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The Unsettling Stars is a Star Trek Kelvin timeline novel by Alan Dean Foster, published on 14 April 2020.


Taking place in an alternate timeline created when the starship USS Kelvin was destroyed by a Romulan invader from the future, this bold new novel follows Captain James T. Kirk and an inexperienced crew commandeering a repaired USS Enterprise out of spacedock for a simple shakedown cruise. When a distress call comes in, the Enterprise must aid a large colony ship of alien refugees known as the Perenorean, who are under siege by an unknown enemy. But Kirk and his crew will find that the situation with the peaceful Perenorean is far more complicated than they bargained for, and the answers as to why they were attacked in the first place unfold in the most insidious of ways…



In the Kelvin timeline, the USS Enterprise is on its first tour under Captain James T. Kirk in the 2250s decade, in the year 2258. Enterprise finds Perenorean starship Eparthaa, a Perenorean colony ship dispatched by the Perenorean Outreach to find an uninhabited world and plant a colony. Under command of Leaderesque Taell, Epartha was attacked by the Dre'kalak, who despised the Perenoreans' oppressively helpful ways. Taell ordered his ship to hold position, where they were found by the Enterprise, who established first contact with the Perenoeans. Taell advised the Human of their mission objective and the recent attack.

The Starfleet ship was obliged to follow their Prime Directive and not become involved in the conflict between the Perenoreans and the Dre'kalak. However, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura was able to establish contact with Podleader Ul-tond, commanding a squadron of three Dre'kalak ships when they returned for the Eparthaa. Ul-tond told Kirk that the Ultimate Circle intended to destroy the Perenorean colony ship.


The Eparthaa was escorted by the Enterprise to the nearby independent but Federation-friendly world of SiBor. The SiBoronaans allowed the technologically more advanced Perenorean refugees to settle on the moon DiBor. Initially, the Perenorean penchant for unrestrained helpfulness threatened to upend the SiBoronaan civilization.

A settlement was reached that allowed Taell's people to retain and improve their DiBoronaan colony, while the Eparthaa and its shuttles would be immobilized to put a restraint on their influence. The Enterprise senior staff was confident that both the Perenoeans and the SiBoronaans would eventually thrive as Federation members.



Four AmekArif Ben-HaimPavel Chekov (Kelvin timeline)Twelve CovotFounohIrouthJiwarthSix JolJames T. Kirk (Kelvin timeline)MarinskyLeonard McCoy (Kelvin timeline)Thirty-four NarlektNathtalNine OmurtOuroumPearson (Kelvin timeline)Montgomery Scott (Kelvin timeline)ServantesSpock (Kelvin timeline)Hikaru Sulu (Kelvin timeline)TaellNyota Uhura (Kelvin timeline)Ul-tondTwo WuvemmTwenty-five YelerikUSS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnel
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Boris (ancestor)Alexandre DumasFive KendM'parlNanduparviNero (Romulan)Christopher Pike (Kelvin timeline)RichelieuSarek (Kelvin timeline)Wallace

Starships and vehicles[]

Dre'kalak flagship (flagship) • Dre'kalak warship (warship) • USS EnterpriseEparthaa (Perenorean colony ship) • shuttlecraft
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Federation colony ship (colony ship) • USS Kelvin (Einstein-class scout) • Narada (Romulan mining vessel)


the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants
DiBorMarr-i-nul system (unnamed world, a gas giant with 3 moons) • SiBor
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Sol star system (sector 001, quadrant 0, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant): Earth (Austria, France, Iowa, Starfleet Academy); JupiterVregon VI (Vregon star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)

Shipboard locales[]


Races and cultures[]

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Human (French) • KlingonRomulan

States and organizations[]

Perenorean OutreachStarfleetUltimate CircleUnited Federation of Planets
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Klingon Empire

Science and classification[]

alternate timelineanatomycommunicationsenergygalaxygas giantlifeformmeasurementmoonnavigationplanetplasma beamspacestarstar systemsubatomic particletechnologytimetime traveluniversewarp factorweapon




codedistress calllanguage



Materials and substances[]




Technology and weapons[]

airlockbladechronometercommand chaircommunicatorcomputercolony shipdatabasedisruptorelectronicenergy weaponengineépéeepisealerhelmholo-projectorlibrary computerphaserphoton torpedoprojectile weaponresistance machinesabersensorshieldssidearmspacedockstarshipswordtorpedotricorderuniversal translatorwakizashiwarp drive

Ranks and titles[]

admiralassistant engineercaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdiplomatdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (Kelvin timeline)first officerhelmsmaninstructorleaderesquelieutenantlieutenant commandermedicmasteresquenavigatorofficerphysicianpodleaderrefugeescience officersecond officersoldierswordsmantactical officerteachertranslatorweapons officer

Other references[]

17th centurybattlefield promotionbootbridgecalisthenicsceremonial staffchessclothingcolonycooking utensilcostumeemotionfencinggodgovernmentgymnasiumhistoryInterstellar Battle Theory and PracticelogicmilitarymusicpantsprayerqueenrankrookSamaritanshakedown cruisesickbayStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (Kelvin timeline)The Three Musketeerstitletoweltreatytridimensional chesstunicunderwearuniformwar


Related media[]


  • This novel was originally titled Refugees and was slated to be released in 2010. After almost ten years, it was announced that it was being published as The Order of Peace before moving to its final name, The Unsettling Stars.



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