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Sword of Damocles is a Star Trek: Titan novel – the fourth novel in the series – written by Geoffrey Thorne. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in November 2007.


From the book jacket
Fate: It is an idea as old as life itself. Do our choices shape the future, or is it the other way around? And if the path we walk is predestined – if the way we are to meet our end is knowable – what might that knowledge compel us to do?
Titan's travels take it to a world at the edge of reason. Orisha is a planet whose people have lived for centuries beneath an unfathomable celestial body in their sky. From the moment it first appeared, the object was thought to be something unnatural, an ill omen that has made them feel watched, exposed, vulnerable – provoking a primal fear that has steered the course of their civilization. The Orishans call it "the Eye," and because it has consistently defied every scientific attempt to decode its true nature, many are convinced it represents an intelligence that is studying their world…and perhaps waiting to destroy it.
But the secret behind the Eye threatens Titan as well as Orisha… and it holds a special meaning for one member of Captain Riker's crew in particular, whose lifelong quest to balance faith and scientific truth is tested against the harsh, unblinking glare of inevitability.

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Memorable quotes

"We speak it here, 'neath starlight's sheen,
One truth that all who live must learn,
From first to last and all between,
Time is the fire in which we burn."

- 'El-Aurian proverb

Background information


Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Star Trek: Titan characters.
William T. Riker
Christine Vale (β)
First officer
Deanna Troi
Diplomatic Officer/Counselor
Security and Tactical officer
Shenti Yisec Eres Ree (β)
Chief medical officer
Xin Ra-Havreii (β)
Chief engineer
Melora Pazlar
Stellar Cartography
Orilly Malar (β)
member of the Irriol species; Engineer
Y'Lira Modan (β)
member of the Selenean species; Communications

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