STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Concluding the all-new trilogy that tells the origin of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers!
The U.S.S. da Vinci's cultural specialist, Carol Abramowitz, has always had trouble with first-contact missions, so when she expresses her concerns about dealing with the alien race the da Vinci has rescued, Captain Montgomery Scott tells her a story from the S.C.E.'s past....
A century before the heyday of the da Vinci, an engineering accident on an experimental Kelvan ship sent Scotty and an S.C.E. team led by his old friend Commander Mahmud al-Khaled into uncharted space. When a group of hostile aliens demands that they leave or face the consequences, the S.C.E. must work against the clock to repair the ship or face destruction!
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
February 24, 2004
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Foundations #3 by Dayton Ward
With a growing sense of dismay, Bart Faulwell watched as the images on display monitors all around the Senuta vessel's compact command deck were replaced, one after another, with that simple line of text. Repeated alerts from the ship's computer continued to advise about intruders while enabling its automated defensive countermeasures, which Soloman somehow had activated during his efforts to repair the damage suffered by the onboard systems.
The same ion storm that had disrupted the ship's engines had also severely compromised the computer and the Senuta crew's ability to interact with it. Unable to interface with the ship's complex network of automated systems, the Senuta had been helpless to do anything as their vessel careened out of control through space until the U.S.S. da Vinci had heard their distress signal.
Spending several hours working with the alien computer system, Soloman and Faulwell had succeeded in reprogramming several of the damaged processes and had created a simpler means of interacting with the system for the crew, whose computer experts had been killed during the storm. Faulwell had thought their work here completed, until the alarms started blaring and the computer began to shut out all access to the Starfleet engineers.
Ircoral, one of the Senuta engineers assisting Faulwell and Soloman, turned from her station. "The protocol that has been activated was intended only for use if the crew is incapacitated and the ship has been boarded by enemy invaders."
Feeling a ball of ice beginning to form in his gut, Faulwell asked, "So what happens then "
"The computer's instructions are to prevent access to its systems at all costs, to include destroying the ship if necessary."
Now why did I know she was going to say that
He saw the expressions of horror growing on the faces of Ircoral and her fellow engineer, Tkellan. What could they be thinking right now The Senuta had already been through a great deal in the past several weeks, he knew, so how much more could they be expected to endure If the computer carried out its predetermined instructions and destroyed the ship, where would that leave these people, assuming they survived
"Faulwell to da Vinci," he said as he tapped his combadge. "We've got a big problem here."
The voice of his captain, David Gold, responded. "Da Vinci here. What's the problem, Faulwell "