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Kirk is stranded in an alternate timeline as the fate of Human existence hangs in the balance!

First Frontier is a Pocket TOS novel – #75 in the numbered series – written by Diane Carey and Dr. James I. Kirkland. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in August 1995.


From the book jacket
While testing a new shielding device, the USS Enterprise is caught in the middle of a Klingon/Romulan battle. The Enterprise crew rescues a lifepod, and they are confronted by a Klingon who claims to know nothing of Human existence. Convinced the Klingon is telling the truth, Captain Kirk hurries to Starfleet Headquarters in search of answers. But upon arriving on Earth, the Starship Enterprise crew finds that Earth is a vast jungle-like paradise where large, reptilian animals rule, with no signs of Human life anywhere. Kirk must travel to the past in search of the key to the mystery, or face the destruction of the Human race.

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James T. Kirk


A species enslaved by the Klingons or Romulans.
Clan Ru
Troodon species transplanted from Earth before the extinction of the dinosaurs who later gained sentience. Efforts at aggressive expansion in the galaxy were thwarted by the Federation. Attempted to alter time, preventing the evolution of Humanity and the formation of the Federation by deflecting the asteroid responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. However, this resulted in the Clan Ru developing on Earth and destroying themselves in nuclear wars before reaching the stars. Convinced against changing the timeline when their alternate future is revealed to them.
USS Exeter
A starship involved in simulated battle with the Enterprise.
USS Farragut
A starship involved in simulated battle with the Enterprise.
A species starving to death.
A species destroyed by the Klingons or Romulans.
A species destroyed by the Klingons.
A species destroyed by the Klingons or Romulans.

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