Star Trek: New Frontier

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
Cover of 1998 omnibus

AuthorPeter David
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
Media type
No. of books
  • 24 novels
  • 1 anthology
  • 2 graphic novels

The novels explore life aboard the Excalibur, commanded by Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun. The New Frontier timeline is in concurrent with 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 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 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 (2007–2009) 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 the Animated Series, Next Generation, David's trilogy of young adult Starfleet Academy 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 Original Series, "mixed with all the political intrigue of Deep Space Nine, making it the best of all possible Star Trek worlds."[8]


Hardcover first edition.
Published as an ebook exclusive.
Included in omnibus or anthology.
Book line or flagship series name.
Miniseries name.
Crossover series name.
Omnibus or anthology editor(s).
et al.
Multiple authors, see note.

All novels published as paperback editions, except where indicated.

Numbered novelsEdit

Novels are inconsistently numbered among primary sources. Numbering below is taken from the list of novels published in Blind Man's Bluff (2011).

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[a] º 0-671-01398-X
5 Martyr March 1998 0-671-02036-6
6 Fire on High April 1998 0-671-02037-4
7 The Quiet Place 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
12 Being Human October 30, 2001 0-671-04240-8
13 Gods Above September 30, 2003 0-7434-1858-1
14 Stone and Anvil October 28, 2003 0-7434-2957-5
15 After the Fall November 30, 2004 0-7434-9184-X
16 Missing in Action February 28, 2006 1-4165-1080-X
17 Treason April 14, 2009 978-0-7434-2961-0
18 Blind Man's Bluff April 26, 2011 978-0-7434-2960-3

Omnibus editionsEdit

Omnibus editions of New Frontier novels and novellas. Science Fiction Book Club published omnibus editions of Books 1 through 6 in 1998.

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
New Frontier
  (New Frontier, Books 1–4)
Peter David February 1988 0-671-01978-3
The Captain's Table L.A. Graf, et al.[b] March 2000 0-671-04052-9
What Lay Beyond
  (Gateways, Books 7)
John J. Ordover, ed.[c] October 30, 2001 0-7434-3112-X
Obsidian Alliances
  (Mirror Universe)
Keith DeCandido, Peter David, and Sara Shaw[d] March 20, 2007 978-1-4165-2471-7

Original novelsEdit

Additional novels written by Peter David. The Returned (2015) miniseries was published as an ebook exclusive by Pocket Star.[4]

Title Author Date ISBN
Once Burned
  (The Captain's Table, Books 5)
Peter David[e] October 1998 0-671-02078-1
Cold Wars
  (Gateways, Books 6)
October 2, 2001 0-671-04242-4
The Returned, Part 1 ◊ July 6, 2015 978-1-4767-9092-3
The Returned, Part 2 ◊ August 3, 2015 978-1-4767-9093-0
The Returned, Part 3 ◊ September 7, 2015 978-1-4767-9095-4

Short fictionEdit

Collections of New Frontier short fiction:

Title Editor(s) Date ISBN
No Limits Peter David October 21, 2003 0-7434-7707-3
Tales from the Captain's Table Keith DeCandido June 14, 2005 1-4165-0520-2
Shards and Shadows
  (Mirror Universe)
Marco Palmieri and Margaret Clark January 6, 2009 978-1-4165-5850-7

Graphic novelsEdit

Double Time (2000)Edit

Star Trek: New Frontier – Double Time (2000) is a single-issue, square bound, graphic novel published by WildStorm.[9] Written by Peter David, with artists Michael Collins and David Roach. The title does not appear on the cover or spine, only the Star Trek: New Frontier word mark.

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

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.

No. Date Collection Date Publisher ISBN
1 March 26, 2008 Turnaround, Vol. 1 October 14, 2008 IDW Publishing 978-1-60010-266-0
2 April 23, 2008
3 June 4, 2008
4 July 2, 2008
5 July 23, 2008

Related novelsEdit

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

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Demons of Air and Darkness
  (Gateways, Book 4)
Keith DeCandido August 28, 2001 0-7434-1852-2
Catalyst of Sorrows
  (The Lost Era)
Margaret Wander Bonanno December 30, 2003 0-7434-6407-9

The Next Generation novelsEdit

Peter David utilized characters originally created for the Next Generation book line.

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
Vendetta Peter David May 1991 0-671-74145-4
Worf's First Adventure ^
  (Starfleet Academy, Book 1)
August 1993 0-671-87084-X
Line of Fire ^
  (Starfleet Academy, Book 2)
October 1993 0-671-87085-8
Survival ^
  (Starfleet Academy, Book 3)
December 1993 0-671-87086-6
Triangle: Imzadi II November 1998 0-671-02532-5
Double or Nothing
  (Double Helix, Book 5)
August 1999 0-671-03478-2
The First Virtue
  (Double Helix, Book 6)
Michael Jan Friedman and Christie Golden August 1999 0-671-03258-5
Diplomatic Implausibility Keith DeCandido January 30, 2001 0-671-78554-0
Doors into Chaos
  (Gateways, Book 3)
Robert Greenberger August 28, 2001 0-7434-1856-5
Double Helix (omnibus) John Gregory Betancourt, et al.[f] October 8, 2002 0-7434-1272-9
Q & A Keith DeCandido September 25, 2007 978-1-4165-2741-1
Before Dishonor Peter David October 30, 2007 978-1-4165-2742-8

Science Fiction Book ClubEdit

Omnibus editions published exclusively for the Science Fiction Book Club. New Frontier (1998) is identical to an edition published by Pocket Books. Prometheans (1998) is a book club exclusive.

Title Author(s) Date Publisher ISBN
New Frontier
  (New Frontier, Books 1 – 4)
Peter David January 1998 Doubleday Direct 1-56865-502-9
  (New Frontier, Books 5 – 6)
July 1998 1-56865-742-0

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Similarly named works: End Game (New Frontier, Book 4) (1997), novel by Peter David, and Endgame (Voyager) (2001), novelization by Diane Carey.
  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. ^ What Lay Beyond (Gateways, Book 7) (2001) by John J. Ordover, editor, with Diane Carey, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, Christie Golden, Robert Greenberger, and Susan Wright.
  4. ^ Sara Shaw is pseudonymous with David Mack.
  5. ^ Once Burned (The Captain's Table) (1998) by Mackenzie Calhoun, in his own words, as recorded by Peter David.
  6. ^ 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ayers, Jeff (November 14, 2006). Voyages of the Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 9781416503491.
  2. ^ David, Peter (October 21, 2003). "WHAT'CHA WANNA KNOW?". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Title: No Limits". ISFDB. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The Returned: Out This Summer". March 7, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ David, Peter (February 21, 2002). Star Trek: New Frontier. New York: Pocket Books/Star Trek. ISBN 9780743455770.
  6. ^ Trendacosta, Katharine (May 4, 2016). "The Star Trek: New Frontier Series Proves How Great Tie-In Books Can Be". io9. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Gunther, Dan (April 13, 2012). "Cold Wars". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Baumgartner, Alison (January 11, 2013). "Should A New Star Trek Television Series Follow Peter David's Vision?". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Issue :: Star Trek: The New Frontier -- Double Time #1". Grand Comics Database. September 26, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2019.

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