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Star Trek: New Frontier is a novel and comic book series created by John J. Ordover and Peter David, and primarily written by Peter David. Published by Pocket Books, the series was released beginning in 1997.

The first Trek novel series not based on a television series, New Frontier began as a series of four short, interconnected novellas, then became full-length novels, and eventually expanded into other areas of Trek merchandise and literature.

Premise

In Sector 221-G, the former Thallonian empire has recently collapsed in a popular uprising. The USS Excalibur under the command of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun is dispatched to fly the flag and offer aid to the inhabitants. The crew – a mixture of characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Next Generation Starfleet Academy books, with some original characters thrown in – must learn to work as a team, creating friendships and relationships, as they confront a number of deadly foes.

Novels

  1. House of Cards (Book 1 of 4)
  2. Into the Void (Book 2 of 4)
  3. The Two-Front War (Book 3 of 4)
  4. End Game (Book 4 of 4)
  5. Martyr
  6. Fire on High
  7. The Quiet Place
  8. Dark Allies
  9. Excalibur: Requiem
  10. Excalibur: Renaissance
  11. Excalibur: Restoration
  12. Being Human
  13. Gods Above
  14. Stone and Anvil
  15. After the Fall
  16. Missing in Action
  17. Treason
  18. Blind Man's Bluff
  19. The Returned, Part 1
  20. The Returned, Part 2
  21. The Returned, Part 3

Tie-ins

Characters

See New Frontier characters.

Ships

USS Excalibur

For canon appearances, see USS Excalibur.

The USS Excalibur (NCC-26517) was an Ambassador-class Federation starship. In 2373, the Excalibur was involved in the Borg incursion, fighting in the Battle of Sector 001. The ship took heavy damage in the battle, and its captain, Morgan Korsmo, an old Academy classmate of Captain Picard, was killed in the attack, his final actions securing the safety of the ship and crew. Following the destruction of the Borg cube, the ship was taken to dry dock for repair and refit.

USS Excalibur-A

The USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A) was a Galaxy-class Federation starship, commissioned in 2376, following the destruction of the former vessel to carry the name. The vessel was originally assigned to Captain Elizabeth Shelby, but was given to Mackenzie Calhoun upon his return to active duty.

Excalibur-A was a late model Galaxy design, described as a "hot rod" in terms of speed and armament (at the expense of some of the earlier Galaxy starships' civilian arrangements). Some new features built into this vessel included holographic communications and a primary hull (saucer) warp drive.

USS Trident

The USS Trident (NCC-31347) was another Galaxy-class starship, assigned in 2376 as Captain Shelby's second command following her tenure aboard the USS Exeter. When Shelby was promoted to Admiral, first officer Kat Mueller was given command and promoted to the rank of captain. Andorian Commander Desma then served as first officer.

Background information

  • John Ordover commented: "One of the major problems with the novels at the time, because you have to remember this was way before the DS9 Relaunch and stuff like that, was you couldn't put any inherent continuity into them and you couldn't make any significant changes, so characters couldn't die. Bottom line is, as much as I love DS9, as much as I dislike Voyager, the problems, rating wise, with DS9 and Voyager is that they changed the concept. It's sort of like saying, CSI: The Forest Rangers. You know its not ST because the core of ST is a ship going from place to place having missions. The argument I made was to compare NYPD Blue to Hill Street Blues. New Frontier was an attempt to go back to the original concept but change the tone. And the tone was goofy and over the top and I like that. With more humor, with very flawed characters, and a lot more sex". (Voyages of Imagination)

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