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Star Trek: New Frontier
New Frontier (1998).jpg
omnibus (1998)

AuthorPeter David
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherPocket Books
Media typePrint (Paperback)
No. of books25

Star Trek: New Frontier is a series of interlinked novels written by Peter David, published by Pocket Books 1997 to 2015. New Frontier is the first Star Trek tie-in fiction property not to be based on a television series. The series was created by John J. Ordover.[1]:332

The novels explore life aboard the USS Excalibur, commanded by Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun. The New Frontier timeline is in concurrent with The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager television series.


John J. Ordover said in Voyages of Imagination (2009), "One of the major problems with the novels at the time [the mid-nineties] … was you couldn't put any inherent continuity into them and you couldn’t make any significant changes, so characters couldn’t die, they couldn't change, they couldn't leave. The core characters always had to remain the same. After a few years, that gets frustrating for an editor."[1]:332 Ordover devised New Frontier to accomplish what he couldn't with the other Star Trek book lines—to create a serialized, internally consistent, series of novels set in the Star Trek universe. According to Peter David, "Paramount's belief was that there would be little to no interest from the fans in a [Star Trek] series that did not stem directly from the [television] shows."[1]:333 He was given "their blessing," with the Caveat a number of characters from the The Next Generation be included.

“Peter David made up MacKenzie Calhoun on his own," said Ordover. Likewise, David said, "I’m pretty sure John came up with the Excalibur. He told me the characters he wanted to use[,] and I was allowed to run with it."[1]:332 David then "fleshed out the concept and created the original characters."[2][1]:333

Four numbered novels were published in "chapter book" format in 1997, similar to the release of The Green Mile by Stephen King.[1]:333 An omnibus was in 1998. The novels that followed were published in mass-market paperback format. No Limits (2003), an anthology of New Frontier short stories edited by David, was published in trade paperback format.[3]

WildStorm published a graphic novel in 2000, written David with artists Mike Collins and David Roach. A five-issue comic book miniseries was published by IDW Publishing, also by David, with artist Stephen Thompson in 2008.

In total, twenty four novels, a short story anthology, and two graphic novels, have been published as of September 2015. In addition to several short stories, and related works, by other writers. Characters and settings from New Frontier have appeared appear in other Star Trek novels, most of which were written by David.

New Frontier novels and characters have been included in crossovers with other Star Trek book lines, such as: The Captain's Table (1998), Double Helix (1999) Gateways (2000), The Lost Era (2003), and the Mirror Universe (2007–09) anthologies. A New Frontier short story by David was anthologized in the Tales of the Dominion War (2004) by Keith DeCandido.

The Returned, published as a three-part ebook exclusive by Pocket Star in 2015, is the most recent installment of the series.[4]


The once-powerful Thallonian Empire has collapsed following a popular uprising, destabilizing a vast region of space known as Sector 221-G. Starfleet dispatched the USS Excalibur, under the command of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun. Calhoun's orders were to fly the flag, and offer aid to those affected by the political and economic instability of the region.[5]


The characters in New Frontier are an amalgam of characters from Star Trek: The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Peter David's Starfleet Academy young adult novels, and additional characters created by David.

The series is written in an ensemble-cast style, similar to a television series. However, the primary characters are Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun and Cmdr. Elizabeth Shelby, and Vulcan medical officer Dr. Selar.


New Frontier follows the crews of three Starfleet flagships:

USS Excalibur (NCC-26517): The Excalibur was an Ambassador-class starship, originally captained by Morgan Korsmo. Command is passed to Mackenzie Calhoun at the start of the series. However, Excalibur is destroyed in Dark Allies (2009).

USS Exeter (NCC-26531): Elizabeth Shelby is promoted to captain of the Exeter in Restoration (2000). The ship's command is later passed to Capt. Alexandra Garbeck.

USS Excalibur-A (NCC-26517-A): A Galaxy-class explorer launched to replace the previous Ambassador-class.

USS Trident (NCC-31347): Shelby's second command, is a Galaxy-class starship serving alongside the Excalibur-A. Captained by Katerina Mueller after Shelby's promotion to admiral.


