Star Trek: Titan

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Star Trek: Titan
Star Trek Titan, Taking Wing cover.png
Taking Wing (2005) by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels

AuthorVarious
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction
PublisherPocket Books
Published2005–2017
Media type
No. of books10

Star Trek: Titan is a series of science fiction novels which detail the adventures of Captain William T. Riker, and the crew of the USS Titan. The series was published by Simon & Schuster imprints Pocket Books, Pocket Star, and Gallery Books from 2005 to 2017. The novels are set after the events depicted in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis.

Captain Riker, and his wife Deanna Troi, served aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Jean-Luc Picard. Both were introduced in the The Next Generation episode "Encounter at Farpoint". Other recurring characters include Tuvok, from Voyager, and Alyssa Ogawa, also from The Next Generation.

Concept[edit]

In the beginning of the 2002 feature film Star Trek Nemesis, Commander William Riker, who has served as First Officer under Captain Jean-Luc Picard for fifteen years aboard two different starships named Enterprise, marries his longtime on-again, off-again love, ship's counselor, Commander Deanna Troi. By the end of the film, Riker has been promoted to Captain, and he and Troi transfer to the USS Titan, Riker's first permanent command. According to the Titan series book description at Amazon.com, the series take place in what is regarded as a new era, following a decade of conflict between the Federation and enemies such as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration and diplomacy, a mission spearheaded by the Titan, which in addition to Riker and Troi, is manned by "the most biologically varied and culturally diverse crew in Starfleet history." Their first mission, in the debut novel, Taking Wing, is to set up power-sharing talks among the various Romulan factions that, in the wake of Praetor Shinzon's death in Nemesis, threaten to plunge the Romulan Empire into civil war.[1]

Characters[edit]

  • Captain William T. Riker is a human male, who served as the Federation flagship Enterprise-D's executive officer under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. As the vessel's first officer, Riker was offered his own command numerous times, but repeatedly turned them down in favor of remaining aboard the Enterprise, admitting to Picard in Star Trek Generations that he had always hoped he would take command of the Galaxy class starship. Following the destruction of the Enterprise-D, Riker transferred to its successor, the Enterprise-E, with Picard, and continued to serve as first officer for a continuing number of years, helping to defend Earth against the Borg, prevent the illegal relocation of the Ba'ku and destroy the Reman warbird Scimitar. Shortly before the Scimitar's destruction, Riker married his off-and-on lover, Deanna Troi, who thereafter transferred to the Titan with him to serve as the vessel's counsellor and chief diplomatic officer.
  • Commander Christine Vale is a human female and executive officer of the starship Titan. Vale previously served as the Enterprise-E's chief tactical officer. Coming from a long line of peace officers on Izar, Commander Vale's family was gravely disappointed in her choice to join Starfleet.
  • Commander Deanna Troi is a half-Human, half-Betazoid female. The wife of Captain Riker, Troi serves as the vessel's chief diplomatic officer as well as ship's counselor, a position she previously held on both the Enterprises D and E under Captain Picard, to whom she often served as a moral advisor. Speaking during Riker and Troi's wedding, Picard noted that Troi had been his "guide and [his] conscience" in her years on the Enterprises. Despite being only half Betazoid, Troi is a capable empath and has been shown to communicate telepathically with other Betazoids, specifically her mother, Lwaxana Troi. According to the non-canon novel, Imzadi, Troi joined Starfleet following a romantic relationship with Will Riker. (This is alluded to in "Encounter at Farpoint".)
  • Commander Tuvok is a Vulcan male. Tuvok shares the cold and logical nature associated with his people. His first Starfleet assignment was aboard the USS Excelsior under Captain Hikaru Sulu, most famously during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. During his service Tuvok became disenchanted with non-Vulcans and resigned from Starfleet, only to join again decades later, where he eventually settled aboard the USS Voyager under Captain Kathryn Janeway. In 2371, Tuvok was on an undercover mission infiltrating the Maquis when he became trapped in the Delta Quadrant. He was later re-united with Voyager and served as the vessel's head of security until its return home. Following his return, Tuvok worked for Starfleet Intelligence within Romulan space at the time of the Shinzon uprising, and was later rescued from imprisonment by the Titan crew, which he joined when their previous tactical officer became comatose as a result of battle. After Titan was briefly lost in the Smaller Magellanic Cloud, Tuvok's wife, T'Pel, came to live aboard the ship.
  • Lieutenant Alyssa Ogawa is a human female. Like Riker and Troi, Alyssa Ogawa served for a number of years on both the Enterprises, having begun her Starfleet service aboard the Enterprise-D as an Ensign and nurse under Dr. Beverly Crusher in 2367. At the recommendation of Crusher, she was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade in 2370 and became a senior sickbay staffmember as Head Nurse. She would report to the command staff of the vessel in Crusher's absence. She also married Lt. Andrew Powell in the same year, and the two had a son. Powell was killed during the Battle of Rigel during the Dominion War, and though Ogawa did transfer to the Enterprise-E, she readily took the opportunity to leave the vessel with her son and serve within the Titan's sickbay.
  • Dr. Shenti Yisec Eres Ree is a Pahkwa-thanh male. The chief medical officer of the starship Titan, Dr. Ree's friendly bedside manner is juxtaposed by his fearsome appearance. Standing over two meters tall, this bi-pedal reptile reminds Captain Will Riker of one of Earth's extinct, pack hunting dinosaurs.
  • Lieutenant Commander Ranul Keru is an unjoined Trill male. The chief of security and tactical officer, Commander Keru was rendered comatose from injuries sustained during a battle between Romulan and Reman forces. Captain Riker subsequently offered the post to Tuvok until Commander Keru's recovery. Upon his awakening, Keru opted to remain security chief, leaving Tuvok as tactical officer. Keru had served previously on the Enterprise-E where he was romantically involved with the Star Trek: First Contact character Lieutenant Hawk.[2]
  • Lieutenant Commander Jaza Najem is a Bajoran male. He serves as chief science officer. Originally serving in the Bajoran Militia, he entered Starfleet when Bajor joined the Federation in 2376. He was briefly romantically involved with first officer Christine Vale. Jaza left the Titan when he stranded himself in the distant past of Orisha in order to get the rest of the crew back to their proper time period.
  • Commander Xin Ra-Havreii is an Efrosian male. He worked at Utopia Planitia as a head designer of the Luna-class, holding a doctorate in warp field mechanics and a reserve rank of commander. Traveling with the crew on Titan 's first mission, he took over as chief engineer after Lieutenant Commander Nilani Ledrah's death.
  • Lieutenant Commander Melora Pazlar is an Elaysian female. She is head of stellar cartography and succeeds Jaza Najem as chief science officer.
  • Lieutenant Sariel Rager is a human female. She is senior operations officer and transferred from the Enterprise-E with Captain Riker.
  • Lieutenant j.g. Aili Lavena is a Selkie female. She is senior flight controller.
  • Ensign Torvig Bu-Kar-Nguv is a Choblik male. He had a long-distance graduation from Starfleet Academy aboard Titan and stayed on as an engineer.

