind forcefields. But now, some greedy Ferengi have opened the containers, releasing the rapacious entities to possess the bodies of the EnterpriseTM crew. No one can be trusted -- anyone could be host to one of the alien things -- and Captain Picard must devise a way to defeat the entities before they spread throughout the Federation.

In Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski's A Fury Scorned, the Enterprise leads a rescue for Epictetus III whose sun is going nova. Since there is no way to evacuate a population of over one hundred million, Captain Picard must decide who to save -- the planet's children, its greatest leaders and thinkers, or its irreplaceable archeological treasures? No matter what he decides, millions must be sacrificed -- unless another solution can be found. With time running out, Data proposes a revolutionary scientific experiment that could save all of Epictetus III, or doom both the planet and the Enterprise as well.

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