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The rules are simple: draw a target. Track him down and "kill" him with a spork. Take your victim's target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn't get to you first. No safe zones. No time outs. The game ends when only one player remains.

James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard "Bones" McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of explosions rocks the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it? Find out in The Assassination Game.



Richard BarnettBraximCameronPavel ChekovDaagenPellan FelJake FinneganFreemanGailaGarrRkaGrenArd JarikarJames T. KirkLartalFrank LeslieNadja LutherLeonard McCoyMitchellPhozicRixtarSpockHikaru SuluViktor TikhonovNyota UhuraUsarnAmy WestinCindy Wójcik
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ArcherAreiaTom ArnetZefram CochraneEntarraDavid FarragutYuri GagarinGillGeorge Samuel Kirk, Sr.George Samuel Kirk, Jr.Winona KirkJocelyn McCoy (see "Background" section) • MorrowChristopher Pike

Starships and vehicles

Davy Crockett (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Excalibur (Constitution-class) • Indomitable (Starfleet shuttlecraft) • USS Potemkin (Constitution-class) • Txakarra-Hartz
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USS FarragutUSS IntrepidUSS LexingtonUSS NautilusUSS Prester JohnUSS SurpriseUSS TennesseeUSS Yorktown


Argos telescopeCavallo PointChinatownEarthFort BakerGolden Gate BridgeHawking HallMarin HeadlandsNimitz HallSan FranciscoSan Francisco BaySausalitoShran HallStarfleet Academy campusWarp CoreYi Sun-Sin Hall
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Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Federation News ServiceGraviton SocietyStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet MedicalStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of PlanetsVarkolak ArmadaVarkolak AssemblyWarp Core Breach
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Breen ConfederacyStarfleet Corps of Engineers

Ranks and titles

cadetcaptainChiefdoctorFederation Presidentofficerprofessorsecurity officer

Science and technology

anetrizineanimalbloodcommon coldcommunicatorcomputerdeflector shielddyspneagravitonhairhearthermaphroditeholo-novelhydrocortilenekelotanePADDphaserphoretic analyzertachycardiauniversal translatorvaccinevelocityxenobiology

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  • Originally scheduled to be released in September 2011, the book was pushed back several times due to editorial input from Bad Robot. Races, institutions and even vessels were changed so as not to encroach on Bad Robot.[1]
  • The Graviton Society were originally to be called The 31 but this was changed as it hewed too closely to plot elements of the then in production Star Trek Into Darkness.[1]
  • This book shares a strong similarity to the overall plot of Star Trek Into Darkness despite changes the author is said to have made. A secret faction within Starfleet is working to foment war with an aggressive alien species through false flag terrorist attacks. A Federation Officer is a double agent working for the secret faction and wins Kirk's trust early on.
  • As with other books in this series, Kirk and McCoy never meet Spock in this book. Spock does hear Kirk's name mentioned, however (pp. 208, 211-212).
  • The sequence on pp. 17-25 is a homage to a sequence from TOS episode: "The Trouble with Tribbles". Similarly, Kirk's use of the corbomite bluff (pp. 35-36) is a homage to TOS episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver".
  • This book presents the first meetings in the Kelvin timeline of Uhura and Sulu (p. 114) and of McCoy and Chekov (pp. 266-267).
  • McCoy refers to his ex-wife as "Jocelyn" (p. 66), presumably a reference to Jocelyn Treadway, McCoy's ex-wife in the primary universe (TOS novels: Enterprise: The First Adventure, Shadows on the Sun). However, according to TOS comic: "IDW Star Trek, Issue 17", McCoy's ex-wife in the Kelvin timeline is Pamela Branch.
  • Cadet Morrow (mentioned on p. 139) is possibly the Kelvin timeline version of Harold Morrow.
  • This the only Starfleet Academy novel to carry a dedication. It is dedicated "To all my friends and colleagues on the USS Potemkin." Several references to characters and vehicles throughout the text indicate the aforementioned Potemkin is an internet relay chat (IRC) simulation group to which the author belongs.[1][2]
  • The author commented: "I don't have any plans right now to write another Star Trek novel, but that's not for lack of wanting to. I'd love to write another YA Trek novel in this universe, or write an adult novel in the on-going Trek continuity. DS9 is my favorite of the shows; if I had my pick, that's what I would write. If you'd pass the word along to the editors on the adult side, I'd appreciate it..." [1]



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  • 2012, June - First published in hardcover and trade paperback by Simon Spotlight
Stories set in the Kelvin timeline
comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero (1234) • Starfleet Academy (12345) • Star Trek Movie Adaptation (123456) • IDW Star Trek: Volume 1 (Where No Man Has Gone Before: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • Volume 10 (Behemoth: 1, 2Eurydice: 1, 2, 3Volume 11 (The Tholian Webs: 1, 2Deity: 12Flesh & Stone) • The Spectrum War (123456) • Live Evil (123) • Reunion (12) • Legacy of Spock (1234) • Connection (12) • Manifest Destiny (1234) • Stranger Worlds (123456) • Boldly Go: Volume 1 (123456) • Volume 2 (789101112) • Volume 3: IDIC (123456)
novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into DarknessThe Unsettling StarsMore Beautiful Than Death
video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivalsDark Remnant
board games Expeditions live-action shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)
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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Trek Collective. Alan Gratz on The Assassination Game 27 June 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. USS Potemkin Simulation Group. Roster Page. Retrieved 16 September 2013.

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