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Across the Universe is the 88th numbered TOS novel published by Pocket Books. It was the second of four novels written by Pamela Sargent & George Zebrowski, and was released in October 1999. The story dealt with the discovery and resettlement of the crew of an old Earth colony ship.


The Hawking left Earth during the 21st century on a one-way mission to colonize a distant world. Due to the relativistic effects of pre-warp travel, its crew has aged only thirty years while two centuries have passed outside the ship. When the Starship Enterprise comes to the rescue of the malfunctioning Hawking, the colonists find themselves thrust into a universe and an era that has left them behind.
Captain Kirk intends to help the colonists adjust as best he can, but the task is not a simple one. The newcomers are survivors of a more violent, more paranoid time — and they have brought old suspicions, and an ancient weapon of mass destruction, into a world of unexpected challenges and dangers.



Muhammad AlagbeNasser al-AswariTeressa AlissChristine ChapelPavel ChekovLeander CortésIvan DarmerDmitri GlakovJames T. KirkJohn KyleFarley LongstreetLeonard McCoyTrent OjuremiRuchi PadmaIsaiah RitchardMontgomery ScottIlsa SoongSpockHikaru SuluEmo TannanGeraldine TinkoNyota UhuraLaure VidorDawn VothMessanga WatsonMiriam WatsonRachel Zlatopolsky
Referenced only
BantaSergei BelyayevMatthew DeckerDostoyevskyAlbert EinsteinGaiaMikhail GlakovEl GrecoTabib HanseMarla McGiversNguyenGalvin O'SheaXavier RodriguezKhan Noonien SinghShirley SpencerAnthony TikritiKembo Turner

Starships and vehicles

Aleksandr LebedautomobileSS Botany BayColumbus (class F shuttlecraft) • Doomsday machineUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS HoylelimousineshuttlecraftStephen HawkingtanktruckVictoria


AfricaBakundiCanadaCeti Alpha VEarthGombéGorky StreetKainji MountainsJalingaMerope IVMoscowNew BiafraNew IbadanNew NigerNew YorubaOK CorralRiver NileRussiaShakuTemba RiverYakuro PlazaZagorsk

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Alim al-Reyham Primary SchoolFederationFederation CouncilIbadan City CouncilStarfleetStarfleet Academy

Science and classification

acidairalienanemiabiobedbombcalciumcommunicatorenergyfogimmune systemlifeformlightningmalnutritionmedical tricordermeterminuteneural netorbitornithologyoxygenphaserquantum gravitational-impulse power driveradiosensorspacestarstar systemstarshipthermonuclear bombtimetractor beamtransportertricorderturboliftuniverseviewscreen

Ranks and titles

aidecaptainchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommodorecouncilmancriminaldoctorengineerensignFirst Citizen of Merope IVfirst officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderofficerphysicianscience officeryeoman

Other references

203822272231225721st centurybanquetbiomassbirdbookbridgecatchesscitycolonycorridordeskdreamemotionflowerfoodforestgrassgymnasiumhangar deckhistoryhistory bookhumanoidinfirmaryKainji nightingalelarchmetalmildewmossnightingaleoboe swanpine treeplanetquartersriverscience stationScotchshuttlebaysickbaysimulacrumsuicideteatreetrumpeter swanturbanuniformuniversityvineweaponwineWorld War IIIyear



~ 2038:

23rd century



Related media

"The Doomsday Machine"

The star system that the Stephen Hawking was originally heading toward was destroyed by the Doomsday machine either during, or before, this episode. Commodore Matthew Decker's sacrifice was also seen in this episode.

"Space Seed"

The USS Enterprise's discovery of the Botany Bay and first encounter with Khan Noonien Singh was chronicled in this episode.



Published Order
Previous novel:
My Brother's Keeper
#87: Enterprise
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
New Earth
#89: Wagon Train to the Stars
Previous novel:
Vulcan's Heart
Pocket TOS Next novel:
New Earth
Wagon Train to the Stars
Previous story:
Heart of the Sun
Stories by:
Pamela Sargent
Next story:
Garth of Izar
Previous story:
Dyson Sphere
Stories by:
George Zebrowski
Next story:
Garth of Izar
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Wolf in the Fold
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
The Changeling
Previous adventure:
Wolf in the Fold
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Changeling

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