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This is a list of characters who have recurring appearances or mentions in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series of novels.

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Regular characters

Enterprise-D bridge crew and senior staff

Jean-Luc Picard 
Starfleet captain, CO of USS Enterprise-D. Picard, the former commander of USS Stargazer, went on to command the USS Enterprise-E.
William T. Riker 
Starfleet commander, first officer of Enterprise-D, and later, the Enterprise-E.
Android Starfleet lieutenant commander, operations officer of the Enterprise-D, and later, the Enterprise-E.
Beverly Crusher 
Starfleet commander, CMO of Enterprise-D, and later, the Enterprise-E. Crusher has also served Starfleet in a senior position at Starfleet Medical.
Klingon Starfleet lieutenant junior grade who was assigned to the Enterprise-D in the command division. Worf was later promoted to lieutenant and made security chief, and still later promoted to lieutenant commander, serving in both security and command positions on Deep Space 9 and the Enterprise-E.
Deanna Troi 
Half-Betazoid Starfleet lieutenant commander assigned as Enterprise-D counselor. She was later promoted to commander, and went on to fill the same position aboard the Enterprise-E.
Geordi La Forge 
VISOR-sighted Starfleet lieutenant junior grade assigned as Enterprise-D flight control officer. La Forge became chief engineer, and was later promoted to lieutenant, and then lieutenant commander, before going on to be chief engineer of Enterprise-E.


Katherine Pulaski 
Starfleet commander assigned as Enterprise-D CMO in Dr. Crusher's absence.
Natasha Yar 
Starfleet lieutenant assigned as Enterprise-D security chief. Yar died after less than one year in this position.
Wesley Crusher 
Enterprise-D resident who was awarded the title of acting ensign by Captain Picard. Wesley became an applicant to Starfleet Academy, and was awarded a commission as ensign, becoming the Enterprise-D flight control officer before departing for the Academy.

Guinan and Ro Laren

El-Aurian bartender aboard the Enterprise-D.
Ro Laren 
Bajoran Starfleet ensign assigned as Enterprise-D flight controller.

Recurring characters

Lisa Iovino
Leonard McCoy
Elizabeth Shelby
Montgomery Scott
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