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									The Sundered
Star Trek: Lost Era

Author: Michael A. Martin
Author: Andy Mangels

Five years after the presumed death of Captain James T. Kirk, theU.S.S. Excelsior, commanded by
Captain Hikaru Sulu, is at the forefrontof exploration, diplomacy, and the defense of the Federation.
Unprecedented peace talks with the violently xenophobic Tholian Assembly trigger a deadly confrontation
aboard the Excelsior. Now Sulu and his crew -- including Chekov, Rand, Chapel, Tuvok, and Akaar -- are
thrust into an unexpected conflict between the Tholians and a mysterious new enemy, the Neyel...whose
origins, if revealed, could lead to war with Earth itself. As the Tholians weave a web of vengeance, the
Excelsior is flung beyond the galaxy to discover the hidden truth about the alien Neyel, forcing Sulu to
question where his responsibilities lie -- with the fragile peace he must preserve, or with the victims of his
own world's tragic past.

Chapter OneAfter bowing respectfully before his opponent, Captain Hikaru Sulu straightened, tensing his
wiry form as he raised his épée to the ready position. "En garde!" he shouted, then lunged forward, the 
slender blade flashing before him.With a grace that belied her considerable size, Lieutenant P'mu'la
Hopman deflected Sulu's foil toward the captain's left with a deft parry sixte. Sulu tried to conceal his
surprise at how quick the muscular exosociology specialist was on her rather large feet. Though less
than twenty years Sulu's junior, Hopman moved like someone far younger. On top of that, she was in her
male phase this morning. Sulu had become accustomed to sparring with Hopman when she wore her
female form, which was more equivalent to Sulu's own mass.Recovering quickly, Sulu renewed his
attack, stepping forward, then back, then forward again, all the while probing his opponent for weakness
or hesitation. He thrust, cobralike. Hopman countered him once again with a quarte parry, melding fluidly
into a forward-lunging riposte that Sulu easily sidestepped."You're not going easy on me just because I'm
the captain, are you, Lieutenant?" Sulu said, wishing he could see his opponent's expression through the
white duranium-mesh facemasks.Hopman drew a languid circle in the air with the tip of her foil. "The
captain is being entirely too modest about his skills," she said, the smile behind her mask clearly
audible.Sulu recalled how Hopman -- a variable-gendered Thelusian who still carried the surname of a
human ex-spouse -- had recently stared at the platinum belt he kept on the wall of the situation room.
The trophy had hung there for so long that Sulu rarely thought about it anymore. It had been years since
he'd bragged to anyone about having swept the Inner Planets championship tournament as a Starfleet
Academy cadet.On the other hand, he was far from ashamed of his prowess with the blade. After all,
those talents had saved his life years earlier, when he'd been forced into bat'leth combat during Curzon
Dax's impulsive hajj into the Klingon Empire. But it's nice not to have the burden of defending a current
championship title, Sulu thought. Command of Excelsior was responsibility enough."I know that flattery
doesn't work on you, sir," Hopman said, now standing motionless except for the slow twirl of her blade
tip.Sulu grinned. "Really?""Yes, sir. At least that's how Lieutenant Tuvok tells it."Sulu's throaty chuckle
resonated through the otherwise empty gymnasium. If any member of his senior staff was above the
giving or receiving of flattery, it was Lieutenant Tuvok, his Vulcan senior science officer. Five years ago,
shortly after coming aboard Excelsior as part of a contingent of junior science specialists, Tuvok had
brought a cup of Vulcan tea to the bridge and presented it to Sulu. The subtle blend of flavors had been
delightful, and Sulu had wondered for more than a year afterward why Tuvok had never repeated the
gesture -- until Janice Rand finally revealed that she had ribbed Tuvok that very day by suggesting that his
gift of tea might have been taken as a career-advancement tactic. Sulu, too, had made a similar mock-
serious observation in Tuvok's presence even as he'd taken his first sip of the proffered beverage.Ever
since that day, Tuvok never again made another unsolicited gift of any sort to a superior officer, no doubt
intent on making it crystal clear that he wished to receive no unearned...
Author Bio
Michael A. Martin
Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He
has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and
numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking
Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space
9 Book Two: Trill -- Unjoined; Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 -- The Sundered; Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Mission: Gamma: Vol. Three: Cathedral; Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31 -- Rogue; Star Trek:
Starfleet Corps of Engineers #30 and #31 ("Ishtar Rising" Books 1 and 2); stories in the Prophecy and
Change, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table anthologies; and three novels
based on the Roswell television series. His most recent novels include Enterprise: The Romulan War and
Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many.His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their
Star Trek Universe subscription card series), Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch, Grolier Books, Visible Ink
Press, The Oregonian, and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several World Almanac Library
of the States nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in
Portland, Oregon.<br/>

Andy Mangels
Andy Mangels is the USA Today bestselling author and coauthor of over a dozen novels -- including Star
Trek and Roswell books -- all cowritten with Michael A. Martin. Flying solo, he is the bestselling author of
several nonfiction books, including Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD:
The Ultimate Guide, as well as a significant number of entries for The Superhero Book: The Ultimate
Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes as well as for its companion volume, The
Supervillain Book.In addition to cowriting several more upcoming novels and contributing to anthologies,
Andy has produced, directed, and scripted a series of sixteen half-hour DVD documentaries for BCI
Eclipse, for inclusion in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD box sets.Andy has written
hundreds of articles for entertainment and lifestyle magazines and newspapers in the United States,
England, and Italy. He has also written licensed material based on properties from numerous film studios
and Microsoft, and his two decades of comic book work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel
Comics, Dark Horse, Image, Innovation, and many others. He was the editor of the award-winning Gay
Comics anthology for eight years.Andy is a national award-winning activist in the Gay community, and
has raised thousands of dollars for charities over the years. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his long-
term partner, Don Hood, their dog, Bela, and their chosen son, Paul Smalley. Visit his website at ...

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