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Kirk and his crew face certain death... while journeying deep into their own pasts!


A freak shuttlecraft accident—and suddenly Captain Kirk and most of his senior officers find themselves adrift in space, with no hope of rescue, no hope of repairing their craft, or restoring communications—with nothing, in short, but time on their hands.
Time enough for each to tell the story of the Kobayashi Maru - the Starfleet Academy test given to command cadets. Nominally a tactical exercise, the Kobayashi Maru is in fact a test of character revealed in the choices each man makes - and does not make.
Discover how Starfleet Cadets Kirk, Chekov, Scotty, and Sulu each faced the Kobayashi Maru...and became Starfleet officers.



AnneBaaschCantiniRobert CecilSasha CharlesPavel ChekovRachel CoanConstrevFilbertLaurel GuginHohmanHowellTetsuo InomataJandaGregory JaoJames T. KirkArthur KobrineKozorAldous KramerLeonard McCoyNabudaNarvMaria Theresa Perez-SalazarMontgomery ScottShojiSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraWalgrenWestbeld
Referenced only
AgrippaBabinCherylJesus ChristGeorge CusterFriendly JohnFr'nirGarth of IzarRube GoldbergHoshe-IggaKorrdDas Res-PamudanShaitaniGeorge TemmuVon

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Enterprise-subclass refit) • USS ExeterUSS FarragutHalley (shuttlecraft) • "IKS Kh'yem" (Klingon cruiser) • "SS Kobayashi Maru" (neutronic fuel carrier) • USS PotemkinUSS SaratogaUSS Yorktown


bridgeengine roomengineeringGastIsrando-on-Sheshwarphaser bayrecreation hallshuttlebaysickbaysunsideTiatristorpedo baytransporter room

Planetary locations

AberdeenAllegheny MountainsAustraliaCaliforniaFisherman's WharfGolden Gate BridgeGolden Gate ParkIowaJapanKare Conference HallLittle BighornLos AngelesMexicoMexico CityMount TamNorth AmericaOaklandOhioOld El CerritoPalace of Fine ArtsRhinelandSan FranciscoScotlandTempe

Stations and outposts

Aslan Industrial StationStation F9

Planets and planetoids

Altair VICarstair's PlanetEarthHohweyn VIILunaMenak IIIRigel VRukbat V

Stellar locations

Altairthe galaxyGamma HydraHohweynKlingon Neutral ZoneMagellan sectorMenakMurasaki sectorRigelRukbatSol system

Races and cultures

AndorianAltarianBarbarbaar'yoatHuman (AsianCheyenne peopleMaoriRussian) • KlingonRomulanTseyluriVulcan

States and organizations

Babin's sixth fleetCadet Bloc GCadet Bloc WKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Academy Command SchoolStarfleet Academy Engineering SchoolUnited Federation of PlanetsVenkatsen Research GroupWorld Library

Science and classification

Aberdeen Solutionatombiologyblack holebloodbrainchemotherapycommand chaircommunicationscomputerconstellationcoolant systemcranedeflector shielddisruptordrugengineenvironmental suitglioblastomagravitic anomalygravitic minegravityhearthourhypothermiaimpulse driveintercomjammingkilometerlampmathematicsmedicinemedikitmetermultiship field systemmusclenerveorbitparticle beamPerera Field Theoryphaserphaser bankphoton torpedoplantplasma weaponradioreaderrecord tapestar systemstarbasestarshipsubspace radiotimetorpedotorpedo launchertransportertrinary starwarp drive

Materials, substances and energies

adrenalineantimattercoolanthairiceironkuritelightliquid nitrogenneutrinonickelozoneradiationtitanium

Ranks and titles

admiralcadetcaptainchief engineercommandercommodorecommunications officercrewmandoctorengineerfirst officerhelmsmanliaison officernavigatorofficerphaser chiefpilotscience officersecurity chiefstudentyeoman

Other references

asteroidBattle of Tiatrisbulkheadbutterflybuttercitycourt martialdiplomacydogduckearthwormEncyclopedia of Engineering Development and Designfield jacketfoodGeorgian RussianglasshelmHoshe OffensiveiguanaJapaneseKlingoneseKobayashi Maru scenariolibrarylockermihkaModern RussianMuscovite High RussianorigamiparrotphilosophyplanetpsychologyrabbitraisinReinhold pirouetteRosserian ivysectorshore leavesolitaireStarfleet Citation for Conspicuous GallantryStarfleet uniformTellurian greencatuniformwaterweapon



On the cover of the book, the USS Tritium is shown, having been modeled based on a painting by Rick Sternbach originally created for the TOS reference: Spaceflight Chronology. Which ship it might represent from the story is unclear, although it seems implied that the Tritium image might represent the SS Kobayashi Maru herself.



Published Order
Previous novel:
The Cry of the Onlies
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Rules of Engagement
Previous story:
first work
Stories by:
Julia Ecklar
Next story:
most recent solo work (see L.A. Graf)
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Pawns and Symbols
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
Home Is the Hunter
Previous adventure:
"Denial of Destiny" (role-playing game)
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Home Is the Hunter
Chapters 2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 34, 38, 44, 51 & 52
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2273.
The Pocket Books Timeline and Memory Beta Chronology place events from this story in 4 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Better Man
Chapter 1, Section 6
Chapter 8
Next Pocket adventure:
Final Frontier

Next MB adventure:
"Spock: Reflections, Issue 1"
Previous adventure:
"A Test of Character"
Chapter 2
Next adventure:
Previous Pocket adventure:
The Covenant of the Crown

Previous MB adventure:
Chapter 6
Next adventure:
Burning Dreams
Previous Pocket adventure:
The Better Man
Chapter 7, Section 2

Previous MB adventure:
"Alien Spotlight: Romulans"
Chapter 4
Next Pocket adventure:
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
Next MB adventure:
UK comic strips, second story arc

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