Star Trek: The Next Generation — Q-Squared

{5/5} “Then Guinan did something extraordinary. She actually vaulted over the bar, her long red robe swirling around her. She did it effortlessly, as if gravity had little or no interest in her. She stood toe-to-toe with Trelane, and Beverly started to take a step forward. Without looking at her, Guinan put out a commanding hand, and Beverly stopped dead in her tracks.”

Star Trek: The Next Generation — Q-Squared by Peter David, published in 1994

Trelane is having some fun with history, changing things so that Jack Crusher is captain of the Enterprise-D and Jean-Luc Picard is his first officer. Beverly Howard, Jack’s ex, joins as Chief Medical Officer. Meanwhile, Lieutenant William T. Riker was captured by Romulans and rescued by Worf, who leads a Klingon strike force. Q arrives on the ship and tells them that things aren’t right — Trelane is another member of the Continuum, and Q is his godfather.

It’s about what your life might be like if things had gone differently. Although the situation is mostly serious, there are many funny moments.

Trelane first appeared in the TOS episode “The Squire of Gothos.” Part of the story explains the events of the TOS episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” in a way that makes it make more sense.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

I’ve read 26 novels, 3 graphic novels, and a bunch of comic books by David. I previously reviewed Star Trek: TNG — Triangle: Imzadi II.

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