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Star Trek: New Frontier is a series of interlinked novels written by Peter David, published by Simon & Schuster imprints, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, and Gallery Books, from 1997 to 2015. New Frontier was the first Star Trek tie-in fiction property not to be based on a television series. The series was created by John J. Ordover.[1]:332

Star Trek: New Frontier
New Frontier (1998).jpg
omnibus (1998)

AuthorPeter David
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
Media type
No. of books25

The novels explore life aboard the Excalibur, commanded by Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun. The New Frontier timeline is in concurrent with The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager television series.



John J. Ordover said in Voyages of Imagination (2009), "One of the major problems with the novels at the time [the mid-nineties] … was you couldn't put any inherent continuity into them and you couldn’t make any significant changes, so characters couldn’t die, they couldn't change, they couldn't leave. The core characters always had to remain the same. After a few years, that gets frustrating for an editor."[1]:332 Ordover devised New Frontier to accomplish what he couldn't with the other Star Trek book lines—to create a serialized, internally consistent, series of novels set in the Star Trek universe. According to Peter David, "Paramount's belief was that there would be little to no interest from the fans in a [Star Trek] series that did not stem directly from the [television] shows."[1]:333 He was given "their blessing", with the caveat a number of characters from the The Next Generation were to be included.

“Peter David made up MacKenzie Calhoun on his own," said Ordover. Likewise, David said, "I’m pretty sure John came up with the Excalibur. He told me the characters he wanted to use and I was allowed to run with it."[1]:332 David then "fleshed out the concept and created the original characters."[2][1]:333

Four novels were published in paperback novella format in 1997, similar to the release of The Green Mile by Stephen King.[1]:333 An omnibus was published in 1998. The novels that followed were published in mass-market paperback format. No Limits (2003), an anthology of short stories edited by David, was published in trade paperback format.[3]

WildStorm published a graphic novel in 2000, written David, with artists Mike Collins and David Roach. A five-issue comic book miniseries was published by IDW Publishing in 2008, also by David, with artist Stephen Thompson.

In total, twenty four novels, a short story anthology, and two graphic novels, have been published as of September 2015. In addition to several short stories, and related works, by other writers. Characters and settings from New Frontier have appeared appear in other Star Trek novels, most of which were written by David. Novels have been included in crossovers with other Star Trek book lines, such as: The Captain's Table (1998), Double Helix (1999) Gateways (2000), The Lost Era (2003), and the Mirror Universe (2007–09) anthologies. A short story by David was anthologized in the Tales of the Dominion War (2004), edited by Keith DeCandido.

The Returned (2015), the most recent installment of the series, was published as a three-part ebook exclusive by Pocket Star.[4]


The once-powerful Thallonian Empire has collapsed following a popular uprising, destabilizing a vast region of space known as Sector 221-G. Starfleet dispatched the USS Excalibur, under the command of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun to fly the flag, and offer aid to those affected by the political and economic instability of the region.[5]


The characters in New Frontier are an amalgam of characters from Star Trek: The Animated Series, The Next Generation, David's Starfleet Academy young adult novels, and new characters created for the series.

The series is written in an ensemble-cast style, similar to a television series. However, the primary characters are Calhoun, Commander Elizabeth Shelby, and Vulcan medical officer Dr. Selar.


New Frontier follows the crews of three Starfleet flagships:

  • USS Excalibur (NCC-26517): The Excalibur is an Ambassador-class starship, originally captained by Morgan Korsmo. Command is passed to Mackenzie Calhoun at the start of the series. However, Excalibur is destroyed in Dark Allies (1999).
  • USS Exeter (NCC-26531): Elizabeth Shelby is promoted to captain of the Exeter in Restoration (2000). The ship's command is later passed to Capt. Alexandra Garbeck.
  • USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A): A Galaxy-class explorer launched to replace the previous Ambassador-class.
  • USS Trident (NCC-31347): Shelby's second command, is a Galaxy-class starship serving alongside the Excalibur-A. Captained by Katerina Mueller after Shelby's promotion to admiral.


Katherine Trendacosta of io9 said New Frontier filled in "a gap in the [Star Trek] universe that you didn’t even realize was there. And it did it all while being fun and smartly written."[6] As per Calhoun, she said he is "so perfect he feels like a stealth parody of a Mary Sue." Dan Gunther, in his review of Cold Wars (2001), said "David has a solid handle on his characters."[7]

Alison Baumgartner of described New Frontier as having "all the space adventuring of The Next Generation and The Original Series, mixed with all the political intrigue of Deep Space Nine, making it the best of all possible Star Trek worlds."[8]


All novels published as paperback editions, except where indicated.
First edition published as hardback.
Published as an ebook exclusive.
º Included in an omnibus or anthology.
Navy: Indicates a miniseries name.
Pink: Indicates a crossover series name.
et al.: Indicates multiple authors, see note.

