Kevin Thomas Riley was a career Starfleet officer who served aboard the USS Enterprise as a navigator in the late 2260s. He later became an attaché to Admiral James T. Kirk, and later became an accomplished ambassador.
Early Life and Career
Kevin Thomas Riley was born on Tarsus IV in 2242. At the age of 4, the whole of Riley's family was killed on the order of Kodos the Executioner following a lengthy famine. Riley's life was saved by 13-year-old James T. Kirk, and the boys became two of the few witnesses to Kodos' atrocities. (TOS episode: "The Conscience of the King", TOS novels: The Lost Years, A Flag Full of Stars, Recovery, Avenger)
Following Tarsus, Riley returned to Earth to live with distant relatives. (ST video game: Starship Creator) Kevin lived in Van Nuys California and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America Wolf Pack 11340 while growing up. (TOS novel: The Galactic Whirlpool) Later Kevin entered Starfleet Academy in 2258, and graduated in 2262, where he was assigned to the USS Exeter as navigator. After serving with distinction aboard the Exeter for three years, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the USS Enterprise in 2265. (ST video game: Starship Creator)
Aboard the Enterprise
Riley was well-liked and respected aboard the Enterprise and had many friends, including Hikaru Sulu and Joe Tormolen. Tragedy struck in 2266, however, when the Enterprise visited Psi 2000, and Tormolen was infected with the Psi 2000 virus which led to depression and a fight with Riley and Sulu in the recreation room, resulting in his death.
Although he had to contend with the death of his friend, Riley was similarly afflicted with the virus, and took control of the Enterprise's engineering department and shut down the engines. Thankfully, Commanders Spock and Montgomery Scott were able to cold-restart the engines and get the starship to safety. (TOS episode: "The Naked Time", TOS - The Janus Gate novel: Present Tense)
A later incident involving a Capellan choir drew continual harassment from his crewmates. This led Riley to request a transfer from Captain Kirk, but Kirk refused his request, and instead placed him in charge of one of the ship's contact teams. In 2267, he led a contact team aboard the generation ship Wanderer and redeemed himself in the eyes of the Enterprise crew. (TOS novel: The Galactic Whirlpool)
A few weeks later, Captain Kirk chose Riley to lead a landing party to survey an uncharted planet. While on the planet, the party encountered trouble and crewmember Lana Shembry was killed. Riley blamed himself for her death and applied for a transfer off the Enterprise. Captain Kirk accepted and Riley took a teaching position at Starfleet Academy teaching navigational skills. (TOS novel: The Lost Years)
Riley's time teaching at the Academy left him rather unfulfilled, but he wanted to be in a position in which no lives depended on his actions. In 2268, he met a Somalian woman named Anab, a fellow Starfleet officer who wanted to take her career aboard a starship and into space. However, as her relationship with Riley progressed, she decided to postpone her movement. In early 2270, the two took out a one-year marriage contract.
When the Enterprise returned to Earth at the end of its five-year mission in 2270, Captain Kirk requested that Riley be promoted to lieutenant commander and that he serve as his aide at Starfleet Headquarters. Admiral Heihachiro Nogura expressed some concern, but he eventually relented and Riley accepted the post. Shortly after, Anab decided to leave Riley and accepted an assignment aboard the USS Starhawk. Before she left, she urged Riley to look at himself and his life and do what he wanted. After attempting to resign, Admiral Lori Ciana persuaded him to stick with his job. (TOS novel: The Lost Years)
Kevin Riley later transferred to the diplomatic corps, and served as an aide to Ambassador Sarek. After the death of the Romulan Praetor, the Romulans decided to extend an olive branch to the Federation, and Riley was the Ambassador chosen to represent the Federation at the talks. The reappearance of the Cetacean Probe led to the interruption of the talks, which were not resumed. During the course of the talks, Riley was seriously injured and spent several days in a coma, but later made a full recovery. (TOS novel: Probe)
In 2288, Ambassador Riley was called upon to mediate peace talks between the warring planets Pavak and Oyolo. During this mission he came into contact with Lenore Karidian once again after she had been rehabilitated and went to Oyolo as an aid worker following her release. Despite Karidian's attempting to murder him over two decades ago, Riley came to forgive Karidian for her past actions. (TOS novel: Foul Deeds Will Rise)
- TOS episode: "The Naked Time"
- TOS novel: Present Tense
- TOS novel: Past Prologue
- TOS episode: "The Conscience of the King"
- TOS novel: Heart of the Sun
- TOS novel: Web of the Romulans
- TOS novel: Ishmael
- TOS - Mere Anarchy eBook: The Centre Cannot Hold
- TOS novel: Gemini
- TOS novel: The Galactic Whirlpool
- TOS novel: A Choice of Catastrophes
- TOS novel: Uhura's Song
- TOS short story: "Mind-Sifter"
- TOS novel: The Tears of the Singers
- TOS novel: Crossroad
- TOS novel: The Final Nexus
- TOS novel: The Lost Years
- TOS novel: A Flag Full of Stars
- TOS novel: Recovery
- TOS novel: Pawns and Symbols
- TOS novel: Probe
- TOS novel: Foul Deeds Will Rise
- TOS comic: "Debt of Honor"
- ST - Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union (myriad universe version)
|USS Exeter personnel|
|USS Exeter (NCC-1672)||Andreoni • Carter • B. Mendez • D. Newman • K. Riley • R. Tracey|
|USS Exeter (NCC-1712)||Pérez • Stephanoff • Stockdale • L.H. Styles|
|USS Exeter (NCC-26531)||L. Ap'Boylan • T. Augustine • N. Basner • K. Clark • C. Carroll • C. Dunn • A. Garbeck • Hodgkiss • K. Jutkiewicz • K. Kahn • D. Kosa • T. Lamb • A. Lee • M. MacGibbon • A. MacMurrian • Mankowski • T. Paris • E. Shelby • C. Tulley • James Venes • G.S. Wagner • P. Wynats • S. Wynats|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) communications personnel|
|under Robert April||Hall • Sanawey • Van Fleet||under Christopher Pike||Dabisch • Garrison • Nano • Vincent • Zacharia|
|under James T. Kirk & Spock||Alden • Aronsen • Ashcraft • Auberson • Azuela • Bryant • Czyzak • DeLeon • Dezago • Dominico • Farrell • Fletcher • Goldstein • Granger • Hodge • Josephs • Kerasus • Krelidze • Laysa • Leaming • Lin • Mahásë • Martine-Teller • Mendez • Miraskin • M'Ress • Mueller • Muir • North • Nyssa • Osik • E. Palmer • L. Palmer • Peretz • Pilar • Putman • Riley • T'zeela • Talliflores • Tanaka • Uhura • Vehau • Vigelshevsky • Wirrering • York|
|see also: administrative personnel • engineering personnel • medical personnel • pilots & flight control personnel • security & tactical personnel • sciences personnel • senior staff • unnamed (2240s and 2250s • 2260s • 2270s and 2280s)|
|Starfleet Operations personnel|
|Chief of Starfleet Operations||Matthias W. Jefferies • Mattea Hahn • Chris Richards • James T. Kirk • Los Tirasol Mentir • James Leyton • Philip Herthum • Yoshi Fukazima|
|Other personnel||Greg Agalsoff • Carstairs • Gregory Quinn • Kevin Riley • Santin • N.J. Weiland|