Star Trek: Vanguard
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|Star Trek: Vanguard|
|Author||David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore|
|2005 - 2012|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
Star Trek: Vanguard is a series of Star Trek books set during the time period of the original television series. It consists of seven novels, one novella collection and one eBook.
A Star Trek: S.C.E. eBook, "Distant Early Warning", also acts as a prequel to the Vanguard storyline.
The books largely take place on board the Federation space station Starbase 47, also known as "Vanguard", which serves as a support facility for a colonization push by the United Federation of Planets into an interstellar expanse called the Taurus Reach. While the station does in fact help colonies across the area, its true mission (known only to a few people) is to study a mystery that began with the discovery of genetically engineered DNA millions of times more complex than any previously encountered, known as the Taurus Meta-Genome.
In its effort to understand the Meta-Genome, Starbase 47 has three vessels permanently assigned to it, the Constitution-class cruiser USS Endeavour, the tiny Archer-class scout USS Sagittarius, and the Starfleet Corps of Engineers starship USS Lovell. Another starship, the USS Bombay, was destroyed during the events of Harbinger. In addition to the mission, those who know of Vanguard's true nature must also prevent others from becoming aware of the situation, especially the Klingon Empire and the Tholian Assembly, both of whom have interests in the region and are suspicious of the Federation's presence.
While the majority of the characters featured in the first novels are original to this series, the Vulcan lieutenant commander T'Prynn appeared in two other Star Trek novels—the Lost Era's The Art of the Impossible by Keith R. A. DeCandido, and DS9 relaunch novels Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson and Unity by S. D. Perry. In addition, petty officer Razka (from the third novel Reap the Whirlwind) first appears in the Next Generation novel A Time to Kill by David Mack, and Carol Marcus from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan appears at the end of the same novel.
- Harbinger by David Mack (August 2005)
- Summon the Thunder by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore (July 2006)
- Reap the Whirlwind by David Mack (June 2007)
- Open Secrets by Dayton Ward, story by Ward and Kevin Dilmore (May 2009)
- Precipice by David Mack (December 2009)
- What Judgments Come by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore (October 2011)
- Storming Heaven by David Mack (April 2012)
- Declassified (July 2011)
- Almost Tomorrow by Dayton Ward
- Hard News by Kevin Dilmore
- The Ruins of Noble Men by Marco Palmieri
- The Stars Look Down by David Mack
- In Tempest's Wake by Dayton Ward (October 2012)