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Indistinguishable from Magic is a Pocket TNG novel written by David A. McIntee. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in March 2011.


From the book jacket
The most talented Starfleet engineers of two generations unite to solve a two-hundred-year-old technological mystery that turns out to be only the beginning of a wider quest.
With the support of Guinan and Nog, as well as the crew of the USS Challenger, Geordi La Forge and Montgomery Scott soon find themselves drawn into a larger, deadlier, and far more personal adventure. Helped by old friends and hindered by old enemies, their investigation will come to threaten everything they hold dear.
Seeking out the new, and going where no one has gone before, Geordi, Scotty, and Guinan find that their pasts are very much of the present, and must determine whether any sufficiently advanced technology is really indistinguishable from magic.

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Background information

  • The novel was announced by the author on 14 April 2010. [1]
  • The storyline of the novel was originally pitched as two novels, which were merged together to form the final release. [2]
  • The novel was not originally planned to fall under any specific series banner, but CBS decided at the approval stage that the novel should be given the Next Generation logo and banner. [3]
  • Cover design by Alan Dingman.
  • The novel takes its title from Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." The Law is quoted in full by a Romulan commander in the novel The Romulan Prize.

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