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Provenance of Shadows is the first book in the Crucible trilogy of Star Trek: The Original Series novels written by David R. George III released as part of The Original Series’ 40th Anniversary. The trilogy explores how the events of the TOS episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" affected the lives of McCoy, Spock, and Kirk. This novel focuses on McCoy.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

IN A SINGLE MOMENT

...the lives of three men will be forever changed. In that split second, defined paradoxically by both salvation and loss, they will destroy the world and then restore it. Much had come before, and much would come after, but nothing would color their lives more than that one, isolated instant on the edge of forever.

IN A SINGLE MOMENT

...Leonard McCoy, displaced in time, saves a woman from dying in a traffic accident, and in so doing alters Earth's history. Stranded in the past, he struggles to find a way back to his own century. But living an existence he was not meant to, he will eventually have to move on, and ultimately face the shadows born of his lost life.

IN A SINGLE MOMENT

...Leonard McCoy, displaced in time, is prevented from saving a woman from dying in a traffic accident, allowing Earth's history to remain unchanged. Returning to the present, he encounters a medical mystery he is committed to solving. But the echoes of an existence he never lived haunt him, and the specter of a premature death will bring him full circle to the shadows he has never faced.

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CharactersEdit

Helena AlbrechtFarraj al-SalibaAlthouseGregg AndersonTonia BarrowsJimmy BartellPaul BatesRicardo BeltránBerkeleyRandi BryceChristine ChapelPavel ChekovJimmy ClaytonCortezBeverly CrusherDataDavisDeltaLisa DennehyVincent DeSalleLynn DickinsonPhil DickinsonMarcella DiFalcoDoranDorsantBilly FusterDavid GallowayDwight GladdyPru GlastonGolecBill HadleyHainesImmamuraJohn HarrimanHarrisonFaith HomeyerZahra JamalEdith KeelerJames T. KirkJonsaWestervliet KomackKoraxJohn KyleLaiRyan LeslieWilliam LylesDuncan MacNairJabilo M'BengaJoanna McCoyLeonard McCoyLukozeM'RessNatiraHeihachiro NoguraDaisy PalmerWoodward PalmerSitara RahdaJanice RandRobitailleBenny RussellTurner RobinsonSaavikAntonia SalvatoriIgnacio SanchezSarekMontgomery ScottShawShivolSpockGillian TaylorTempleThrazaTiroliT'LarTulugaqNyota UhuraVortDoug WarnickMillie WarnickPetra ZabrzeskiZarabethOlga Zhuravlova
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Daniel AldenAliceRobert AprilAristotleNewton ArmitageMargaret AtwoodBo BartellRay BolgerLewis CarrollLance CartwrightSamuel ClemensJohn ChristopherBilly ClaiborneRonald ColemanNancy CraterEmony DaxRichard DaystromWillard DeckerDelgadoOlivia de HavillandLisa DennehyMary DentonRandy DentonCharles DickensWillard DeckerJefferson DonnerElaanJohn FarrellEdward FisherJerry FreemanBilly FusterGallagherArlene GalwayMahatma GandhiGreer GarsonGeorgeGorkon, son of ToqGracieAmanda GraysonAudie GlastonAmanda GraysonGuardian of ForeverMattea HahnJohn "Blackjack" HarrimanHirohitoAdolf HitlerFaith HomeyerHortaI-ChayaBecky JensenDucky JensenDanny JohnsonLeila KalomiRayna KapecKorlantAlexander KirkAurelan KirkGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.George Samuel Kirk, Sr.Julius KirkPeter KirkWinona KirkKolothRoger KorbyGeordi La ForgeRyan LeslieLosiraDavid McCoyEleanora McCoyJocelyn McCoyMiramaneeGary MitchellShiboline M'RessHarry MuddBenito MussoliniJawaharlal NehruHarriet NelsonOzzie NelsonRay PeaveyElizabeth PalmerHenry PalmerJustin PalmerWoody PalmerPhanomyongChristopher PikeWilliam T. RikerRodentFranklin D. RooseveltHiram RothSakarJ.D. SalingerSanta ClausSareksalt dependent creatureGary SevenShaliraMichal SmitonickJames StewartGeorge StockerSybokT'LarAlfred TennysonHarry S. TrumanMark TwainTyreeJules VerneV'GerOlivia WarnickViola WarnickH. G. WellsThornton WilderZhontu

