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Worf's First Adventure is a Star Trek: The Next Generation - Starfleet Academy young adult novel – the first novel in the series – written by Peter David. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in August 1993.


From the book jacket
Before he was an officer on the USS Enterprise
Cadet Worf arrived at Starfleet Academy as the first Klingon to gain entrance since the Federation-Klingon peace treaty. Raised on Earth by Human parents, Worf wonders if he is still a Klingon, the proud member of an honorable warrior race, or is he more… Human? Where does he fit in?
Command-level classes fill his schedule, but nothing prepares him for his fellow cadets, among them his Human foster brother. Intelligent, ambitious, and confident, the Academy cadets make life difficult for the young warrior. How can he win over his classmates – including the always logical Vulcans and the fierce Brikar – if they are still trained to think of him as the enemy?
When a routine trip to a training satellite turns into an unexpected disaster, Worf must unite the cadets and risk his life before a terrible accident destroys the entire mission!

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Memorable quotes

"If a tree fell in a forest and no one were around… then who would care?"

- McHenry

Background information

  • This novel is the first appearance of several characters who later became regulars in author Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series.
  • Worf's brother is identified as "Simon Rozhenko", however a later TNG episode, "Homeward", gave his name as Nikolai.
  • The novel won the Middle Grades Golden Duck Award in 1994 for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature. [1]


Simon Rozhenko
Mark McHenry
Zak Kebron
Tania Tobias
Geordi La Forge 
Ensign, newly graduated
Admiral, Dean of students at the Academy.
Sergey Rozhenko
Helena Rozhenko


Vaguely humanoid species
Prometheus Station

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