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"The Counter-Clock Incident" was the 22nd episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, in the show's second and final season, first aired on 12 October 1974. The episode was written by John Culver, directed by Bill Reed and novelized in Log Seven by Alan Dean Foster.


Another exciting episode from television's most popular science fiction series
Complete in this volume:
The Counter-Clock Incident
Commodore Robert April, first Captain of the Enterprise, was traveling at warp-speeds toward retirement... a fate worse than death for a seasoned sailor of the spaceways.
There didn't seem to be any way to turn back the hands of time - but then nothing is ever certain in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Nothing, that is, except that a Klingon in pursuit means trouble... especially when that Klingon is the wily Commander Kumara!



Episode charactersEdit

Robert AprilSarah Poole-AprilArex Na EthKarla FiveKarl FourKarl SixJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Novelization charactersEdit

Robert AprilSarah Poole-AprilArex Na EthChristine ChapelChar DelminnenVan DelminnenGemasKanndadKarla FiveKarl FourKarl SixKattrun dek PrennJames T. KirkKorregKrittKumaraKursleyJohn KyleM'aartM'arrtLeonard McCoyMendezNobisPoMontgomery ScottSenShundreshSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraSven van AnlingWerthel
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Bresica CelliFranz Joseph IVKarauKarhammur the FortiethGreat KinkuthanzaShiboline M'RessRembrandt

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Karla Five's shipKlathas


Antimatter universeArretBabelBeta NiobeAmphion

Races and culturesEdit

HumanKlingonEdosian or TriexianVulcanWanderers Who Play

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets


Related storiesEdit


  • This is the seventh of Alan Dean Foster's TAS adaptation collections which have been reprinted a number of times, often in omnibuses with other Star Trek Log books. Most recently in 2006 by Del Rey Books, an imprint of the original Ballantine Books publishers, as part of Star Trek's 40th Anniversary celebrations.
  • This is also the first of the Star Trek Log books to feature the adaptation of a single 30 minute episode. The remainder of the Star Trek Logs series was in this format.
  • April is stated as having never commanded a starship before the Enterprise. This is later contradicted by the comic Flesh of My Flesh where April is stated to have commanded a USS Tiberius.
  • Much of USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is stated to have been designed by Chief Construction Engineer Franz Joseph IV.
  • The Klingon God of Gods is identified as the Great Kinkuthanza.
  • In Foster's essay (preface of the 2006 trade reprint omnibus of Logs Seven and Eight), he explains that the Kumara adventure in Log Seven is based on a two-part Klingon-themed script he prepared for Roddenberry for a potential Season Four of the original series.


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Novelization imagesEdit



published order
Previous novelization:
Log Six
Star Trek Logs Next novelization:
Log Eight
Previous episode:
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth?
TAS episode produced Next episode:
Final Episode
Previous episode:
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth?
TAS episode aired Next episode:
Final Episode
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth?
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Eye of the Beholder
Previous Adventure:
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth?
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
The Trellisane Confrontation
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2270.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Seeds of Rage
Chapters 7, 9, 12, 14, 18, 21
Chapter 1, Section 1
Next Adventure:
The Better Man
Chapter 1, Section 6

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