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DescriptionEdit

Before he became the captain of the USS Enterprise
James T. Kirk was a "by-the-book" Starfleet Academy cadet. Until he had to throw the book away!
It was a simple shuttle trip—just a quick hop to a nearby planet where renowned computer genius Richard Daystrom will give a lecture. But then a tractor beam forces the shuttle to land at a remote Federation outpost. Medical Intern McCoy, Ensign Spock and Cadet Kirk have been kidnapped by space pirates! They're outnumbered and outgunned. McCoy and Spock simply want to escape and alert the authorities. But Professor Daystrom is the real target, and his shuttle will be entering this region of space soon. For Daystrom's sake, the fiery young Kirk is determined to destroy the pirates' outpost—even if he has to do it alone.

SummaryEdit

Cadet Kirk has been assigned the prestigious job of transporting Richard Daystrom to a seminar at Colony Cambria, as a reward for good grades, but at the last minute his orders change and instead he is assigned to transport two ensigns, Spock and Leonard McCoy. On a fly past of the automated Atlantis Outpost, they are captured by a tractor beam.

Realizing that the outpost is in the hands of hijackers, Kirk brings their ship, the Spitfire, in for a crashlanding. However, Spock is captured when he tries to negotiate with the criminals and Kirk and McCoy are captured attempting a rescue. It transpires that the criminals' leader, Joe Swingle, has been employed by a Klingon commander to kidnap Daystrom for information on a new computer and intends to ransom him back to the Federation afterwards.

Kirk manages to break them out and together the three sabotage the station, with Kirk tricking Swingle's men into destroying the power cable for the tractor beam. They attempt to escape in the Spitfire but find Swingle waiting for them. However, Kirk manages to overpower him.

Swingle's Klingon employers arrive but quickly retreat at the sight of the Enterprise, responding to the Spitfire's distress call. Captain Pike takes Swingle and his men into custody and invites Kirk, Spock and McCoy aboard his ship.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

BonyorCrawlerHovitchIrwinJames T. KirkKlaagLeonard McCoyChristopher PikeSpockJoe SwingleZenoviev
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Neil ArmstrongRichard DaystromRachel GarrettGarth of IzarOrazio GuidalJohn HarrimanKathryn JanewayWendy LesnickJean-Luc PicardMark PiperMichael RileyBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoHikaru SuluSybok

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Spitfire (Zodiac-class warp shuttle)
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cattleshipUSS Enterprise-A (Enterprise-subclass refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise-B (Excelsior-class) • USS Enterprise-C (Ambassador-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer) • USS Excelsior (Excelsior-class) • USS Farragut (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Polly Herman (tank barge) • USS Saratoga (Miranda-class)

LocationsEdit

Agira BasinAtlantis Outpost (unnamed planets)
San Francisco (Earth, Sol system, sector 001, Alpha Quadrant
Point Bonita LightSan Francisco BayStarfleet AcademyStarfleet HeadquartersStarfleet Medical School
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AlaskaAximarBajorCamp KhitomerCardassia PrimeColony CambriaDeep Space 9Delta Quadrantthe galaxy's coreGenesis PlanetGeorgiaJupiterKhitomerLunaNarendra IIIRomulan Neutral ZoneSmith-McBride Asteroid StationStarbase 1UranusVeridian III (Veridian system) • Vulcan Science AcademyWolf 359

Races and culturesEdit

HumanKlingonVulcan
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BorgOrionRomulan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationFederation Computer ScienceKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet Central DispatchStarfleet CommandStarfleet Flight ControlStarfleet Medical Corps
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Alexandria Spaceport FoundationLight BrigadeRomulan Star Empire

Technology and weaponsEdit

computercomputer tapehydrographimpulse engineJunction Buoy 2993power cableshuttlecraftstarshipsubspace radiotractor beamwarp drive

EventsEdit

Starfleet Academy Science Conference
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Battle of Wolf 359 (Borg Incursion of 2366-2367) • Earth-Romulan WarKhitomer ConferenceKhitomer conspiracy

LifeformsEdit

camelchickencowgoosegrasshorsellamapigsheeptiger

Literature and publicationsEdit

Celestial NavigationComputer Guidance in Small CraftMaritime Law in the Age of SailMaritime Law in the Age of SteamSalvage LawSeafarers' and Spacefarers' DictionarySpacelane Rules of the RoadVictory at Aximar

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralbosuncadetcaptainchief medical officercommandercommanding officercorporaldoctorensignfirst officerfleet captaingeneralissimolieutenantmedicpilotprofessorscience officer

