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The Starless World is a Bantam TOS novel, written by Gordon Eklund, first published in November 1978.


From the book jacket (1984 edition)
Captain's Log, Stardate 6532.1
While investigating rumors of renewed activity by the Klingon Empire within the Galactic Core, the Enterprise made contact with a shuttlecraft from the USS Rickover, a starship presumed lost with all hands over 20 years ago. The lone occupant of that shuttlecraft – Thomas Clayton, once my roommate at Starfleet Academy, now the self-proclaimed chosen son and favored prophet of a deity he calls Ay-nab. I had planned on disregarding Clayton entirely – until control of our engines was seized by an as-yet-unexplained outside force… a force, Clayton insists, that is now taking us to meet his god.

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Background information

  • This was the first Star Trek novel by Eklund, who later went on to write Devil World.

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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 Bantam TOS characters.
James T. Kirk
Thomas Clayton


Klingon Empire; USS Rickover; Dyson sphere; black hole; galactic core; Gods

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