I don't think it's the book that inspired them to work hard on such a huge technological leap. It's the discovery of another planet in their system that could be inhabited. The book, just as the fast development of technology, was the result of the discovery.
In a Cardassian library
or in a Cardassian gallery
"Reagan, it appears, is really only an ardent unionist if the unions in question are in Poland" - Stephen King, Skeleton Crew