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Species: Xenexian
Gender: male
Born: 2334
Temporal Displacement: 16 months from 2373 to 2374
Affiliation: Federation
Father: Gr'zy of Calhoun
Sibling(s): D'ndai of Calhoun
Marital Status: married
Spouse(s): Elizabeth Shelby (m.2376)
Children: Moke (adopted)
Occupation: commanding officer
Previous Assignment: CO, USS Excalibur (2373-2374)
Assignment: CO, USS Excalibur-A (2376 onwards)
Rank: captain
Insignia: badge insignia.
collar rank insignia.
For the mirror universe counterpart, see M'k'n'zy of Calhoun (mirror).

Mackenzie Calhoun (formerly known as M'k'n'zy of Calhoun, a.k.a. 'Calhoun the God') was a male Xenexian Starfleet Officer who served in the late 24th century.


Early life

M'k'n'zy was born to Gr'zy in the city of Calhoun on the Danteri-occupied planet Xenex in 2334. M'k'n'zy had one elder brother, D'ndai. (NF novels: House of Cards, Once Burned; NF - What Lay Beyond short story: "Death After Life")

When he was fourteen seasons old, M'k'n'zy and his brother witnessed their father being beaten to death by Danteri soldiers in Calhoun's public city square. Although, M'k'n'zy wanted to leap forward and defend his father, D'ndai held him back, fearing that M'k'n'zy himself would also be killed by the soldiers. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

Over the next three seasons, the anger at his father's death led M'k'n'zy to begin to plot rebellion and driving the Danteri oppressors off of Xenex. On a hot day in 2351, M'k'n'zy decided to begin the rebellion by attacking and killing a Danteri tax collector named Stener. Secretly trailing Stener and his escort as they left Calhoun and traveled along the single road to the small village of Moute, he soon seized upon his chance, hurling stones at the three guards to knock them unconscious, he then rounded upon Stener with his sword. However, one of the guards wasn't completely subdued and he leapt to Stener's defense before M'k'n'zy could impale him. While Stener rode off to safety, M'k'n'zy engaged in a swordfight with the guard, eventually overcoming and killing him, his "first blood". As the guard lay dying, M'k'n'zy felt compelled to stay with him and hold his hand until he died. Once he had, M'k'n'zy openly wept for an amount of time, before leaving before Danteri hunting parties found him. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)



Following the failed attempt on Stener, M'k'n'zy returned home to tell D'ndai what he had done and of his intentions to lead a rebellion against the Danteri. D'ndai had no great love of the Danteri and agreed to help his brother gather up supporters as well as allowing his several private fliers to be used in the coming battle. Out of respect for M'k'n'zy, he was appointed to the rank of r'ksha and given command of the largest flier and a crew of ten of the "truest and bravest men", although they were all barely teenagers. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

Unfortunately by the end of the first year of combat, all of M'k'n'zy's men had been killed during separate engagements with the Danteri. The last of his men died during a "surprise" raid on a Danteri outpost when M'k'n'zy, emboldened by many successful campaigns, had acted on information given to him by a source, which in turn was a Danteri trap. M'k'n'zy's so-called "sixth sense" for danger saw them avoid walking directly into an ambush which meant they weren't all killed or captured, but the resulting firefight was just as catastrophic. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

Although M'k'n'zy wasn't as emotionally upset by his men's death than he had been when he killed the guard, he still carried an immense burden of guilt despite assurances by his brother, that he was not responsible. While walking the streets of Calhoun one night, M'k'n'zy came across a mysterious building known as "R'Ksha Foldes" ("The Captain's Table"). His curiosity getting the better of him, M'k'n'zy entered and he was faced with a number of strange people including the mysterious Cap who welcomed him as the "youngest captain ever to visit the Captain's Table". A short time later, M'k'n'zy found himself in a "disagreement" with another patron at the bar, Miles Gloriosus, after M'k'n'zy inadvertently sat at his table, although M'k'n'zy was able to get the better of Gloriosus. Following this, M'k'n'zy talked to Cap about the attack on the outpost, and Capt told him that it was his fault, because as the captain, he was ultimately responsible for the success and failure of the mission. M'k'n'zy then left the "Captain's Table" with Cap promising that he would tell a story next time he visited. When, he tried to return to the bar a few weeks later, he couldn't find any trace of it. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

