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Publisher's description Edit

The rules are simple: draw a target. Track him down and "kill" him with a spork. Take your victim's target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn't get to you first. No safe zones. No time outs. The game ends when only one player remains.

James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard "Bones" McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of explosions rocks the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it? Find out in The Assassination Game.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Richard BarnettBraximCameronPavel ChekovDaagenPellan FelJake FinneganFreemanGailaGrenArd JarikarJames T. KirkLartalLeslieNadja LutherLeonard McCoyRixtarSpockHikaru SuluViktor TikhonovNyota UhuraUsarnAmy WestinCindy Wójcik
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ArcherAreiaTom ArnetZefram CochraneEntarraDavid FarragutYuri GagarinGillGeorge Samuel Kirk, Sr.George Samuel Kirk, Jr.Winona KirkJocelyn McCoy (see "Background" section) • MorrowChristopher Pike

LocationsEdit

Argos telescopeCavallo PointChinatownEarthFort BakerGolden Gate BridgeHawking HallMarin HeadlandsNimitz HallSan FranciscoSan Francisco BaySausalitoShran HallStarfleet Academy campusWarp CoreYi Sun-Sin Hall
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40 Eridani AAndoriaDelta QuadrantDenobulaEagle NebulaFrankfurtGavaria SectorMississippiPillars of CreationP'JemRura PentheSector 001ShibuyaTellar PrimeTheta CygniTheta DraconisVarkolak PrimeVega VVega colonyVoroth SeaVulcanZakdorn

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBolianCaitianDeltanDenobulanEfrosianHumanIllyrianJ'naiiKtarianMizarianOrionRigelianSaurianTarsianTellariteTrillVarkolakVulcanXanno
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BajoranGrazerKlingonTzenkethiXindi

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Davy Crockett (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Excalibur (Constitution-class) • Indomitable (Starfleet shuttlecraft) • USS Potemkin (Constitution-class)
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USS FarragutUSS IntrepidUSS LexingtonUSS NautilusUSS Prester JohnUSS SurpriseUSS TennesseeUSS Yorktown

States and organizationsEdit

Federation News ServiceGraviton SocietyStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet MedicalStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of PlanetsVarkolak ArmadaVarkolak AssemblyWarp Core Breach
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Breen ConfederacyStarfleet Corps of Engineers

Ranks and titlesEdit

cadetcaptainChiefdoctorFederation Presidentofficerprofessorsecurity officer

Technology and weaponsEdit

communicatorcomputerdeflector shieldPADDphaseruniversal translator

Other referencesEdit

anetrizineanimalapple blossom • assassinationAssassination Gamebloodboridiumcogenitorcommon coldcopsecorbomitedead zoneDenebian slime devildogduraniumdyspneaElementary Temporal Mechanicsemotionfencinggravitonhairhearthedgerowhermaphroditeholo-novelhydrocortileneInterspecies Medical Summitkaratekelotanekemocitelogicmetalmint julepmoonParrises Squaresphoretic analyzerredshirtRegulan blood wormRomulan aleSaurian brandysehlatshampoosoccerspace boomersporkStarfleet uniformSuus MahnatachycardiaTarkanian pigtelepathytitaniumvaccineVarkolak languagevelocityVulcan lutewerewolfwolfxenobiologyxenolinguistics

