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The Lost Era Mini-Series


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The Lost Era: The Sundered
Written by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
384 pages
August, 2003

THE YEAR IS 2298

Five years after the presumed death of Captain James T. Kirk, the USS Excelsior, commanded by Captain Hikaru Sulu, is at the forefront of exploration, diplomacy, and the defense of the Federation.

Unprecedented peace talks with the violently xenophobic Tholian Assembly trigger a deadly confrontation aboard the Excelsior. Now Sulu and his crew--including Chekov, Rand, Chapel, Tuvok, and Akaar--are thrust into an unexpected conflict between the Tholians and a mysterious new enemy, the Neyel... whose origins, if revealed, could lead to war with Earth itself.

As the Tholians weave a web of vengeance, the Excelsior is flung beyond the galaxy to discover the hidden truth about the alien Neyel, forcing Sulu to question where his responsibilities lie--with the fragile peace he must preserve, or with the victims of his own world's tragic past.

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The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins
Written by David R. George III
September, 2003

THE YEAR IS 2311

It is a year of infamy, a year that later generations will remember as one that altered the course of history at the cost of thousands of lives. It is the year of the Tomed Incident, and its tale can at last be told.

In the midst of escalating political tensions among the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Federation, Starfleet goes forward with the inaugural flight of Universe, a prototype starship that promises to revolutionize space exploration. But the Universe experiment results in disaster, ravaging a region of space dangerously close to the Romulan Star Empire, apparently confirming suspicions that the Federation has begun testing a weapon of mass destruction.

As the military buildup accelerates on both sides of the Neutral Zone, Captain John Harriman of the Federation flagship USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-B, is fated for a final confrontation with his oldest enemy at a flashpoint in history--with the Beta Quadrant one wrong move from the outbreak of total war.

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The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible
Written by Keith R.A. DeCandido
October, 2003

THE YEARS ARE 2328-2346

To the Cardassians, it is a point of pride. To the Klingons, a matter of honor. But the eighteen-year cold war between these two empires--euphemistically remembered in later years as the Betreka Nebula "Incident"--creates a vortex of politics, diplomacy, and counterintelligence that will define the age, and shape the future.

What begins as a discovery that would enable the Klingon Empire to reclaim a lost piece of its past becomes a prolonged struggle with the rapidly expanding Cardassian Union, which has claimed dominion over a region of space that the Klingons hold sacred. Enter the Federation, whose desire to preserve interstellar stability leads Ambassador Curzon Dax to broker a controversial and tenuous peace--one that is not without opponents, including Lieutenant Elias Vaughn of Starfleet special ops.

But there are wheels within wheels to the drama unfolding in the Betreka Nebula. Within the shadowy rooms of the Cardassian Obsidian Order, Klingon Imperial Intelligence, and even the Romulan Tal Shiar, secret scales are being balanced--and for every gain made for the sake of peace, there will come a loss.

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The Lost Era: Well of Souls
Written by Ilsa J. Bick
November, 2003

THE YEAR IS 2336

For twelve years, she was captain of the Federation's flagship. But while her exploits as commander of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-C are legend, little has been revealed about Rachel Garrett, her vessel, or the unusual men and women of her crew. Until now.

When the archaeological find of the decade offers possible hints about an earlier Cardassian civilization, it attracts not merely those seeking to quench their thirst for knowledge, but parties with far less noble interests. Among the latter is the Asfar Qatala, a notorious criminal cartel with a disturbing connection to one of the Enterprise's highest-ranking officers. Now Captain Garrett and her crew are swept into a maelstrom of kidnapping, extortion and murder--as well as a desperate, secret struggle between the Qatala and its chief rival, the Orion Syndicate.

And beneath the surface of the frozen world on which the proto-Cardassian discovery was made, another drama is playing out that will force Garrett to make the most difficult decision of her career... amid ruins reputed to link the living with the ancient dead.

