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The novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is an adaptation of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, written by Vonda N. McIntyre. Published by Pocket Books, the novel was first published in paperback in December 1986.


From the book jacket
Admiral James T. Kirk is charged by the Klingon Empire for the commandeering of a Klingon starship. The Federation honors the Klingon demands for extradition, and Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are drawn back to Earth.
But their trip is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious, all-powerful alien space probe. Suddenly, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the crew must journey back through time to twentieth-century Earth to solve the mystery of the probe.

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Background information[]

  • This was the first Star Trek novelization not to form part of Pocket's numbered Original Series line. It was also the last novelization written by McIntyre.
  • When considering a possible time travel, Kirk recounts the tragic events leading to Edith Keeler's death in TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" to McCoy. He laments that he could've saved Edith's life and brought her with him to the 23rd century, without hurting the timeline.
  • Scotty knows that Marcus Nichols "invented" transparent aluminum, and concludes that his presence in the time and place of its "discovery" is a predestination paradox.
  • Gillian Taylor comes to greatly like the transporter as a way of travel, and is surprised to find out Doctor McCoy's fear and distrust of it.
  • The scene with Sulu and his great-grandfather (scripted, but not filmed) is present in the novel.
  • The UK edition was from Grafton Books, and was released on 23 April 1987.


James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott
Hikaru Sulu
Pavel Chekov

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