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For the TOS novel with this title, see: TOS novel: No Time Like the Past.

Captain Kirk sees ancient history — being unmade! — "No Time Like the Past" was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1978. It was the 17th of 22 stories drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 8th of 10 stories written by George Kashdan.

Description

It is said that the fate of a single blade of grass can influence the future forever! What, then, of the fate of a man, a regiment, an army? For three officers of the starship Enterprise, the answer lay in the dwindling sands of time!

Summary

Captain's log, star date 3275.2.
In response to a request from the planet Oorego IV, we are pursuing their deposed dictator, Trengur, who escaped from an insane asylum...

The USS Enterprise follows Trengur to the planet of the Guardian of Forever. Beaming down, James T. Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy learn from the Guardian that Trengur is altering history. They pass through the portal, emerging in front of a cave in the mountains in 218 BC. Spock recognizes Hannibal's Carthaginian army, which is traveling through the Alps to invade the Roman Empire. Spock also notices that the army is going the wrong way, and speculates that Trengur has warned Hannibal of hidden Roman troops following them. Quickly, the landing party heads toward the army. Soldiers take them to Hannibal, but Trengur has already become Hannibal's trusted colonel and aide-de-camp. Suddenly the Romans are spotted, and the Starfleet officers are forgotten as the army engages in battle, defeating the Romans. The landing party heads back to the cave, then returns through the Guardian to find out how history has been changed.

Captain's log, star date unknown, (delayed report)
We returned to find the Enterprise and its crew in a completely altered state...

Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu and Nyota Uhura hail their Earthfleet captain aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-2101). The ship looks familiar, but personnel are wearing different uniforms. History tapes shows that Trengur killed Hannibal, the American Revolution was thwarted, and Adolf Hitler conquered America. By the 21st century, Trengur had taken control of Earth and exiled any opposition. Earth was denied admittance when the Federation formed. Scott laughs at their Starfleet uniforms and suggest they change clothes. As the trio don Earthfleet uniforms, Kirk learns that their assignment was to use the Guardian to infiltrate and place antimatter bombs around key historic Starfleet installations, then destroy the Guardian's planet so that their mission could not be undone. Set to explode in nine minutes, the bombs will forever trap Kirk, Spock and McCoy in the alternate timeline.

When Kirk doesn't immediately order the ship to escape the impending blast radius, Scott becomes suspicious and leads a security team to the briefing room. But Spock is one step ahead and knocks Kirk out with a Vulcan nerve pinch, then lies to Scott about Kirk's condition. McCoy revives Kirk in sickbay, then tells Scott that Kirk has contracted the Bubonic Plague from his travels through time. Scott panics and quickly returns the landing party to the planet.

Moments before the bombs detonate, the three men hastily rush through the portal. They reappear in 218 BC, a bit earlier than in their previous visit. Without weapons, the trio hastily commandeer a war elephant to chase down Trengur and shuffle him away from the army. The soldiers don't pursue, as they just want their elephant back. The four return to the 23rd century and rematerialize in the transporter room of the prime reality Enterprise. Scott is pleased that they retrieved Trengur, but laughs at their strange uniforms.

References

Characters

Guardian of ForeverHannibalJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTrengurNyota UhuraGeorge Washington

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise (NCC-2101)automobiletrainrocket spacecraft

Locations

Earth (AlpsItalyRome) • Gateway
Referenced only
Earth (AmericaBroadwayCarthageGreat BritainNew York) • Oorego IVTerra Minor

Races and cultures

Human (AmericanBritishCarthaginianRomanTeuton) • Vulcan

States and organizations

EarthfleetFederationStarfleetStarfleet Academy

Science and classification

antimatter bombantitoxinbody armorcommunicatorcomputer bankcoordinatesdrughelmethistorical tapehyposprayintercomphasersensorshieldspearswordsyringetime portaltime traveltransporterviewscreenwatchweapon

Ranks and titles

aide-de-campcaptaincoloneldictatordoctorgenerallieutenantofficernazirefugeeskierspy

Other references

alternate timelineAmerican Revolutionarmyassignment patchasylumatmospherebridgebriefing roomBubonic Plaguecaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2267cavecenturyclothingcolonycorridorcrewdeathelephantFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)furnituregalaxyhistoryhorsehourlog entrylogicmedicalmilitary scienceminutemountainorbitoutpostplagueprime universepsycho-filesecondsickbayspacespace-time continuumskiingStarfleet uniformsstonestunswordtimetime warptransporter roomuniformVulcan nerve pinchwarwateryear

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Related media

Background

Images

Connections

Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"

Timeline

Published Order
Previous story:
#55: A World Against Itself
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next story:
#57: Spore of the Devil
Previous story:
Sport of Knaves
Stories by:
George Kashdan
Next story:
The Brain-Damaged Planet
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Hijacked Planet
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Brain-Damaged Planet
Previous comic:
The Hijacked Planet
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
The Brain-Damaged Planet
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2267.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Uhura's Song

Chapter 11

218 BC Next adventure:
Spock's World

Vulcan: Five (Flashback)

Chronology

218 BC
Trengur kills Hannibal and conquers the Roman Empire, creating an alternate reality.
1776
George Washington is killed by British troops.
1940s
Adolf Hitler conquers America.
21st century
Humans who oppose Trengur are banished from Earth.
2240s
During his time at medical school, Leonard McCoy skis in the Alps.
Production history
October 1978
First published by Gold Key Comics.
1979
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual (1980). (World Distributors Limited)
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD. (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
14 March 2019
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #58. (Eaglemoss)
Translations
1979
Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #3 (De Vrijbuiter)
1979
German: As "Das Tor zur Vergangenheit" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #3 (Condor)
1980
German: As "Das Tor zur Vergangenheit" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)

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