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Strange New Worlds is a short story anthology – the first in the Strange New Worlds series – edited by Dean Wesley Smith (with John J. Ordover and Paula M. Block). Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in hardback in July 1998.

The anthology collected selected stories from the first Strange New Worlds writing contest for amateur authors; many of whom went on to write other Star Trek stories.


From the book jacket
Here's what you, the fans, have demanded for decades! An anthology featuring original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager stories written by Star Trek fans, for Star Trek fans.
After a lengthy competition that drew thousands of submissions; these astounding stories, written exclusively by brand-new authors, were selected for their originality and style.
These eighteen fantastic tales rocket across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from when Captain Kirk explored the galaxy on the first Starship Enterprise, through Captain Picard's USS Enterprise 1701-D, and Captain Sisko's Deep Space Nine to Captain Janeway's USS Voyager, with many fascinating stops along the way.
This all-new volume contains stories by: Landon Cary Dalton, Phaedra M. Weldon, Keith L. Davis, Dayton Ward, Dylan Otto Krider, Jerry M. Wolfe, Peg Robinson, Kathy Oltion, Bobbie Benton Hull, Alara Rogers, Franklin Thatcher, Christina F. York, Vince Bonasso, Patrick Cumby, J.A. Rosales, jaQ Andrews, Jackee C., and Craig D.B. Patton.
Find out what happens in the Star Trek universe when fans – like you – take the helm!

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.


by Dean Wesley Smith.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Voyager

  • "Good Night, Voyager" by Patrick Cumby
  • "Ambassador at Large" by J.A. Rosales
  • "Fiction" by jaQ Andrews
  • "I, Voyager" by Jackee Crowell
  • "Monthuglu" by Craig D.B. Patten

"Because We Can"

These stories were not part of the contest.
by John J. Ordover and Paula M. Block

Background information

  • The paperback reprint of this collection contained Chapter Six of the serialized novel Starfleet: Year One. This was a last-minute change, following delays to the pair of novels originally planned to carry the chapter. Editor John Ordover made an offer to ship out the chapter to anyone angered by the resultant need to repurchase the SNW volumes specifically for Starfleet: Year One.

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