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 descriptionEdit

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 FutureHurstJames T. KirkShaferSpock
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Amanda GraysonChristopher ColumbusFather TimeSarek

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • groundcarsrocket


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

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

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United States of America

Science and technologyEdit

arrowbowblastercommunicatorcomputer tapeenvironmental suitmicrophonephaserradarradiosensortime machinetransportertricorderweapon

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincrewmandictatorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)soldierStarfleet ranks

Other referencesEdit

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


Production historyEdit

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)



Related storiesEdit


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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