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The Lost Years is a Pocket TOS novel – the first novel in the Lost Years series – written by J.M. Dillard. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in hardback in September 1989.


From the book jacket
After the end of the Enterprise's five-year mission, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy struggle to establish new lives apart from each other and the starship. The newly-promoted Admiral Kirk is placed in charge of a specially-created Starfleet division and attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who, in the midst of a teaching assignment on Vulcan, finds the one thing he least expected; and Dr. McCoy, whose unerring instinct for trouble lands him smack in the middle of an incident that could trigger an interstellar bloodbath.

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Background information

  • The novel fills in the gap between the end of the five-year mission and the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
  • Admiral Nogura's promotion of Kirk in the novel follows in the aftermath of the events in the novel Dreadnought! and the scandal surrounding the disgraced Admiral Rittenhouse.
  • Cover art by Joseph Csatari; jacket design by Amy C. King.
  • The Lost Years reached number twelve on the New York Times Best Seller List for 5 November 1989, its fifth week on the list. [1] It remained on the list for at least six weeks. The paperback edition reached number thirteen on the Paperback Best Seller List for 19 August 1990, its first week on the list. [2]
  • The Science Fiction Book Club released a special edition of the hardback in March 1990.

Cover gallery


James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Kevin Riley


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