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A copy of Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels was an 18th century novel written by Jonathan Swift. The novel was a satire concerning the travels of its lead character, Lemuel Gulliver, to various exotic lands inhabited by fanciful versions of Humans and animals, including the Lilliputians.

Commander Tucker kept an ancient copy of the book in his quarters aboard Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "Cogenitor")

This book, dated to 1940, was auctioned off at the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

In 2269, after the USS Enterprise rescued the Terratins and their home colony, Captain James T. Kirk described the miniature city as a "Lilliputian city". (TAS: "The Terratin Incident")

In 2365, Riker commented that the USS Enterprise-D being threatened by Debin's comparatively inferior Atlec vessel had "Shades of Gulliver's Travels". (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

Similarly, in 2366 Picard admitted that he felt like Gulliver bound by the Lilliputians when the Enterprise came under attack from nanites. (TNG: "Evolution")

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Background information

At one point, during the formation of the original Star Trek series concept in 1964, Gene Roddenberry and Herb Solow changed the series title to Gulliver's Travels and named the main protagonist Captain Gulliver. Several days later Roddenberry and Solow realized they'd gone too far, and dismissed the Gulliver idea. Solow sarcastically commented, "Who knows? Bill Shatner could have been Captain Gulliver, and the sequels to the original series would have been Gulliver's Travels: The Next Generation and Gulliver's Travels: Deep Space Nine. Rather than "Trekkies", we would have had "Gullies". Changing the name back was a wise move." (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, pp. 18-19)

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