A Call to Darkness

Captain Picard is trapped on a brutal world—where war is the only entertainment!

TNG #009 Cover

  • Stardate 42906.6
  • Released November 1989

The Enterprise discovers a lifeless Federation research vessel, orbiting a planet hidden behind a mysterious energy shield. Over the strong objections of his senior officers, Captain Picard and an away team beam over in search of the missing crew—

And vanish.

But soon his captain’s disappearance is not the only problem facing Commander Riker. For a mysterious disease has begun, ravaging the Enterprise crew. Now Riker must unravel the secrets of the planet below in order to rescue Picard—and prevent the starship’s destruction…

Written by: Michael Jan Friedman


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“There’s something wrong, doctor.”

Pulaski turned to see Badnajian’s bulk fill the doorway.

“No one’s answering my security checks,” he finished.

“I know,” she told him. “I had some trouble, too. But I’ve managed to contact the ship. Now…”

She was completely unprepared for what happened next. First, a web of slender green filaments came out of nowhere. Then it closed down around Badnajian. Finally, man and web just vanished.

All in the space of a heartbeat, maybe less.

Pulaski felt light-headed. She clutched at a bulkhead for support.

“Doctor Pulaski?” It was Riker’s voice, coming over the communicator, strident with alarm. “Doctor, what’s going on over there?”

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