John Kyle was a 23rd century Human male of Australian descent, though he spoke with a strong British accent. From the 2260s to the 2290s, Kyle served in Starfleet in a variety of roles, notably as an operations division lieutenant serving aboard the USS Enterprise between 2265 and 2270. He later went on to served as a sciences division commander aboard the USS Reliant and later, the USS Hood. (Star Trek: The Original Series; Star Trek: The Animated Series; TOS movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek")
Early life[edit | edit source]
- Kyle's birthplace of Australia comes from TOS novel: Traitor Winds and TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek", although Traitor Winds give Sydney and Who's Who in Star Trek gives Adelaide. ST video game: Starship Creator contradicts this by stating that he was born in Sheffield, England. The birth year was given in Starship Creator.
Due to his father's job as a traveling salesman for one of the largest transportation corporations on Earth, Kyle spent much of his childhood living in various cities across the planet such as Sydney and Perth in Australia, Hobart in Tasmania and Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek")
In his teenage years, Kyle attended Perth Engineering College where he decide to study for a major in transporter technology after it was declassified for civilian use and study by the government. Upon learning all he could about transporters in his civilian life, he decided to enter Starfleet so that he could learn even more. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek")
Starfleet career[edit | edit source]
Early career[edit | edit source]
Kyle graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2263 and was assigned as a transporter technician aboard the USS Bull Run with the rank of ensign. The following year, Kyle was promoted to lieutenant junior grade after successfully gaining his starship pilot certificate. (ST video game: Starship Creator)
USS Enterprise[edit | edit source]
2265-2266[edit | edit source]
By 2265, Kyle had transferred to the USS Enterprise where he served as a transporter chief, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Although he was primarily a transporter chief, Kyle also functioned as an engineering assistant, relief helmsman, and was also trained to operate the science station during his time aboard. (TOS episode: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")
In late 2265, Kyle was on duty in the transporter room during Lieutenant Lee Kelso's memorial service. For the conclusion of the service, Captain Kirk contacted Kyle and had him beam Kelso's duranium casket into space. Kyle was later on duty in the transporter room when Kirk beamed to Starbase 33 to be debriefed by Admiral Saylor. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)
A short time later, Kyle was also on duty when the Enterprise arrived in orbit of Earth. He successfully transported Mark Piper, Daniel Alden and Barbara Smith down to Starfleet Headquarters, and beamed back new crew members, Nyota Uhura, David Bailey and Janice Rand. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise)
2267[edit | edit source]
In early 2267, Kyle was the transporter chief on duty when the Enterprise was thrown back in time to the 20th century following an encounter with a black star. He was working in the transporter room when John Christopher came in and pointed a phaser at him and demanded to beam back to Earth, but Kirk immobilized him before he could carry out his threat. He later beamed Kirk and Spock to a USAF airbase to retrieve some military data, and after inadvertently beaming aboard an Air Police sergeant, was tasked with looking after him. (TOS episode: "Tomorrow is Yesterday")
- According to TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek", Kyle signed aboard the Enterprise in early 2267, just prior to the events of TOS episode: "Tomorrow is Yesterday".
