Star Trek: The Original Series: The Continuing Missions, Volume I

The Rings of Time, That Which Divides, DTI: Forgotten History

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Continuing Missions, Volume I

(Part of Star Trek )
Three original novels set in the universe of Star Trek: The Original Series!

THE RINGS OF TIME
The U.S.S. Enterprise responds to an SOS from a vital dilithium-mining colony in the Klondike system. For unknown reasons, the planet’s rings are coming apart, threatening the colony and its inhabitants. Kirk and his crew need to find a solution–fast. There are over three thousand colonists, including hundreds of families, on the endangered moon. That’s more than even the Enterprise can take on, and there are no other rescue ships or habitable planets anywhere in the vicinity. Meanwhile, an approaching comet that may be the source of the crisis threatening Skagway turns out to be a mysterious alien probe that seems to be on its last legs.

THAT WHICH DIVIDES
The Xondaii system—in an area of non-aligned space near Federation and Romulan territory—is home to a unique stellar phenomenon: a spatial rift which opens every 2.7 Earth years, remains open for a period of approximately 21 Earth days, allowing access to a small planetoid that orbits in proximity to the system’s fourth planet. During this brief window, the people of Xondaii IV undertake a massive interplanetary operation: mineral ore is ferried from the mining operation on the planetoid while supplies, crew replacements, and so on are transported from the planet. Also, communications with the mining colony on the planetoid are possible only when the rift is open. Science vessel U.S.S. Robert Ballard is severely damaged during its mission to the system, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to investigate and render assistance. But Kirk, Spock, and Sulu collect the data about the rift, and the evidence they’ve gathered regarding its artificial nature is compelling. How has this not been discovered by anyone from Xondaii IV, especially when considering the extensive mining operations which have been in place for decades? The science officers reason that there must be some kind of technology in operation that prevents detection. Romulan military and intelligence leaders are most interested in learning as much as possible about this supposed technology…by whatever means necessary.

DEPARTMENT OF TEMPORAL INVESTIGATIONS: FORGOTTEN HISTORY
Temporal investigation is a thankless job. While Starfleet explorers get to live the adventure of traveling to other times and realities, it's up to the dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations to deal with the consequences to the timestream the rest of us have to live in day by day. But in a universe where history as we know it could be wiped out at any moment by time warriors from the future, misused relics of ancient races, or accident-prone starships, only the most disciplined, obsessive, and unimaginative government employees have what it takes to face the existential uncertainty of it all on a daily basis and still stay sane enough to do their jobs.

That's where Agents Lucsly and Dulmur come in. These stalwart, unflappable investigators are the Federation's unsung anchors in a chaotic universe. Together with their colleagues in the DTI, and with the help and sometimes hindrance of Starfleet's finest, they do what they can to keep the timestream, or at least the paperwork, as neat and orderly as they are. But when a series of escalating temporal incursions threatens to open a new front of the history-spanning Temporal Cold War in the twenty-fourth century, Lucsly and Dulmur will need all their investigative skill and unbending determination to keep the present and the future from falling into the kind of chaos they really, really hate.
  • Pocket Books/Star Trek | 
  • 1000 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476733357 | 
  • January 2013

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Star Trek: The Original Series: The Rings of Time
Star Trek: The Original Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise
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Star Trek: The Original Series: No Time Like the Past
The Last World War
Armageddon's Arrow
Star Trek: Vanguard: Declassified
Star Trek: That Which Divides
Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic
Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations - The Collectors
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater than the Sum
Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock

About the Authors

Greg Cox
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Greg Cox

Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels and short stories. He has also written the official movie novelizations of Godzilla, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, Leverage, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, Roswell, Star Trek, Terminator, Warehouse 13Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received two Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Visit him at GregCox-author.com.

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Dayton Ward

Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of many science fiction novels, including The Last World WarCounterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol and many Star Trek novels, including The Fall: Peaceable KingdomSeekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s ShadowThat Which DividesIn the Name of HonorOpen Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.

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Christopher L. Bennett

Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as well as shorter works including stories in anniversary anthologies. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines. More information and annotations can be found at home.fuse.net/ChristopherLBennett, and the author’s blog can be found at ChristopherLBennett.wordpress.com.

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