Katherine Trendacosta of io9 said New Frontier filled in "a gap in the [Star Trek] universe that you didn’t even realize was there. And it did it all while being fun and smartly written."[6] As per Calhoun, she said he is "so perfect he feels like a stealth parody of a Mary Sue." Dan Gunther, in his review of Cold Wars (2001), said "David has a solid handle on his characters."[7]

Alison Baumgartner of described New Frontier as having "all the space adventuring of The Next Generation and The Original Series, mixed with all the political intrigue of Deep Space Nine, making it the best of all possible Star Trek worlds."[8]

Original novels[edit]

The novels are inconsistently numbered among primary sources. Voyages of Imagination (2006), by Jeff Ayers, does not number novels published after Being Human (2001). The Returned, Parts 1 – 3 (2015) were published as eBook exclusives.[4]

  • Indicates a novel or novella is included in a miniseries.
  • Indicates a novel or novella is included in a crossover miniseries.
No. Title Author Date ISBN
1 House of Cards Peter David July 1997 0-671-01395-5
2 Into the Void 0-671-01396-3
3 The Two-Front War August 1997 0-671-01397-1
4 End Game 0-671-01398-X
New Frontier (omnibus) February 1998 0-671-01978-3
5 Martyr March 1998 0-671-02036-6
6 Fire on High April 1998 0-671-02037-4
Once Burned Peter David[a] October 1998 0-671-02078-1
7 The Quiet Place Peter David November 1999 0-671-02079-X
8 Dark Allies 0-671-02080-3
9 Requiem September 2000 0-671-04238-6
10 Renaissance 0-671-04239-4
11 Restoration November 2000 0-671-04243-2
Cold Wars 2 October 2001 0-671-04242-4
12 Being Human 30 October 2001 0-671-04240-8
Gods Above 30 September 2003 0-7434-1858-1
No Limits (anthology) Peter David, ed. 21 October 2003 0-7434-7707-3
Stone and Anvil Peter David 28 October 2003 0-7434-2957-5
After the Fall 30 November 2004 0-7434-9184-X
Missing in Action 28 February 2006 1-4165-1080-X
Treason 14 April 2009 978-0-7434-2961-0
Blind Man's Bluff 26 April 2011 978-0-7434-2960-3
The Returned, Part 1 6 July 2015 978-1-4767-9092-3
The Returned, Part 2 3 August 2015 978-1-4767-9093-0
The Returned, Part 3 7 September 2015 978-1-4767-9095-4

Science Fiction Book Club (1998)[edit]

Two omnibus collections were published for the Science Fiction Book Club members. New Frontier (1998) is identical to an omnibus of the same name published by Pocket Books. Prometheans (1998) is a club exclusive.

Title Author Date Catalog ISBN
New Frontier (Books 1 – 4) Peter David January 1998 18942 1-56865-502-9
Prometheans (Books 5 – 6) July 1998 17462 1-56865-742-0

Excalibur (2000)[edit]

Star Trek: New Frontier: Excalibur miniseries follows the destruction of the Excalibur, and the apparent death of Calhoun.

No. Title Author Date ISBN
1 Requiem Peter David September 2000 0-671-04238-6
2 Renaissance 0-671-04239-4
3 Restoration November 2000 0-671-04243-2

Crossover novels[edit]

Marketed as "crossover events" by Pocket Books, the following novels were part of multi-author miniseries which crossed over various Star Trek book lines including: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and the original series.

Only New Frontier novels are listed.

The Captain's Table (1998)[edit]

Star Trek: The Captain's Table crossover series is narrated by various starship captains during their visits to a trans-dimensional bar called The Captain's Table. An omnibus was published in 2000. An anthology of related stories was published in 2005.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
5 Once Burned Peter David[a] October 1998 0-671-02078-1
The Captain's Table (omnibus) L.A. Graf, et al.[b] March 2000 0-671-04052-9
Tales from the Captain's Table (anthology) Keith DeCandido, ed. 14 June 2005 1-4165-0520-2

Gateways (2001)[edit]

Star Trek: Gateways crossover series was created by Robert Greenberger and John J. Ordover. The series concluded with the anthology What Lay Beyond (2001). An omnibus was announced at the Shore Leave convention in 2001, but was never published.[citation needed]

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
6 Cold Wars Peter David 2 October 2001 0-671-04242-4
7 What Lay Beyond (anthology) John J. Ordover, ed.[c] 30 October 2001 0-7434-3112-X

Graphic novels[edit]

New Frontier setting was adapted in graphic form twice. First was a square-bound, single issue, novel published by WildStorm, Double Time[d] (2000). The second was a five-issue miniseries, Turnaround, published by IDW in 2008. Both novels were written by Peter David.

