Star Trek: Voyager

Correction: There were rumors about them. That's why her parents set out to try and find them and learn about them.

Greg Dwyer

The El-Aurian refugees rescued in "Generations" were refugees from the Borg assimilating their world. Even for a race of listeners, some of them presumably spoke about what happened in the 80 years before the Enterprise-D encountered the Borg at J-25. It just wasn't given much importance at the time given that it was a very long way from Federation space. The Hansens dig out these old forgotten reports and decided to investigate.

Scorpion (1) - S3-E26

Corrected entry: Both the Borg and Chakotay reference that it would take months for Voyager to cross Borg space. The Borg use trans-warp regularly, which is the method Voyager eventually arrives home at the end of the series. The Borg could have scooped up Voyager and had them not only on the other side of Borg space, but all the way home in less than a day. Janeway really missed an opportunity in her negotiations.

JKMcDostie

Correction: Janeway didn't know that the Borg had transwarp conduits that reached the Alpha Quadrant. Additionally, she would not want to encourage the Borg to send any ships towards Earth, since it would simply motivate them to invade. Janeway compromised - they would cross Borg space safely, and without leading to a Borg invasion of the Federation.

Yes she would have known the Borg had trans warp conduits to the Alpha Quadrant, as the Borg reached the Romulan Neutral Zone in TNG Season 1, the attack at Wolf 359 only a year after official first contact, and the rogue Borg were attacking Federation colonies in 2369, two years before Voyager was lost in the Badlands. Therefore, the Borg has a way to get to the Alpha Quadrant in very little time, which Janeway would know. Why the Borg didn't use the transwarp conduit that opened up right on earth's doorstep ("Endgame") is another question.

The Borg would not need transwarp conduits to reach the Alpha Quadrant, they could travel at regular warp speeds and although it may take them a longer time, they would still get there. It is never stated how long it took the Borg to reach the Neutral Zone or Wolf 359, however Q says that the Borg evolved over thousands of centuries.

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Future's End (1) - S3-E8

Trivia: Rain Robinson has a model of a DY-100 on the window sill in her office. In 1996 (also the year this episode is set), Kahn left Earth in the SS Botany Bay, a DY-100 class starship.

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Question: Is there any technology featured in Star Trek Voyager, or other Star Trek series for that part, that seemed futuristic in the late 20th century, but are now reality?

Answer: If you include the original Star Trek series (1966) then there are several. The communicators used in the original series were before (and said to inspire) mobile phones. We currently do have teleportation technology but it currently only works on things the size of a few molecules. A "Cloaking device" also exists; it's a fabric that bends light through it, though it currently only works in infra-red. The Hypospray is real and was patented in 1960 - six years before the original series aired - it's actually called the Jet Injector. Faster Than Light travel is still a few decades off, but there are several real-world theories that look promising, including one that is remarkably similar to the method used in the Star Trek Universe called the Alcubeierre Drive that involves manipulating spacetime ahead and behind the ship and the ship "riding" it. Medical techniques and technologies have also advanced considerably; prosthetics particularity and we routinely have robots performing surgeries where absolute precision is needed. The "Shield" used in the series have a few primitive versions around. The Phasers used in the series are used but are not very powerful (nor will they ever be as powerful as the Star Trek version the laws of physics gets in the way) but rail-guns (using magnets to spin then propel a projectile) and particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider have been around for a while. The Replicator would require a nuclear fusion reactor and a nuclear fission reactor in something the size of a large oven and the Holo-deck wouldn't work at all based on our current understanding of physics so those are both still science fiction at the moment, but who knows!

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