Other referencesEdit

allianceanatomybloodbookclothingcommunicationcrimedistress callFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2240s-2260s)first contactfive-year missiongovernmenthairhumanoidKhitomer Accordslawlifeformlightliteraturemedicinemilitaryminutenation-statenebulaNexusoutpostpiracyplanetraces and culturesrankrefitrespiratory systemrhodiniumserial numberspaceStarfleet regulationsStarfleet Transport CodeStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2240s-2265)technologytimetitletoasttreatyTreaty of Algeronuniformweaponyear

ChronologyEdit

1877 
Point Bonita Lighthouse built on San Francisco Bay.
1969 
Neil Armstrong walks on Luna.
2156 
The Earth-Romulan War begins.
2160 
Earth-Romulan treaty establishes the Romulan Neutral Zone.
2161 
The Federation and the Federation Starfleet are formed.
2218 
The Federation's Starfleet makes first contact with the Klingon Empire's expanding military. (Canon later states that first Human-Klingon contact occurred in 2151.)
2245 
USS Enterprise launched.
2249 
McCoy and Spock enter Starfleet Academy.
2250 
Kirk enters the Academy.
2251
  • Captain Pike assumes command of Enterprise.
  • Kirk is assigned to pilot Spitfire, and meets Spock and McCoy. (Events of this story.)
2252 
Spock joins the Enterprise crew.
2253 
Spock graduates from the Academy. McCoy completes his doctorate.
2254 
Kirk graduates and joins the crew of USS Farragut as a lieutenant.
2261 
Pike completes a second five-year mission aboard Enterprise.
2263 
Pike passes command to Kirk and is promoted to fleet captain.
2264/2265 
Kirk prepares Enterprise to embark on his famous five-year mission. (While this book states this is a 2264 event, later canon sources place the actual launch in 2265.)
2266 
McCoy permanently replaces Mark Piper as Enterprise CMO.
2269/2270 
Kirk's mission begins to come to a close, leading to his promotion to the admiralty. (While this book states this is a 2269 event, later canon sources place this event in 2270.)
2271/2273 
Enterprise begins a massive refit that will prepare the vessel for another series of five-year missions. (While this book places the completion of this refit in 2271, later canon sources make this relaunch a 2273 occurrence.)
2277 
Kirk contemplates returning to the admiralty as an instructor at the Academy, and names Spock his successor as Enterprise captain.
2285 
Kirk orders the destruction of Enterprise at the Genesis Planet.
2286 
Kirk is demoted to captain and given command of the Enterprise-A.
2287 
The Enterprise-A is temporarily commandeered by Sybok.
2292 
All remaining alliances between the Romulan Empire and the Klingon Empire dissolve.
2293
  • Kirk's Enterprise-A and Captain Sulu's USS Excelsior save the Khitomer Conference and a Klingon peace initiative.
  • USS Enterprise-B is launched, under Harriman. Kirk is lost on the vessel's first voyage.
2344 
USS Enterprise-C is lost defending Narendra III.
2346 
Romulans massacre the Khitomer outpost.
2364 
Captain Picard takes command of the Enterprise-D.
2367 
The Battle of Wolf 359, followed by the Borg defeat at Earth. The incident is survived by Ben and Jake Sisko.
2369 
Commander Sisko takes command of Deep Space 9 at Bajor.
2371
  • USS Enterprise-D destroyed at Veridian.
  • Kirk is recovered from the Nexus, but dies on Veridian III.
  • USS Voyager is lost in the Delta Quadrant on Captain Janeway's first mission.
2372 
The Klingon Empire begins a temporary withdrawal from the Khitomer Accords after Federation forces oppose their invasion of Cardassia Prime.

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • The chronology featured in the opening is derived from the Star Trek Chronology, and has some details that conflict with canon. In particular, the date of Human-Klingon first contact occurred in 2151 in Star Trek: Enterprise and Kirk's five year mission and the date of TOS movie: The Motion Picture were established by a date reference in VOY episode: "Q2".
  • This story takes place after the beginning of Kirk's Academy career in 2250 and after Pike's assumption of command of the Enterprise, in 2251. The story takes place after Spock is commissioned as an ensign while still at the Academy, but prior to his 2252 beginning of service on the Enterprise. Likewise, the story takes place prior to Kirk's ensign commission, and prior to the completion of McCoy's doctorate. Finally, the story occurs while Kirk is seventeen years old, placing it before his eighteenth birthday in March 2251.
  • While the cover depicts all three main characters in silver cadet tunics, the dialogue has McCoy and Spock wearing standard sciences division blue ensign uniforms, having already received officer commissions while still at the Academy.
  • Pike invites the shuttle crew aboard, but he does not meet Kirk for some reason. Kirk remembers in 2266 that he only met Pike once, during the change of command when Kirk took over the Enterprise.
  • This book depicts the first meeting of Kirk, Spock and McCoy in the primary universe.

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ConnectionsEdit

published order
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Final Frontier
Hope and a Common Future
Pocket Next Adventure:
Republic
Chapters 5-20


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