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What did the probe and the whales say to each other?

The film's official novelisation contains a version of events that includes a translation of the probe's conversation with the whales. Apologies for the length of the quote: [Probe] Why did you ...
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How do USS Enterprise Crew members receive emails or other forms of personal messages?

Given that the location of the USS Enterprise seems to be at least slightly classified (and when they're on fleet maneuvers, very classified), you'd probably need to send your letter in electronic ...
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What was the probe in Star Trek 4?

It appears that there was a sequel novel Probe that gives some more background about the "Whale Probe". Kirk and his crew later discover that the Probe was created by beings that resembled ...
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Is Geordi La Forge having an affair?

Let's start with the most important tidbit of information: Star Trek: TNG novels are not canon. The stories you read in the novels are not considered "this is how things are in the Star Trek ...
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Is there any Star Trek material set after Nemesis?

The new 2020 series Star Trek: Picard starts after Picard's retirement as an admiral, and Data's death (in Nemesis) as a past fact is mentioned.
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Is there any explanation in Star Trek for why voice commands and speech aren't confused by the computer?

But they are confused sometimes! There are several instances when the computer mistakes a comment not directed at the computer as a command. There seems to be a heuristic identifying commands but it's ...
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What happens to Thomas Riker?

TV Canon Canonically, the events of DS9: Defiant were the last we know of Tom's life. As you've already mentioned, we see him being shipped off to Lazon Two then he's never mentioned again. EU Canon ...
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What was the probe in Star Trek 4?

Once the whales are brought back from the past, they are able to communicate with the probe and send it on its way. Creating this sequence created some behind-the-scene's controversy. Nimoy explains: ...
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What happened to Commander Shelby after TNG episode Best of Both Worlds part II?

Peter David gave the character a major role in his New Frontier novels. She serves as Excalibur's First Officer and it is revealed that she had a romantic relationship with the ship's captain back at ...
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Which Star Trek novel featured disgusting bag-like aliens?

The Three-Minute Universe - Book 41 of the series, which I originally found by my search taking me here. The Sackers may be the most hated race in the galaxy, so repugnant that their mere ...
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Has any Star Trek material had a serious in-universe discussion about the philosophy of transporter technology?

It's brought up in the novel Federation, when The man is initially confused how he got onboard the Enterprise, and is frustrated by the crewman who just keeps telling him he was 'transported'. He ...
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What did the probe and the whales say to each other?

For completeness, I do have a copy of the novel Probe mentioned by N_Soong in a comment. What it has to say is fairly little, but consistent with the STIV novelization. From the prologue: In the ...
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Has any Star Trek material had a serious in-universe discussion about the philosophy of transporter technology?

The Voyager episode Tuvix deals with a transporter accident which combines the most annoying parts of Neelix and Tuvok into a single person called Tuvix. It deals with the ethical ramifications of ...
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Which actors from the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage" appeared in later Star Trek media?

Excluding 'The Menagerie: Parts I & II' (which includes archival footage of 'The Cage') a number of actors appeared in both the pilot episode and other episodes of Star Trek. Leonard Nimoy ...
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Any canonical information on what happened to the Borg after "Endgame" episode?

Canonically speaking, the chronology of the "prime" timeline of the Star Trek universe ends either with Star Trek: Nemesis, or perhaps with the destruction of Romulus by the Hobus Supernova in Star ...
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What became of the probe in "Schisms"?

The Solanogen-based entities don't appear in any future TNG episodes, nor in any of the novels but they do feature as the main antagonists in the DC Comics "Gateway" and "The Unconquered". Gateway ...
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Has any Star Trek material had a serious in-universe discussion about the philosophy of transporter technology?

The philosophy of transportation is discussed at length in the very early (maybe the first?) tie-in novel Spock Must Die by James Blish. The plot revolves around an evil duplicate of Spock created by ...
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What happened to Captain Kirk's body?

From Memory Beta, we find there are multiple timelines where different things happen: According to the original Generations timeline, it seems there is no future reference to what happened to Kirk: ...
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In TNG novels, how did this key character leapfrog another for promotion?

From Memory Alpha Riker is promoted to Admiral in the Star Trek: The Fall miniseries, as Fleet Admiral Leonard James Akaar suspected a conspiracy in the upper echelons of Starfleet Command and ...
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Is there any example of a vessel colliding with a cloaked object?

In Star Trek IV, a whaling ship in 1984 attempts to fire a harpoon and, to the shock of its crew, their harpoon bounces off of a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey (skip to 2:15) captained by James T. Kirk, ...
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Are Gorn and Tamarian related?

Technically, probably yes. (But we don't know for sure) According to a TNG episode "The Chase" (season 6, episode 20), a lone ancient race of beings scouted our galaxy before there was any humanoid ...
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How do the Xindi fit in with the humanoid origin theory presented in “The Chase”?

The "seed code" seems to push individual species toward a humanoid shape and size. This doesn't, however, preclude other forms being chosen by evolutionary pressure and natural selection. On Earth, ...
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What did Janeway do with the 29th century tricorder she took?

TV Canon We don't know. On the one hand, Janeway is almost pathetically eager to follow the Temporal Prime Directive and return to the Delta Quadrant with Braxton (instead of just performing a few ...
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Is there a canon explanation for the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise name?

The Memory-Alpha article on OV-101 (Enterprise) says this in the Apocrypha section: The novel A Flag Full of Stars states that she instead was named for the World War Two aircraft carrier because ...
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Have the Douwd made any other appearances in Star Trek canon other than "The Survivors"?

The Douwd have been mentioned (in passing) in four officially licensed Star Trek books but have never appeared as a character, other than in the original TNG episode, Survivors. Q-Strike Even the ...
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Has there ever been an instance where the Borg assimilated a powerful species such as the Crystalline Entity?

Unlikely in the short-term. Every time we've seen assimilation occur, it seems to require a being's bloodstream to disseminate the nanobots involved in the assimilation process. It seems unlikely ...
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Were the HMS Bounty footprints inspired by crop circles?

There are no references to the footprints (as far as I'm aware) in any other EU properties, but the scorched earth circle is mentioned in the official novelisation. The two council workers; Javy and ...
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Star Trek: TNG novel identification assistance - plot uses Darmok-like communication

The name of the story you are referring to is "The Last Stand" book #37 in the Next Generation Series. Worf feels they are being spied upon and Picard makes the suggestion to talk in "code" based on ...
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Are Gorn and Tamarian related?

Almost definitely not The Gorn are lizard people (with insect eyes?). The Tamarians are not lizard people. They might be related to bats though, judging by their noses at least.
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In the Star Trek novel "I.Q", was there a subtle reference to the Star Wars universe?

According to Peter David this is entirely coincidental. To quote him We turned in the MS [manuscript] like a year before "Phantom Menace," so no. Just coincidence.
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