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Inception is a Pocket TOS novel written by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in January 2010.

The novel features the relationships between James T. Kirk and Carol Marcus, and Spock and Leila Kalomi, and is set prior to the five-year mission.


From the book jacket
As man expands beyond explored space, the need to find a way to make inhospitable planets hospitable grows greater. One young biologist, Carol Marcus, has a project that she is convinced can reshape planets. She puts together a team of young, committed scientists who dare to dream as she does: of a Federation remade so hunger is eradicated, where every world can be reshaped into a paradise. The belief that all things are possible, that man can strive to conquer space not with force but with science, is shared by James Kirk, a young Starfleet officer and her lover.
Leila Kalomi, a renowned botanist, is looking for a new direction. After hearing about Marcus's project, she applies for a position. She finds Carol's passion contagious, and a chance encounter with the Enterprise's science officer, Spock, convinces her to join Project: Inception.
Four people just trying to find the balance between their careers and their personal lives, trying to make the right choice not just for themselves but for the betterment of all mankind. The choices they make will rewrite the history of the Federation and change forever how man explores space.

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Background information

  • Inception was the first collaborative effort between Perry and Dennison (although their contributions to the Star Trek: Terok Nor series were published earlier).
  • The novel was originally commissioned and written during the early stages of production on the Kelvin timeline Star Trek, which led to the manuscript being set aside until it was determined whether the film would affect the timeline. (Star Trek Magazine issue 150)
  • The novel was formally announced – with Perry as sole author at the time – at the Shore Leave convention on 10 July 2009.
  • An extract from the novel appeared in Star Trek Magazine issue 150.

Cover gallery


Inception Team
  • Carol Marcus – head of the Inception project
  • John "J.C." Carington – Molecular Biologist
  • Tamara Irwin – Particle Physicist
  • Richard Dachmes – Statistician and Systems Programmer
  • Leila KalomiBotanist
  • Ben "Mac" MacCready – Particle Physicist
  • Alison Simhbib – Geologist
  • Gabriel
  • Eric
Immutable Foundation/Redpeace
  • Thadeus Kent – leader of Redpeace
  • Don Byers
  • Tom Cady
  • Karen Dupree – biologist
  • Preston Sadler – lawyer
  • Merle
Kraden Interplanetary Research
  • Alvin Repperton – head of Kraden
  • Aaron Thiel
  • Troy Verne
USS Mizuki
USS Enterprise
USS Aloia
Whole Earth
  • Josh Swanson

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