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A series of nine novels in the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse''. ''A Time To...'' is a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' miniseries covering the events of the year leading up to ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. The series consists of four duologies (each telling a mostly standalone tale, yet also contributing to an overall arc) and a final novel tying it all together. The series continues the story of the ''Enterprise'' crew and the changes that took place prior to Film/StarTrekNemesis, e.g. Riker and Troi becoming engaged. Besides leading into "Nemesis", the series also sets the stage for the continuing stories set after the film, such as ''StarTrekArticlesOfTheFederation'', the ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' series, the Literature/StarTrekTheNextGenerationRelaunch, and others.

[[ThemeNaming Each book is titled]] after a line in [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Ecclesiastes]], popularly known through the Byrds' song ''Turn! Turn! Turn!''.

* ''A Time to Be Born''
* ''A Time to Die''
* ''A Time to Sow''
* ''A Time to Harvest''
* ''A Time to Love''
* ''A Time to Hate''
* ''A Time to Kill''
* ''A Time to Heal''
* ''A Time for War''/''A Time for Peace''

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AFatherToHisMen: At one point, Captain Picard explicitly compares his feelings for Riker as that of a father to a son.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Klingon Councillor Kopek decorates his office with items of art from across explored space. Among the paintings, artefacts and sculptures are those created by humans, Vulcans, and Betazoids. This despite the fact that Kopek despises those races. To be honest, he probably justifies them as "trophies".
* {{Ambadassador}}: Gorn Ambassador Zogozin gives off these sort of vibes, as does Klingon Ambassador K'mtok. The latter because he is, like all Klingon nobles, a warrior; the former because Gorn in general can be quite intimidating, particularly when showing their fangs. Although, it's possible Zogozin's just smiling.
* ApocalypticLog: The destruction of Dokaal and the Dokaalan people's struggle to survive in their asteroid colonies is presented through the journal of their later prime minister.
* AssInAmbassador: Recurring AssInAmbassador character K'mtok makes his first appearance in book 8. A particularly hawkish Klingon ambassador, he was appointed as a replacement to the more reasonable Ambassador Lantar. When Federation President Zife went over Lantar's head to talk directly with Chancellor Martok, Martok's political rivals on the Klingon High Council used the opportunity to force their man into the ambassadorship, claiming Lantar had been proven ineffective.
* AsteroidMiners: This is how the modern Dokaalan live, following their planet's EarthShatteringKaboom.
* BalkanizeMe: The Federation fears splitting in two as the complications of the post-Dominion War rebuilding begin leading to member worlds dropping out. There is also an economic division between those worlds damaged by the fighting and those left intact.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Alexander]], as of the final book. Thank god for Giancarlo Wu.
* BreatherEpisode: ''A Time for War/A Time for Peace'' functions largely as this, coming between the DarkerAndEdgier duology of ''A Time to Kill'' + ''A Time to Heal'', and Film/StarTrekNemesis.
* BusCrash: After being surprisingly absent from ''StarTrekTheBattleOfBetazed'', Mr. Homn (the usually ever-present valet of Lwaxana Troi) is confirmed in ''A Time to Kill'' as having died. He was killed in the Dominion invasion of planet Betazed, during the Dominion War.
* CallBack: Sunrise on Qo'noS. In multiple books of the series, Worf's admiring it feeds into his character arc. The progression from reasonable satisfaction in his diplomatic role to frustration and a desire to return to Starfleet is demonstrated in part through a string of similiar watching-the-sunrise scenes (albeit brief ones).
* ContinuityNod: Many. As an example, President Zife ends up getting a list of crises which occurred on his watch recited to him. These are, of course, all references to other novels. There was the [[StarTrekTheGenesisWave Genesis Wave]], the [[StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch Holostrike]], the [[Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch Trill debacle]], the [[StarTrekNewFrontier Selelvians]]...
** ''A Time to Love'' and ''A Time to Hate'' reference the plots of several novels that filled in the backstories of Will Riker and his father Kyle, including [[StarTrekTheLostEra ''Deny Thy Father'']] and ''Imzadi''.
