See also Space Seeds, a TNG comic.

"Space Seed" was the 24th episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 24th episode of the show's first season, first aired on 16 February 1967. The episode was written by Carey Wilber and Gene L. Coon, directed by Marc Daniels and novelized in Star Trek 2 by James Blish.


On stardate 3141.9, the USS Enterprise comes across a ship floating in space. It is found that it is the SS Botany Bay, a ship lost during the end of the Eugenics Wars in the late 1990s decade. When the crew discover this vessel, historian Marla McGivers, Captain Kirk, Scotty, and Doctor McCoy all beam aboard to see who is still alive.



Episode charactersEdit

Robert AbramsClifford Brent (?) • Bill HadleyHarrisonKatiJames T. KirkJohn KyleRyan LeslieLeonard McCoyMarla McGiversOttoMontgomery ScottKhan Noonien SinghSpinelliSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraJoaquin Weissunnamed Augmentsunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (USS Enterprise NCC-1701 personnel)
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Alexander the GreatNapoléon BonaparteLeif EricsonFlaviusLuciferJohn MiltonKing Richard the Lion HeartLiam MacPhersonSuzette LingArmando RodriguezThule

Novelization charactersEdit

Robert AbramsPaul AustinJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMarla McGiversSibahl Khan NoonienMontgomery ScottSpinelliSpockNyota UhuraJoaquin Weiss
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AdamskiAugustusNapoléon BonaparteLuciferJohn MiltonWilliam of OccamHikaru Sulu

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • SS Botany Bay (DY-100 class/CZ-100 class sleeper ship)
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DY-500 class


in or near Mutara sector, the galaxy's Beta Quadrant
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Earth (Sol system, sector 001, Alpha Quadrant): Australia (Botany Bay), Rome, Asia (India), Middle East
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Tau Ceti system (Alpha Quadrant) • Starbase 12 (Gamma 400 star system, Beta Quadrant) • Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri sector, Quadrant 0, Beta Quadrant) • Ceti Alpha (Mutara sector, Gamma Orionis sector block, Beta Quadrant)

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgebriefing roomcorridorengineeringquarters (Khan's, Marla's) • sickbaytransporter room

Races and culturesEdit

AugmentHuman (SikhScot) • Vulcan

Technology and weaponsEdit


Materials and substancesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

FederationStar Ship Command

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderhelmsmanmedical practitionernavigatorofficerscientistscience officersecond officer

Other referencesEdit

anesthesiaMorse codeEugenics WarsEnglishWorld War IIISikhEuropeanLatinOrientalDark AgesoxBotany Bay Colonizing ExpeditionAlpha Centauri ExpeditiontantalumsheepphaserScotsmananatomybeamingBonesbootcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2267clothingfive-year missiongovernmenthomeworldhourhumanoidjumpsuitlanguagelife spanlifeformlog entrylogicmattermemorynation-statepantsparadiseplanetquadrantraces and culturesrankregulationship's logship's log, USS Enterprisespacestarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)technologytitletunicuniformuniverseweapon


years prior to 2267 
Botany Bay floats in space. (prior to episode/novelization)
stardate 3141.9, 2267 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages
Enterprise travels to Starbase 12.
Kirk recalls the encounter with Khan. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: The Wrath of Khan)


Related mediaEdit

Media featuring Khan Noonien Singh
Episodes/Movies Space SeedThe Wrath of KhanInto Darkness
Novels Space SeedThe Wrath of KhanThe Eugenics Wars (The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1Volume 2To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh) • Seeds of Dissent
Comics The Wrath of Khan (123) • Khan: Ruling in Hell (The First Six Months234) • Khan (12)

Novel adaptationsEdit

Video releasesEdit



  • In the novelization, Khan's full name is Sibahl Khan Noonien.
  • Also, the last CZ-100 class vessel was produced in 1994, and used for travel within the Sol system.
  • Human warp drive was invented in 2018.
  • Khan fought the Eugenics Wars from 1992 to 1996.
  • The Alpha Centauri Expedition was the first to leave the Sol system and took place in 2018.
  • Lieutenant Marla McGivers is listed as a Systems officer.
  • While it is implied that Khan killed Lieutenant Adamski in the novelization, the conclusion of the episode where Kirk drops all charges against Khan makes it highly unlikely, in the canon truth of the matter, that Khan permanently dispatched any crewman. In fact, by the time of The Wrath of Khan, it seems Kirk failed to log any record of the incident, which would be hard to explain if any personnel had been lost under such unexplained circumstances.


Enterprise personnelEdit

Khan's "supermen"Edit



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A Taste of Armageddon
TOS episode produced Next episode:
This Side of Paradise
Previous episode:
The Return of the Archons
TOS episode aired Next episode:
A Taste of Armageddon
Previous story:
The City on the Edge of Forever
Star Trek 2
Next story:
last story
until Star Trek 3
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
A Taste of Armageddon
Pocket Next Adventure:
To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
Chapters 3-6
Previous Adventure:
A Taste of Armageddon
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
This Side of Paradise

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