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Dropped plot line in Dafydd ab Hugh's DS9 novel "Fallen Heroes"

In Dafydd ab Hugh's DS9 novel, "Fallen Heroes," the Odo and Quark are displaced into a future in which DS9 is devastated and almost everyone is dead, and the plot alternates between the past ...
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What do the Breen look like?

I was wondering if anyone had ever read any books or found any other sources that said what the Breen really look like under their suits.
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Why did Nog ask Vic, “Do you dream?”

In DS9: It's Only a Paper Moon Nog asks the hologram character Vic Fontaine, "Do you dream?" Is this a reference to HAL from 2001: a Space Odyssey?
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Prior to the start of Deep Space 9, why was Garak exiled and left on DS9?

At the start of the show, Garak's been exiled from Cardassian space, and was left on Deep Space 9. I don't think the reason for this exile was ever explained. It seemed to be a genuine exile, and ...
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In DS9: Paradise Lost, why is a vice admiral in charge of Starfleet?

In the Deep Space 9 episode, Paradise Lost (S04E12): Why is Leyton considered the "head of Starfleet"? He is wearing a 3-pip admiral insignia, which is vice admiral, a solid two ranks ...
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Who are the "soulless minions of orthodoxy?"

From the Deep Space 9 episode, In the Cards (S05E25): GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep ...
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Why do the Borg want to assimilate every planet in the universe?

This is a question that I was wondering about since I was introduced to the Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Why do the Borg want to assimilate every planet in the universe?
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How long would it take the Defiant to travel from DS9 to Earth (or vice versa)?

I'm having some problems understanding the distances involved in Star Trek, but primarily around the size/shape of Federation space. One key question I have is the position of DS9 -- the "deep space" ...
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What is latinum worth?

I'm wondering if we know what latinum can buy. Items like, for example, biomemetic gel, Romulan ale, stem bolts, or starships don't help us since they're not readily available on Amazon, as far as I ...
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Why is O'Brien, who operates the transporter, called “Chief” in Star Trek?

Chief suggests someone high-ranking and/or the job is very difficult. There are higher-ranking officers in Star Trek but they are not called chief. I do not know how difficult the job is but on a ...
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Was the whole changeling/Dominion plot planned from the beginning?

I am just rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I was wondering whether the producers planned the Dominion plot, and especially that the Founders are changelings, from the beginning. In the first ...
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Does it cost anything to use the Replimat?

On Deep Space Nine people commonly went to a place called the replimat to eat. With Bajor not yet a member of the Federation they didn't have the Federation's moneyless economy (however that's ...
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Why does the female changeling always appear in human form?

The female changeling nearly always appears in a female-Odo-like-version. I understand that she uses that form when negotiating with the Federation or meeting Odo, which is explained in other ...
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Would it really matter if Odo had never contacted The Great Link?

Close to the end of the Homefront episode, we hear captain Sisko say that it would have been much better if Odo had never found The Great Link and other changelings. Odo agrees. How could that be true?...
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What happened to the Detapa council after Dukat's coup?

In the DS9 episode Way of the Warrior part 1, Gul Dukat "saw which way the wind was blowing" and sided with the civilian uprising against Central Command; as a result he answered to the new ...
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In DS9, is the 25th hour ever explicitly mentioned?

In Star Trek: Deep Space 9, characters never fail to mention that the station (or even the Federation/Bajor/Cardassia, I'm not sure at this point) lives on a 26-hour day. There are multiple mentions ...
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Was the Sword of Kahless inspired by the One Ring?

Appearance-wise, the Sword of Kahless, as seen in the eponymous Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, looks nothing like the One Ring: But in terms of their effect on the holder, they are quite similar....
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Are Dominion War ships weaker than Pre-Dominion War ships?

In TOS, TNG, Voyager, the movies and early seasons of DS9 we see great ship-to-ship battles that last multiple phaser / torpedo hits. In these series, we often hear Worf / Tasha / Tuvok say "Shields ...
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Does Odo retain his humanoid senses when regaining his morphing abilities?

When Odo became human he gained the ability to enjoy food in a way he could not as a changeling. When he was reverted to a changeling did he retain his sense of taste/ smell?
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Is there a picture of the Ferengi alphabet?

Is there a picture, anywhere, of the Ferengi alphabet? Even better, a translation of what the letters represent? Like, if you had a spoken sentence in Ferengi, something that would allow representing ...
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Shouldn't the Deep Space Nine crew now be in TOS episode "Trouble with Tribbles?"

I just got done watching the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations". In the episode some of the crew from DS9 go back in time to the the time of TOS "Trouble with Tribbles." Now Sisko, Dax, Odo, O'...
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Why not give the old Klingons ridges?

The episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" had the DS9 cast interacting with TOS footage. When Sisko and company are surprised to see smooth-headed Klingons, Worf hints at some embarrassing ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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Are joined Trill effectively pansexual and gender fluid?

We are first introduced to the Trill in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Host" and learn that joined Trill are a combination of a humanoid host and a intelligent worm like ...
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Star Trek: Enterprise S01E18 "Rogue Planet": Is the planet the same one the Changelings are from in Deep Space Nine?

Are the shapeshifters on the rogue planet actually the Changelings that create the Dominion? Seems a big coincidence to have two rogue planets with shapeshifters on them.
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Could telepaths read a changeling's mind?

Has anyone ever heard of an instance where somebody from a race of telepaths (for example, Betazeds) tried to read the thoughts of a changeling posing as a solid and what the results were? Could a ...
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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, what was the Prophets' penance?

