The Great Rift lies between the Sagitarius and Orion arms of the galaxy. Stars are scarce there, beyond the authority of the Federation, and legends abound of lost civilizations and of ancient monsters that prey on those who dare to venture into the vast darkness between the stars.
When several ships and colonies mysteriously disappear into the Rift, the U.S.S. Enterprise leads an expedition to investigate various disturbing reports. Accompanied by two other Federation starships, Picard and his fellow captains discover a bizarre menace of unimaginable power. And the only way to trap this destructive entity is to use the Enterprise as bait.
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
April 01, 1997
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Excerpt from Intellivore by Diane Duane
The screen ahead showed the several tiny sparks of light that Enterprise and her sisters had been chasing all this while. "Warp signatures coming up now, Captain," Data said. "Federation technology." The android turned toward Picard. "These would appear to be Lalairu ships."
Picard nodded, sitting back in his chair with a slight sigh. That took a load off his mind. The Lalairu traded wherever they went ...and they went everywhere. Finding them here was less of a surprise than finding anyone else, though even for them, in these debatable spaces, the trading opportunities might seem to be somewhat limited. No I matter--if there were any opportunities, the Lalairu would find them.
"The commander of the lead vessel is asking to speak to you privately, Captain," said Mr Worf.
"Very well," Picard said. "I'll take it in my ready room."
He sat down behind his desk and touched his screen. It came alive to show a bridge so dimly lit it was almost impossible to see. A shape moved out of the shadows, forward to the screen. It was very tall, slender, and pale, and had a humanoid form. Picard peered at it, and then realized he was seeing what few people had, a Lalairu without the protective, self-grown "cloak" it wore outside its own ship and shed again when it came home.
"Captain Picard," said the Lalairu, "I greet you. I am called Elekk."
"I am pleased to make your acquaintance, Elekk."
Elekk bowed at the courtesy. "You are very welcome to these spaces, Captain. The leader of our leaders of families has mentioned that she heard you were coming this way, and she instructed us to help you in whatever way we can. Not that we would not have done so in any case. What brings you to this part of the worlds?"