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Gateway to the Future was a Star Trek: The Original Series short story published in 1970. It was the fifth of 11 annual stories in the UK comic strips series, and was printed along with the comic strips "Captives in Space" and "Planet of Rejects" in TV21 Annual 1971.

Publisher's description[edit | edit source]

Omnibus teaser
On a planet orbiting a dying star in Galaxy M-674, Kirk's crew meets the Guardian of the Future, a tattered old man who shows him a future glimpse of mankind oppressed by alien invaders.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The USS Enterprise picks up life readings on a frozen planet in an unexplored system. Kirk beams down with Spock and crewmen Hurst and Shafer in environmental suits rigged for extreme cold. Near a mountain range, they discover an elderly humanoid with a staff but no spacesuit, who stands near two tall, glowing pillars. He introduces himself telepathically as the Guardian of the Future, and offers to show them the future via time travel. Kirk asks if he can see Earth after the end of their five-year mission. Leaving Hurst and Shafer behind, Kirk and Spock remove their life-support gear and pass between the pillars.

They emerge near what appears to be Los Angeles, and can see Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl and groundcar roadways, with rockets traveling overhead. On the other side of a freeway, however, they see a military base defended by a huge cannon. They are approached by a group of armed pacifist Arrowists. When Kirk introduces himself, they say they don't believe him, and that the Enterprise was destroyed by asteroids the previous week. Kirk asks why the pacifists are armed. They explain that they had started a rebellion — a last resort after being restricted to living in certain areas and having to beg for food — but most of their group has died.

Spurred by a realization, Spock suddenly stuns the Arrowists with his phaser. As they approach the installation, Kirk and Spock see that it is run by Nobians. They fight their way to the cannon and fire it, wiping out part of the hillside. Spock explains that they are not in Los Angeles, nor even on Earth, but rather some future homeworld for humanity. Kirk smiles, glad to see that his species will make it to the distant future, then both suddenly reappear between the pillars of the time portal. The Guardian wanted to warn humanity of a potential disastrous fate, which Kirk is certain they're now able to avoid.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Guardian of the FutureHurstJames T. KirkShaferSpock
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Amanda GraysonChristopher ColumbusFather TimeSarek

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • groundcarsrocket

Locations[edit | edit source]

Earth (Los AngelesHollywoodHollywood Bowl) • Galaxy M-674
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Earth (AlaskaAthens, GreeceCanadaMexico) • MarsSol

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanNobianVulcanite

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Arrowist
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United States of America

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

arrowbowblastercommunicatorcomputer tapeenvironmental suitmicrophonephaserradarradiosensortime machinetransportertricorderweapon

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captaincrewmandictatorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)soldierStarfleet ranks

Other references[edit | edit source]

asteroidbridgecenturycolonydictatorshipEnglish languageempirefive-year missiongalaxygasPillar Gatewayicelanding partylifeformmagicmilitarymountainoilpeaceplanetrebellionsolar systemspacestaffStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)suntelepathytempletime traveluniverseviewscreenwar

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Production history[edit | edit source]

1 September 1970 
First printed in TV21 Annual 1971 (City Magazines)
December 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)

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Related stories[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637
Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

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