* CorruptPolitician: Kopek. Also Nelino Quafina.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Ihazs.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''A Time to Kill'' and ''A Time to Heal'' are pretty dark for Franchise/StarTrek.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nanietta Bacco, particularly when she hasn't yet had her coffee.
** Zhres.
* DenOfIniquity: The pirates at Rashanar have one inside a derelict spaceship.
* DerelictGraveyard: Rashanar, a battlesite now littered with the wrecks of starships, revolving around a gravity well created by the combined artificial gravity generators of the vessels. The first two books are set here, as the characters confront the inevitable mysterious goings-on.
* DistressCall: The Dokaalan send one via long-range probes after discovering that their planet is about to explode. It takes centuries for someone to respond, by which point the surviving Dokaalan are living as AsteroidMiners.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ''A Time to Kill'' and ''A Time to Heal'' are essentially the Iraq War...InSpace!. To be fair, it's not exactly disguised; the analogy is quite up-front.
* DrunkWithPower: Kinchawn, Tezwa's insane Prime Minister. What makes it worse is his apparent self-image as a WellIntentionedExtremist. He sees his own children's death as merely a means to acquire more sympathy and thus more support and power, and seems to truly believe this is somehow reasonable. Eventually, his successor Bilok succumbs to a bit of this too. Arguably, Koll Azernal is also DrunkWithPower in his own way.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: By the end of the series, Picard and his crew are angered that they are still being sidelined and effectively “punished” over the events of the first two books, despite having spent the preceding months preventing wars and planetary disasters, as well as solving a centuries-old mystery.
* DumbMuscle: Gorul the Chalnoth and Zhod the Gorn, aboard the Orion Syndicate vessel ''Caedera''. Also, Ihazs' two Balduk bodyguards.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Dokaal.
* ElvesVsDwarves: The ongoing feud between Dorset and Bader can be viewed as this, more or less. Dorset are tall, elegant, slender and artistic, whereas Bader are short, stocky and suited to more physical work.
* FantasticRacism: The ethnic divisions on Tezwa.
* FishPeople: Nelino Quafina is an Antedean, who resemble humanoid fish.
* GovernmentConspiracy: The Zife Administration's actions on Tezwa, and their attempts to cover it up afterwards. Essentially, President Zife violated the Khitomer Accords with the Klingon Empire by illegally arming Tezwa, a neutral border world, as part of a contingency plan during the war against the Dominion. Later, the Tezwans use these weapons to attack the Klingons. Zife and his Chief of Staff, Koll Azernal, then order the planet occupied by Starfleet troops, ostensibly to help it rebuild from the Klingon counterstrike, but really to dismantle any evidence of Federation involvement. They also seek to frame another government for arming the Tezwans. Fake evidence is smuggled through the Defense Secretary via criminal organization the Orion Syndicate. Koll Azernal is also involved in multiple other conspiracies including [[spoiler: attempting to transform the inhabitants of Delta Sigma IV into a society of chemically-controlled soldiers should a second Dominion War- or equivalent conflict- flare up]].
** It at first looks like the Dokaalan are facing one of these; turns out it's merely alien invasion.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: [[spoiler: The only way to save Delta Sigma IV in the short term is to re-drug the inhabitants into passivity]]. See: HatePlague.
* GrapplingHookPistol: In ''A Time to Kill'', Starfleet officers use them to scale part of Mount Ranakar on the planet Tezwa.
* GunboatDiplomacy: The Klingons make a typically Klingon diplomatic protest- which is of course pretty much a declaration of war. Klingon diplomacy causes many headaches.
* HatePlague: This sort of happens on Delta Sigma IV, in ''A Time to Love'' and ''A Time to Hate'', only with a twist. [[spoiler: The plague isn't really causing the hate and violence- in fact, it's ''curing'' the populace of a mind-altering drug that kept them peaceful. Suddenly confronting emotions such as hate and rage for the first time, the Delta Sigma inhabitants can't cope, and old racial tensions erupt into violence. Riots soon spread across the planet]].
* HilariousInHindsight: A Klingon Fleet Captain named Krogan; "krogan" would later be the ProudWarriorRace of another popular sci-fi universe, MassEffect.
* HurricaneOfAphorisms: Emperor Kahless in the final book. Martok calls it "tiresome".
