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The third in the Q Continuum trilogy, a sequel to Q-Space and Q-Zone. The Q Continuum is an extradimensional domain in which Q, and others of his kind, exist in immortality.
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If there were a prize for using the most ST:TOS episode references in a TNG story, this trilogy would win hands down. In this volume we get the fallout from the Q vs 0 battle causing Sargon and Thalassa to join their society in leaving their physical bodies behind and placing their consciousness in glowing orbs, where Kirk's Enterprise will later find them. And Ruk and his fellow androids building caves for their creators to escape the cold of their drained star, which Kirk and company will also deal with. And then the Organians show up to watch but not interfere. Finally, nearly 100 pages into book 3, comes the big reveal about the galactic barrier that I had figured out by the end of book 1. At least I hadn't realized that 0's third minion was one of Kirk's adversaries as well, from STV, which I've apparently managed to blot sufficiently out of my memory that I didn't spot when I identified the other two. I'd guess that the source for this plot was realizing that exposure to the barrier gave Gary Mitchell powers similar to the Q and building a TNG story from there. If you are a TNG fan that doesn't also know TOS episodes cold, you'll be lost for a lot of this trilogy. ( )
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A voyage this long, three books in length, doesn't get traveled alone. I want to thank John Ordover for encouraging me to commit my first trilogy, then waiting patiently for the result. Also deserving of credit is Carol Greenburg, for carefully and fruitfully editing all three volumes.
Most of all, though, thanks to Karen Palinko for being the work's first and most rigorous reader, as well as for penning the various sinister ditties that became so much a part of O's character. The Q Continuum is a lot more of a collaboration than it says on the cover.
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The third in the Q Continuum trilogy, a sequel to Q-Space and Q-Zone. The Q Continuum is an extradimensional domain in which Q, and others of his kind, exist in immortality.

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The mischievous creature who calls himself Q has subjected Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to many of their strangest experiences. but little had been known of Q's curious existence or that of the advanced dimension from which he comes. But now Picard knows more than he ever dreamed about an ancient conflict whose consequences might spell the doom of the entire galaxy.

The galactic barrier has fallen and Q's oldest enemy is free once more. Captain Picard and his crew find themselves in the middle of a cosmic war between vastly powerful entities. the future of the Federation may be at stake, but how can mere mortals turn the tie in such a superhuman battle? Picard has to find a way, or neither the Q Continuum nor the galaxy will survive.
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