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Competition turns deadly for Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise.

The Great Starship Race is a Pocket TOS novel – #67 in the numbered series – written by Diane Carey. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in October 1993.


From the book jacket
When a friendly, alien people called the Rey make contact with the Federation, they are thrilled to learn the galaxy has a large number of intelligent races. To bring the myriad cultures to their world, the Rey host a celebration – inviting spacefaring peoples to send representative ships to compete against one another and The Great Starship Race is born.
As the Federation's flagship, the USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, is sent to compete. But the event takes a dark turn when a Romulan warship arrives and demands to join the race. Soon, Kirk and the Romulan commander are engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and, for Kirk and his crew, the race becomes a struggle for survival. Faced with treachery at every turn, Kirk must protect his ship from relentless attack and prevent the annihilation of an entire world.

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Background information

  • This was the final Pocket Original Series novel to be reprinted by Titan Books. From Firestorm on, Simon & Schuster UK directly distributed Pocket's US releases without reprinting.
  • The cover design of Pocket's releases changes from this novel onward, omitting the rounded border and enlarging the Star Trek logo at the top of the cover.


James T. Kirk
Buck Ames
Helmut Appenfeller
Nancy Ransom
Ben Shamirian
Leo Blaine
Miles Glover X
Ian Blackington
Sinclair Rowan
Kenneth Dodge 
Starfleet captain of USS Hood.
Starfleet captain of USS Intrepid.
Hans Tahl 
Starfleet captain of USS Great Lakes.


Baltimore, Maryland
BlaineAerospace Inc.
Bluenose IV
Cynthia Blaine
Colony Drachenfels
Dominion of Proxima
Eminiar VII
USS Enterprise
Gavelan Star
USS Great Lakes 
Starfleet frigate.
USS Hood
USS Intrepid
Irimlo Si
New Pride of Baltimore
Orion Union
Proxima Beta
Ransom Castle
Ransom Carnvale Mining Co.
Rigel IV

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