Annotations for Many Splendors

Annotations for Star Trek: S.C.E. #66: Many Splendors
by Keith R.A. DeCandido

What follows are explanations of references in the Star Trek: S.C.E. eBook Many Splendors. Be warned that this page includes a huge number of SPOILERS for, not just this book, but various Trek episodes, movies, novels, comic books, short stories, and eBooks.

If you have any questions, find any errors, or think something is missing, don't hesitate to e-mail me.

Initial citations are provided as follows:

Television episodes are listed in "quotation marks," followed by an abbreviation of the TV show in question:
TOS=the live-action Star Trek (1966-1969)
TAS=the animated Star Trek (1973-1975)
TNG=Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
DS9=Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
VOY=Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001)
ENT=Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
Movie titles are listed in italics.
Novel and eBook titles are listed in italics, followed by the author of the novel or eBook, with a prefix indicating series:
ST=Star Trek (general)
TOS=Star Trek (the original series)
TNG=The Next Generation
DS9=Deep Space Nine
VOY=Voyager
ENT=Enterprise
NF=New Frontier
SCE=S.C.E. (Starfleet Corps of Engineers)
COE=Corps of Engineers
SGZ=Stargazer
GKN=I.K.S. Gorkon
TTN=Titan
Short story titles are listed in "quotation marks," followed by the author of the story, followed by the book or magazine that the story appeared in in (parentheses and italicized).
Comic book titles are listed in italics, followed by the writer of the comic book (distinguished by getting a "written by" credit instead of a "by" credit).
Subsequent citations of the same work will be limited to the title, without byline or series indicators.

Finally, a general note on this story: Several of the characters in Many Splendors are engineers who only appeared once, in some cases without ever even getting lines. This story attempts to weave together these various guest stars and extras into a semi-coherent engine room. There are a couple of names that don't specifically correspond to a particular engineer, and if that's the case, there's no citation below for that character. For those characters who do correspond, I've also provided a parenthetical explanation of where that character specifically was in their one appearance.

On with the annotations...

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Epilogue

Chapter 1:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "The Measure of a Man" (TNG). The captain's log is from that episode.

Sonya Gomez first appeared in "Q Who" (TNG), and that episode established that she came on board at Starbase 173. Since the ship had made a stop at that starbase in "The Measure of a Man," and since they had taken on new crew there, it is generally assumed that Gomez came on board during that episode.

Lian T'su first appeared in "The Arsenal of Freedom" (TNG) as the relief ops officer. Her friendship with Gomez, both at the Academy and on the Enterprise, was established in SCE: Wildfire Book 1 by David Mack.

Dennis Russell first appeared in "Tin Man" (TNG). His first name is revealed for the first time here. (He was the silent engineer that La Forge was giving orders to throughout that episode.)

Geordi La Forge first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint" (TNG) as the alpha-shift conn officer. He was made chief engineer some time prior to "The Child" (TNG).

La Forge's terse tone is due to the events of "The Measure of a Man," which includes Data being forced to resign rather than give in to being experimented on.

Esmeralda Clancy first appeared in "Elementary, Dear Data" (TNG) as an assistant in engineering. Her full first name is revealed for the first time here; her nickname of "Ella" was established in SCE: War Stories Book 1 by Keith R.A. DeCandido. (She was the one who directed Data to the re-creation of the HMS Victory in that episode.)

That the Jack the Ripper killings were actually committed by an energy being was revealed in "Wolf in the Fold" (TOS).

Kieran Duffy first appeared in "Hollow Pursuits" (TNG). His first name was revealed in SCE: The Belly of the Beast by Dean Wesley Smith. His first encounter with Gomez in the deck 31 corridor while running late for a staff meeting was established in SCE: Wildfire Book 2 by David Mack.

That ensigns on the Enterprise share quarters with other ensigns was established in "Lower Decks" (TNG).

Data's resignation was the centerpiece of the plot of "The Measure of a Man."

T'su "got battle bridge duty that time" in "The Arsenal of Freedom," when La Forge was in charge of the Enterprise and had to face off against an automated weapons drone.

Worf, son of Mogh, and Tasha Yar first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint." Worf served at tactical during "The Arsenal of Freedom," as Yar was on away-team duty. Yar was killed in "Skin of Evil" (TNG), and Worf was then made security chief.

Dr. Xin Ra-Havreii first appeared in TTN: Taking Wing by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels.

Throughout the first season of TNG, the Enterprise had four different chief engineers: MacDougal in "The Naked Now" (TNG), Argyle in "Where No One Has Gone Before" and "Datalore" (both TNG), Logan in "The Arsenal of Freedom," and Lynch in "Skin of Evil."

Chapter 2:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "Contagion" (TNG). The captain's log is from that episode.

