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A Time to Sow is a Pocket TNG novel – the third novel in the A Time to… series and the first in a duology – written by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in March 2004.


From the book jacket
On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's long-time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker's promotion to captain and his new command, Riker's marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher's new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise has never been told.
Until now.
More than two centuries ago, the Dokaalan sent an unmanned probe into the void, bearing a distress call for anyone who could save their doomed world. But the message reached Federation space too late to save the planet or its people.
Or so it was believed…
Generations later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E are stunned to discover the last of the Dokaalan – now only a colony fighting to stay alive in a decrepit asteroid mining complex. Although their home planet was destroyed long ago, the survivors hope to someday transform a nearby planet into a new home for their people. But bitter divisions exist among the Dokaalan, sowing the seeds of sabotage and terrorism – and placing Picard and the Enterprise in the middle of an escalating crisis that can only lead to total destruction!

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Memorable quotes

"Please state the nature of the medical emergency."

- Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH)

Background information

  • This duology was originally intended to be written by Dave Galanter; after he was unable to participate, Pocket editor John Ordover turned to Ward and Dilmore. The setting for the duology was devised after Ordover suggested that the pair write something which was different from the ones preceding and following – as they were a space adventure and a planetary adventure, Ward and Dilmore went for something in-between – the Dokaalan asteroid belt. (Voyages of Imagination, p. 467)


Canon characters

Beverly Crusher 
Chief medical officer of the Enterprise-E
Chief operations officer of the Enterprise-E
Geordi La Forge 
Chief engineer of the Enterprise-E
Jean-Luc Picard 
Captain of the Enterprise-E
William T. Riker 
First officer of the Enterprise-E
Deanna Troi 
Counselor on the Enterprise-E
Federation ambassador to the Klingon Empire
Conn officer of the Enterprise-E
Alyssa Ogawa 
Chief nurse on the Enterprise-E
Vulcan engineer on the Enterprise-E
Emergency Medical Hologram Mark I on the Enterprise-E
Alynna Nechayev 
Admiral at Starfleet Command, orders the Enterprise to the Dokaalan system

Non-canon characters

Christine Vale 
Tactical officer on the Enterprise-E
Denobulan doctor on the Enterprise-E
Giancarlo Wu 
Chief aide to Ambassador Worf
Bolian security officer on the Enterprise-E
Zelev th'Chun 
Andorian security officer on the Enterprise-E, ensign
Security officer on the Enterprise-E, ensign
Security officer on the Enterprise-E, friend of Ensign McPherson
Andorian engineer on the Enterprise-E, lieutenant
Benzite engineer on the Enterprise-E, ensign
Engineer on the Enterprise-E, ensign
Dokaalan first minister
Dokaalan doctor
Dokaalan science minister
Dokaalan security minister
Dokaalan council member
Dokaalan engineer
Dokaalan supervisor on terraforming station


Archer, Jonathan; Crazy Horse, USS; Dominion War; emotion chip; Enterprise NX-01; First City; Forrest, Maxwell; Genesis Project; Klingon Empire; Kolvoord Starburst; P'Jem; Promellian battle cruiser; Qo'noS; Rozhenko, Alexander; Seyetik, Gideon; Sheliak; Soval; Starfleet Academy; Suurok-class; Tau Cygna V; Terraform Command; terraforming; Ti'Mur; Trill; Vanik; Velara III; Venus; Vulcan High Command; Vulcan Science Academy; Ya'Vang, IKS

Shuttlecraft on the Enterprise-E
God in Dokaalan mythology
Dokaalan homeworld destroyed by seismic forces
Humanoid species native to the Dokaalan system
Planet in the Dokaalan system, site of terraforming project
Jeluryn Sector 
Region of space where the USS Crazy Horse discovered the second Dokaalan probe
Outpost Takir 
Dokaalan mining facility
Small maneuverable Dokaalan spacecraft
Zahanzei Council 
Ruling body of the Dokaalan people

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