Captain's log, Stardate Eleventy-leven eighty six point negative nine. Charted a blah blah blah with my blah blah crew today, collecting samples of blah blah blah... Aren't you tired of surveying all the brave new worlds and startling new civilizations of the galaxy with the safe, polite, politically correct members of the Federation? After all, they only have fun when they break their own rules and leave a communicator behind on a planet of curious mimics, or travel through time to play with tribbles. Wouldn't you rather travel the stars with me? Who am I? Spelled the same way front as back: Q! You've heard of me. All-seeing, all-knowing, dashing beyond comparison. The Q have been here since the dawn of time (and in some cases, a little before that, but that's another story), and we've seen it all. But I've put it all together in a form you can understand. The title? Q's Guide to the Continuum! (Well, what did you think I would call it? Picard's Incessant Droning About Stellar Gas Formations?) Want to know what the longest-lived race in the galaxy is? It's here. Ever wonder who is the greatest mass murderer of all time? I know that, too. And are you dying to find out if a certain relative of mine ever played the harpsichord while dressed like a Victorian nobleman? Well, there are some things I won't tell you, but the rest will be revealed in Q's Guide to the Continuum! (Love that title, don't you?) Prepare to be enlightened!
Let's get something straight. I'm an omnipotent being. I don't have to do this. I could be smashing planets or opening wormholes or tying cosmic strings together or something.
So listen closely. This isn't just another compendium of eclectic minutiae. This is the galaxy's most clever, insightful, and authoritative compendium of eclectic minutiae, as reported by someone who's been on hand for every event in every locale since the dawn of time and then some.
You want to know who the longest-lived humanoids in the universe are? It's in here. You want to get the skinny on the galaxy's most devoted mother? That's in here too.
Curious about the greatest mass murderers in history? This is the place to look. In fact, any bit of lore that's not in this tome probably isn't worth knowing anyway.
No -- not probably. Definitely.
So read on. If I were you, I'd get to know these nuggets of wisdom inside and out. I mean, you never know when someone will pop a quiz on you -- with, say, the fate of the human race hanging in the balance.
Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly sixty books of fiction and nonfiction, more than half of which bear the name Star Trek or some variation thereof. Ten of his titles have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also written for network and cable television, radio, and comic books, the Star Trek: Voyager® episode “Resistance” prominent among his credits. On those rare occasions when he visits the real world, Friedman lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons.
Robert Greenberger is known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News. He has held executive positions at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. While at DC Comics, he became involved with the Star Trek franchise, and authored a number of novels and stories set in the Star Trek universe.