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Starfleet's highest law has been broken!


Starfleet's highest law has been broken. Its most honored captain is in disgrace, its most celebrated starship in pieces, and the crew of that ship scattered among the thousand worlds of the Federation
Journey with Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the former crew of the starship Enterprise to Talin—the planet where their careers ended. A world once teeming with life that now lies ruined, its cities turned to ashes, its surface devastated by a radioactive firestorm—because of their actions. There, they must find how—and why—this tragedy occured… and discover what has become of their captain.


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ArtintonPeter Bloch-HansenMario CardinaliChristine ChapelAlise ChavezPavel ChekovJorge FrietasAnne GauvreauGlissaGlynisPenn GrossmanHammersmithSukio HirashitoJames T. Kirk (aliases Sam Jameson, Leonard Scott) • KrulmaddenKyleLasslanlinLeslieAlexander LlorenteMarita LlorenteLowellM'BengaCarole MallettLeonard McCoy (alias "Black Ire") • Orr ni'LiCarolyn PalamasAlonzo RichterMontgomery ScottSeerl ti'LaSpockStylesHikaru SuluSytokNyota UhuraZalan Wilforth
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Buzz AldrinApolloRobert AprilNeil ArmstrongChanMichael CollinsMatthew DeckerEdward FisherGarrovickColonel GreenGeorge KirkSam KirkWinona KirkGary MitchellHeihachiro NoguraChristopher PikeRaychebaMira RomaineSarekSirykHanson SmithGlynis Kestell TaborRonald Traceyvon Holtzbrinck

Starships and vehiclesEdit

John BurkeUSS ConstellationDaedalusUSS DefiantEagleClaw of the VindicatorUSS EnterpriseUSS ExcaliburUSS ExeterUSS FarragutGalileoUSS HawkingHeart of the StormIcarusUSS IntrepidUSS Intrepid IIRobert E. LeeUSS MonitorRRV Queen MaryRhode IslandSS Ian SheltonSurakUSS Yorktown
DY-500Class J starshipMark II shuttlecraftMark 12 shuttlecraftVulcan probe shipworkbeeWraith-class shuttlecraft


892-IVAldebaranAntaresArms of AvalonAsteroid TesselAvalonBase OneCentaurusDelta TriciatuEisner's WorldFCO Outpost 47Gamma 7A systemHanoverHudson's WorldIntrator IIIowaLunaLunar Hall of JusticeMarsMemory AlphaMeridianMinotaur ClusterMirachtOceanviewParisPollux IVPyris VIIRigelRigel IIRigel VIIISan FranciscoSarpeidonSherman's PlanetSiberiaStarbase 29Talin IVTalin VIIITholian AnnexTitanTNC-5527Tranquility ParkTritonVenus

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianCentauranHuman (EuropeanMaoriNative American) • Klingon • "the Many" • "the One" • Orion (Ur'eon) • PreserverRigellianRomulanTalinTellariteVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Antares Corona WorldsBabel ConferencesBerkeley University • "Browns" • Centaurus ConcordiumCochrane InstituteFederation CouncilFederation General CouncilFederation Resource Management BoardFirst Contact OfficeGreenpeace • "Greens" • Information OfficeInterworld ConstructionLa Légion étrangèreLloydsOrbital Transfer ControlPlanetary SocietyRichter InstituteRussiaSmithsonian InstitutionSpace Safety BoardStarfleet (Starfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Emergency Rescue OfficeStarfleet EngineeringStarfleet Justice DivisionStarfleet OperationsStarfleet Technology Support Division) • Stellar Institute PressStudents for Stars for the PeopleT'Prar FoundationTechnology Support DivisionUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America

Other referencesEdit

Articles of the United Federation of Planetsartificial singularityaskorasteroid beltastronautautokitchenBabel Conferencesbarge g'lBattle of GhiogheBig BangbloodrindsBlue SeasonBlue Season MiraclecatCivil ConversationcloningcoffeecosmonautdancerknifeDanylkiw LimitdestindiburniumdogEugenics Warsf'deraxt'laFederation Council ChambersFederation Council Presidentfirst contactFitzpatrickfladgeflarsflaxt'aFundamental Declarations of the Martian ColoniesGanymede GreenGeneral Order Number OneGornaran archosaurherbariumHerbertA Historical Analysis of the Five-Year MissionshologramhortaIDICironwoodkaratekarskatKarunda coroner beetleKerakevasKomackkreldanlacrosseLadyLagrange colonyMark IV Tractor Webmedic boothMeridian housecatmolecular fusion sunballmutual assured destructionnarflinNobel PrizeNoguraNomadnuclear fissionnuclear weaponnyeempatakparticle curtainPhindaplaserquartzrazfelsinRichter Scale of Cultureroller whipRomulan WarsrostonagonrubindiumS-type asteroidsal'tasniisateenSiryk VariationsskrakslamboxingsnorledSpeaker of the CouncilSpecial Advisor to the First Contact OfficeStandard TongueStarfleet Command Regulationsstator reltaktarfeltelevisiontendaytesareThird World WartislinTrader's TongueTrader's MeasureTrader's ScripttranstatortribbletrilliumVoyager (probe)vrelqVulcan Ambassador to United EarthwhiskyWortham unitZ. Magnees Prizeziq



This novel, published in 1990, predicted the discovery of fossilized lifeforms on the planet Mars. Five years later, scientists announced discovery of evidence of bacteria fossils in an asteroid believed to have originated on Mars.

Robert Orci, one of the writers of Star Trek (2009), lists this as one of his two favorite Star Trek books. Scenes from this book were used as readings for casting calls for the movie. He reported that there would be nods to some of the lore in this novel in the movie. (


Note: Though the Pocket Books Timeline (and Memory Beta) places this novel in 2269, between the end of The Original Series and the start of the animated series, the compilation Worlds in Collision specifies the date as 2271, at the end of the first five-year mission.

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