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The Antares Maelstrom is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Greg Cox, and was published on 13 August 2019.

DescriptionEdit

The final frontier erupts into chaos as vast quantities of a rare energy source are discovered beneath the surface of Baldur-3, a remote planet beyond the outer fringes of Federation space. Now an old-fashioned “gold rush” is underway as a flood of would-be prospectors, from countless worlds and species, races toward the planet to stake their claim. The galactic stampede threatens the stability of neighboring planets and space stations, as widespread strife and sabotage and all-around pandemonium result in a desperate need for Starfleet assistance. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are dispatched to deal with the escalating crisis…which lies on the other side of a famously perilous region of space known as the Antares Maelstrom.

SummaryEdit

The independent colony Baldur III discovers a rich vein of pergium. Federation assistance is requested in dealing with the massive influx of miners and claim stakers. This has extended out to the nearest Federation outpost, Deep Space Station S-8, which the Enterprise stops at en route. Kirk leaves Sulu there in charge of a small team to help out.

The Enterprise begins attempting to sort out small disputes among the Baldurians and the new arrivals. Spock identifies another problem: Kappia tea, which is beneficial in Baldur's thin atmosphere, is being smuggled from the nearby pre-industrial world Yurnos in violation of the Prime Directive. Spock and Chekov team up with the nearby cultural observers and manage to identify the smugglers and pass their details to Starfleet.

Sulu discovers that the base's commander, Tilton, has been exposed to a neural neutraliser by an unscrupulous merchant, Naylis, who is accepting payments to sabotage space captains' rivals. During the chaos, Lucky Strike, the ship on which Sulu's old flame Helena Savalas is a crewmember ends up heading into the dangerous Antares maelstrom, which no ship has ever crossed, having been sold a fake safe route by Naylis. Sulu ends up trapped on board the ship inside the maelstrom.

The Baldurians have attempted to deal with the energy crisis by using the engines of their old colony ship, Thunderbird. However, this causes its warp core to breach. As the city is evacuated, Scotty manages to fly the Thunderbird into space and jettison its warp core. Despite loss of life being prevented, the centre of the city is still devastated by the launch. However, after the Enterprise has resolved the immediate crisis, several of the newly arrived ships volunteer to help with relief efforts. This allows the Enterprise to rescue the personnel from the doomed Lucky Strike, who had discovered the maelstrom is inhabited by space-faring lifeforms who wish to be left alone.

Things begin to settle down on Baldur, who decide to apply to join the Federation, as the Enterprise crew assist with the beginning of the rebuilding efforts.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

USS Enterprise personnelEdit

Carlos AlvarezJack BainesBanningHenri CamusChristine ChapelPavel Chekov (Tocas) • Pran DesaiLee FaustGonzalezFrank HammJohannJames T. KirkPeggy KnoxJohn KyleMartha LandonLewis (USS Enterprise)Jabilo M'BengaLeonard McCoyLisa NicholsRick PainterElizabeth PalmerMontgomery ScottSingerSpock (Fultar) • Hikaru SuluNyota UhuraVance
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FinchKumarCharlene Masters

Deep Space Station S-8 personnelEdit

Max GrandleNaylisGeorge Tilton
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Trucco

Lucky Strike personnelEdit

BuzuzChen (Lucky Strike)Mirsa DajoDawson (engineer)Liddia FassCarlos PerezHelena SavalasSchultzYoder

Baldur III residentsEdit

Wayne BursteinBoyd CahillCecilFlossiPierre FremontPaul GalliganLevityNavvanMargery PohoRixonBelinda SharikhSinclair (nurse)Kate SpearsOskar Thackery
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Fanella Dandridge

Other charactersEdit

Anwar DryydeEefaJordZita MansoriMars (smuggler)Mercury (smuggler)UcoVankovVenus (smuggler)WojiYelsa
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Tristan AdamsAlbert EinsteinLandryHarry MuddSarekKhan Noonien SinghSolomonTyreeVaal

