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Exploring the final frontier is one thing. Making a home there is another…

Wagon Train to the Stars is a Pocket TOS novel – #89 in the numbered series, and the first book in the Star Trek: New Earth series – written by Diane Carey. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in June 2000.

Summary Edit

From the back cover
After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth!
Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a potential home by a group of hardy and determined colonists. Starfleet can spare only one starship to escort the would-be settlers on their perilous voyage, but that ship is none other than the legendary Starship Enterprise, commanded by the most well-known captain in the quadrant. Now Kirk finds himself responsible for the lives of 60,000 men, women, and children – a task that grows all the more difficult when the expedition is caught in the middle of an ancient feud between two dangerous alien races!

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Background information Edit

  • According to various sources, when Gene Roddenberry was deciding what to call what came to be known as Star Trek, "Wagon Train to the Stars" was one of the names he toyed with.
  • This novel contained Chapter Eleven of the serialized novel Starfleet: Year One.
  • A promotional copy of the novel was given away free with Star Trek Monthly issue 67.

Characters Edit

James T. Kirk 
Rear admiral.
Montgomery Scott 
Commander of Starfleet engineers, assigned to the tender vessel Colunga.
Pavel Chekov 

Other Edit

Ray Austin 
Starfleet captain of USS Beowulf.
Captain of Lakota.
See Branch for similarly named characters.
Captain of Northwest Passage.
Captain of Yukon.
Anton (Tony) Desalle 
Starfleet captain of USS Republic.
Mitch Dogan 
Captain lost with the Kensington Taylor.
Captain of Comanche
Privateer captain of Royal York.
See Gillespie for similarly named characters.
Captain of Promontory Point.
Captain of Sacajawea.
Michael Kilvennan 
Privateer captain of Hunter's Moon.
Captain of Lewis and Clark.
Daniel Merkling 
Starfleet captain of USS Impeller.
Captain of Hampton Roads.
Captain of Mandrake Anachronae.
Privateer captain of Zevada.
Privateer captain of Rattlesnake.
Captain of Oregon Trail.
Battlelord commanding the All Kauld battlebarge Tonclin.

References Edit


Belle Terre 
USS Beowulf 
Starfleet combat support tender of Captain Ray Austin, seriously damaged in action.
Named for Beowulf.
Colunga (ECC-989) 
Graymark Eng.-owned "mule roundhouse", HQ of Commander Scott.
UFP-owned Conestoga-class colony ship of Captain Geglio.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Federation starship commanded by Starfleet Rear Admiral James T. Kirk.
Graymark Engineering 
Company which operated the "muleship" Colunga.
Hampton Roads 
Privately-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Nickle.
Hunter's Moon 
Enforcement privateer ship of Captain Michael Kilvennan.
USS Impeller 
Starfleet cutter of Captain Daniel Merkling.
Kensington Taylor 
Survey ship of Captain Mitch Dogan which was destroyed.
Corporately-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Branch.
Named for the same Native Americans as the USS Lakota.
Lewis and Clark 
Privately-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Maitland.
Mandrake Anachronae 
Privately-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Rampion.
mule vessel 
The mules were heavy-engined vessels designed to carry the barges of the fleet.
Northwest Passage 
UFP-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Burch.
Oregon Trail 
UFP-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Trautner.
Promontory Point 
UFP-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Harvey.
Enforcement privateer ship of Captain Sunn.
USS Republic 
Starfleet cutter of Captain Tony Desalle.
Royal York 
Enforcement privateer ship of Captain Gillespie.
Corporately-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Katt.
UFP-owned Conestoga colony ship of Captain Battersey.
All Kauld battlebarge of Battlelord Vellyngaith.
Enforcement privateer ship of Captain Sheppard.
UFP-owned Conestoga tender of Captain Dan Marks.
Mable Stevens 
Privately-owned VIP transport of Captain Ned Chalker.
American Rover 
Privately-owned pathfinder ship of Captain Brook Smith and Colonel John Glass.
Twilight Sentinel (SCCM-99)
Privately-owned coroner ship of Captain Nelson.
Brother's Keeper (SCCM-778)
Mercy ship of Captain Skaerbeck.
Pandora's Box 
Privately-owned industrial transport of Captain Felix Blaine.
CP Crystobel 
Privately-owned pilot ship of Captain Helen Webb.
Webb One through Webb Nine 
Factory drones autopiloted by Crystobel.
Corporately-owned towing vessel of Captain Walters.
Corporately-owned industrial transport of Captain Israel.
Red Barn 
Corporately-owned cattle ship of Captain Kej.
Quincy B. Hobbs 
Privately-owned dairy cattle ship of Captain Sempati.
Privately-owned botanical farm ship of Captain Maxmillian.
Uncle Jake's Pocket 
Privately-owned hotel vessel of Captain Durant.
Norfolk Rebel 
Privately-owned tugantine of Captain Briggs.
Privately-owned mining ship of Captain Folster.
Foggy Dew 
Privately-owned dairy barge of Captain Meko.
Privately-owned ranch barge of Captain Dvorak.
Annie B 
Ranch Barge – private – Forsmark.
Privately-owned equine stable vessel of Captain Brown.
Black Swan 
Privately-owned garden ship of Captain Gaines.
UFP-owned organ lab of Captain Gue.

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