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ST: Next Generation

Jean-Luc Picard

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Accidental by Shalott

"Don't you realize that I'm completely beyond your comprehension?" The adaptable Shalott captures Q's voice beautifully in this snippet

[Added 29/07/2004; Romance/Erotica; <1000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Q, Jean-Luc Picard]

And Justice For Q by John Berger

'"Q, you are charged with precipitating an invasion of the Federation by putting the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1707-D, into contact with the Borg before such contact would have occurred through natural means."' A particularly thoughtful take on this oft-written idea. Q's choice of defence council is inspired (TNG/TOS)

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Q, Jean-Luc Picard, James T. Kirk (TOS); Crossover]

From Me to Q by Julia Houston

Interesting alien species, plausible crew characterisations, plus a plot, to boot! An oldie but a goodie

[Added 21/01/2005; Drama; 20,000-50,000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Q, Jean-Luc Picard, Data, Will Riker, Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher, Geordi La Forge, OCs]

The Institute by Ventura33

'The groundskeeper, looking up from her petunias, almost smiled, but not quite. That was one of the last human attributes to return...' A quiet vignette which uses believable details to make one imagine the unimaginable. Sequel to The Relevance of Hope & Imperfection, but I think it stands well alone

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Jean-Luc Picard, OC]

Lydia, still by Tree

'I do not wish to ever repeat that first night on my own when it was so horrid dark and cold. I thought I should die from it! Papa always said that Lizzy was the only clever one of us but I am certain that I am just as clever as she and maybe even more too.' It's hard to recommend this oddest of crossovers without spoiling it. Strangely moving (P&P/ST:TNG)

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Lydia Bennet (P&P), Data, Jean-Luc Picard, Spot, Reg Barclay; Crossover]

The Speed of Sound by Kyra Cullinan

' had seemed so unfathomable that everything which passed between them was filtered through electrons and biogel packs, carefully selecting the best way to translate idioms, convey emotion.' A delicate study of character & relationship via language

[Added 14/07/2009; Romance/Erotica; <1000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Beverly Crusher, Jean-Luc Picard]