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For the TAS episode with a similar title, please see "The Time Trap".

Captain Kirk is stranded in a strange new Klingon Empire – one hundred years in the future!

Timetrap is a Pocket TOS novel – #40 in the numbered series – written by David Dvorkin. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in June 1988.


From the book jacket
In a remote area of Federation space, the Enterprise picks up an urgent distress signal – from a Klingon vessel! Tracking the S.O.S., the crew finds the Klingon cruiser Mauler, trapped in a dimensional storm of unprecedented power. Yet paradoxically, the ship refuses both the Enterprise's call and the offers of help.
Determined to discover what the Klingons are doing in Federation space, Kirk beams aboard their ship with a security team, just as the storm flares to its highest intensity. As the bridge crew watches in horror, Mauler vanishes from the Enterprise's viewscreen.
And James T. Kirk awakens… one hundred years in the future.

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Memorable quotes

"… Klanth, commanding. Failure of vessel structure accelerating. Destruction of Mauler imminent. Crew conduct exemplary. Request commendations to be sent to the clans of all. I personally commend all of us to the gods. Survive and succeed!"

- Klanth, broadcasting the Mauler's distress call

Background information

  • The novel was published just a few months after the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which showed the Federation and Klingon Empire at peace, the same as portrayed in the book.
  • The cover art of the novel portrays Kirk as he appeared in the 2260s while captain of the Enterprise, meaning that the "future" he sees would be in the 2360s, relatively the same time as Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, the novel also gives strong indication that Kirk is from a later year, possibly closer to the 2280s, meaning that the Klingon future is meant to portray a date closer to 2385. The Star Trek Fiction Timeline in Voyages of Imagination places the story in 2276.


James T. Kirk
Montgomery Scott
Leonard McCoy 
Hikaru Sulu
Pavel Chekov
Ginny Crandall 
Starfleet officer at the Weapons and Defense station when the Enterprise encountered the storm.


Tholian space

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