Starships and vehiclesEdit

air-truckAllegraArcturian cruiserbuckboard wagonUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Fleetness (Zephryte shuttle) • GalileogroundcarKazarite escape podLucky Strike (Midasite cruiser) • shuttlesubmersibleTherbian transportThunderbirdTigris (freighter) • wagon
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Ali Baba (Coridan scout ship) • carriageCelestialUSS Farragut (Constitution-class) • flyerGamma 337hospital shipIndustryKlingon battle cruiserUSS Potemkin (Constitution-class) • USS Pretorius (research vessel) • Romulan bird-of-preysailing shipUSS Shenzhousky-yachtSolar WindsubmarineTarkalean shuttleUSS Yorktown

LocationsEdit

Antares maelstrom (Antares Passage) • Baldur III (Pergium Palace/Pioneer’s Pavilion; Town Hall, Jackpot City) • Deep Space Station S-8 (promenadeSecurity chief's office) • the galaxyYurnos (Wavebreak)
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Alfa 177Alpha CentauriAndorArdana (Stratos) • ArgeliusAtlantisBerengaria VIIBeta IIICamus IICapella IVCollu S'AvalaDenevaEarth (AberdeenBaghdadEuropeHavanaMombasaNew OrleansSaint Petersburg, Russia) • Enkidu NebulaFederation-Klingon borderGamma CanarisGamma Trianguli VIHabah VIIIIzarKaris PrimeMarsNeuralNew HelsinkiPyris VIIRomulan Neutral ZoneRomulusSerpentine BeltSha Ka ReeShangri-LaSigma Iota IISol systemTalbot systemTantalus VTranquility BaseTroyiusVulcanWrigley's Pleasure Planet

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBaldurianBolianDenobulanHuman (BritishCanadianEuropeanRussian) • HydrathiItheniteKaferianKtarianMerakiMidasiteNausicaanOrionRhaandariteRigelianSaurianTellariteTiburonianTrillTroglyteTroyianVernalianVulcanYurnian
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ArcturianArgelianAurelianBetazoidCaitianCapellanGornHortaIzarianKarisianKazariteKelpienKlingonMelkotianNeuraleseRomulanTherbianVeganZelloriteZephryte

States and organizationsEdit

fire departmentKarisian Shipping Authoritypolice departmentStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Starfleet AcademyStarfleet MedicalTroyian royal familyUnited States Air ForceUniversity of Catulla

Ranks and titlesEdit

administratoradventureranthropologistaristocratastronautbarberbartenderbelly dancerbureaucratcaptainchief engineerchief helmsmancolonistcombat mediccommandercommunications officercommunications specialistconcert pianistconstablecopilotcrewmandealerdeputy superintendentdiplomatdoctorengineerensignfirst officerforeign trading partnerfortune-tellerfungus farmergovernorhelmsmanhermithostjudgejunior technicianlawyerlieutenantlieutenant commandermagistratemanagermayormedicmerchantminernavigatornurseobserveroffensive linemanopportunistorderlyphysicianpilotpilot first classpioneerprospectorpsychiatristrelief communications officerrelief workerrestauranteurrevenue agentringmastersaboteurscience officerscientistscoundrelsecurity chiefsecurity officerserverskippersmugglersociopathspace-traffic controllerspecialiststation managertax agenttax collectortea merchanttechniciantradertraffic coptransporter chieftransporter operatorvegetarianvocalistvolunteeryeoman

Science and classificationEdit

allergyannular confinement beamantibioticantimatterantlerarmartificial plasmaasphyxiationasteroid barrageatmosphere (magnetosphere) • atomaurorabiologybioluminescencebiometricsbloodblood pressureblood-typebody chemistrybotanybrainbrainwashingbrainwavecentimeterchemistryClass Mcoagulantcommunicationsconcussioncoordinatesdecompressiondentistryecosystemelectrical fireelectricityelectromagnetic currentelectromagnetic flashelectromagnetic transmissionemotionenergyenergy dischargeevolutionexoskeletoneyefeatherfish oilfrequencyfurgalactic barriergenetic driftgeneticsgenomegeosynchronous orbitgravitygravity wellhairharmonicheadacheheartheart rateherbal medicinehornhydrationinfectioninfusioninvertebrateion trailion stormionizationionized particlekilometerlaws of physicslife signlinguacodelitrelungmagnetic fieldmain sequence starmanemassmathematicsmattermedicationmedicinememorymetermilemillimeterminingmoonneurosynapseneurosynaptic therapyNewtonian physicsoiloperationorbitparsecpharmaceuticalphotonphysicspincerplanetplasma cascadeplasma eddyplasma streamplasma swellposthypnotic suggestionpsychologypulseradio waveresearchrestoration algorithmribrunning lightsanitationscalescienceself-heating rationsingularityskinsocial evolutionsolar windsonic vibrationsonic wavespacespace-sicknessspeed of lightstarsubspacesubspace communicationssunspotsympathetic vibrationtailtemperaturetentaclethree-dimensional spacetimetoothtransportationunsequenced proteinvacuumveinwarp core breachwarp signatureweatherxenocryptozoologyxenomedicine

