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First use of the term “turbolift” in Star Trek?

When is the term "Turbolift" first used in Star Trek? (using real-world timing, not in-universe timing) In Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, after Captain Kirk presses the "stop" button for a short ...
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How does the Federation determine how to set their clocks?

I called someone on the other side of the world. Where I was, it was 9:00pm. Where they were, it was 11:00am the next day. This got me thinking about Star Trek. Frequently in Voyager, Tom Paris is ...
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During the Dominion War, why do they keep saying the entire quadrant is at stake?

Why do they always say the entire quadrant is at stake, when obviously the entire Federation combined with the Romulans, the Klingons, the Cardassians, the Breen, and the Ferengi is still a small ...
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Does Romulan culture recognize the Katra?

As an off-shoot of the Vulcan race, I'm assuming that they also have a Katra(?). I'm wondering if the Romulans ever try to hold onto a deceased person's Katra. I know life is cheap to them, but I had ...
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Can Romulans initiate a mind meld?

Given the common ancestry of the Romulans and the Vulcans, and that the Romulans emigrated only about 2,000 years ago (in the TNG era: a drop in the bucket in terms of evolutionary biology), should ...
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Did Picard violate the Temporal Prime Directive in “All Good Things…” [closed]

In "All Good Things…", the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard time travels to a number of eras, including his relative future. When the crisis is resolved, he chooses to share ...
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Was Geordi and Data's “invasive program” to annihilate the Borg ever attempted again?

In the Season 5 episode “I, Borg”, Picard directs his crew to come up with an "invasive program" to implant in their captured Borg drone "Hugh" in the hopes of annihilating the Collective. PICARD: ...
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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 do the floating droplets during the Black Alert in Discovery mean?

In Star Trek Discovery S01:E03 Context is For Kings we see Burnham's introduction to the Discovery. In particular we hear a Black Alert and see floating droplets. My question is: What do the ...
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Can a Federation colony become a member world?

In various incarnations of Star Trek, we observe the Federation founding and maintaining numerous colony worlds. These worlds are typically (though not exclusively) inhabited by humans, have a ...
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Was There Ever an Official or Canon Retcon or Explanation For the Eugenics Wars?

Star Trek is one of the few SF shows to have the distinction of running long enough to make some of their original situations outdated. In the original Star Trek, the Eugenics wars took place between ...
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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

Inspired by Why don't Starfleet ships use cloaking devices? I thought a better question is, why do Klingon ships use cloaking devices? It seems we're always told about Klingon honour and their ...
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Why did Chakotay agree to have the Maquis serve as a Starfleet crew?

At the end of the Star Trek: Voyager pilot "Caretaker", Janeway informs everyone that she and Chakotay (leader of the Maquis crew) have agreed to integrate as a wholly Starfleet crew. Both crews ...
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Why are Vulcan lips Human-reddish instead of green?

We know that Vulcan blood is copper based instead of iron as in Humans, making it appear green instead of red. This is shown when bruised or bleeding as well as in Bones' insults to Spock. The lips ...
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Who is responsible for creating Section 31?

According to CIA history, President Truman was responsible for the creation of the CIA, and according to the NYT, it was because of the unforseen attacks of Pearl Harbor. The Starfleet charter states:...
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Why create or use Section 31 to carry out Article 14, Section 31 of the Starfleet charter when Starfleet intelligence can do it themselves?

According to the Starfleet charter: Article 14, Section 31 of the Charter made allowances for bending Starfleet regulations in times of extraordinary threat. Right below that sentence on the ...
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Was General Chang's ship ever duplicated?

In Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, we learn that General Chang has a unique Bird of Prey with the ability to fire while cloaked, something that up to that point was considered impossible. But ...
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Did Garak know Julian was to join section 31

in the first season of DS9 garak seems to specifically seek out Julian Bashir and then across the duration of the TV show has regular lunch with him and involves him in assorted Obsidian order Hi-...
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How did they make it look like Agent Sloan from Section 31 was disintegrated in front of the Romulan council?

DS9 "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges": NERAL: It is the finding of this Committee that Senator Cretak has conspired to commit treason against the State. Sentence to be determined at a later date. ...
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How did Luther Sloan get to Deep Space Nine so fast?

In DS9: Extreme Measures, Section 31 operative Luther Sloan seems to be able to travel great distances in short periods of time. It appears he can travel at faster than warp speeds. Some ...
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Did Section 31 have any physical locations?

At least, prior to Star Trek: Into Darkness. That makes candidates in DS9, VOY, and ENT. As far as I recall, Sloan had told Bashir that Section 31 had no physical location nor even anything written ...
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Are “Star Trek: Section 31” books canon?

The recently released S02E03 of Star Trek: Discovery showed operations of Section 31, a secret defence organization of Starfleet. Section 31 was also mentioned in Star Trek Into Darkness movie. Some ...
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Why is Section 31 a big deal to USS Discovery?

In the end of S02E12 of Star Trek: Discovery, I can understand that Section 31 possesses advanced technologies and USS Discovery can't stand a chance in a direct battle. But, USS Discovery has one ...
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Did Section 31 appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

Can anyone confirm whether Section 31 ever appeared in a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode?
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Is Section 31 unofficially sanctioned to any extent?