Duffy's concern that this is a design flaw is echoed by La Forge in the episode "Contagion." Gomez's theory that it's a tribblecom -- a term first seen in SCE: Identity Crisis by John J. Ordover -- proves to be accurate.

The joke about the monk, the clone, and the Ferengi was first mentioned by Data in "The Outrageous Okona" (TNG), though we never heard its end.

Wesley Crusher first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint." He was made an acting ensign in "Where No One Has Gone Before." He and La Forge were adjusting the deuterium control conduit in "The Dauphin" (TNG).

Chapter 3:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "Pen Pals" (TNG). The captain's log is from that episode.

Gomez's Academy paper on subspace accelerators was established in SCE: Invincible Book 1 by David Mack & Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Wesley's being put in charge of the mineral survey occurred in "Pen Pals," as did the discovery of tracher deposits and the request for an icospectrogram.

Gar Costa first appeared in "Hollow Pursuits." He was given a first name in War Stories Book 1. (He was one of the silent engineers in the staff meetings in that episode.)

Helga Van Mayter first appeared in "In Theory" (TNG). Her first name is revealed here for the first time. (She was the engineer who was killed in that episode.)

Tess Allenby first appeared in "Final Mission" (TNG) and also appeared in "The Loss" (TNG), in both cases as the conn officer. Her first name comes from the scripts for those episodes.

The Dreman girl Data is rumored to be talking to (and later brings on the ship) is Sarjenka, who, unbeknownst to Gomez, will be her shipmate on the da Vinci eleven years hence (SCE: Progress by Terri Osborne, COE: Turn the Page by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore).

Belinda Gomez first appeared in SCE: Breakdowns by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

The Enterprise captain was duplicated (sort of) in "Time Squared" (TNG). Three Enterprise crew were trapped in a bad novel in "The Royale" (TNG). Inspectors from Starbase Montgomery came on board the ship (to La Forge's chagrin) in "The Icarus Factor" (TNG).

Ensign Gibson first appeared in "The Dauphin." Clancy was seen having bridge duty at conn in "The Emissary" (TNG).

Chapter 4:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "Q Who," and several scenes from that episode are re-created here.

Gomez and Wesley's friendship is established in part to explain how comfortable the two of them were talking to each other in "Samaritan Snare" (TNG).

Jean-Luc Picard first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint." Cliff Meyers first appeared in "Hollow Pursuits." His first name is revealed here for the first time. (Like Costa, he was one of the silent engineers in the staff meetings in that episode.)

Bernie Kornblum first appeared in "The High Ground" (TNG). His name is revealed here for the first time. (He was the engineer who was killed in that episode when Ansata terrorists boarded the ship.)

The energy cloud that sucked in Picard and killed Singh occurred in "Lonely Among Us" (TNG). The duplicate Picard from the future appeared in "Time Squared." A Ferengi controlled his mind and trapped Picard on the Stargazer in "The Battle" (TNG). Q's prior two appearances were in "Encounter at Farpoint" and "Hide and Q" (TNG).

Duffy's affinity for gravity boots was first established in SCE: Here There Be Monsters by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Chapter 5:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "Peak Performance" (TNG). The captain's log is from that episode, and several scenes are re-created here.

Gomez helped rescue La Forge in "Samaritan Snare." Her taking up drinking Earl Grey as penance after the hot chocolate incident was established in SCE: Fatal Error by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Worf had sex with "that Klingon emissary" (K'Ehleyr) on the holodeck in "The Emissary."

William Riker first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint."

Chao-Anh Aleakala first appeared in "Brothers" (TNG). Her name is revealed here for the first time. (She was the one who accompanied La Forge to sickbay in that episode.)

Ensign McKnight first appeared in "Clues" (TNG), and also appeared in "In Theory" and "Face of the Enemy" (TNG), all as a conn officer.

Riker described the warp jump as "different," and so the author felt the need to make it thus in the story.

Gomez and Duffy's flirting during the Mariposa mission (which occurred in "Up the Long Ladder" [TNG]) was established in SCE: Out of the Cocoon by William Leisner.

The old Klingon ship attacked in "The Emissary."

Beverly Crusher first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint." Katherine Pulaski first appeared in "The Child," and her transporter phobia was established in "Unnatural Selection" (TNG).

Chapter 6:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "The Bonding" (TNG). The captain's log is from that episode.

The Enterprise's encounter with the Shelliak occurred in "The Ensigns of Command" (TNG). Picard was mistaken for a Mintakan deity in "Who Watches the Watchers?" (TNG).

Amy Duffy was established in Wildfire Book 2.

Prixis first appeared in "Pen Pals" as part of Wesley's mineral survey. Pulaski transferred off the Enterprise (and Beverly Crusher returned) some time prior to "Evolution" (TNG), which is also when La Forge was promoted to lieutenant commander.

