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: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Itâs a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more thrilled to be assigned to the shipâs xenobiology laboratory, with the chance to serve on âAway Missionsâ alongside the starshipâs famous senior officers. Life couldnât be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the shipâs captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranked crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleaguesâ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is . . . and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.