Strangers from the Sky

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Strangers from the Sky
Stock Photo Strangers from the Sky bookcover.jpg
Cover page of second edition.
Author Margaret Wander Bonanno
Audio read by George Takei with Leonard Nimoy as voice of Spock
Cover artist

Boris Vallejo

Jerry Vanderstelt (re-release)
Country United States
Language English
Series Star Trek: The Original Series
Genre Science fiction novel
  • July 1987 (first edition)
  • 1993 (second edition)
  • August 2006 (third edition)
Publisher Pocket Books
Media type Print (Paperback)
  • 402 pp (first edition)
  • 402 pp (second edition)
  • 416 pp (third edition)
ISBN 978-0-671-64049-1 (1st edition)
ISBN 978-0-671-73481-7 (2nd edition)
ISBN 978-1-4165-2463-2 (3rd edition)
OCLC 12603784

Strangers from the Sky is a novel, originally released in 1987, by Margaret Wander Bonanno.


This novel is an adventure involving the original Star Trek series cast and journeys through many eras of the Trek timeline.

Initial story events take place during James T. Kirk's years in the admiralty when he begins to suffer from psychological issues after reading a book Dr. McCoy gave him entitled Strangers from the Sky. This book is a recent publication which explains why the "official" records of how Human and Vulcan races met for the first time were incorrect. The book's story drives into Kirk's mind causing him to dream of the story as if he were there during the events. Psychoscans shows him to be in a mentally unstable state and when Spock is similarly diagnosed the only cure for them both is to be found in mind meld...

The meld takes them into the adventure starting with "something as simple as a stardate" from the early days of the Enterprise's 5-year mission where they "boldly go where no one has gone before."


The basic concept of this book—in which Vulcans accidentally land on Earth years before the official "First Contact"—is echoed in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Carbon Creek".

Strangers from the Sky was the first Star Trek book to be produced as an audiobook. It was read by George Takei and Leonard Nimoy. Whilst Takei read the majority of the book, Nimoy occasionally interjected in-character as Spock at certain points during the plot.[1]


  1. ^ Ward, Dayton (April 11, 2013). "Ten For Ward #7: 10 Favorite Star Trek Audionovels". Star Retrieved June 16, 2013. 

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