Chapter 7:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "The Hunted" (TNG). The captain's log is from that episode, and bits of scenes from that episode are re-created here.

Marguerite Sherman first appeared in "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1" (TNG). Her last name was established in "The Best of Both Worlds Part 2" (TNG); her first name is revealed for the first time here. (She's one of the two engineers standing behind Riker during the scene when Riker tells everyone to get some sleep.)

The Enterprise's mission to the Romulan Neutral Zone occurred in "The Defector" (TNG).

The ten-thousand-year-old booby trap was encountered by the Enterprise in "Booby Trap" (TNG).

Koji Oliver first appeared in "The Hunted." His name is revealed here for the first time. (He was the engineer who was unconscious on the console in that episode.)

Nurse Temple first appeared in "Transfigurations" (TNG). Her name is from the script for that episode.

The scene in the arboretum was previously seen from Duffy's POV in Wildfire Book 2.

Keiko Ishikawa, later Keiko O'Brien, first appeared in "Data's Day" (TNG). Chief O'Brien first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint." They were married in "Data's Day."

Chapter 8:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1-2" and "Family." The captain's log is from "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1," and several scenes from the first two episodes are re-created here.

Commander Kurn temporarily served as first officer in "Sins of the Father" (TNG).

Duffy and O'Brien unwittingly contaminated the ship with invidium in "Hollow Pursuits."

The Legaran negotiation (and its preparations) occurred in "Sarek" (TNG).

Kornblum's death occurred in "The High Ground." Data's faked death occurred in "The Most Toys" (TNG). The encounter with the "Tin Man" was, appropriately, in "Tin Man" (TNG). The bizarre first contact, and La Forge dating Christy Henshaw, both occurred in "Transfigurations." Wesley's full commission occurred in "Ménàge à Trois" (TNG).

Elizabeth Shelby first appeared in "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1." Her first name was established in NF: House of Cards by Peter David.

Bigay Ampalayon first appeared in "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1." His name is established here for the first time. (He was the other one standing behind Riker along with Sherman.)

Kurak, daughter of Haleka, first appeared in "Suspicions" (TNG). Her matronymic was established in GKN: A Good Day to Die by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Gomez's love for Richard Brautigan was established in Wildfire Book 2.

Chapter 9:

This chapter takes place between "Silicon Avatar" and "Disaster" (both TNG).

The faulty replacement piece was discovered (and the subsequent witch hunt embarked upon) in "The Drumhead" (TNG). Beverly was trapped in a warp bubble in "Remember Me" (TNG). Wesley left for the Academy in "Final Mission." The encounter with dark matter that killed Van Mayter occurred in "In Theory." Robin Lefler first appeared in "Darmok" (TNG) and again in "The Game" (TNG).

Gomez's leaving the Enterprise for a one-year tour on the Oberth was established in Invincible Book 1.

The two Borg attacks were in "Q Who" and "The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1-2." The Klingon civil war occurred in "Redemption Parts 1-2" (TNG). The Enterprise played host to primitive colonists in "Up the Long Ladder," to Vulcan diplomats in "Sarek," to transcendant aliens in "Transfigurations," to Acamarian thugs in "The Vengeance Factor" (TNG), and to Lwaxana Troi in "Manhunt," "Ménàge à Trois," and "Half a Life." They encountered the Shelliak in "The Ensigns of Command," Romulans in "Contagion," "The Enemy," "The Defector," "Tin Man," "Data's Day," and "Redemption Parts 1-2," Ansata terrorists in "The High Ground," Gomtuu in "Tin Man," Tallarians in "Suddenly Human" (TNG), two-dimensional creatures in "The Loss," spatial anomalies in "Time Squared," "The Price" (TNG), "Yesterday's Enterprise" (TNG), "Clues," and "Night Terrors" (TNG), and Q in "Q Who," "Déjà Q" (TNG), and "QPid" (TNG).

Chapter 10:

This chapter takes place simultaneously with "Disaster." The captain's log is from that episode, and bits of scenes from that episode are re-created here.

P-38s were first seen in "The Trouble with Tribbles" (TOS), and given a designation in SCE: Interphase Book 2 by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore.

Gomez's departure scene was previously seen from Duffy's POV in Wildfire Book 2.

Epilogue:

This chapter takes place between the flashback in SCE: Collective Hindsight Book 1 by Aaron Rosenberg and The Belly of the Beast.

Gomez's tenure as chief engineer on the Sentinel (and her realigning of the ship's warp field while behind enemy lines) was established in The Belly of the Beast and dramatized in War Stories Book 1.

Scott's recommendation of Gomez for the da Vinci was established in Invincible Book 1 and SCE: The Future Begins by Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster.

Gold's tenure on the Progress was established in Progress.

Fabian Stevens, the tactical systems specialist, first appeared in "Starship Down" (DS9), where he served under O'Brien.


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