U.S.S. Titan[edit]

In real life, the Luna-class was designed by Sean Tourangeau. Tourangeau entered his design into the Starship Titan Design Contest held by Simon & Schuster, Inc., which was held in order to obtain a ship design for the Star Trek: Titan series of novels.[3] Because the Luna design has not been featured on-screen, it is not canon; however, the Titan's mention in Star Trek Nemesis means that the existence of the ship is. In Decipher, Inc.'s Star Trek Customizable Card Game, the Titan is identified as a Prometheus-class starship. However, the Luna class is in Star Trek Online, as one of three designs used for the Tier 5 Reconnaissance Science Vessel.

Novels[edit]

Only six novels are numbered by Simon & Schuster.[4][5] Absent Enemies (2014) was published as an ebook exclusive.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
1 Taking Wing Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels March 29, 2005 0-7434-9627-2
2 The Red King September 27, 2005 0-7434-9628-0
3 Orion's Hounds Christopher L. Bennett December 27, 2005 1-4165-0950-X
4 Sword of Damocles Geoffrey Thorne November 27, 2007 978-1-4165-2694-0
5 Over a Torrent Sea Christopher L. Bennett February 24, 2009 978-1-4165-9497-0
6 Synthesis James Swallow October 27, 2009 978-1-4391-0914-4
Fallen Gods Michael A. Martin July 31, 2012 978-1-4516-6062-3
Absent Enemies John Jackson Miller February 24, 2014 978-1-4767-6299-9
Sight Unseen James Swallow September 29, 2015 978-1-4767-8316-1
Fortune of War David Mack November 28, 2017 978-1-5011-5200-9

Related novels[edit]

Titan characters appear in the following novels and short stories:

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Tales from the Captain's Table (anthology)
   – "Improvisations on the Opal Sea"
     by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
Keith DeCandido, ed. June 14, 2005 1-4165-0520-2
Gods of Night
  (Destiny, Book 1)
David Mack September 30, 2008 978-1-4165-5171-3
Mere Mortals
  (Destiny, Book 2)
October 28, 2008 978-1-4165-5172-0
Lost Souls
  (Destiny, Book 3)
November 25, 2008 978-1-4165-5175-1
Shards and Shadows (anthology)
  (Mirror Universe)
   – "Empathy" by Christopher L. Bennett
Marco Palmieri and Margaret Clark, eds. January 6, 2009 978-1-4165-5850-7
Seize the Fire
  (Typhon Pact, Book 2)
Michael A. Martin November 30, 2010 978-1-4391-6782-3
Watching the Clock
  (Department of Temporal Investigations)
Christopher L. Bennett April 26, 2011 978-1-4516-0625-6
The Poisoned Chalice
  (The Fall, Book 4)
James Swallow November 26, 2013 978-1-4767-2222-1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taking Wing (Star Trek: Titan, Book 1); Book Description". Amazon.com. March 29, 2005.
  2. ^ Section 31: Rogue
  3. ^ Palmieri, Marco. "U.S.S. Titan Design Winner Announced", Slice of SciFi, October 9, 2005
  4. ^ Swallow, James (2013-05-04). Synthesis. Star Trek: Titan. 6. New York: Pocket Books/Star Trek. ISBN 978-1-4767-4749-1. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  5. ^ Martin, Michael A. (2014-04-12). Fallen Gods. Star Trek: Titan. New York: Pocket Books/Star Trek. ISBN 978-1-4767-8627-8. Retrieved 2019-01-06.

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