Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

A friendly reminder regarding spoilers! At present the expanded Trek universe is in a period of major upheaval with the finale of Year Five, the Coda miniseries and the continuations of Discovery, Picard and Lower Decks; and the premieres of Prodigy and Strange New Worlds, the advent of new eras in Star Trek Online gaming, as well as other post-55th Anniversary publications. Therefore, please be courteous to other users who may not be aware of current developments by using the {{spoiler}}, {{spoilers}} or {{majorspoiler}} tags when adding new information from sources less than six months old. Also, please do not include details in the summary bar when editing pages and do not anticipate making additions relating to sources not yet in release. 'Thank You


Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

Mission to Horatius is a Star Trek: The Original Series young adult novel by Mack Reynolds. It was published in 1968 by Whitman Publishing. It was their only Star Trek novel, and the first original Star Trek novel.


While exploring a new star system, NGC 434, Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves in an adventure, from one planet to another.
They enlist the help of Grang, a local from NGC 434, to guide them through the system, all while attempting to find the runaway mouse "Mickey" on the Enterprise.


At the time of the story, Enterprise is due to return for a shore leave from a prolonged mission. The crew is beginning to get upset and prone to an outbreak of space cafard—a disease that is contagious and often deadly. The supplies and food are running low. However, the ship is unexpectedly diverted, instructed to pick up emergency supplies and to head to a remote section of space where Captain Kirk is to follow secret orders.

The ship is ordered to go to the distant Horatius system populated by anti-Federation colonists to check on a distress call. Upon arrival, the crew starts checking all three planets in the system. The first one, Neolithia, is the world free of modern technology and so low on development scale that its stone-age population is not even capable of sending a distress signal. The second one, Mythra, is a world populated by religious zealots and has normal radio-level technology, but denies sending a distress signal. Both planets, however, report attacks by mysterious "space raiders" who kidnap citizens and wreak havoc. Kirk decides to help, hopefully without breaking General Order Number One, and is joined by Grang, a resident of Neolithia.

The Enterprise heads towards the third planet in the system, Bavarya, which turns out to be a technologically advanced world with an unusually large population.

In the meantime, Doctor McCoy is trying to prevent an outbreak of space cafard. Also, Sulu's pet rat, "Mickey", escapes, and is believed to be a possible carrier of bubonic plague.



AkrumbaDoris AtkinsChang (Lieutenant)Christine ChapelPavel ChekovDelvinSean DePaulDickJerry FreemanGrangJodlKellumJames T. KirkMasarykLeonard McCoyMickeyMuelMuller (Oberst)Nummer EinPeterson (Lieutenant)Janice RandMontgomery ScottAnna ShickleSpockStuart (Pater)Hikaru SuluNyota UhuraWarren (Mythran)
Referenced only
BaalJulius CaesarCheshire catHoratius CoclesHomerJesus of NazarethLaikaLuciferMaripolNoahChristopher PikeLars PorsenaSarekShickleTaylor (USS Enterprise)Thomkins

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)
Referenced only


AsiaBavaryabridgeEarthEuropeGarden of EdenGreat BritainHoratian systemJapanJerichoKansasMarsMilky Way GalaxyMythraNational Park of KyotoNeolithiaNew EnglandNGC 400NGC 434Proxima CentauriRomeSpace Station K-8Starbase 12Starfleet Command CenterTiber RiverUltimateVenusVishnuVulcan

Races and cultures

Human (BavaryanEtruscanIndianMythranNeolithianPhoenicianRoman) • KlingonRomulanVulcan

States and organizations

ByzantineClan ShamanClan WolfCouncil of PatriarchsHerr-eliteKlingon EmpirePlanetary Defense CommandRomulan ConfederationStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of AmericaUnited Temple

Science and classification

animalanodyneargonaspirinboomerangBubonic plaguechlorineclonecoalconfinement syndromedeflector shieldDoppelgängerESPExplorer 1hallucinogenkryptonLSDmileneonnitrogenoiloxygenparsecpetroleumphaserradiosmogspace cafardSpace strainspace suitSputnik 1super phasertelevisiontransporterTri-Di show

Ranks and titles

captainchurlgladiatorlieutenantOberstPaterpilgrimrecreation officerserfsteward

Other references

1001 Popular Games Down Through the CenturiesAmerican Civil WarantelopeBavaryan wineboxingbuffalocanastacatChineseCode Duello of BavaryacoffeeColosseumcoupdogdrumEarth basicelkfeudalismfleaForbidden RoomsGeneral Order Number Onegin rummygodgooseGothicGreekguitarhorsejudokaratekatakenpōkiltMiddle AgesNature BoyOld WestOperation MickeyPing-PongplanetpokerratThe Saga of Mickey the Space RatsandalScottishslaverySlavicspearStone AgeswordTeutonictribbletunicwinewrestlingzombie


The book takes place on stardate 3475.3, circa. 2267.



  • This novel was the first original prose story written in the Star Trek universe, but it was not the first book published, as it was predated by the first episode novelization collection by James Blish. While this book was aimed primarily at children and young readers, the subsequent Spock Must Die! is the first Trek novel aimed at a general audience.
  • The German version of the book Notruf aus dem All ("Emergency Call from Space") was released in July 1970 while the original Series itself would not air until 1972 in that country. As a result, the Novel contains multiple illustrations of the interiors and starships that have a different style than the actual series.
  • In 1999 Pocket Books published a facsimile edition of the book. Pocket Books editor John Ordover commented that they did the reprint "for fun", and had also noted that copies of the original were selling for high prices on the second hand market. (ST reference: Voyages of Imagination)
    • To create the facsimile Pocket Books purchased one of two copies of the original owned by Dayton Ward.[1]
    • The facsimile is almost identical to the original: The text on the cover "AUTHORIZED EDITION" is moved slightly, and the book has a new copyright page, plus a one page introduction by John Ordover on what was originally a blank page.
    • The reprint edition was packaged in a slip-cover, promoting it as "The lost Star Trek novel".




Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Bread and Circuses
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
Chapter 6
Previous adventure:
Bread and Circuses
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Chapter 6
Production history

External links