Around stardate 3134.0, Kyle was on duty in the transporter room when the Enterprise discovered the planet Gateway. He had to determine whether it was safe to send a landing party down to the surface with all the time currents emanating out from the planet, but was knocked out by a crazed Leonard McCoy as he was completing his computations. (TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever"; TOS - Crucible novel: The Fire and the Rose)
Kyle was on duty in the transporter room during the Enterprise's return visit to Mestiko after Captain Kirk ordered that he wanted an experienced hand at the controls should the ionization in the atmosphere affect the transporter. Shortly after, Kyle was assigned to assist Lieutenants' Hikaru Sulu and Sinclair and Ensign Pavel Chekov hunt down a concealed base on Mestiko's surface using the shuttlecraft Armstrong. (TOS - Mere Anarchy eBook: The Centre Cannot Hold)
2268-2270[edit | edit source]
2273-2279[edit | edit source]
Later career[edit | edit source]
In December 2279, Kyle and several other Enterprise crew members, including Pavel Chekov were reassigned to the newly commissioned science vessel, USS Reliant, under the command of Captain Clark Terrell. As the Enterprise was still overseeing the settlement of the Belle Terre colony, Kyle took shore leave on the planet whilst waiting for the transport City of Pittsburgh arrived and transported them back to Federation space. (TOS - New Earth novel: Rough Trails)
By 2282, Kyle had been promoted to the rank of commander and served as the Reliant's communications officer and second officer. Around stardate 7952.6, Kyle was left in command of the Reliant whilst Terrell and Chekov took a shuttlecraft on a medical mission to the Federation observation outpost on Te Awamutu VII. (ST comic: "Alien Spotlight: The Gorn")
Three years later, Kyle and the rest of Reliant's crew were stranded on Ceti Alpha V when Khan Noonien Singh commandeered the Reliant. After spending a week on the planet, Kyle was near to death, but thankfully he and the entire crew were rescued by the Enterprise after they had defeated Khan in the Battle of the Mutara Nebula. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek")
Starship Creator continuity[edit | edit source]
Following his assignment aboard the Enterprise, Kyle transferred to the USS Bozeman in 2278 to serve as the ship's senior helmsman. In 2280, Kyle was awarded a Citation for Bravery after he volunteered to lead a shuttlecraft ahead of the Bozeman and guide her out of a Tholian minefield. The following year, he was promoted to lieutenant commander and was named as the Bozeman's second officer. (ST video game: Starship Creator)
In 2284, Kyle was transferred to the USS Reliant, under the command of Captain Clark Terrell, at the request of his former Enterprise crewmate and first officer of the Reliant, Pavel Chekov. The following year, Kyle was promoted to the rank of commander and was appointed as communications officer and second officer aboard the Reliant. (ST video game: Starship Creator)
Personal life[edit | edit source]
At some point was married to Rebbecca Kyle and set up a family home in New Berlin on Luna, where they eventually had two daughters, Susan and Dawn. The couple later divorced and the family continued to live in New Berlin. (ST video game: Starship Creator)
- Kyle's personnel file in TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek" which was "recorded" in the late 2280s states that he was single and had no known relatives, suggesting that he could have started a family after the 2280s.
Starfleet service record[edit | edit source]
|location||assignment||dates||rank or rate||assignment insignia||rank insignia|
|Starfleet Academy||student officer||2259-2263||cadet|
|USS Bull Run||transporter technician||2263-2265||ensign|
|lieutenant junior grade|
|USS Enterprise||transporter chief||2265-2270||lieutenant|
|USS Reliant||communications officer
|USS Hood||senior officer||late 2280s|
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- In chronological order
- TOS episode: "Tomorrow is Yesterday"
- TOS episode: "Space Seed"
- TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Seeds of Rage
- TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Demands of Honor
- TOS - Crucible novel: The Fire and the Rose
- TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows (around TOS episode: "Operation -- Annihilate!")
- TOS episode: "Catspaw"
- TOS episode: "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
- TOS - Mere Anarchy eBook: The Centre Cannot Hold
- TOS novel: Gemini
- TOS episode: "The Doomsday Machine"
- TOS episode: "Wolf in the Fold"
- TOS episode: "The Apple"
- TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror"
- ST novel: Federation
Background[edit | edit source]
- In his numerous appearances in Star Trek: The Original Series, Kyle's first name was never revealed on screen. The names John and Winston has been suggested in numerous sources, both named in honor of the actor who portrayed Kyle, John Winston. The name Thomas was also attributed to him in DC Comics' Who's Who in Star Trek.
- John was given in ST video game: Starship Creator, TOS - New Earth novel: Rough Trails, the incorrect blurb for TOS - The Janus Gate novel: Future Imperfect, ST novel: To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh and TOS - Crucible novel: The Fire and the Rose.
- Winston was given in TOS - Glass Empires novel: The Sorrows of Empire (albeit mirror universe counterpart).