STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS
The da Vinci comes across a strange runaway vessel that is giving off tremendous amounts of dangerous energy. However, the ship is not as strange as they think, as they've encountered it once before...
During the Dominion War, the U.S.S. da Vinci encountered this same vessel, and had to destroy it before it presented a danger to an entire star system -- not to mention to the war effort. However, doing so proved a challenge for the ship's first officer and second officer at the time: Commander Salek and Lt. Commander Duffy.
Now, over a year later, their successors, Commander Gomez and Lt. Commander Tev, must find a way to destroy a ship that is apparently unstoppable...
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
October 26, 2003
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Collective Hindsight Book 1 by Aaron Rosenberg
"Great, a runaway train."
Sonya Gomez found herself going through several emotional states at once. The part of her that was the first officer of the da Vinci thought, Fabian's finally getting his sense of humor back. He's starting to recover. But the part of her that was Sonya Gomez, the lover of the now-deceased Kieran Duffy, wanted to snarl, How could you? Your best friend is dead! How can you joke about anything?
She managed to put both halves aside and focus on what Fabian Stevens was talking about.
Captain Gold nodded his agreement. "That's a pretty apt description, Stevens. It's large, heavy, and moving at an alarming rate -- in a perfectly straight line." He gestured at the viewscreen, which showed an image of the runaway ship. The image had been captured by a long-range sensor array as the vessel had hurtled past a Federation colony, and was too small to make out many details beyond the basic shape.
Sonya studied the image as best she could. The ship resembled an old Earth bullet-train, flat on the bottom and the back half of the top but curving down in front. Along the side stretched a long mirrored expanse, most likely a fuel nacelle. The entire shape emitted a soft glow, more orange and red than white and gold -- almost like a wreath of fire.
"Well, I don't know that this means much, but I don't recognize it," Bart Faulwell said. He glanced at the dark-haired woman next to him. "How about you, Carol?" But Carol Abramowitz just shook her head.
"I don't either," Sonya admitted. "Not that I'm surprised -- we've certainly seen our share of new ships, and new species for that matter, on this ship."
"One of the advantages to this job," Gold pointed out gently. "Always something new to see."
"We need to know what's in its path," Domenica Corsi pointed out.
P8 Blue waved an antenna. "Already on it. We've plotted its trajectory -- easy enough, since it seems perfectly straight." She touched her padd, and a map of the quadrant appeared on the conference room's secondary screen. "Unless the ship changes direction, at least a dozen worlds lie directly in its path, three of them Federation members. And that's just the most immediate area -- we have no idea how far this ship might go if it isn't intercepted."
"Then there's your job, people," Gold announced. "Intercept it. As quickly as possible. I'll get us near this thing, match its speed so you can study it. Just don't take too long."
At that cue, Sonya forced the S.C.E. leader portion of herself to take control. "All right, people. Tev, check our files -- see if we have any data on this thing. Pattie, dissect that trajectory -- we need to know how much time we have before it hits an inhabited world, or something near one. Fabian, start thinking of ways we might slow down this train. That's it, people -- let's get to it."