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The Great Starship Race is a Star Trek novel, the 67th book in the numbered series of TOS novels published by Pocket Books. This volume was written by Diane Carey and released in October 1993.


When a friendly, alien people called the Rey make contact with the Federation, they are thrilled to learn the galaxy has a large number of intelligent races. To bring the myriad cultures to their world, the Rey host a celebration - inviting space faring peoples to send representative ships to compete against one another and The Great Starship Race is born.
As the Federation's flagship, the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, is sent to compete. But the event takes a dark turn when a Romulan warship arrives and demands to join the race. Soon, Kirk and the Romulan commander are engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and, for Kirk and his crew, the race becomes a struggle for survival. Faced with treachery at every turn, Kirk must protect his ship from relentless attack and prevent the annihilation of an entire world.



Buck AmesAntonoffBeneonBolesPavel ChekovDeCampKenneth DodgeMiles Glover XPeter HallHanashiroJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMichaelsonSam OatsOranJohn OrlandOssoNancy RansomRiocTurrice RoonRoyenneMontgomery ScottBen ShamirianSpockHikaru SuluHans TahlT'NoyTomNyota UhuraVorryValdus Ionis Zorokove
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Helmut AppenfellerIan BlackingtonLeo BlaineBrennanSteve DauntEdwardsEliiorBjorn FaargensenChristoff GogineCharles Goodyear IXSue HardeeHunterImThomas JeffersonKmmtaLegarratlinyaSamuel LiLoraconSucice MillerJames NeumarkSinclair RowanTom SawyerLauru ifan TaThais

Starships and vehicles

552-4AlexandriaBlackjacketThe BlimpBluenose IVBrother's Keeper (hospital ship) • ChessieCynthia BlaineDominion of ProximaDrachenfelsEienvenUSS EnterpriseForbearantGavelan StarUSS Great LakesHaunted ForestUSS HoodUSS IntrepidIrimlo SiNew Pride of BaltimoreOzciceRansom CastleRed TalonRiver of WillScorahSpecificThomas JeffersonUnpardonableValkyrieYtahoYukon University
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Whip HandWorshipper


the galaxyStarbase 10Starbase 16
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AndorArgeliusBahamasBaltimoreCanadaColony DrachenfelsDaran VEminiarGullreyMarylandNew MaluraProxima BetaRigel IVRigel XIIVirginiaZeon

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Romulan Imperial FleetRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Blaine Aerospace Inc.Braniian CollegeC&O Spaceroads, Inc.Goodyear Inc.Orion UnionRansom Carnvale International Mining CorporationSkol BreweryTricameronYukon University

Science and classification

auxiliary monitorbeaconcommand chairdisruptorgalaxylight-yearmonitorneutron starphoton torpedoplate tectonicsrecorder markersecondsensorsensor shadowspacestarstarshipstaticthroatturboliftwarp factor

Ranks and titles

ambassadorcaptaincenturioncommanderdeckhandengineerensignheronavigation specialistofficerpirateprimusrepresentativeStarfleet Surgeon Generalsubcommander

Other references

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published order
Previous novel:
From the Depths
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Previous story:
Best Destiny
Stories by:
Diane Carey
Next story:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2269.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Sundered
Chapter 13
Prologue, Section 1
Next Adventure:
Dead Man's Hand
Previous Adventure:
Such Sweet Sorrow
Prologue, Section 2
Next Adventure:
The Covenant of the Crown
Chapter 2

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