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->''"Know you that [[TitleDrop I, Q]], am the [[TricksterGod trickster]]. I, Q, am the lord of chaos. I, Q, [[DefiantToTheEnd defy you to the last]], and if you think you can stop me by [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ending the universe]], then I'm here to tell you that [[BadassBoast you're going to have to do better than that]]!"''
--> -- '''Q'''

''I, Q'' is a [[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse standalone]] Franchise/StarTrek [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse novel]] set mainly in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]] era. Published in 1999, ''I, Q'' was co-authored by Star Trek writer Creator/PeterDavid and Q's actor Creator/JohnDeLancie.

The main story is narrated by Q, the character that John de Lancie played in various Star Trek episodes. Q's story begins with him and his family enjoying some [[VillainsOutShopping deep sea fishing]] at the bottom of a mighty ocean. (The Q family is [[PhysicalGod omnipotent]], the crushing depths of a mere ocean is nothing to them.) Suddenly a giant fissure opens up on the ocean floor, and a massive whirlpool above it begins to pull everything in the ocean down into the newly formed canyon, including Q's wife and son. Strangely enough, the whirlpool disaster wasn't exclusive to just the one ocean. Every body of water in the galaxy was completely drained into the single canyon, even virtual bodies of water like the holodeck environment Picard and Data were [[HeroesGoneFishing fishing]] in. Fortunately, Q was able to save himself, Picard, and Data; unfortunately, Q was unable to save his family, and is now mad as a hornet about their disappearance.

Q, Picard, and Data [[TeethClenchedTeamwork grudgingly]] decide to team up to find out what caused the metaphysical whirlpool, albeit for different reasons. Picard and Data fear the possibility that the universe is ending, Q only cares about finding his wife and son. Either way, the three have to work together to figure out what kind of force is behind it all.

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!!The novel contains examples of:

* ABoyAndHisX: Q snarkily refers to Picard and Data as "A boy and his computer".
* AboveGoodAndEvil: Right? Wrong? Trivial notions.
* AnvilOnHead: Happens to someone about to attack Q, courtesy of M.
* BadassBoast: Q's declaration that they'll have to do better than ending the universe to stop him.
* BoldInflation: Data vs. M: Not just '''Bold''' inflation, but '''[+Font+]''' inflation as well; to illustrate the rage in each participant's voice, several pages are written in fonts at least five times bigger than normal.
* BroughtDownToNormal: What the crevasse does to Q's powers. The longer you stay in one place, the more powerful you become...but Q isn't staying in one place for very long due to his wanting to find his wife and son.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Melony.]]
* DeusExMachina:
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the anger level when Q finds himself trying to survive on a raging battlefield and is surprised that he's lasted this long. The next time a rabid fighter charges him he just stands there until he's about to be torn apart when...an anvil falls on his attacker. Q is quite disappointed with this largely because the Deus in question turns out to be M.
** Q himself has played this more than a few times as well.
* DisappearedDad / MissingMom: Q comments that the reason he finds raising q appealing is because he has no memory of any parents himself.
* DivineConflict: The novel gives us the Q Continuum's counterpart the M (both sides being SufficientlyAdvancedAliens that screw with the universe for their own amusement, or so it would appear). Neither side has any particular reason for being at war with the other (the initial reason was, quote, "Because there's something about you that really pisses us off"), but apparently one of the M invoking YourMom was reason enough, even though nobody could figure out exactly whose mother had been insulted and nobody in the Q Continuum had a mother in the first place. And really, that's as much sense as the whole thing ever makes.
* DrosteImage: Data stops in the HallOfMirrors to observe one of these. Q can't resist asking him how many reflections he sees. Data gives a number in the trillions, only to be cut off with a patented "[[PhraseCatcher Thank you, Mr. Data]]".
* FiveStagesOfGrief: It turns out the ''entire universe'' is going through this, [[spoiler:as a ploy by the Continuum to make Q accept the end of the universe. It doesn't work.]]
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: As always with the Q Continuum...but it goes even further, as Picard's own mind adjusts the Continuum into a Dixon Hill novel...while Data's lack of ability to filter the Continuum makes him overload from the sensory perception and shut down.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Q's anecdote about The Funniest Joke in the Universe.
* HallOfMirrors: The trio go through one in "God's" tent. Includes the DrosteImage above.
* HappilyMarried: Q and Lady Q.
* IHaveManyNames: Q. Given the number of worlds where he's considered some sort of TricksterGod, that's no surprise.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Melony's eyes are described as being brilliant cobalt blue, crossing with HeavenlyBlue.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Q makes no attempt to deny it, downplay it, and happily illustrates it.
-->Me...Myself, and I. Three of the best pronouns in the language.
* LargeHam: Data, of all people, when he and M start trying to outshout each other. See BoldInflation.
* LiteralGenie: How Q tricks the Nagus into losing the wager.
* MessageInABottle: Q sums up his experience and puts it in a bottle, [[spoiler: the one Melony found in the beginning.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Picard programs his fishing expedition for Big Arnold to be random, rather than programming the fish to come to him, because where's the sport in that? Q decides to actually catch the fish on Dante IX rather than will it onto his plate, because where's the sport in that?
* NothingLeftToDoButDie: God. And she wants to [[OmnicidalManiac take the rest of creation with her]].
* PapaWolf: Q's family is in trouble. ''Fuck'' the end of the Universe.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Q gets an awesome rant at the climax. It's so epic that [[spoiler: God herself is impressed enough to forestall the end of everything and hit the ResetButton]].
* ShoutOut: They take advantage of the fact that Wallace Shawn played Grand Nagus Zek to deliver a nice one to ''ThePrincessBride''.
* SillyReasonForWar: The Q and the M. [[LampshadeHanging They have trouble finding a reason pointless enough to start one]].
* TakenForGranite: The Q's first try to stop Q has them turning him into a statue. He's able to talk Bernsen!Q into releasing him.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Picard tries to talk AU!Locutus to death...on top of a train that's going to be incinerated while everyone aboard is in denial about it. It fails.
* {{Technobabble}}: When Q visits Q Continuum, which is in a state of utter chaos, he describes it in technobabble, then after his lengthy, jargon-ny description of what the heck's going on, he proceeds to [[LampshadeHanging hang the lampshade]]:
-->'''Q''': This must sound like a lot of technobabble to you. In layman's terms: ''The shit had hit the fan''.
* YourMother: How the war between the Q and the M got started. More hilarious: none of the Q actually ''had'' a mother to insult.
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