From all the episodes on TNG and DS9 I always get the impression of Section 31 and its operatives as being part of a secret underground organization that is not part of or sanctioned by the official ...
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How is Section 31 funded?

How is Section 31 funded? In Star Trek, money doesn't really exist, although there seems to be a finite limit to star ship production.
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Why does Worf receive only a reprimand for killing Duras in the episode, “Reunion?”

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Reunion (#81), Worf kills Duras in retribution for killing his mate. Far from a clandestine operation, his behavior is discussed with Picard who informs ...
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Who are the genetically enhanced friends Sloan is referring to?

In the episode Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges, Sloan says the following: BASHIR: I'm incapable of making a diagnosis by simply looking at a man. SLOAN: Your genetically enhanced friends ...
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What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?

Was there any explanation of the origin of the Borg from Star Trek? I've seen most of the TV shows but not read any books - is it explained there?
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If Vulcans are telepathic, why don't they use it more for communication?

Vulcans are said to be natural telepaths. But they continue to communicate with each other through speech, even when telepathy would give them a tactical advantage in many situations. It is also said ...
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What benefits did Vulcans get from Humans in the beginning?

Vulcans have been assisting humans since before the formation of United Federation of Planets. Between first contact and mankind's first deep space mission, they provided mankind with substantial ...
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Did force ever need to be used to form the Federation?

Has force ever used to make a planet join/stay within the Federation? I know the Federation did not overtly go out invading or overthrowing governments, but, especially in the early days did it help ...
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Was there any mention of Starfleet grooming standards?

My wife recently accused me of trying to grow a "Riker" beard. I found myself arguing that my beard is longer than anything Riker or Worf ever had on the show, and that got me thinking as to what ...
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How is the FTL drive supposed to work in Star Trek?

I couldn't figure this one out. Has anyone? I know it's about anti-matter and some kind of reactor, but what is it supposed to be doing?
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Did Starfleet personnel have to learn Cardassian to use the computers on Deep Space Nine?

Recently a friend pointed out the Cardassian styling of the consoles in the Ops Center (and other consoles) on Deep Space 9. I've seen no evidence that the consoles have been switched out with LCARS-...
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Does Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country imply Klingon cloning?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country at about the 21-minute mark, two Starfleet Security officers are guarding the transporter room door when the Klingons transport over to talk with Spock and ...
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Did the Borg follow a Borgesian philosophy?

(By Borgesian, I mean the philosophy of Jorge Luis Borges.) Context: I've been working on a book for quite a while. One of its main themes is the odd connections between random parts of history. ...
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Will the Star Trek “Rise of the Federation” series continue?

As of June 2019, the Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation series includes 5 books, the latest named Patterns of Interference. Has the author or publisher given any indications of another ...
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During Star Trek TOS - were there only 12 Constitution-class starships in all of Starfleet?

I'm trying to get a feel for the size of the Federation during the time of The Original Series. The following commentator writes that during the time of TOS there were only 12 Constitution class ...
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What are the exact differences between the refit USS Enterprise and the USS Enterprise-A?

I am wondering what the exact differences are between the refit USS Enterprise (first three Star Trek films) and the USS Enterprise-A (subsequent three films)? In particular, which ship, if any, is ...
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How does Julian Bashir measure up to Khan Singh?

In season 5, episode 16 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “Doctor Bashir, I Presume?” it is revealed that Bashir has a deep dark secret, a secret that could land his entire family in prison. His family's ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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Why doesn't Enterprise go to the seventh signal? (major spoilers)

At the end of the last episode of season 2, the seventh signal shows up. As I understand it, this signal is created by Therefore, I would expect the crew of the Enterprise to be way more excited ...
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Is there a canon reason why Klingon and Romulan vessels are so similar in shape?

Not counting shuttles, transport vessels or bases, Klingon and Romulan ships have a very similar basis in their shapes. They also share the same colors. Is there any canon reason as to why so many ...
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Could the Q destroy the universe?

If a Q or the entire Q Continuum, decided to destroy the Universe, would they be able to?
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Are there any Federation citizens who own/operate cloaked ships?

Starfleet is forbidden from having cloaked ships but are civilians forbidden from having one? It seems that a cloaked ship would be a great asset for say a smuggler. The tech seems to be widely ...
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What is the Klingon Bloodwine made of?

Do we know what the Klingon Bloodwine is actually made of? Is it actually as the name suggests? or is it just referring to the colour of it?
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Why does Commander Riker assume that the simulation isn't real?

In "True Q," Commander Riker is whisked away to a planet of some kind, created (presumably) by the Q, Amanda Rogers. Amanda wishes to be romantic, but Riker rejects her, saying that "none of this is ...
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Star Trek and Andromeda: are they contiguous?

Gene Roddenberry created both Star Trek and Andromeda (or the idea for Andromeda, anyways). Being that Andromeda is set thousands of years in the future, while Star Trek is hundreds of years, is ...
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What was time traveller's source of knowledge in ST:TNG “A Matter of Time” episode?

In the beginning "A Matter of Time" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a person appears on board of Enterprise and claims that he is a time traveller coming from XXVI century. By the end of ...