Title Author Artists Publisher Date ISBN
Double Time Peter David Mike Collins and David Roach WildStorm 27 September 2000
Turnaround (Issues 1 – 5) Stephen Thompson IDW Publishing 14 October 2008 978-1-60010-266-0


The following collect short stories based on characters and settings from the series.

Indicates an anthology is included in a crossover miniseries.

Title Work(s) Author Editor Date ISBN
No Limits Various Various Peter David 21 October 2003 0-7434-7707-3
What Lay Beyond Death After Life Peter David John J. Ordover 30 October 2001 0-7434-3112-X
Tales of the Dominion War Stone Cold Truths Keith DeCandido 3 August 2004 0-7434-9171-8
Tales from the Captain's Table Pain Management 14 June 2005 1-4165-0520-2

Mirror Universe (2007–2009)[edit]

Star Trek: Mirror Universe explores the Mirror Universe introduced in the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror".

Title Work Author Editor(s) Date ISBN
Obsidian Alliances Cutting Ties (novella) Peter David Peter David 20 March 2007 978-1-4165-2471-7
Shards and Shadows Homecoming Marco Palmieri and Margaret Clark 6 January 2009 978-1-4165-5850-7

Related novels[edit]

Characters and settings from the series appear in other Star Trek book lines:

The Next Generation (1991–2007)[edit]

Star Trek: The Next Generation is based on the television series of the same name.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Vendetta Peter David May 1991 0-671-74145-4
Triangle: Imzadi II November 1998 0-671-02532-5
55 Double or Nothing August 1999 0-671-03478-2
61 Diplomatic Implausibility Keith DeCandido 30 January 2001 0-671-78554-0
Q & A 25 September 2007 978-1-4165-2741-1
Before Dishonor Peter David 30 October 2007 978-1-4165-2742-8

Starfleet Academy (1993)[edit]

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Starfleet Academy young adult series explores the lives of the Enterprise-D crew as Starfleet Academy cadets. The novels were published by various Pocket Books imprints. Starfleet Academy (1997), a novel by Diane Carey, is unrelated. Many New Frontier characters were created by Peter David for Starfleet Academy.

No. Title Author Date ISBN
1 Worf's First Adventure Peter David August 1993 0-671-87084-X
2 Line of Fire October 1993 0-671-87085-8
3 Survival December 1993 0-671-87086-6

Double Helix (1999)[edit]

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Double Helix is a medical mystery series inspired by the film Outbreak (1995).[1]:434 The series integrates characters from other tie-in book lines, such as Voyager and Deep Space Nine. An omnibus was published in 2002. New Frontier characters appear in Double or Nothing (1999).

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
5 Double or Nothing Peter David August 1999 0-671-03478-2
Double Helix (omnibus) John Gregory Betancourt, et al.[e] 8 October 2002 0-7434-1272-9

The Lost Era (2003)[edit]

Star Trek: The Lost Era explores events between the apparent death of James T. Kirk in Star Trek Generations, and the The Next Generation episode "Encounter at Farpoint" Dr. Selar appears in one novel.

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Catalyst of Sorrows Margaret Wander Bonanno 30 December 2003 0-7434-6407-9


  1. ^ a b As by Mackenzie Calhoun, in his own words, as recorded by Peter David.
  2. ^ The Captain's Table (2000) by L.A. Graf, Michael Jan Friedman, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Diane Carey, Peter David and Jerry Oltion.
  3. ^ What Lay Beyond (2001) by John J. Ordover, editor, and Diane Carey, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, Christie Golden, Robert Greenberger and Susan Wright.
  4. ^ Published as Star Trek: New Frontier. The title, Turnaround, was only printed on the title page, and indica.
  5. ^ Double Helix (2002) by John Gregory Betancourt, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Diane Carey, John Vornholt, Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Christie Golden.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ayers, Jeff (14 November 2006). Voyages of the Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-0349-1.
  2. ^ "WHAT'CHA WANNA KNOW?". 2003-10-21. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  3. ^ "Title: No Limits". ISFDB. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  4. ^ a b "The Returned: Out This Summer". 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  5. ^ David, Peter (21 February 2002). Star Trek: New Frontier. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-7434-5577-0.
  6. ^ Trendacosta, Katharine (2016-05-04). "The Star Trek: New Frontier Series Proves How Great Tie-In Books Can Be". io9. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  7. ^ Gunther, Dan (2012-04-13). "Trek Lit Reviews: Cold Wars". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  8. ^ Baumgartner, Alison (2013-01-11). "Should A New Star Trek Television Series Follow Peter David's Vision?". Retrieved 2019-01-17.

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