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Captain Kirk is stranded on 1950s Earth in a mental hospital, having been abducted by Kor, subjected to a Klingon mind sifter, and transported through the Guardian of Forever. Spock is promoted to Captain and spends a year looking for Kirk.



BlairChristine ChapelPavel ChekovFredGuardian of ForeverJan HamlinJosephsJames T. KirkJohn KyleJabilo M'BengaLeonard McCoyJosé MéndezKevin RileyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluThomasFrank ThomasNyota UhuraLeonard Wright
Referenced only 
GodEdith KeelerKorSuperman

Starships and vehicles[]

carUSS EnterpriseUSS LexingtonUFO


EarthGatewayKoreaOmicron Ceti IIIOpen PlanetOrganiaStarbase 11Talos IV

Races and cultures[]

Human (Oriental) • KlingonOrganianVulcan

States and organizations[]

Federal Bureau of InvestigationKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States ArmyUnited States Marine CorpsUnited States Navy

Other references[]

American EnglishBerthold rayboatswain's pipebootcasserolecoffeedressforkgrassjacketmind-sifterSaurian brandyselectorspoonstraitjacketsubcutaneous transpondersweatertapetransporterturboliftuniformwater

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The absence of Captain Kirk from the Enterprise for an entire year, and Spock's temporary promotion and uniform change make this story difficult to reconcile with the timeline later established in canon. One possibility is that the use of the Guardian of Forever caused the reversion of these events from the characters' history, even though they might still carry memories of these events.


published order
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The Winged Dreamers
Star Trek: The New Voyages
Next story:
Sonnet from the Vulcan: Omicron Ceti Three
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
As Others See Us
Pocket Next Adventure:
If I Lose Thee...

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