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…



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

Starships and vehiclesEdit

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 (Iowa, Starfleet Academy); JupiterVregon VI (Vregon star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)

Shipboard localesEdit


Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Perenorean OutreachUltimate CircleUnited Federation of Planets
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Klingon Empire

Science and classificationEdit

alternate timelineanatomycommunicationsenergygalaxygas giantlightlifeformmeasurementmoonnavigationplanetplasma beamspacestarstar systemstarshipsubatomic particletechnologytimetime traveluniversewarp factorweapon




codedistress calllanguage



Materials and substancesEdit




Technology and weaponsEdit

airlockcommand chaircolony shipdisruptorengineepisealerhelmhullphaserphoton torpedosensorshieldsspacedocktorpedotranslatorwarp drive

Ranks and titlesEdit

assistant engineercaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (Kelvin timeline)first officerhelmsmanleaderesquelieutenantlieutenant commandermedicmasteresquenavigatorofficerphysicianpodleaderscience officersecond officertactical officertranslatorweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

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Related mediaEdit


  • 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.



Stories set in the Kelvin timeline
comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero (1234) • Starfleet Academy (12345) • Star Trek Movie Adaptation (123456) • IDW Star Trek: Volume 1 (1st story arc: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • Volume 10 (Behemoth: 1, 2Eurydice: 1, 2, 3Volume 11 (The Tholian Webs: 1, 2Deity: 12Flesh & Stone) • The Spectrum War (123456) • Live Evil (123) • Reunion (12) • Legacy of Spock (1234) • Connection (12) • Manifest Destiny (1234) • Stranger Worlds (123456) • Boldly Go: Volume 1 (123456) • Volume 2 (789101112) • Volume 3: IDIC (123456)
novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into DarknessThe Unsettling Stars
video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivals
board games Expeditions live-action shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)

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