* HypercompetentSidekick: Giancarlo Wu to Ambassador Worf, and especially [[spoiler: Alexander, who replaces Worf]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Kant Jorel's specialty.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kant Jorel, more or less.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Kyle Riker, and President Zife and Koll Azernal.]]
* LikeASonToMe: Again, Picard thinks this in regards to Riker.
* LoudOfWar: During General Minza's interrogation.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Koll Azernal is really running the United Federation of Planets; Zife is almost a figurehead at times. See: GovernmentConspiracy.
* MissingFloor: The sub-subbasement in the Federation Embassy on Qo'noS. Section 31 maintained a listening post down there. Ambassador Worf isn't supposed to know about it, but old family friend Lorgh, of Imperial Intelligence, had discovered its existence, and he gave the information to Worf in book 7. In book 9, Worf puts the MissingFloor to good use when attempting to retake the embassy from a terrorist organization.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In the last book. Wesley himself arrives for Troi and Riker's wedding. Being a Traveller now, he simply teleports himself to the reception. He thought they were having a Betazoid wedding, though, so he shows up in appropriate Betazoid wedding dress; in other words, wearing nothing. Picard is quite pained. Luckily, they find Wesley a uniform before there's any real embarrassment.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Rov, the leader of the Klingon terrorists in the final book. Worf even seems to lampshade the trope, noting that the lack of a body was "predictable".
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Admiral Nakamura, throughout the series. Plus Dr.Russel and Sabin Genestra, who are appointed by him in the final book. Captain Go skirts around the edge of this (and Nakamura was clearly intending her to be just as much an obstacle for Picard as Russel and Genestra), but she turns out alright.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Councillor Ra'ch B'ullhy. As usual, Admiral Nechayev veers between being this and being another obstacle for Picard. The Dokaalan Prime Minister is also a perfect example.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Erokene Yaelon, a Tezwan military leader, and a supporter of power-mad prime minister Kinchawn - at least at first. After Kinchawn's DrunkWithPower outrages lead to a brutal Klingon counterstrike that kills Yaelon's family (among many others), he loses faith in his leader. Eventually, he earns a degree of redemption for his earlier support by helping Commander Riker escape captivity, at the cost of his own life.
* SalvagePirates: In the first duology, when Orion pirates board Picard and Vale's ship at Rashanar.
* ShoutOut: Kant Jorel, press liaison (from the names of Superman's journalist alter ego and father, of course).
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: In one scene in the final book, two alien characters relate to human metaphors in the same way humans would relate to theirs. When confronted with the phrase "a lame duck", Ra'ch B'ullhy (a Damiani) has to ask how a lame waterfowl fits the situation. Worf points out "it ''is'' a human metaphor; they are often abtruse".
* SlasherSmile: Gorn Ambassador Zogozin.
* SmugSnake: Klingon Councillor Kopek. A ''very'' smug snake.
* SourSupporter: Several of Rov's followers in the ''Klahb'' terrorist group. After the revelation that he didn't fight in the Dominion War, though, they mostly drop the "supporter" part altogether.
* SpacePirates: In the first duology. Lots of them.
* StarfishAliens: The Antimatter Collector shapeshifting lifeform in the first duology, which is from another universe. Also the Ontailians, a race of furry sloth/boa/octopus people who drape from trees.
* StuffedInAFridge: Colleen Cabot.
* TheSyndicate: The Orion Syndicate in ''A Time to Kill'' and ''A Time to Heal''.
* {{Terraform}}: The planet Ijuuka in books 3-4 is being terraformed by the Dokaalan, though [[spoiler: the Satarrans interfere with the project, sabotaging the equipment to ensure the world is recreated suitable for them instead]]. This duology also features a ContinuityNod to the ''StarTrekTheGenesisWave'' series, the events of which are on several character's minds as they contemplate the dangers of terraforming.
* ToThePain: Worf, more or less, to Kl'rt son of Krul (a Klingon terrorist), during the events of the final book.
* UnderwaterBase: One of the firebases on Tezwa.
* WarriorPoet: Kahless.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: Tezwa's illegally-acquired W.M.Ds drive the plot of the seventh and eighth books.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The Klingon Empire is a really, ''really'' difficult ally at times.
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