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First Strike is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Diane Carey, published in July 1996. This was the first part of the Invasion! crossover.


Long ago, even before the days of myth and legend, our worlds belonged to them. Now they want them back…
Captain Kirk is stunned when the Federation receives an urgent plea for help—from the Klingon Empire. A mysterious starship has invaded Klingon space and resisted all their efforts to destroy it. Establishing contact with the stranger's ship, Kirk discovers that it is only the vanguard of a vast alien fleet obsessed with conquering the Klingons, the Federation, the Romulans, and all who dwell in the space that was once their own.
The invasion has begun…


  • Spacequake
    • Chapter One
    • Chapter Two
    • Chapter Three
    • Chapter Four
    • Chapter Five
  • We Are the Impending
    • Chapter Six
    • Chapter Seven
    • Chapter Eight
    • Chapter Nine
    • Chapter Ten
    • Chapter Eleven
    • Chapter Twelve
    • Chapter Thirteen
    • Chapter Fourteen
    • Chapter Fifteen
    • Chapter Sixteen
    • Chapter Seventeen
    • Chapter Eighteen
    • Chapter Nineteen
    • Chapter Twenty
    • Chapter Twenty-One
  • Epilogue



AeshAmanda AltoJosh AltoAragorAraluBannonBarnesBrownByersCantoneChristine ChapelPavel ChekovDonnierDoyleDuntonEdwardsElliottFarneFulcieroGaramanusGiottoAngela GodinezBill HadleyHakkerHorgJohnsonKargKarnKellenJames T. KirkKyleManannLeonard McCoyMellendezMorienMurshaNordstromRekRhodRossRuhlMontgomery ScottSpockEric StaaltenburgHikaru SuluKeiko TamuraNyota UhuraUrbackWilsonZennor
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Benjamin FranklinKodosSarekZdunicRobert ConradRobert Burns

Starships and vehicles

ColumbiaUSS EnterpriseGalileoUSS Great LakesIKS JadaIKS MatHa'IKS QulRathIKS Shukar


Capella IV (Capella star system, Auriga constellation, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant) • Kgha'lughSector 937Uri Taug
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AllowayAlpha CentauriKlingon Neutral Zone

Shipboard locales

bridgesickbayflight deck

Races and cultures

Referenced only

States and organizations

Klingon EmpireKlingon High CommandStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification

energyfiremassmatterplanetradiationspacestarstar systemtechnologytimeuniverseweapon

Material and substances

Food and drink


spinal cordspine

Technology and weapons

antigrav unitbarometerclubcommunicatordaggerdeflectordisruptorglassesimpulseklegatlibrary computerlifepodphaserphoton torpedosensorshieldsshuttlecraftstarshipswordtractor beamtranslatortransportertricorderturbolift

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerDanadoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandernavigatorofficerscience officerscientistsecond officersecuritytactical officerVergoVergobretosVergozenweapons officeryeoman

Other references

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Thousands of years ago
Klingon history
Muscari Incident
Stardate 3497.2
The Enterprise discovers Klingons at Capella. (TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelization: Friday's Child, prior to novel)
Skirmish at Capella, 2267 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
Kirk and the Enterprise crew protect the Capellans from retribution by the angered Klingon commanders.



  • Kligat is spelled "klegat".
  • Topaline is misspelled "toparine".
  • The series featured a four-panel cover by Keith Birdsong showing characters from each book surrounding a broken image of one of the Furies. The complete cover art was used for the omnibus edition, but the Furies character's face was obscured by the title. The face could be seen in a promotional poster for the series. Additionally, on this volume it was decided to feature the Enterprise.



Star Trek: Invasion! Novels
First Strike | The Soldiers of Fear | Time's Enemy | The Final Fury


published order
Previous novel:
The Rings of Tautee
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
The Joy Machine
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Friday's Child
Pocket Next Adventure:
Who Mourns for Adonais?

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