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The death of a giant computer threatens an entire civilization!

Fatal Error is a Pocket SCE eBook novella – #2 in the series – written by Keith R.A. DeCandido. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in September 2000. The novella was later collected in the SCE omnibus Have Tech, Will Travel.


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Take it apart, figure it out, put it back together. That's the ongoing mission of USS da Vinci, commanded by Captain David Gold and his first officer, Commander Sonya Gomez, late of the Starship Enterprise and one of Starfleet's top engineers. They oversee a crack S.C.E. team composed of specialists in such diverse fields as tactical systems, alien cultures, computers, linguistics, and cryptography. Together they're ready to cope with just about every kind of high-tech challenge imaginable – and a few that nobody could have imagined.
For centuries, the planet Eerlik has had a thriving civilization, completely run, maintained, and administered by a giant sentient computer. But now that computer is breaking down and the desperate inhabitants are helpless to repair the damage. Only the crew of the USS da Vinci, accompanied by Geordi La Forge, can hope to fix the massive computer before the Eerlikkan society collapses entirely. Their mission grows more dangerous, however, when they discover evidence of sabotage – and learn firsthand that hostile forces will do whatever it takes to stop Gold and his crew from saving the imperiled planet!

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