Thin Air is a Star Trek: New Earth novel written by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
The Federation has established the colony of Belle Terre, vitally important to their continued expansion. However, the planet they have chosen has unexpected mineral riches, desired by nearby aliens. Due to sheer distance, the only starship to guard them is the Enterprise. The planet is now under attack by biological weapons; Captain Kirk decides to take the fight to the aliens threatening Belle Terre.
In Voyages of Imagination, Dean remarked: "A fun idea in that one, foam covering a planet as a way to attack it. I had a blast."
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