Weapons and technologyEdit

airlockall-purpose door openerantennaantigrav liftantigrav sledgeartificial gravityartificial respirationastrogatorautomated assayerautomated circuit breakerautomated mineback up systembatterybeam projectorbiobedblast shutterbrain scanbrakebreathing maskbypass circuitcage elevatorCapellan tribladecargo transporterchargecloaking devicecommunication circuitcommunications arraycommunicatorcomputer terminalcontrol panelcore-temperature gaugecouplingcranedata slatediagnostic boarddiagnostic monitordirector coildisruptordocking clampEM shield grateenergy screenengineenvironmental control panelenvironmental suitEPS gridEPS relayfabricatorfanfilterfire-suppressionflintlock pistolfloodlightfood processorfood slotforcefieldglobular visual monitorgravity bootgravity plategyrohand scannerhazard suithologramhoming signalhydroelectric generatorhyposprayimpulse engineinertial damperintercomion driveKlingon disruptor pistollanding gearlanding strutlanternlaser pistollaser torchlife supportlocklong-range sensormagnetic constrictormagnetic lockmatter-antimatter generatormatter-antimatter injectormatter-antimatter reactormechanical lockmechanical scalemedical scannermedical tricordermicroassayermicrophonemicrotape diskmind-control deviceminefieldmobile phaser drillmodular mechanismmooringsmotion detectormultipurpose wrenchneural neuralizernuclear fusion reactoroil lampovenphaserphaser batteryphaser drillphaser welderphoton torpedoplasma coolant systemplasma transfer conduitpower generatorpower gridpower relayprobepropulsion systemprotein resequencerprotoplaserpublic address systempumpriflerodinium-tipped drillsatellitescopeself-destructsensor arraysensor bubblesensor bulbshieldsignal emittersite-to-site transportsnowblowersoftwaresoftware patchsolar panelsonic agitatorsonic plowsonic showersterile fieldstone knifestructural integritystun grenadesubspace bypass circuitsubspace radiosubspace radio control circuitsuction funnelsurgical support frametechnologythrusterthruster suittime portaltimepiecetractor beamtransfer coiltranslation matrixtransparent aluminumtranspondertransportertricordertype-1 phasertriscreen viewertumblerturboliftuniversal translatorvariable compression nozzleviewscreenwarning buoywarp drivewarp fieldwarp nacellewarp propulsion systemweaponweapons bankweather-control networkwheelchairzero-g stretcher

LifeformsEdit

alienamphibianarachnidavianboarDenebian glowflydragonevergreenfaunafernfishflorafoliagegliderHibernian bansheehorseIzarian fang-fishhumanoidinsectileinsectoidlifeformlivestockmammalianmanta raymarmotmegamarmotmossnabbianonhumanoidplantPreebian sponge-hogRegulan eel-birdreptilianrodentsquirreltreewhysser

Materials and substancesEdit

adrenalineanalgesicanestheticanesthizine gasbenjisidrineCherenkov radiationcordrazinedeuteriumdilithiumduraniumgranitegunpowderoreoxygenpergiumplasmaplasma coolantserasteeltranquilizertransparent aluminumtri-ox compoundtrilliumzenite

