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"To Wherever" was the last of six TOS stories by William Rotsler in the young adult anthology Star Trek II Short Stories. The story took place during James T. Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the refit USS Enterprise. In this story, an ion storm propelled the Enterprise outside of the universe.


Join the entire crew in "To Wherever" — a place from which they may never return.


An engineering technician alerts Montgomery Scott to a minor problem with the warp drive that will worsen over time and requires shutting down the engines to check the integrity of their dilithium crystals. Scott discusses the problem with Spock and James T. Kirk, who reminds Scott of their deadline to deliver medicine needed to fight a plague on Sigma-14. The ship drops out of warp for repairs.

A highly energetic ion storm approaches, which the Enterprise cannot avoid at impulse. The storm begins altering the laws of physics. Spock sends a negative feedback into the ship to stabilize physics, allowing the crew to exist without experiencing further distortions in the fabric of reality. The viewscreen shows the starship has left the universe.

Engineering completes repairs, having discovered that only one dilithium crystal is faulty. Following a trail back to their own universe, the Enterprise is able to return to their own time and space.



Linda ChangChristine ChapelPavel ChekovFriedmanGallowayElayne GranadaHeinemanJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyLex NakashimaSchirmeisterMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
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CainCharles GridleyW. Somerset MaughamV'Ger

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Enterprise-subclass refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser)
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ISS Enterprise


Milky Way Galaxy
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Andromeda GalaxyEarth (Atlantic OceanJohns Hopkins University) • mirror universeLarge Magellanic CloudLunaSigma-14Small Magellanic Cloud

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

FederationStarfleetTerran Empire

Science and classification

artificial gravitychronometerCochrane curvecommunicatorcomputerimpulse engineintercomlibrary computermagnetic bottlematter-antimatter podmicroscopenacellephoton torpedoseat beltsensorsentrilizerspannertelevisionTR-19transporterturboliftviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titles

admiralastronomercaptainchief engineercommandercrewmandancerdoctorengineerfirst officerlieutenantlieutenant commandermidshipmanofficerpaymastersciencescience officersergeantspecialist firsttechnician

Other references

20th centuryalert status (battle stations) • antimatteratombifetor feverBig Bangbridgecommand chairdilithium crystaldragondrugeggelectricityengine roomfar futuregalaxyglassesgravityhallucinationhourIDICIndustrial Revolutionion stormlight yearmagicmatterMelantron-114minutemustacheoperationorbitplagueplanetquartersradiationsecondsecuritysickbayskullspacespiderstarstarsteelsystemtimewarp speed (warp two) • water



Prior to 2277



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