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Introduction (blurb)

Every thirty-three years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away - much too far to travel in a starship. Captain Kirk and the USS Enterprise are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time that the rift will be open.

Mr. Spock leads the Federation party as they travel by shuttle through the rift just as a group of the aliens arrive in Federation space. The meetings go smoothly until the Calligar take Spock's party hostage and Kirk discovers that the aliens are keeping a deadly secret. With angry Tellarite and Andorian fleets ready to attack the Calligar, Kirk must save Spock and the others before war breaks out and the rift closes for another thirty-three years.

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References

Characters

AltCaitlin BarryJerry BoyajianPhillip BoycePavel ChekovJ. Mia ColtRichard DaystromDorkinEcmaRobert FoxGarisonHicksKhundJames T. KirkWinona KirkMacroLeonard McCoyMeyerNewmanNumber OneChristopher PikeNils PitcairnReggerMontgomery ScottSpockStanziaHikaru SuluThakToochJosé TylerNyota UhuraVandorVinaVincentViolaYamataZyo
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FlahertyGalahadGhuGodLancelotLandruLouis XIV of FranceM-5Carol MarcusDavid MarcusJohn MuirOracle of the PeopleSanta ClausValdiniVenus

Starships and vehicles

BelligerentUSS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-AUSS PotemkinSecordStealthYonada
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Andorian class D-3 ship

Locations

Argus XBrigadoonDelta VegaEarthEminiar VIIGamma QuadrantIowaJupiterLunaRigelRimborSaturnStarfleet HeadquartersTellarUranusVega IXVulcanWorldnet
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hall of heroesmadrigal

Races and cultures

AndorianCalligarHumanKlingonOrionRigelianTalosianTellariteVulcan

States and organizations

Federation CouncilFederation Intergalactic Studies CouncilKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

A3 Interface ModulecordrazinedilithiumduotronicholodeckhyperdriveIllidium Pew-36 Explosive Space ModulatorJefferies tubelithiummedibedModel 83 Logic Integratortelevisiontimewarptransparent aluminumtranswarptri-oxwarp-sled

Other

1812 OverturecowboycyclopsDixieDown from Saturn and up UranuselephantelfFly Me to the MoonhandshakeHarmonyhorseIDICItalianjerkknightLatinmukkupNobel PrizepopPrime DirectiveQuakerismRigelian candigalRockabye Babysnafusnah phuSpanishturniptribbleTwinkle, Twinkle, Little StarvodkaVulcan lyrewaltzwizardWorldmindZankar-Bowles PrizeZ-Magnees Prize

Appendices

Related stories

Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes The CageThe Menagerie Movies Star TrekkStar Trek Into Darknessk
Novels Killing TimeaEnterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionaThe Children of KingsChild of Two WorldsDesperate HoursThe Enterprise War
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"
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: Pike
k : Kelvin timelinem : Mirror Universea : alternate reality

Timeline

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Q-in-Law
Stories by:
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Chronological Order
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Pathways
Chapter 14, Section 2
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
Pathways
Chapter 14, Section 3
Previous adventure:
Pathways
Chapter 14, Section 2
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"A Rude Awakening"
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2287.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 7 & 15
2254
Chapters 1-7
Next adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 10 & 15

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