Other referencesEdit

216821693-D backgammon18th century20th century23rd centuryacreAntarian glow waterAntarian musicantihijacking protocol B-2apronaquiferArgelian bazaarastrosciences divisionautumnaxelbandanabandolierbannerbarbarnbarracksbarrelbarterbasementbasketbathbeachbearskinbedbeltbifocalbinblack marketblackoutblanketblood drivebluegrass bandblueprintsbody languagebootboothborder patrolbotanical gardenbottleboulderbowling alleybribebrickbriefing roombrigbrinebrownoutbulkheadbusinessbuttermint teacafecakecandlecanecanistercanvas bagCaptain’s logcargocargo containercarpentrycarpetcartcartonchainchesschimneycircusclaycliffclinicclock towercodex bookcoffee cupcolonycommand centercommendationcommunications stationconcreteconference roomcontinentcontrabandcontrol roomcoral pencotcourt of lawcovecoverallcreditcreekcrowbarcultural contaminationcupcurrencycustoms centerdamdancedeskdiplomacydirtdistress signaldocking facilitydominodowsing roddrinkduck blindear studEarth folkloreeateryeconomyEdosian hula dancingelectionemergency rationenergy voucherengineeringengineering compartmententertainmentenvelopeevasive maneuverevidenceexam roomfarmhouseFederation-Klingon War of 2256-2257felt bagfenderfertilizerfield tripfire stationfirst contactfive-year missionflaskflying carpetfoodFridayfuneralfurnituregamblinggambling parlorgenieglassglovegluegogglesgold fevergold rushgravelGreek Furygrooming facilityguest quartersgullygymnasiumhaggishand-to-hand combathandkerchiefhangar deckharnesshathayheadbandhearthhelmherbal teahikinghillHippocratic oathhistoryHodgkin’s Lawholiday specialholding cellhomesteadhomicidehoneyhospitalhot cocoahousehull breachhungerhurricanehydroelectric planticeboxicicleinfirmaryinninspectioninspection reportinterrogationinvestigationjacketJefferies tubejugglingjumpsuitkarate chopkhaki coverallkitchenKlingon daggerlanding padleatherledgerleggingslinenlodgingloglog cabinlootinglumberlumber businessmantlemanuremapmatchbookmattressmedalmedical academymedical associationmedical facilitymedical schoolmeditationmedkitmental asylummezzaninemillmind-meldmining campmirrorMondaymoneymortarmosaicmudmurdermuseummusicmusic hallmutinynabbia teanavigation stationNearer, My God, to Theeneuralization chambernightclubno-win scenariooceanOrganian Peace Treatyovercoatpaint canisterpalletpaper fanparchmentparkpenal colonypendantpergium feverpianopickpicturepierpipeplastiform deskpoliticsponchoporticopostcardpotluckpovertypower plantPrime Directivepriority channelprivate sectorprofitpsychiatric hospitalpublic relationsquartersravinerec roomrecovery wardrecreationreinrestraintsriotriverriverbedroadrockrockslideroundsruinRussian languagesabotagesafety harnesssafety razorsaladsaloonsandwich shopsatchelsawmillscraper bladescrollseaportseashellseat beltsecuritysensor stationsheltershopshore leaveshovelshuttlebaysickbaysilk caftansilosingingsingle-malt Scotchskeleton keyskirtskyscraperslave marketsledgesnack bowlsnow shovelsoilspaspaceportSpican flame gemspinning wheelsporestablestairwellstar chartStarfleet insigniaStarfleet overridestonestorage compartmentstorage holdstorehouseSuffusionsuperstitionsupply closetsurgical wardsurveyswabswap meetsweat pantssweaterswimming pooltabletableclothtactical stationtalent showtank toptarifftarptaverntaxteatemplethermoconcretethermostickettimbertin cantool belttool kittrade routetraffic jamtransporter stationtreasure hunttriage centertrillium bracelettrophy cuptrunktsurisUFOvacationvaporvestvialVIP suitevisorVulcan nerve pinchwastebasketwaterwater parkway stationweddingwellwheelwindshieldwinewitchwoodwool sweaterwork beltyellow alertYurnian languagezeel

ChronologyEdit

August, 2270
The Enterprise travels around the Antares Maelstrom to reach Baldur III, some two years, eight months and fourteen days after their visit to Neural.

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The Enterprise War
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Collateral Damage
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The Captain's Oath
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The Higher Frontier
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Captain to Captain
Stories by:
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TBA
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