The novels are inconsistently numbered among primary sources. Voyages of Imagination (2006), by Jeff Ayers, does not number the novels published after Being Human (2001). The Returned (2015) was published as an ebook exclusive.[4]

No. Title Author Date ISBN
1 House of Cards º Peter David July 1997 0-671-01395-5
2 Into the Void º 0-671-01396-3
3 The Two-Front War º August 1997 0-671-01397-1
4 End Game º 0-671-01398-X
New Frontier † (omnibus) February 1998 0-671-01978-3
5 Martyr March 1998 0-671-02036-6
6 Fire on High April 1998 0-671-02037-4
Once Burned º
  (The Captain's Table, Book 5)
Peter David[a] October 1998 0-671-02078-1
7 The Quiet Place Peter David November 1999 0-671-02079-X
8 Dark Allies 0-671-02080-3
9 Requiem
  (Excalibur, Book 1)
September 2000 0-671-04238-6
10 Renaissance
  (Excalibur, Book 2)
11 Restoration
  (Excalibur, Book 3)
November 2000 0-671-04243-2
Cold Wars
  (Gateways, Book 6)
October 2, 2001 0-671-04242-4
12 Being Human October 30, 2001 0-671-04240-8
Gods Above September 30, 2003 0-7434-1858-1
No Limits (anthology) Peter David, ed. October 21, 2003 0-7434-7707-3
Stone and Anvil Peter David October 28, 2003 0-7434-2957-5
After the Fall November 30, 2004 0-7434-9184-X
Missing in Action February 28, 2006 1-4165-1080-X
Treason April 14, 2009 978-0-7434-2961-0
Blind Man's Bluff April 26, 2011 978-0-7434-2960-3

Excalibur (2000)Edit

Star Trek: New Frontier – Excalibur miniseries follows the crew after the destruction of the Excalibur, and the apparent death of Calhoun.

No. Title Author Date ISBN
1 Requiem Peter David September 2000 0-671-04238-6
2 Renaissance 0-671-04239-4
3 Restoration November 2000 0-671-04243-2

The Returned (2015)Edit

Star Trek: New Frontier – The Returned miniseries explores the aftermath of events depicted in Blind Man's Bluff (2011). Published as ebook exclusives.

Title Author Date ISBN
The Returned, Part 1 ◊ Peter David 6 July 2015 978-1-4767-9092-3
The Returned, Part 2 ◊ 3 August 2015 978-1-4767-9093-0
The Returned, Part 3 ◊ 7 September 2015 978-1-4767-9095-4

Crossover novelsEdit

The following novels were part of multi-author miniseries which crossed over various Star Trek book lines including: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and The Original Series. Only New Frontier novels are listed.

The Captain's Table (1998)Edit

Star Trek: The Captain's Table crossover series is narrated by various starship captains during their visits to a trans-dimensional bar called The Captain's Table. An omnibus was published in 2000. An anthology of related stories was published in 2005.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
5 Once Burned Peter David[a] October 1998 0-671-02078-1
The Captain's Table (omnibus) L.A. Graf, et al.[b] March 2000 0-671-04052-9
Tales from the Captain's Table (anthology) Keith DeCandido, ed. June 14, 2005 1-4165-0520-2

Double Helix (1999—2002)Edit

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Double Helix miniseries is based upon and inspired by the film Outbreak (1995).[1]:434 Created by John J. Ordover and Michael Jan Friedman. An omnibus edition was published in 2002. Double or Nothing (1999), by Peter David, includes New Frontier characters and settings. The novel was published as The Next Generation, Book 55.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
5 Double or Nothing Peter David August 1999 0-671-03478-2
Double Helix (omnibus) John Gregory Betancourt, et al.[c] October 8, 2002 0-7434-1272-9

Gateways (2001)Edit

Star Trek: Gateways crossover series was created by Robert Greenberger and John J. Ordover. The series concluded with the anthology What Lay Beyond (2001). An omnibus was announced at the Shore Leave convention in 2001, but was never published.[citation needed]

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
6 Cold Wars Peter David October 2, 2001 0-671-04242-4
7 What Lay Beyond † (anthology) John J. Ordover, ed.[d] October 30, 2001 0-7434-3112-X

Science Fiction Book ClubEdit

Two omnibus collections were published exclusively for the Science Fiction Book Club. New Frontier (1998) is identical to an omnibus of the same name published by Pocket Books. Prometheans (1998) is a club exclusive.

