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Q and Picard face the supreme challenge!

Q-Strike is a Pocket TNG novel – #49 in the numbered series, and the third novel in the Q Continuum trilogy – written by Greg Cox. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in September 1998.


From the book jacket
The mischievous creature who calls himself Q has subjected Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to many of their strangest experiences. But little had been known of Q's curious existence or that of the advanced dimension from which he comes. But now Picard knows more than he ever dreamed about an ancient conflict whose consequences might spell the doom of the entire galaxy.
The galactic barrier has fallen and Q's oldest enemy is free once more. Captain Picard and his crew find themselves in the middle of a cosmic war between vastly powerful entities. The future of the Federation may be at stake, but how can mere mortals turn the tide in such a superhuman battle? Picard has to find a way, or neither the Q Continuum nor the galaxy will survive.

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Memorable quotes

"How should I know? You're the ones who specialize in triumphing against overwhelming odds. Have Data whip up some technobabble. Tell Counselor Troi to get in touch with her feelings. Let Riker punch someone. Do something, Jean-Luc. Don't you understand? He's going to kill me. Probably more than once."

- Q, after Picard has asked Q what he expects the Enterprise crew to do against 0

Background information

  • There are two known covers for this novel: one featuring Q alone, the other Q and Picard.



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