LocationsEdit

Alpha V colony (Memory Apsû) • Deneb IVDenevaEarth (Atlanta, GeorgiaAngel IslandAvenue ValentBrooklynBrooklyn BridgeBruggeman-Johnson Medical Research CenterDruid HillsErickson Transporter ComplexGeorgiaGolden Gate BridgeHayden, South CarolinaHudson RiverIowaLost River, IdahoLubyanka SquareMadame Chang's Mandarin CafeManhattanNaker SquareNew York CityNew York City SubwayNew York Public LibraryPentaboRiversideRussian HillRussian Hill TowerSan FranciscoSan Francisco BayTimes SquareTwenty-First Street MissionUnited States CapitolWashington, DC) • Gateway (Einstein Station) • Ingraham BLevinius VSarpeidonSpace Lab Regula IStarbase 10 (Starlight on the Water) • Starfleet HeadquartersVerillia (Pentabo) • Yonada
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AlonisAltairAmusement Park planetAquarius FormationBeta Omicron Delta IIIBeta IIIBeta PortolanBeta QuadrantBlack StarCanopus PlanetDaran VDeep Space KR-3DenevaDramiaEarth (AfricaArgentinaAsiaAtlantic OceanAustraliaBelgiumBostonBrazilBrisbaneCanadaCanberraCardiffCentral AmericaCharleston, South CarolinaCharlotte, North CarolinaChileChinaColoradoCzechoslovakiaDenmarkDublinEdinburghEiffel TowerEstoniaEuropeFranceGermanyGotthard Base TunnelGreat BritainGrand CanyonGrand Central TerminalGreeceGuamHalf Moon BayHastingsHawaiiHudson RiverIrelandItalyJapanKansasKharkovKievDiogenes LaërtiusLatviaLeningradLithuaniaLondonLuxembourgMassachusettsMelbourne, AustraliaMexicoMill ValleyMinskNetherlandsNew MexicoNew OrleansNew ZealandNorth AmericaNorwayOdessaOklahomaPacific OceanPearl HarborPeruPhiladelphiaPhilippinesPolandPortugalRichmond, VirginiaRomeRussiaSan Luis ReySausalitoSevastopolSouth AmericaSouth CarolinaSoviet UnionSpainSwitzerlandSydneyTennesseeTexasTombstone, ArizonaVictoria FallsYugoslavia) • EminiarExo IIIGamma Hydra IVGenesis PlanetIngraham BJanus VILevinius VMantilles (Ravent) • Omega IVOmicron Ceti IIIOrionPallas XIVPsi 2000RigelSpace Station K-7Starbase 9Starbase 13Tarsus IVTheta Cygni XIITriskelionTroyiusVendikarVulcan (Mount Seleya) • Zeno

Starships and vehiclesEdit

aircraftairpodUSS AlarUSS AlgonquinautomobilesHMS BountyCaroline HerschelUSS ClemsonUSS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-AUSS Enterprise-BUSS Enterprise-DUSS ExcelsiorGalileo (type-6 shuttlecraft) • IKS GorenUSS Grampus (light cruiser) • IKS Gr'othUSS HoodKepler (shuttlecraft)maglevMesserschmittUSS Minerva (Paladin-class destroyer) • monorailNewtonpickup truckIKS RikkonShrasIKS Vintahg
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USS Algonquin (Canada-class) • USS AppomattoxUSS Arizona (battleship) • ChawlaDouglas DC-3USS Enterprise-CUSS Exeterfreightergarbage scowUSS Gödel (science vessel) • USS ReliantReykjavik (transport ship) • USS Sakar (science vessel) • Seydlitz (aircraft carrier) • USS TuckerUSS Yorktown

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianFabriniHuman (Inuit) • IlyranKlingonOtevrelVerillianVulcan
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ChenariCoridanHortaHuman (BritishEnglishFrenchGermanIrishItalianJapaneseRussianScottishWelsh) • KalandanKelvanMelkotianOrganianPhylosianProvidersRomulanVedala

