James T. Kirk's crew come across an ancient derelict starship, but something is still living inside it.


Captain's log, stardate 5221.3 
On outward course beyond the fringe of the galaxy towards Questar M-17, a source of mysterious radio emissions. Mission: Star charting.
Captain's log 
We have beamed aboard the alien ship found orbiting a strange dead star. The Enterprise is recording all data for the log and a full report later.
Captain's log, stardate 5221.8, final entry 
Resuming outward course beyond the farthest star of our galaxy. Mission: star charting.
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Episode charactersEdit

Arex Na EthChristine ChapelJames T. KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuramagnetic organismancient insectoidunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Novelization charactersEdit

DavisGardnerJames T. KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuramagnetic organismancient insectoid

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • insectoid pod ship


the galaxy

Shipboard locationsEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgeengineeringcargo hold
Pod ship 
command center

Planets and planetoidsEdit

Referenced only 
Time PlanetEarth

Stars and systemsEdit

Questar M-17
Referenced only 
Stellar classification and nomenclatureEdit
G class starneutron starstar

Races and culturesEdit

HumanEdosian or TriexianVulcanmagnetic organismancient insectoids

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets


beehumanoidinsectinsectoidspiderprimatesymbiotic lifeform

Anatomy and life processesEdit

braincellcorpusclemitosiswhite corpusclesymbiotic lifeform

Technology and weaponsEdit

artificial gravityautomatic bridge defense systemcore hatchcutting beamengineering coreforce fieldlife support beltlife support systemmemory banknavigation consoleradioself-destruct devicestarshipstatic shieldwarp drivetricordertransporterphaser


absolute zeroflank speedgalactic coordinatenegative massspectra analysisstar chartstardatetimeyearwarp factorEarth normal

Energy and materialsEdit


Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincommanding officerfirst officercommanderlieutenant commanderlieutenantensignscience officerofficerchief medical officerdoctornursecommunications officerhelmsmannavigatorchief engineerengineer

Other referencesEdit

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Millions of years ago 
The insectoid ship chooses suicide over living as slaves of the magnetic entity.
Enterprise becomes trapped in the negative star mass.


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