For other uses, see Starfleet Academy.


Cadet David Forester has made it to Starfleet Academy's Command School, where the starship captains of the future are trained on mission simulators that make you feel as if you were really on the bridge of a starship. But there's trouble at the Academy—sabotage, conflict, and a series of "accidents" throw Forester's team of cadets into a scramble for their very lives.

Determined to save his crew, Forester rushes to stop a plot to destroy the Academy itself, and is thrust into a mission with Starfleet legends Captain James T. Kirk, Captain Hikaru Sulu, and Commander Pavel Chekov. Together they must find the cause behind a series of ever deadlier raids on Federation outposts by an unknown enemy.


On his first day at command school, Cadet David Forrester is the only one to respond to a staged terrorist attack. As a result, he is given command of a team of cadets by Kirk himself and struggles to sort out their personality conflicts while also developing a feud with a senior cadet, Frank Malan.

An attack wipes out the Federation colony on Bicea, including the surviving family of M'Giia, one of Forrester's team. A human-centric organisation called the Vanguard, of which Malan is a member, blames the attack on the Klingons and believes Starfleet should strike back at them. Another member of Forrester's team, Sturek, analyses a fragment of the ship that attacked Bicea and discovers it is a living cybership, but the evidence is destroyed by a bomb planted by the Vanguard. Forrester is able to uncover the culprit, Faith Gage.

M'Giia, who was tempted by the Vanguard's views, helps Forrester infiltrate them and discover they are planning to assasinate members of Starfleet viewed as weak and establish Kirk as the new leader of the Federation. Kirk and Forrester manage to defuse their bombs and capture all the members. Forrester and Sturek work out how to communicate with the cybership and, upon graduating and becoming officers, Forrester and his team are given the Enterprise to make contact.



Jana AktonRobin BradyPavel ChekovGeoffrey Corin/Geoff ColondDavid ForesterFaith GageGorolockJames T. KirkFrank MalanVanda M'GiiaAex RotherotSturekHikaru Sulu
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In the novel, Captain Sulu states that he is due to take command of the Excelsior in two years, placing this story in the year 2288.


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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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Previous Adventure:
Legal Action
Pocket Next Adventure:
Treaty's Law (framing story)
Media featuring the USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) under Captain Hikaru Sulu
episodes/movies The Undiscovered CountryFlashback
novels The Undiscovered CountryThe Fearful SummonsThe Captain's DaughterThe Ashes of EdenStarfleet AcademyThe Captain's Table: War DragonsThe Lost Era: The SunderedExcelsior: Forged in FireFlashbackThe Lost Era: One Constant StarBurning Dreams
Comics Tests of Courage (The Tabukan Syndrome)A Wolf in Cheap Clothing (1234) • Captain's Log: SuluThe Undiscovered CountryThe Veteran
Captain Sulu Adventures
Characters Hikaru SuluPavel ChekovJanice RandDevon GablerDmitri ValtaneLeonard James AkaarLojurTuvokAltos Viger
Stories set in Starfleet Academy
Comics Starfleet Academy ("Prime DirectivesLibertyLoyalty TestWar and PeaceLove and DeathPassagesHide and SeekReturn to the Forbidden PlanetA Prelude to WarJudgmentTelepathy War (Part One) • Parents' DayT'Priell Revealed (Part OnePart TwoPart Three) • Culture ClashMangHom qaDBetween Love and Hate") • Starfleet Academy!Starfleet Academy (Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5)
Movies Starfleet Academy SCISEC Briefs (SCISEC Brief 001: "Mystery Behind Voyager" • SCISEC Brief 002: "Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI" • SCISEC Brief 003: "Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer" • SCISEC Brief 004: "The Whale Probe" • SCISEC Brief 005: "Nimbus III" • SCISEC Brief 006: "Praxis" • SCISEC Brief 007: "Trilithium" • SCISEC Brief 008: "Temporal Vortex" • SCISEC Brief 009: "The Origins of the Ba'ku and Son'a Conflict" • SCISEC Brief 010: "Thalaron Radiation")
Novels Video game novelization1990s series (Crisis on VulcanAftershockCadet KirkWorf's First AdventureLine of FireSurvivalLifelineThe Chance FactorQuarantine) • The Best and the BrightestAcademy: Collision Course2010s series (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game)
Short stories "The Bottom Line" • "Best Tools Available"
Video games Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge SimulatorStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Academy: Strategic CommandStarfleet Academy: Chekov's Lost MissionsAcademy TrainerCadet Training Facility
Live performances Star Trek LiveThe Starfleet Academy Experience

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