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A desperate quest on a planet in turmoil!

Gemworld, Book Two is a Pocket TNG novel – #59 in the numbered series, and the second novel in the Gemworld duology – written by John Vornholt. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in February 2000.


From the book jacket
Sparkling like a three-dimensional snowflake in the depths of space, Gemworld once was one of the Federation's greatest marvels. Six different alien races coexisted peacefully on an artificial world composed entirely of crystal – until the very substance of Gemworld began to multiply out of control, tearing the world apart. Now the entire planet – and the Starship Enterprise as well – faces total destruction.
The only way to stop the disaster is to turn off the vast network of force fields holding Gemworld's atmosphere in place, but to do so will require the cooperation of each of the planet's half dozen alien civilizations, one of which sabotaged Gemworld in the first place. With time running out, Captain Picard and his crew, including a lovestruck Lieutenant Barclay, must embark on a hazardous trek across the dying planet to find and unite the chief engineers from many strange and exotic races – while watching out for a mass murderer determined to destroy a world!

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Background information

  • This novel contained Chapter Seven of the serialized novel Starfleet: Year One. Because the serialization was carried out with the same chapter appearing in all of Pocket's Star Trek releases in a particular month, both Gemworld books include the same chapter.


Jean-Luc Picard
Reginald Barclay
Melora Pazlar (β)
Pazlar will next appear in the Star Trek: Titan series, where she is the stellar cartographer aboard the USS Titan under the command of Captain Riker.

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#58: Gemworld, Book One Pocket TNG
Numbered novels
#60: Tooth and Claw
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