Uncounted centuries ago, an unknown race from beyond our galaxy created a series of interstellar gates -- shortcuts across our universe -- and then disappeared, leaving behind no clues to their fate, or the operation of their system. Twice before, the Enterprise has used the system to traverse the galaxy, and returned each time no wiser to the gates' operation.
Now it is imperative that they find out. For the gates are breaking down, taking the very stars in the sky with them. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of the Enterprise crew, and their ability to communicate not only with creatures from another world -- but from another universe as well.
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
February 01, 1991
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Excerpt from The Final Nexus by Gene DeWeese
"Captain Chandler, to the bridge!"
Captain Jeremiah Chandler, already awakened by the shudder that had rippled through his cabin moments before, responded instantly, instinctively. Simultaneously he activated the bunkside comm unit and reached beyond it for his tunic, trousers, and boots.
"What is it, Mr. Ortiz?"
"Gravitational turbulence, sir."
"I felt it, Mr. Ortiz," Chandler snapped. "What's causing it?"
"The instruments show nothing, sir. That's why--"
"Hold our present position, and get as much data as possible. I'm on my way. I'll alert Commander Ansfield."
Without waiting for an acknowledgment, Chandler punched the commander's code into the comm unit. "Commander," he said briskly as he pulled on his tunic. "I need the science officer on the bridge."
"I thought you might when I felt that little shipquake," a low-pitched but feminine voice replied a moment later. "I was halfway to the door when you called."
"Then don't let me delay you." Shutting off the comm unit, Chandler finished dressing and headed for the door. The cause of the turbulence would probably amount to nothing, but he welcomed the unexpected activity. After nearly three months of purely routine patrol along the Federation border in the vicinity of Starbase 1, virtually anything out of the ordinary -- except possibly the appearance of a Klingon battle cruiser -- was welcome.