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.
- 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.
The USS Enterprise picked up life readings on a frozen planet in an unexplored system. Kirk beamed down with Spock and crewmen Hurst and Shafer in environmental suits rigged for extreme cold. Near a mountain range, they discovered an elderly humanoid with a staff but no spacesuit, who stood near two tall, glowing pillars. He introduced himself telepathically as the Guardian of the Future, and offered to show them the future via time travel. Kirk asked if he could see Earth after the end of their five-year mission. Leaving Hurst and Shafer behind, Kirk and Spock removed their life-support gear and passed between the pillars.
They emerged near what appeared to be Los Angeles, and could see Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl and groundcar roadways, with rockets traveling overhead. On the other side of a freeway, however, they saw a military base defended by a huge cannon. They were approached by a group of armed pacifist Arrowists. When Kirk introduced himself, they said they didn't believe him, and that the Enterprise was destroyed by asteroids the previous week. Kirk asked why the pacifists were armed. They explained 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 had died.
Spurred by a realization, Spock suddenly stunned the Arrowists with his phaser. As they approached the installation, Kirk and Spock saw that it was run by Nobians. They fought their way to the cannon and fired it, wiping out part of the hillside. Spock explained that they were not in Los Angeles, nor even on Earth, but rather some future homeworld for humanity. Kirk smiled, glad to see that his species would make it to the distant future, then both suddenly reappeared between the pillars of the time portal. The Guardian wanted to warn humanity of a potential disastrous fate, which Kirk was certain they'd now be able to avoid.
- Guardian of the Future • Hurst • James T. Kirk • Shafer • Spock
- Referenced only
- Amanda Grayson • Christopher Columbus • Father Time • Sarek
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- Earth (Los Angeles • Hollywood • Hollywood Bowl) • Galaxy M-674
- Referenced only
- Earth (Alaska • Athens, Greece • Canada • Mexico) • Mars • Sol
Races and culturesEdit
States and organizationsEdit
Science and technologyEdit
- arrow • bow • blaster • communicator • computer tape • environmental suit • microphone • phaser • radar • radio • sensor • time machine • transporter • tricorder • weapon
Ranks and titlesEdit
- asteroid • bridge • century • colony • dictatorship • English language • empire • five-year mission • galaxy • gas • Pillar Gateway • ice • landing party • lifeform • magic • military • mountain • oil • peace • planet • rebellion • solar system • space • staff • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270) • sun • telepathy • temple • time travel • universe • viewscreen • war
- 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)
- This was the only story in the UK comic strips series presented in prose with accompanying illustrations rather than as a comic strip.
- Crewman Hurst was featured in "The Crucial Element". He also traveled with Kirk to meet Roggaf in "The Eagles Have Landed".
- In appearance and function, Guardian of the Future was reminiscent of the humanoid/crystalline Guardians of Forever as they appeared in Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, Issue 1. As an ancient guard, he resembled Portal 63 of the Tkon in TNG episode: "The Last Outpost", who also carried a staff.
- Spock's parents were both referenced, but not by name.
- The publication date was September 1, 1970. (Amazon.com.)
- TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever" – Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy time traveled through the Guardian of Forever.
- TOS comic: "The Choice" – James T. Kirk encountered a Kirk from the previous version of the universe.
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|Weekly story arcs||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 35 • 36 • 37|
|Annual stories||1 • 2 • Captives in Space • Planet of Rejects • Gateway to the Future • 6 • 7 • Planet of the Dead • What Is This Thing Called Spock? • The Gods Have Come! • 11|