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Before Dishonor is a Pocket TNG novel – continuing the post-Star Trek Nemesis storyline – written by Peter David. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in October 2007.


From the book jacket
An enemy so intractable that it cannot be reasoned with. The entire race thinks with one mind and strives toward one purpose: to add our biological distinctiveness to their own and wipe out individuality, to make every living thing Borg.
In over two centuries, the Federation has never encountered a greater threat. Twice Starfleet assembled and threw countless starships to stand against them. The Borg were stopped, the price paid in blood. Humanity breathed a sigh of relief, assuming it was safe. And with the destruction of the transwarp conduits, the Federation believed that the killing blow had finally been struck against the Borg.
Driven to the point of extinction, the Borg continue to fight for their very existence, for their culture. They will not be denied. They must not be stopped. The old rules and assumptions regarding how the Collective should act have been dismissed. Now the Borg kill first, assimilate later.
When the Enterprise manages to thwart them once again, the Borg turn inward. The dark places that even the drones never realized existed are turned outward against the enemy they have never been able to defeat. What is revealed is the thing that no one believed the Borg could do.

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Background information[]


Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Pocket TNG characters.

Regular and recurring characters[]

Jean-Luc Picard
Captain of the USS Enterprise-E
Kathryn Janeway
Starfleet admiral
Seven of Nine
A Professor at Starfleet Academy
First officer of the USS Enterprise-E
Beverly Crusher
Doctor aboard the USS Enterprise-E
Geordi La Forge
Chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise-E
Counselor aboard the USS Enterprise-E
Miranda Kadohata
Second Officer aboard the USS Enterprise-E
Zelik Leybenzon
Security chief aboard the USS Enterprise-E
Grim Vargo
Edward Jellico
Starfleet admiral
Alynna Nechayev
Starfleet admiral
Q (female)
Mackenzie Calhoun
Captain of the Excalibur
Howard Rappaport/Two
Captain of the Einstein
Captain of Voyager
Worf's pet cat (previously Data's)


After the Borg cube devours Pluto on its way to Earth, Nechayev comments that the debate as whether or not Pluto is actually a planet had just been rendered academic.
The demotion of Pluto was a decision handed down a year before the book was published.

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