Exploring the origins of James T. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, the film and novelization reveal how these iconic characters came together. However, these are not the heroes we expect: They are just cadets, fresh from Starfleet Academy, inexperienced and trying to find their way. One man knows that if he and the Enterprise’s crew can pull them apart—or, if fortune favors him—kill the entire crew—then perhaps his people, rather than Kirk and his Federation, will rule the galaxy.
Alan Dean Foster’s work to date includes excursions into hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving and produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science fiction ever to do so.