In episode S6E6 of Deep Space Nine, titled "Sacrifice of Angels", Captain Sisko convinces The Prophets to stop the Dominion fleet which is heading through the wormhole. They agree, but tell them there ...
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DS9 Sisko and the title Emissary?

I'm not entirely sure what prompted this, but I'm trying once again to slog through ST:DS9 (I've never finished it, possibly because it seems so un-trek to me.) From the pilot episode Kai Opaka tells ...
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Is there any explanation for why gold bars should crumble?

At the end of the Deep Space Nine episode "Who Mourns for Morn?", Quark thinks he's found a hidden treasure, a vault filled with bars of gold-pressed latinum. But before he can gloat and revel in his ...
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Why doesn't Quark wear a headdress?

Through The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, the majority of the Ferengi we see a wearing a headdress on the back of the head. Quark though, on Deep Space Nine, does not ever seem to wear one, ...
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What happened to the Enterprise after ST:TNG?

In the beginning of the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("The Way of the Warrior") we have at least two references to the destruction of the Enterprise after events presented in Star Trek: ...
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In what context did Garak (ST:DS9) speak of a lie between two truths?

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, there were a number of scenes of conversations between Garak and Dr. Bashir. I'm pretty sure there was one in which Garak says something like "a lie is most ...
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What must a Klingon do in order to be considered a Dahar Master?

Memory Alpha describes a Dahar Master as: a Klingon warrior who had reached a legendary status among his peers and subordinates. And Memory Beta: Dahar Master is the title given to Klingons, ...
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Do energy creatures come in various sexes?

Other than the Q (who can change their appearance at will, so it's hardly convincing), it seems that "male" and "female" only appear to be functions of physical beings in the Star ...
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Does Odo really not have a sense of smell?

In a scene in the episode Improbable Cause, Odo is questioning an assassin posing as a perfume seller, and during the questioning asks the assassin to describe the fragrances of some of his wares, ...
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How to reconcile the events of the year 2024?

In Star Trek: Picard second series, Picard and friends travel back in time to 2024, in order to prevent Q from doing something to endanger the existence of the Federation. But in Deep Space Nine ...
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Was the Doctor Bashir on the DS9 station the real Doctor Bashir or his Changeling replacement during the episode "The Begotten"?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1": GARAK: When were you brought here? BASHIR: Over a month ago. I was attending a burn treatment conference on Meezan Four. I went to bed one night and woke ...
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Does Quark know that the "captain" is a member of the Q?

In "Q-Less," Q arrives on Deep Space Nine to try to persuade Vash to continue exploring the universe with him. Early in the episode, Q makes Quark disappear after the latter had the audacity ...
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Do the other changelings need to regenerate?

In the earlier seasons of DS9 it was established that Odo needs to spend at least some time in his liquid form every 16 hours (which he referred to as 'regenerating'). Does this apply to the rest of ...
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Why did Quark have different skin coloration around his eyes?

In Deep Space Nine, Quark seems to be the only Ferengi who has dark skin around his eyes. No members of his family have this feature - and further, as far as I can remember, he is the only Ferengi in ...
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What happened to Laas after he left DS9?

From the final 10-episode arc of Deep Space Nine we learned several things about the Morphogenic virus afflicting all of the Changelings. (major spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the end of DS9) ...
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Were there any hints about this character’s true identity in Deep Space Nine?

The episode In Purgatory's Shadow reveals that: and their appearance in this episode wearing their old uniform suggests that the switch had occurred several episodes ago. Do any of these episodes ...
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Is there a canonical example in the Star Trek TNG/Voyager/DS9 era of a junior officer giving a mistake order that a senior must correct?

I know that there are lot of examples of senior officers doing something and then a junior dramatically shouts "Belay that order!". What I'm talking about is a situation in which a junior ...
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Were any families allowed to stay on board any Starfleet ships during the Dominion War?

Larger ships like the Galaxy class carried many families before the war, but were there any families that remained aboard starships after it began? It seems unlikely because of the possibility for ...
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During the Dominion War, were there any problems with deserters?

The Dominion war was brutal. Single battles like Wolf 359 or Sector 001 were devastating enough--in both cases, 10,000 or more lives were lost. But the Dominion War had several of those battles, some ...
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Androids in the 24th century?

There seems to be a considerable lack of androids in the 24th century aside from Soong-type androids. We do, however see that the area of robotics still is progressing, especially at the Daystrom ...
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Why do the the vorta have telekinetic powers in one episode, and at no other time?

In the DS9 episode "The Jem'Hadar," Eris the Vorta has telekinetic powers. Later, throughout the Dominion War, no other Vorta have telekinetic powers. Do they just never use them, or was Eris the only ...
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Was Subcommander T'Rul initially meant to be a permanent character on Star Trek: DS9?

I remember when the Defiant initially got its cloak, the cloak came with a supervisor, Subcommander T'Rul. She featured prominently in the episode, and I expected to see her in later episodes — as she ...
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How does Quark attract customers to his bar given that the drinks and food can be gotten free from a replicator?

If I can get a good drink free of charge, why should I pay for any drinks? Quark's customers can always get the food and drinks free of charge from the replicator. It is after all a post-scarcity ...
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Why does the Earth have a penal colony in Star Trek?

In certain episodes of Voyager and DS9, we learn about the existence of the New Zealand Penal Settlement on Earth. But at multiple times during DS9, Sisko and others wax on about how Earth is a ...

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