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The Lost Era: Deny Thy Father
Written by Jeff Mariotte
December, 2003

THE YEARS ARE 2355-2357

Two men. Both defined by the personal tragedy that drove them apart. Both driven by their desire to serve, and their devotion to duty. Both haunted by the past, and uncertain of the future.... And both unable to reach across the chasm that separates father and son.

In the wake of the Tholian attack that nearly cost him his life, civilian strategic consultant Kyle Riker becomes the target on an apparent conspiracy within Starfleet Command, forcing him off Earth and beyond Federation territory to defeat the attempts on his life. But danger is never far off, even on a backwater world where Kyle's very name brings the promise of death.

At the same time, the Starfleet career of Kyle's estranged son William Riker is underway in earnest, from his turbulent formative years at the Academy to his first perilous missions as an ensign aboard the Starship Pegasus. And even as Kyle searches for the truth behind the events that have made him a fugitive, Will is pursued as well--by a family legacy he fears he will never escape.

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The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows
Written by Margaret Wander Bonanno
January, 2004

THE YEAR IS 2360

She was trained to be a killing machine. Abandoned as a child, without home or family, past or future, Zetha survived only by her own cunning in the back alleys of Romulus before being taken by the Tal Shiar and remade into one of its deadliest weapons. But Zetha is about to undertake a mission unlike any in her experience.

The mysterious return of a virulent scourge thought to be long extinct threatens devastation on a scale almost too horrific to contemplate. Zetha's only hope of stopping it is across the Neutral Zone-among the enemies of Romulus. Now Admiral Uhura, centenarian chief of Starfleet Intelligence, must decide what to do with the knowledge Zetha has risked her life to bring to her. In order to stop the spread of the disease that is already ravaging the Romulan Empire, Uhura must assign a hand-picked team of Starfleet officers to covertly trace the contagion to its source-and do whatever is necessary to contain it.

But the world awaiting Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Tuvok, Dr. Selar and Zetha herself is a hot zone of secrets, deceptions and subtle machinations, revealing an imminent holocaust beyond anything the away team expected, or what they could hope to combat.

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Original Announcement

From Editor Marco Palmieri:

I'm pleased to announce that I'm developing a six-volume series of novels spanning the seventy-year period between Captain Kirk's disappearance aboard the Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations, and the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Collectively entitled THE LOST ERA, this book series will chronicle the adventures of known characters and the unfolding of some of the historical events established during this period. Readers can look forward novels focusing on the Starship Excelsior, the Enterprise-B, the Enterprise-C, and the latter-day adventures of several Original Series characters as well as early adventures in the lives of TNG/DS9/VGR-era characters.

The authors who have signed on for these novels are:

  • ILSA J. BICK (contributor, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Volume II & IV)
  • MARGARET WANDER BONANNO (Strangers From the Sky; Dwellers in the Crucible), returning to Star Trek fiction for the first time in a decade.
  • KEITH R.A. DECANDIDO (Diplomatic Implausibility; Demons of Air and Darkness)
  • DAVID R. GEORGE, III (The 34th Rule; Twilight)
  • ANDY MANGELS and MICHAEL A. MARTIN (Rogue; Cathedral)
  • JEFF MARIOTTE (Star Trek S.C.E.: "No Surrender"; Angel: Close to the Ground)

Like 2001's SECTION 31 series, THE LOST ERA will be comprised of standalone novels--giving readers the option to read as many or as few of the stories as they choose, in any order, while at the same time collectively offering an historical tapestry of this largely unknown period of Star Trek history.

THE LOST ERA novels are currently scheduled to publish one a month beginning in August, 2003.


Andy and Mike will be writing the Excelsior story. David will be writing the Enterprise-B story. Ilsa will be writing the Enterprise-C story. The others don't fall into a specific ship-based format, and can't be categorized that way.

And the novels aren't divided by series (TOS, TNG, etc). They're all Star Trek: The Lost Era, with separate story titles.


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