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Description[]

Continuing a fresh approach to Star Trek adventure! In the powerful conclusion of this flagship trilogy, the fate of the future depends upon not only Captain James T. Kirk, but also those who serve under his command, braving the myriad perils and challenges posed by strange new worlds and civilizations
Thanks to the accidental triggering of an ancient alien technology, Captain Kirk has been banished to his own past. During a brutal massacre on Tarsus IV, Kodos the Executioner entered the history books as one of the most genocidal tyrants of the twenty-third century. As a boy, Kirk barely survived. Can he stand by now and let it happen again?
Lt. Kevin Riley is the only other survivor of Tarsus IV serving aboard the USS Enterprise. His traumatic memories provide Spock's best hope of finding their time-lost captain — before Kirk alters their time line forever!

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Characters[]

AldenSamuel BomaPavel ChekovSean DePaulForesterAntonio GiottoBill HadleyKarl JaegerGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.George Samuel Kirk, Sr.James T. KirkWinona KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyMcCulloughAnn MulhallArran MutawbeElizabeth PalmerTora RhadaKevin RileyZap SannerMontgomery ScottYuki SmithSpockHikaru SuluRobert TomlinsonKaren TraceyNyota UhuraRichard WashburnJohn B. Watkins
Referenced only 
Zeke LeoneJohn MaioneAngela MartineCarolyn PalamasRivas

Starships and vehicles[]

Caroline HerschelUSS Enterprise

Locations[]

GrexSogoTlaoli IV
Referenced only 
East Coast

Races and cultures[]

GrexxenHumanOrionShechenagVulcan

States and organizations[]

KozhuStarfleetStarfleet SecurityVragax

Science and technology[]

alienbloodelectromagnetengineexhaust-seeking microboltgauss riflehearthouriceleafmagnetic propulsion gauss slugmeterphaserriflestethoscopesurface-to-air weaponrytime

Ranks and titles[]

archaeologistcaptaincommandercopilotdoctorensigninterim security chieflieutenantscience officersecurity guardsoldier

Other references[]

23rd centuryautumnbraidbulkheadcaverncitycombat teamdeathdirtdollembassygianthillmetaloceanplanetpocketrankshirtsleevespiderStarfleet uniformstatuetunicuniformwinteryear

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Background[]

The Janus Gate and other concurrent publications were the first to use the full title "Star Trek: The Original Series" in their cover banners. Previous TOS works simply referred to TOS as "Star Trek".

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External links[]

Past Prologue (novel) article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

published order
Previous novel:
The Janus Gate
Future Imperfect
TOS unnumbered novels Next novel:
Errand of Vengeance
The Edge of the Sword
Previous novel:
The Janus Gate
Future Imperfect
TOS novels Next novel:
Errand of Vengeance
The Edge of the Sword
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Janus Gate
Future Imperfect
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Captain's Table
Where Sea Meets Sky
Chapters 1 & 31
Previous Adventure:
The Janus Gate
Future Imperfect
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Charlie X
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2266.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Avenger
Chapter 1
2247
Time travel
Next Adventure:
Vulcan's Forge
Flashback
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