''I, Q'' is a [[StarTrekExpandedUniverse standalone]] Franchise/StarTrek [[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 Star Trek actor John de Lancie.
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.
!!The novel contains examples of:
* 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: Melony.
* 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.
* HallOfMirrors: The trio go through one in "God's" tent. Includes the DrosteImage above.
* LiteralGenie: How Q tricks the Nagus into losing the wager.
* 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''.
* 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.
* YourMother: How the war between the Q and the M got started. More hilarious: none of the Q actually ''had'' a mother to insult.