One Small Step is a Star Trek novel, the first book in the Gateways crossover miniseries, branded as the Star Trek: The Original Series entry in the crossover arc. One Small Step was written by Susan Wright, and released in August 2001. As with each entry in the Gateways series, One Small Step had somewhat of a cliffhanger ending, with the resolution to follow in the What Lay Beyond anthology. One Small Step would be concluded in the short story "One Giant Leap" in that volume.


Scattered throughout the galaxy are Gateways capable of transporting matter and energy across unfathomable distances. Left behind by a long-vanished civilization, these mysterious portals offer a means of exploration -- or conquest -- many times faster than warp travel. The technology responsible for the Gateways has been lost for at least ten millennia, but that doesn't mean it can't be found again....
Having defeated the hostile computer program guarding an abandoned Kalandan outpost, Kirk and his crew are exploring the artificial planetoid in hopes of discovering the secret of an ancient apparatus that has hurled the Starship Enterprise over nearly a thousand light-years. Unfortunately, the reactivated Gateway has attracted the attention -- and avarice -- of various alien explorers, including a mysterious race who claim to be none other than the enigmatic Kalandans themselves!



Pavel ChekovEsGuldaKadJames T. KirkLosiraLuzMarlJabilo M'BengaLeonard McCoyMomitaMoxPirRadhaJoe ReinhartMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTasmNyota Uhura
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Robert D'AmatoKahless the UnforgettableKangLosiraMaraSowronJohn WatkinsWyatt

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • IKS 'Ong (Klingon cruiser) • Petraw scout ship
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USS Crockett (scout) • Denevian vessel


Beta QuadrantKalandan outpost

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technologyEdit

arm consolearm-screenarrayautomatic hailauxiliary generatorauxiliary powerbloodcloaking devicecloaking shieldcommand chaircommunicationscomputerdisruptordisruptor bankearpieceenergyenergy pulseengineeyelidflagshiphailhairhologramimpulse engineion diffusionkilometerlight-yearmatter/antimatter containment fieldmatter/antimatter reactororbitphase disruptorphaserphaser bankportable shieldquantum-level dischargequantum torpedoscannerscreensensorsentientshieldsshock wavespacestarshipsubspacetactical computertimetoothtorpedowarp coilwarp core breachwarp enginewarp nacelle

Ranks and titlesEdit

botanistcaptainchief engineercommanderengineerensignfirst officerlieutenantnavigatorofficerpod-matesecond science officerwarrior

Other referencesEdit

accentbattle crybridgechaircolonycommand boothdaydeckevasive maneuversglovehullinsectlanding partymillenniamonthmurderOrganian Peace Treatyplanetplanetoidquartersred alertreportsciencescience stationsectorsecurity teamshieldtreatyuniformweapon




Star Trek: Gateways
One Small StepChainmailDoors Into ChaosDemons of Air and DarknessNo Man's LandCold WarsWhat Lay Beyond ("One Giant Leap" • "Exodus" • "Horn and Ivory" • "In the Queue" • "Death After Life" • "The Other Side") • Here There Be Monsters


published order
Previous novel:
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
In the Name of Honor
Previous novel:
first in the series
Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Section 31: Cloak
Pocket Next Adventure:
Gateways: What Lay Beyond - "One Giant Leap"
Previous Adventure:
That Which Survives
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Gateways: What Lay Beyond - "One Giant Leap"

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