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • Originally scheduled to be released in September 2011, the book was pushed back several times due to editorial input from Bad Robot. Races, institutions and even vessels were changed so as not to encroach on Bad Robot.[1]
  • The Graviton Society were originally to be called The 31 but this was changed as it hewed too closely to plot elements of the then in production Star Trek Into Darkness.[1]
  • This book shares a strong similarity to the overall plot of Star Trek Into Darkness despite changes the author is said to have made. A secret faction within Starfleet is working to foment war with an aggressive alien species through false flag terrorist attacks. A Federation Officer is a double agent working for the secret faction and wins Kirk's trust early on.
  • As with other books in this series, Kirk and McCoy never meet Spock in this book. Spock does hear Kirk's name mentioned, however (pp. 208, 211-212).
  • The sequence on pp. 17-25 is a homage to a sequence from TOS episode: "The Trouble With Tribbles". Similarly, Kirk's use of the corbomite bluff (pp. 35-36) is a homage to TOS episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver".
  • This book presents the first meetings in the alternate reality of Uhura and Sulu (p. 114) and of McCoy and Chekov (pp. 266-267).
  • McCoy refers to his ex-wife as "Jocelyn" (p. 66), presumably a reference to Jocelyn Treadway, McCoy's ex-wife in the primary universe (TOS novels: Enterprise: The First Adventure, Shadows on the Sun). However, according to TOS comic: "IDW Star Trek, Issue 17", McCoy's ex-wife in the alternate reality is Pamela Branch.
  • Cadet Morrow (mentioned on p. 139) is possibly the alternate reality version of Harold Morrow.
  • This the only Starfleet Academy novel to carry a dedication. It is dedicated "To all my friends and colleagues on the USS Potemkin." Several references to characters and vehicles throughout the text indicate the aforementioned Potemkin is an internet relay chat (IRC) simulation group to which the author belongs.[1][2]

ConnectionsEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
The Gemini Agent
Starfleet Academy novels Next novel:
most recent
Stories set in the alternate reality from the movie Star Trek
Comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four") • Star Trek Movie Adaptation ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four" • "Number Five" • "Number Six") • IDW Star Trek: Star Trek, Volume 1 (1st story arc: "Issue 1", "Issue 2" • The Galileo Seven: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: "Part 1", "Part 2" • Vulcan's Vengeance: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: "Part 1", "Part 2" • The Truth About Tribbles: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 4 ("Issue 13" • "Issue 14" • Mirrored: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 5 ("Issue 17" • "Issue 18" • "Issue 19" • "Issue 20") • Countdown to Darkness ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four") • Star Trek, Volume 6: After Darkness (After Darkness ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3") • IDW Star Trek, Issue 24) • Star Trek, Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict ("Part "1, "Part "2, "Part "3, "Part "4) • Khan ("Number One", "Number Two", "Number Three", "Number Four", "Number Five") • Star Trek, Volume 8 (Parallel Lives ("Part 1", "Part 2") • I, Enterprise! ("Part 1", "Part 2") • Lost Apollo (Part 1, Part 2)) • The Q Gambit (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)
Novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into Darkness
Board games Expeditions
Video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivals
Websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise
Live-Action Shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
Prequels in original timeline "Countdown" ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four")
Apps Star Trek App
Stories set in Starfleet Academy
Comics Starfleet Academy ("Prime Directives" • "Liberty" • "Loyalty Test" • "War and Peace") • Starfleet Academy!
Movies Starfleet Academy SCISEC Briefs ("SCISEC Brief 001: Mystery Behind Voyager" • "SCISEC Brief 002: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI" • "SCISEC Brief 003: Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer" • "SCISEC Brief 004: The Whale Probe" • "SCISEC Brief 005: Nimbus III" • "SCISEC Brief 006: Praxis" )
Novels Starfleet Academy - video game novelizationStarfleet Academy (1990s book series) ("Crisis on Vulcan" • "Aftershock" • "Cadet Kirk" • "Worf's First Adventure" • "Line of Fire" • "Survival" • "Lifeline" • "The Chance Factor" • "Quarantine") • The Best and the BrightestAcademy: Collision CourseStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game)
Short stories "The Bottom Line" • "Best Tools Available"
Video games Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge SimulatorStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Academy: Strategic CommandStarfleet Academy: Chekov's Lost MissionsAcademy TrainerCadet Training Facility
Live performances Star Trek Live

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Trek Collective. Alan Gratz on The Assassination Game 27 June 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. USS Potemkin Simulation Group. Roster Page. Retrieved 16 September 2013.

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