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Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan was the novelization of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Written by Vonda N. McIntyre, it was first published by Pocket Books in paperback – as #7 in the numbered series – in July 1982.


From the book jacket
Prepare yourself for warp 10 excitement!
The galaxy's ultimate future is in the hands of James Kirk, Mr. Spock and the indomitable crew of the USS Enterprise
The galaxy's ultimate weapon is in the hands of the evil Khan and his followers.
A battle that will shake the universe cannot be avoided… and the ultimate adventure is about to begin.

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Lieutenant jg Saavik takes the no-win scenario test, and loses.

Chapter 1[]

Rear Admiral James T. Kirk ends the scenario and surveys the destruction. After conversing with his former senior staff, he attends a cadet debriefing. He bids Captain Spock farewell after receiving Spock's gift of A Tale of Two Cities.

Chapter 2[]

Commander Pavel Chekov records a log entry aboard Reliant.

Background information[]

  • Saavik is revealed to be half-Romulan. This information originated from the script; however, it did not appear in the final cut of the film.
  • A brief romantic interest between Saavik and David Marcus is suggested in the novel.
  • Saavik also helps out Peter Preston with his studies, and the young Peter has a crush on her. When Preston dies Saavik has a deep emotional reaction to his death, locking herself in a room and throwing a chair and crying. Preston is also revealed to be the nephew of Montgomery Scott which was cut from the original theatrical version of the film.
  • Ceti Alpha V and Regula I are referred to repeatedly as "Alpha Ceti V" and "Regulus I" in the novel.
  • A subplot involving the Regula I science staff is also prominent in the novelization, centering around two young physicists, Del March and Vance Madison. The deaths and torture of the science staff is given much more detail as well.
  • Joachim's character is fleshed out more and he is more merciful when the Regula I science staff are being tortured.
  • Jedda is a Deltan, as in the early drafts of the film's screenplay.
  • The novel revealed that Chekov had the night watch on the Enterprise when Khan was on board and that Chekov had feelings for Marla McGivers.
  • Hikaru Sulu is mentioned to be promoted to captain, and going to get his own command soon. This was deleted from the film, but Sulu indeed get his own command later, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  • The Science Fiction Book Club released a special edition of the novel in hardback in November 1982.
  • UK and Australian editions were published by Futura Publications; Titan Books later republished the Pocket edition as part of its UK distribution of Pocket TOS titles.


Leonard McCoy, 2293


James T. Kirk
Starfleet rear admiral. Around his birthday, Kirk gives a debriefing to the Kobayashi Maru scenario cadets before visiting Enterprise for an inspection. He teases young Midshipman Preston for boasting about the Enterprise, calling it a "death ship".
Starfleet captain, commander of the training vessel Enterprise.
Leonard McCoy
Starfleet commander, former CMO of Enterprise.
Khan Noonien Singh
A genetically-engineered tyrant on Earth from the 1990s.
Saavik, 2285-1


Starfleet lieutenant junior grade, a trainee assigned to Enterprise.
Montgomery Scott
Starfleet commander, chief engineer of Enterprise.
Pavel Chekov
Executive officer of Reliant.
David Marcus
Scientist and co-developer of the Genesis Device with his mother, Carol.
Carol Marcus
Scientist and co-developer of the Genesis Device with her son, David.
Starfleet commander, communications officer of Enterprise.
Hikaru Sulu
Starfleet captain awaiting his first command, former helmsman of Enterprise. Kirk congratulated Sulu on his pending assignment to Excelsior.

Although Sulu wore commander insignia in the movie, the novel portrays him as (possibly figuratively) wearing an "extra braid" indicating his recent captaincy.

Clark Terrell
Starfleet captain in command of Reliant
Peter Preston
Starfleet engineering midshipman, nephew of Montgomery Scott. Preston is only 14 years old at the time of his training cruise.

In the script and the novelization Preston is clearly stated to be the nephew of Scott, however this information was cut from the original theatrical print of the film. It was restored in a 1985 ABC TV airing of the film, as well as the later 2002 Director's Edition DVD.

Assistant of Dr. Carol Marcus.

In the original script and the novelization Jedda is a Deltan. However in the movie he is portrayed as a Human.

Delwin "Del" March
Physicist, member of Carol Marcus' science team.
Vance Madison
Physicist, member of Carol Marcus' science team.
"Stoney" Beach
Starfleet commander, helmsman of Reliant.

Although described as helmsman in the novel, Stoney sits at a science station in the film.

Starfleet lieutenant commander, communications officer of Reliant.
Enterprise trainee lieutenant junior grade


Blond cadet-lieutenant who was on the bridge during the cruise.

This character was seen in the movie; see Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel.

Mandala Flynn
Starship captain. Flynn's USS Magellanic Clouds was due to leave the galaxy.

Captain Flynn first appeared, as a security commander, in The Entropy Effect (also by McIntyre).

Marla McGivers
Khan's described his wife's death to Terrell and Chekov.
Christine Chapel, 2286

Christine Chapel

Christine Chapel
Enterprise medical officer.
R. Grenni
Max Arrunja
Security commander. Arrunja was paged by Saavik during the Kobayashi Maru scenario, to prepare to assist survivors.


USS Andromeda (β)
Federation starship, a so-called "Galaxy"-class explorer.
USS Excelsior (NX-2000) (β)
Experimental Federation starship prototype.
"Galaxy" class
This is not a starship classification in the traditional sense, as this was a series of ships designated for the purpose of leaving the galaxy.

There didn't seem to be a class ship named USS Galaxy at this point. Each ship was named after the galaxy they were investigating. It wasn't revealed if these ships were simply taking scans of the galaxies and then returning, or if they actually were headed towards them. The latter would seem to be ruled out by Star Trek: The Next Generation, where warp speeds still couldn't propel us to other galaxies in less than a few generations – unless these ships were meant to be generational vessels.

Kobayashi Maru
USS Reliant (NCC-1864) (β)

The novel contains the description of Reliant used in the script, describing it as an older starship.

USS M-31 (β)
Federation starship, a "Galaxy"-class explorer.
USS Magellanic Clouds (β)
Captain Mandala Flynn's starship, a "Galaxy"-class explorer. This vessel was slated for a long term extragalactic probe.

In the novel Dreadnought!, Flynn was mentioned as captain of USS Magellan, and Magellanic Clouds is later referred to as Magellan in the Search for Spock novelization.


  • 1996 Botany Bay launched
  • 2233 – James Kirk born
  • 2267 – Khan found
  • 2283 – Romulan ale bottled
  • 2285 – Kirk's 52nd birthday

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