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The Name of the Cat is a TOS short story published by Pocket Books in the anthology Strange New Worlds IV in May 2001. For his story, author Steven Scott Ripley won first prize in that year's Strange New Worlds writer's competition.


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IrumLeonard McCoyMearsTempus
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Beverly CrusherGodGuardian of ForeverJames T. KirkJean-Luc PicardYvette PicardMontgomery ScottSpock

Starships and vehicles

cargo shipsSchrodinger (shuttlecraft) • terraform ships
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USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise-BUSS Enterprise-DKlingon bird of prey


Mars (Olympus Mons)
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Earth (Mississippi) • RomulusTaurus II

Races and cultures

HumanIrum's species
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States and organizations

Starfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersTerraform Command

Science and technology

airlockcommunicationscommunicatordrugduct tapehelmethypospraylampmedikitpattern bufferperidaxonspace suittransportertricorderuniversal translatorviewscreenwarp corewheelchair

Ranks and titles

admiralcaptaincolonistdoctorlieutenantminerquantum physicistsoldiersurveyorterraformertime walker

Materials and substances

bloodcarbon dioxidecoffeeduraniummetaloxygenstonesulfurwater

Other references

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Related stories


published order
Previous story:
Scotty's Song
Strange New Worlds IV
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Next story:
Flight 19
Previous story:
Change of Heart
Stories by:
Steven Scott Ripley
Next story:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Rules of Engagement
Pocket Next Adventure:
Deep Domain
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2278.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
The Second Artifact
Second Interlude
Sections 2-3
Next Adventure:
Doctors Three