States and organizationsEdit

American Pacifist MovementBruggeman-Johnson Medical Research CenterCenters for Disease Control and PreventionEmory UniversityFederation CouncilNew York Public LibraryRavent General HospitalStarfleetStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet MedicalStarfleet OperationsUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of AmericaUniversity of Alpha Centauri
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Maritime Cetacean InstituteGuelph-Waterloo InstituteNazi GermanyStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Military OperationsUnited States ArmyUniversity of MississippiVulcan Science Academy

Science and technologyEdit

alienalternate timelineanestheticanthropologyantigravarcheologyasteroidatomic bombbacteriabeakerBig Bangbiologistbiophysicsblack holebotanyburnercheekbonechronometric particlechronitoncommunicatorcordrazinecosmologydata carddilithiumdiseasedisruptorduraniumenvironmental suitepilepsyevolutionFabrini medical databasefirearmsgeneticshairhand scanheating elementhydrogen peroxideinductor manifoldintake manifoldintercominternal medical scanlaser cannonlightlight-yearmain deflector dishminutephenytoinphaserphoton torpedoPlanck timeprobability wave functionprocainequantum physicsretina scanRiemann HypothesisRigelian feversciencesectorscreensecondstarshipstar systemstethoscopesubatomic physicssubspacesubspace communicationsuspended animationsynthococcus novaetelephonetest tubetimetractor beamtransparent aluminumtricordertritaniumtuberculosisturboliftUnified Field TheoryuniverseVegan choriomeningitisV-2 rocketviewscreenwarp enginewarp fieldxenopolycythemia

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralanthropologistbiologistcaptainchief engineerchief medical officerchief of Starfleet Operationschirurgeoncommanderdeputy governordetectivedoctorgovernorhigh priestessknightmarine biologistnurseofficerphysicianphysicistpriestpsychiatristscientist

Other referencesEdit

March 193022 February 19318 September 195520th centuryThe Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietAlbasynnia affairalmondAugmentsAward of Valor from Starfleet Surgeonsballroom dancingbaseballBattle of Narendra IIIBattle of PortmageeBetween Two SeasblastoneuronbookbourbonThe Bridge of San Luis ReycapitalismcarafeCarrington AwardThe Catcher in the RyechairchampagneChristianityChristmasclosetclothingClouds of Nameless TroublecoffeecontainercountrydayDeclaration of IndependencedeskdiamonddollarDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydedrawerdrinkenlistment agreementThe Evening CourierFabriniThe Far-off Interest of Tearsfal-tor-panfencingfive-year missionfolk musicfuneralgamblingGoodbye, Mr. ChipsGreat DepressionGreat ExpectationsGunfight at the O.K. Corralgymnasiumhardcover bookhistoryhorsehospitalhumpback whaleidentification badgeikebanaIn Dying Songs a Dead RegretInstrument of ObediencejenlijewelryjokekatraKlingon borderknifeKolinahrlancelanding partyLandrulanguagele-matyaLife Before ManThe Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, Book VIIlogicLost HorizonM-5 computerMadame CurieMagna CartaManhattan Projectmarriagemilitarymind meldmintmint julepMoonlit WatersMrs. MinivernationThe New York TimesnewspaperNobel PrizeNomadofficeOld WestOracle of the PeopleOrganian Peace TreatyOrganonpaintingpaperPh.D.The Philadelphia EnquirerphilosophyplanetpoetryPrime DirectiveRandom HarvestrankRostopovich-Batista safeguardsSaurian brandyshelfsickbaySilver Moon Single-BarrelslacksslatesmocksoulSpace amoebaStarfleet uniformTan RuThe Star DispatchStarfleet Legion of HonorThe Stars, Blindly Runstatus epilepticussupernovateaThe Times-Picayunetranyatunicuniformvisitor's badgeVoyager 6Vulcan nerve pinchwaterwineThe WorldThe Great WarWorld War IIyearZee-Magnees Prize

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Related StoriesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

published order
Previous novel:
First in trilogy
TOS novels
Crucible
Next novel:
Spock: The Fire and the Rose
Previous novel:
Constellations
TOS novels Next novel:
Rihannsu, Book Five
The Empty Chair
Previous story:
Tales from the Captain's Table
Iron and Sacrifice
Stories by:
David R. George III
Next story:
Spock: The Fire and the Rose
chronological order

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