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"In the Maze" was the fourth short story collected in the TOS anthology The New Voyages 2 in 1978. It was written by Jennifer Guttridge, who also wrote "The Winged Dreamers".


The excellence of certain Star Trek fanzine publications can be seen in stories like "In the Maze" — published here essentially as it appeared in "T-Negative"...


Enterprise personnel become the guinea pigs of an extradimensional scientist.



crablike monstrosityJames T. KirkLopezLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSheckleySpockNyota UhuraWardoffunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (landing party members, security guard)
Referenced only

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


unnamed planetlaboratory
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Races and cultures

unnamed races and cultures (native species, scientist's species) • Human (ArabRed-Indian) • Vulcan

States and organizations


Science and classification


Ranks and titles

captaindoctorfirst officerofficerphysicianscientistsecurity guardsheik

Other references

agricultureanimalbloodbraincommunicationconcretecoordinatesdimensionemotionfeudalismfoam-bandagegrasshourlanding partylanguagelifeformlog entrylogicminutemossorbitplantpneumoniaratsilverslime-devilstonetelepathytentacletimetransporter roomtrousertunicuniversewarwarp factor (warp two) • wateryear


Publication history

January 1978
First published by Bantam Books. (ISBN 0-553-11392-5)
February 2000
13th printing by Bantam Spectra. (ISBN 0-553-27933-5)



  • An earlier draft of the story appeared in the fanzine "T-Negative" #23 in 1974.
  • Apparently the extra-dimensional scientist was not able to return the bodies of the crewmen killed by a tentacle monster. Twelve people beamed down, but James T. Kirk only beamed up ten.

Related stories


published order
Previous story:
The Patient Parasites
Star Trek: The New Voyages 2
Next story:
Previous story:
The Winged Dreamers
Stories by:
Jennifer Guttridge
Next story:
last story
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Demand of Honor
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Turnabout Intruder
Previous Adventure:
To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
Chapters 16-18
Pocket Next Adventure:
Faces of Fire

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