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Elusive Salvation is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Dayton Ward. It was released on 26 April 2016.


An all-new adventure from history's shadow!
The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth's inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost.
San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction.
New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future


A Starfleet monitoring station detects a cloaked ship entering the Solar system, and Admiral James T. Kirk is assigned to take Spock and the Enterprise and investigate. When the alien ship finally responds to hails, the Enterprise makes first contact with the Iramahl, a race who until recently were occupied by the Ptaen. They explain the Ptaen genetically altered them, reducing their lifespans and creating other genetic problems. A group of Iramahl who fled their homeworld sent a message saying they had found a cure, but crashed on Earth in the 19th century.

A search by Starfleet finds no trace of the Iramahl in the present day, so Kirk and Spock elect to search Earth's past, and contact Roberta Lincoln. After many years of searching, Roberta contacts the Enterprise from 1985 to report that the Earth authorities have found the crashed Iramahl-ship. At her request, Kirk and Spock return to the past with her, and manage to gain control of the ship, and transport it to a safe location.

The spaceship's new location attracts the attention of the Iramahl in hiding on Earth, but also that of Ptaen hunters and a covert U.S. military department investigating aliens. A pitched battle between the various factions leaves all the Ptaen dead, and the senior U.S. officer, Daniel Wheeler, with his memory wiped. Spock transports the Iramahl ship into the ocean, where it self-destructs harmlessly. The surviving Iramahl return with Kirk and Spock to the future, where they are reunited with their brethren; with their information and further research provided by McCoy and Chapel, the race has a chance of surviving.



Tonia BarrowsCanderonChristine ChapelDrevinaThomas DunningLeah FeezeShanna GilkesonGlorickGuinanWilliam HolmesIsisJepolinJames T. KirkRoberta LincolnSenthil MasilamaniLeonard McCoyHarrison MorrowHeihachiro NoguraOpirsaKenneth SappDominic SchlatterMontgomery ScottGary SevenSpockHikaru SuluT'PrilNyota UhuraDaniel WheelerKevin Wyatt
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AnardrinPavel ChekovSamuel ClemensEdwin De HavenJohn FranklinHenry GrinnellKlingon Ambassador KamaragElisha KaneLvonekMranzalRouviereAntonia SalvatoriKhan Noonien SinghTerkimClark Terrell

Starships and vehicles

HMS Bounty (Klingon bird-of-prey) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Voyager (Intrepid-class)
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USS AdvanceUSS Endeavour (Constitution-class) • USS Reliant (Miranda-class) • USS Rescue


AlcatrazArctic CircleEarthGolden Gate BridgeJupiterJupiter Station (Early Warning Monitoring Center) • Laurentian AbyssalNew York CityNew York HarborNorthwest PassageSan FranciscoSan Francisco BaySolStarfleet Headquarters
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AfricaArkansasBeta Omicron Delta IIIBhopalCaliforniaCallistoChicagoDeadwoodDevon IslandEl-AuriaEuropaEuropeGanymedeHalimedeHellIdahoIndiaIoMiri's HomeworldNeptuneObservation Station A47Observation Station A55Observation Station A61PhiladelphiaRomulan Neutral ZoneSierra NevadaSouth DakotaSycoraxYirteshna

Races and cultures

El-AurianHuman (AfricanAmericanBritishIndian) • IramahlPtaenVulcan
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States and organizations

Federation Department of Temporal InvestigationsNova SquadronPtaen ConsortiumSection 31StarfleetStarfleet CommandStarfleet OperationsUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States Air ForceUnited States ArmyUnited States Marine CorpsUnited States Navy
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Colt's Manufacturing CompanyEastern CoalitionKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet AcademyUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics

Science and classification

alienastral mapastrogatorBeta 5 computerbloodbraking thrustercloaking devicedilithium matrixenergyeugenicsFeinberg receiverfood slotglasslife supportmaneuvering thrustermirrorriflesatellitescurvysensorslingshot effectspacespaceshiptimetransporterturboliftviewscreenwarp speed

Ranks and titles

admiralcadetcaptainChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffchief of Starfleet Operationscommandantcommandant of Starfleet Academycommanderfarmerlieutenantlieutenant commandermidshipmanofficerprofessorrefugeescientistspyyeoman

Other references

18451851189219691970197119721985198619921996205320632266226722702283Aldebaran whiskeyapeappleBhopal disasterbirdbookbridgebriefcasecarafecenturychaircitycoffeecorsetcouchdaydecadeEugenics Warsfive-year missionfoxhouriceJoint Chiefs of StaffKorean Warliving roommilitarymonkeymoonnotebookobsidianoperations centerpenplanetpolar bearPost-Atomic HorrorsealsnowStarfleet uniform (2278-2350s)technologyVietnam WarwaterWorld War IIWorld War IIIyearyellow alert


Related media


Media featuring Gary Seven
Episode Assignment: Earth
Miniseries The PeacekeeperConvergenceThe Eugenics WarsAssignment: Earth
Novels Assignment: EternityThe Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2From History's ShadowElusive Salvation
Short stories "The Aliens Are Coming!" • "Seven and Seven" • "Assignment: One" • "Rocket Man" • "Time Line"
Comics "The Peacekeeper, Part One" • "The Peacekeeper, Part Two" • "Split Infinities" • "Future Imperiled" • "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" • "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" • "My Name Is Legion" • "We Have Met the Enemy..." • "Too Many Presidents" • "Ah-Ha!" • "Medics" • "Hosts" • "1971/4860.2" • "An Unexpected Yesterday" • "Year Five, Issue 11" • "Year Five, Issue 12" • "Year Five, Issue 15" • "Year Five, Issue 16" • "Year Five, Issue 17" • "Year Five, Issue 21" • "Year Five, Issue 22"


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Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
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The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2283.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in seven other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Veil at Valcour
19th century
Chapters 1, 3, 5
Next Adventure:
The Peacemakers
Section 6
Previous Adventure:
From History's Shadow
Chapters 3-4
13 September14 September 1951
Chapters 8-9
Next Adventure:
From History's Shadow
Chapters 6-8
Previous Adventure:
to be placed
20 November 1970 Next Adventure:
to be placed
Previous Adventure:
to be placed
21 May26 May, 1971 Next Adventure:
Khan, Issue 4
Previous Adventure:
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1
Chapters 26-27, 29-30
8 August15 August, 1985 Next Adventure:
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Chapters 5-12
Previous Adventure:
Whales Weep Not
25 June 1986 Next Adventure:
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1
Chapters 31-33
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From History's Shadow
Chapter 38
7 November 1996 Next Adventure:

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