Title Author Date Catalog ISBN
New Frontier(Books 1 – 4) Peter David January 1998 18942 1-56865-502-9
Prometheans(Books 5 – 6) July 1998 17462 1-56865-742-0

Short fictionEdit

Anthology Editors(s) Date ISBN
What Lay Beyond
  — "Death After Life" by Peter David
John J. Ordover[d] October 30, 2001 0-7434-3112-X
No Limits Peter David October 21, 2003 0-7434-7707-3
Tales of the Dominion War
  — "Stone Cold Truths" by Peter David
Keith DeCandido August 3, 2004 0-7434-9171-8
Tales from the Captain's Table
  — "Pain Management" by Peter David
June 14, 2005 1-4165-0520-2
Obsidian Alliances
  — Cutting Ties (novella) by Peter David
Keith DeCandido, Peter David, and Sara Shaw[e] March 20, 2007 978-1-4165-2471-7
Shards and Shadows
  — "Homecoming" by Peter David
Marco Palmieri and Margaret Clark January 6, 2009 978-1-4165-5850-7

Related novelsEdit

Characters and settings from the series appear in other Star Trek book lines:

The Next Generation (1991–2007)Edit

Star Trek: The Next Generation is based on the television series of the same name.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Vendetta Peter David May 1991 0-671-74145-4
Triangle: Imzadi II November 1998 0-671-02532-5
61 Diplomatic Implausibility Keith DeCandido January 30, 2001 0-671-78554-0
Q & A September 25, 2007 978-1-4165-2741-1
Before Dishonor Peter David October 30, 2007 978-1-4165-2742-8

Starfleet Academy (1993)Edit

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Starfleet Academy young adult series explores the lives of the Enterprise crew as Starfleet Academy cadets. The novels were published by various Pocket Books imprints. Starfleet Academy (1997), a novel by Diane Carey, is unrelated. Many New Frontier characters were created by Peter David for Starfleet Academy.

No. Title Author Date ISBN
1 Worf's First Adventure Peter David August 1993 0-671-87084-X
2 Line of Fire October 1993 0-671-87085-8
3 Survival December 1993 0-671-87086-6

The Lost Era (2003)Edit

Star Trek: The Lost Era explores events between the apparent death of James T. Kirk in Star Trek Generations, and The Next Generation episode "Encounter at Farpoint" Dr. Selar appears in one novel.

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Catalyst of Sorrows Margaret Wander Bonanno December 30, 2003 0-7434-6407-9

Graphic novelsEdit

The first graphic novel adaptation of New Frontier was the square bound, single-issue Double Time, published by WildStorm in 2000. Written by Peter David, with artists Mike Collins and David Roach. The second was a five-issue miniseries, Turnaround, published by IDW in 2008. Both novels were written by Peter David.

Double Time (2000)Edit

Star Trek: New Frontier – Double Time is a single-issue, square bound, graphic novel written by Peter David, with artists Michael Collins and David Roach.[9] Published by WildStorm. The title does not appear on the cover or spine of the first printing, only the Star Trek: New Frontier mark.

Issue Issue Date
Star Trek: New Frontier September 27, 2000

Turnaround (2008)Edit

Star Trek: New Frontier – Turnaround is a five issue comic book miniseries written by Peter David, with artist Stephen Thompson. Published by IDW Publishing.

Issue Issue Date Collection Date ISBN
Turnaround, Part I March 26, 2008 Turnaround October 14, 2008 978-1-60010-266-0
Turnaround, Part II April 23, 2008
Turnaround, Part III June 4, 2008
Turnaround, Part IV July 2, 2008
Turnaround, Part V July 23, 2008

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b As by Mackenzie Calhoun, in his own words, as recorded by Peter David.
  2. ^ The Captain's Table (2000) by L.A. Graf, Michael Jan Friedman, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Diane Carey, Peter David, Jerry Oltion.
  3. ^ Double Helix (2002) by John Gregory Betancourt, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Diane Carey, John Vorhnolt, Peter David, and Michael Jan Friedman and Christie Golden.
  4. ^ a b Gateways: What Lay Beyond (2001) by John J. Ordover, editor, with Diane Carey, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, Christie Golden, Robert Greenberger, and Susan Wright.
  5. ^ Sara Shaw is a pseudonym for David Mack.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ayers, Jeff (2006-11-14). Voyages of the Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-0349-1.
  2. ^ David, Peter (2003-10-21). "WHAT'CHA WANNA KNOW?". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  3. ^ "Title: No Limits". ISFDB. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  4. ^ a b "The Returned: Out This Summer". 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  5. ^ David, Peter (2002-02-21). Star Trek: New Frontier. New York: Pocket Books/Star Trek. ISBN 978-0-7434-5577-0.
  6. ^ Trendacosta, Katharine (2016-05-04). "The Star Trek: New Frontier Series Proves How Great Tie-In Books Can Be". io9. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  7. ^ Gunther, Dan (2012-04-13). "Cold Wars". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  8. ^ Baumgartner, Alison (2013-01-11). "Should A New Star Trek Television Series Follow Peter David's Vision?". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  9. ^ "GCD :: Issue :: Star Trek: The New Frontier -- Double Time #1". Retrieved 2019-03-08.

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