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With his life on the line, Dr. Bashir's luck has run out!

The Laertian Gamble is a Pocket DS9 novel – #12 in the numbered series – written by Robert Sheckley. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in September 1995.


From the book jacket
When a mysterious woman from the planet Laertes convinces Dr. Bashir to gamble for her at Quark's gaming tables, things seem innocent enough. Yet the more Dr. Bashir wins, the more things go wrong in the Federation: Ore ships vanish. Planets lose their atmosphere. Suns go nova. The cause and effect is hard to understand, but is proven by the bizarre Laertian science called Complexity Theory.
When Bashir tries to stop gambling, a Laertian warfleet appears to force him to continue, while on the planet Laertes itself Major Kira and Science Officer Dax must battle their way through chaos and danger to stop the Laertians – and save Deep Space Nine and the Federation from utter destruction!

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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 Pocket DS9 characters.

Regular and recurring characters[]

Benjamin Sisko
Starfleet CO of Deep Space 9.

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