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A new world breeds new heroes…

Challenger is a Pocket TOS novel – #94 in the numbered series, and the final novel in the Star Trek: New Earth series – written by Diane Carey. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in August 2000.


From the back cover
Far from the reaches of the Federation, the Starship Enterprise has been guiding the development of a once obscure colony planet upon whose fate the future of the galaxy may now depend. The Enterprise has been the sole representative of the Federation, fighting a constant battle to protect the colonists from enemy aliens and standing alone against all those who have their own designs on the colony world.
But all adventures come to an end. It is time for Captain Kirk and the Enterprise to turn over the guardianship of the colony to another ship and crew. The new ship arrives in the midst of a deadly attack on the colony – and is destroyed. With the Enterprise off fighting a new and powerful enemy that threatens the colony as well as its enemies, Commander Nick Keller, first officer and ranking survivor of the decimated crew, is marooned and at first alone – but he must find a way to complete his original mission and come to the aid of the Enterprise in what might be its most desperate hour.

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Background information

  • This final novel in the New Earth series was intended to spin off into a new original concept series, Star Trek: Challenger. However, only one further novel – the Gateways entry, Chainmail – resulted.


Belle Terre; colony; Enterprise, USS; Kirk, James T.; New Earth

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