Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)

The Star to Every Wandering is a Pocket TOS novel – the third and final novel in the Crucible trilogy – written by David R. George III. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in February 2007.


From the book jacket
…the lives of three men will be forever changed. In that split second, defined paradoxically by both salvation and loss, they will destroy the world and then restore it. Much had come before, and much would come after, but nothing would color their lives more than that one, isolated instant on the edge of forever.
James T. Kirk, displaced in time, allows the love of his life to die in a traffic accident, thereby preserving Earth's history. Returning to the present, he continues a storied career as a starship captain, opening up the galaxy. But as he wanders among the stars, the incandescence that once filled his heart remains elusive.
…that haunts James T. Kirk throughout his life, he preserved the timeline at the cost of his happiness. Now, facing his own death, the very fabric of existence collapses across years and light years, forcing him to race against – and through – time itself, until he comes full circle to that one bright star by which his life has always steered.

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

Background information

  • Having delved into character exploration with the first two novels in the series, author David R. George III was keen to defy reader expectations he realized he had set up for the third: "I couldn't have that. If I take readers from Point A and then to Point B, you can rest assured that I'm going to do my best to avoid following that up with a tale that brings them to Point C. Too obvious. Way too obvious." (The Star to Every Wandering foreword) He looked to create something different instead: "I reasoned that since the first two novels of the trilogy would be such heavy character pieces, perhaps I should consider a more action-oriented story for Kirk. I would still want to tie it in to the other two books through the crucible of the events in "The City on the Edge of Forever", but I wanted to find an unpredictable means of doing so." (The Star to Every Wandering afterword)
  • George then focused on Kirk's final moments, in Star Trek Generations, and began to explore the storytelling opportunities afforded by the Nexus, as well as his relationship with Antonia reflecting on the impact of Edith Keeler. He originally intended to end the novel with Kirk's death on Veridian III; however, Pocket editor Marco Palmieri was reluctant to close out the 40th anniversary story with the death of the series' central character. Re-examining the story, George found "that another avenue existed for Captain Kirk at the end of the book, a road he could take that would be, I thought, completely unexpected." (The Star to Every Wandering afterword)
  • The novel's title derives from Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.


Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Crucible characters.
James T. Kirk 
Starfleet captain.


Enterprise, USS; Nexus; Guardian of Forever

External link

Previous novel: Series Next novel:
Errand of Fury: Demands of Honor Pocket TOS
Unnumbered novels
Vulcan's Soul: Epiphany
The Fire and the Rose Crucible  Final novel in series

Would have been
Crucible omnibus
Community content is available under CC-BY-NC unless otherwise noted.