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The High Country is a Star Trek novel by John Jackson Miller in the Strange New Worlds series.


The Enterprise has been assigned to search for a missing survey ship, the Braidwood, near a pre-warp planet. Pike, Una, Spock and Uhura take experimental Erastosthenes out but a mechanical failure results in them all having been beamed to the surface.

Pike discovers the planet inhabited by a group of humans, one of many groups from different species whose ancestors were relocated there by the Skagarans. A mysterious effect known as the Baffle has rendered all advanced technology useless, while a strange fire known as the Sorry destroys all attempts to go beyond the technology the Skagarans allow. The Skagarans fled their homeworld because of pollution and have rescued groups they say would have died. Pike's hosts, who quickly realise he is from space, are "Menders" who try to advance beyond the restrictions. Pike meets an old friend, Lila Talley, who was on the Braidwood and came from a luddite community on Earth, embracing the Skagarans' philosophy.

Una meets with a wilderness explorer, Celarius, who turns out to be the son of the Skagaran leader Drayko. She is eventually reunited with Uhura, who has befriended a flame creature she has dubbed an empatherm. Meanwhile, Pike's hosts are arrested and he helps them escape, eventually joining up with Spock and a fleet of sailing ships run by Vulcans who crashed on the planet a century earlier. Drayko has Una and Celarius imprisoned in a pit with political prisoners including the rest of the Braidwood crew. It transpires the Sorry is actually the result of the Skagarans forcing the empatherms to do their bidding.

Pike, Spock and Lila find the remains of a village of the Stroohs, who colonised the world before the Skagarans, and learn the rondours the Skagarans use to communicate control the Baffle. The central node could be used to shut it down or extend it to other worlds. Lila, wanting revenge on the Klingons for wiping out her community and her family, sets off to use it for the latter, which Drayko approves of, desperate to hold onto his authority. Una, Celarius and the other prisoners are freed by Uhura and set off to rendezvous with Pike.

The Enterprise sends Hemmer down in an improvised escape pod and he is able to construct an ice cutter out of one of the ships. He also reveals extending the Baffle could wipe out all life inside its influence. Lila attempts to use it anyway and the rondours are launched, creating a Baffle bubble. Celarius takes charge of the situation, deposing Drayko, and the Enterprise destroys the central node. This allows the rondours to complete the task they were designed for and allow the empatherms, who were on the planet first, to return to another dimension.

The Enterprise spends some time relocating everyone to where they want to go, including making contact with the Skagarans who stayed on their homeworld and are trying to rebuild it.



BuckshotCarpenter (Zoldaari)CelariusUna Chin-RileyDraykoEmpySebastian GarrHarjonHemmerCyrus HodgeJaddakJavuGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.KohsamKyle (Chief)Jennie MageeJoe MageeJoseph M'BengaJenna MitchellMochiLa'an Noonien-SinghErica OrtegasChristopher PikeReedyRivkinRufusSaachiSal (Epheska)SavaShankarSivendaSpockTaliyahLila TalleyToozaT'PauT'Var (Vulcan)Nyota UhuraWeedawVicki WhitehorseZoryanaollodons
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Jonathan ArcherCaitlin BarryEratosthenesGhalkaMoves-With-Burning-GraceLouvierErin MageeJallowJohn WayneHoshi SatoWard Bond

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USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • EratosthenesIssalaZersa
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the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrant
Andracine RangeBullseye NebulaCherra BayDevil's DishDry RiverEpheskaGolaraadHohlagadJevarskKandrus Ice SheetKrykanderLeejo PointOm MatayaPleasant RidgeVeros SlopeZevayne
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AndoriaBar T RanchCaliforniaEmuruangogolakGregory RiftHavenbrookKelfour VI (Kelfour star system) • Kiley 279Mount KenyaSkagaraTellarVulcan (40 Eridani system, Vulcan sector, the galaxy's Beta Quadrant)

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captaincommand divisioncrewdoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2240s-2260s)lieutenant commandermedicphysicianofficerranksciences divisionscientist

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BafflebootclothingemotionGeorgiou Gambitgovernmenthairpantsraces and culturesscienceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2240s-2265)statetitletunicuniformNine OverlordsMenderzazic



The book is set in 2259 between the events of The Serene Squall and The Elysian Kingdom. John Jackson Miller descided so because he wanted both Hemmer in the story as well as Rukiya in Enterprise' transporter bufffer, as an additional reason not to approach the planet. [1].

It makes reference to events from North Star, New Eden, Through the Valley of Shadows, The Vulcan Hello, Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach, The Enterprise War, Strange New Worlds, Kir'Shara, The War Without, The War Within and The Cage.



Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes and movies The Original Series The CageThe Menagerie
Movies Star TrekkStar Trek Into Darknessk
Discovery Will You Take My Hand?BrotherNew EdenPoint of LightAn Obol for CharonSaints of ImperfectionThe Sound of ThunderLight and ShadowsIf Memory ServesProject DaedalusThe Red AngelPerpetual InfinityThrough the Valley of ShadowsSuch Sweet Sorrow
Short Treks Q&AThe Trouble with EdwardAsk Not
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Novels Killing TimeaEnterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionaThe Children of KingsChild of Two WorldsDesperate HoursThe Enterprise WarThe High Country
Short stories "Conflicting Natures" • "A Private Anecdote" • "Sins of the Mother" • "The Greater Good"m
Comics Early Voyages "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • Cloak and Dagger (12) • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • The Fallen (12) • "Futures, Part One" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
Starfleet Academy "Return to the Forbidden Planet" • "A Prelude to War"
Crew "Shadows of the Past" • "The Ends of Eternity"
New Visions "A Scent of Ghosts" • "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner " • "The Cage"
other "All Those Years Ago..." • "To Walk the Night" • "Door in the Cage" • Alien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Imagesm (1245) • Spock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptationk (23456) • Captain's Log: PikeAftermath (123)
k : Kelvin timelinem : Mirror Universea : alternate reality


Publication history[]
German language: Das Weite Land, translated by Christian Langhagen (Cross Cult).

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