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Some extremely old wormholes in an advanced state of decay collapse in on themselves, leaving only a tiny corridor between different parts of the galaxy.

Most wormholes are unstable, and fluctuate wildly between many points in normal space; however, there are some rare examples of stable wormholes.

In 2371, on stardate 48579.4, the crew of the USS Voyager NCC-74656 discovered a stable wormhole. Because Voyager was lost in the Delta Quadrant, the wormhole offered the possibility of a much faster way back to the Alpha Quadrant. But this spatial singularity exhibited some properties not commonly associated with wormholes.

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The wormhole appeared to be extremely ancient and in an advanced state of decay; it had most likely been collapsing in on itself for several centuries. It would best be described as a micro-wormhole, since it had mostly dissipated, leaving an extremely narrow passageway through subspace. In fact, the aperture of the wormhole was only about 30 centimeters in diameter, far too small for a vessel to traverse. The micro-


Although Voyager was unable to pass through the wormhole, Ensign Harry Kim managed to use the trapped microprobe as an amplifying relay station to send a signal.



The first transport involved a test cylinder, which had a varietal molecular matrix that simulated most organic and non-

Unfortunately for the crew of Voyager, it was discovered that the strange phase variance discovered earlier was a by-product of the fact that this micro-wormhole not only traversed space but time as well. The crew determined that the Alpha Quadrant terminus of the micro-wormhole was located 20 years in the past.


In 2376, Starfleet engineer Reginald Barclay, working on the Pathfinder project, managed to create a micro-wormhole by directing a 60-terawatt tachyon beam from the Mutara Inter-dimensional Deep Space Transponder Array (MIDAS) at a Class-B itinerant pulsar. The beam eventually produced a gravimetric surge that was powerful enough to generate a tiny wormhole.

Barclay was able to move the micro--wormhole and managed to briefly establish communication with Voyager, thousands of light years away from Earth.

This article comes from Star Trek Magazine, v. 1, i. 12.