By the time he was nineteen seasons old, M'k'n'zy had become a warlord amongst his people and had eventually succeeded in freeing Xenex from their Danteri overlords. He was likened to Alexander the Great by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of a visiting Federation starship, the USS Stargazer. Picard urged M'k'n'zy to join Starfleet, warning him that things would not go well if he allowed the climax of his life to occur in his youth. (NF novel: House of Cards)

In 2354, Calhoun fathered a child by Calhoun clan widow, Catrine, according to Xenexian traditions. Calhoun would not meet the boy, Xyon, until he was well into adulthood (NF novels: Martyr, The Quiet Place)

Starfleet career

Starfleet Academy

Upon entering the Academy, M'k'n'zy of Calhoun took the name Mackenzie Calhoun as it was easier for his contemporaries at the Academy to pronounce. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

Early Starfleet career

Prior to 2369, Calhoun was serving as third officer and tactical officer aboard a starship. During an important first contact mission to which Calhoun's ship was assigned, Captain Edward Jellico and his son was temporarily transferred to the ship for the duration of the mission.

Shortly after Jellico and his son beamed down with Mackenzie and a security escort, the contact mission turned sour and the natives turned on the Starfleet officers. In the melee, all of the security escort except Calhoun was killed and he alone defended the Jellicos with a nearly depleted phaser and a club which he made from chair legs from between 15 and 20 armed natives. Although Calhoun suffered numerous abrasions, contusions, two broken ribs and a fractured skull, he and the Jellicos returned to their ship safely.

Following this, Calhoun had earned Jellico's friendship and support which helped him further his career in Starfleet. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

The USS Grissom

By 2369, Calhoun had risen up the ranks to become a full commander. By this point in his life, the savage M'k'n'zy had now been covered with a cloak of respectability and civility, however Calhoun still found himself appraising anyone who approached him, which proved off-putting to other Starfleet officers and meant that Calhoun was cast in the role of an outsider aboard many of his duty assignments. Following his promotion, Calhoun applied for the first officer's position aboard the USS Grissom, under the command of Captain Norman Kenyon. After waiting at Starbase 27 for several days, the Grissom arrived and Calhoun beamed up to the ship to be interviewed by Captain Kenyon.

During the interview, Kenyon noted that while Calhoun came highly recommended by Admiral Jellico, he had failed to gain any sterling recommendations from his previous commanding officers. (NF - The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

In 2369, after Captain Kenyon's brother and daughter were killed while on a diplomatic mission to Anzibar, the captain slowly started to go insane. Kenyon eventually killed himself, but not before the crew of the Grissom nearly mutinied.

Calhoun resigned from Starfleet shortly afterward, believing that he had somehow let down Captain Kenyon, after punching his superior officer and former Academy Dean of Students, Admiral Edward Jellico. (TCT novel: Once Burned)

Starfleet Intelligence

From the years 2370 to 2373, Calhoun worked for Admiral Alynna Nechayev in an unofficial capacity as an undercover operative, doing various jobs on the behalf of Starfleet Intelligence. Included among the jobs tackled by Calhoun while working for SI were the destruction of a Federation designed phased cloak that had been turned over to a Romulan commander by Picard in accordance with the Treaty of Algeron, and the rescue of a Orion slave girl named Vandelia after an undercover investigation of crimelord Zolon Darg. (TNG - Double Helix novel: Double or Nothing; NF - No Limits short story: "Loose Ends")

The USS Excalibur

Calhoun was recruited back into Starfleet in the year 2373 by Captain Picard, who felt that Calhoun's talents would be perfectly suited to commanding a ship designated to patrol Sector 221-G, the recently fallen Thallonian Empire. Calhoun was given command of the USS Excalibur and was reunited with Elizabeth Shelby, who served as his first officer. (NF novels: House of Cards, Into the Void)

Calhoun served as the Excalibur's captain until her destruction in early 2376. After the destruction of the Excalibur, Calhoun was believed to have been killed in action. In truth, Calhoun had found himself on the planet Yakaba where he met a local woman named Rheela. Upon Rheela's death, Calhoun adopted her orphaned son, Moke.

Calhoun returned to Starfleet just in time for the dedication of the Galaxy-class USS Excalibur-A, which was to be commanded by Shelby. Calhoun had realized how much Shelby meant to him while on Yakaba, and immediately proposed marriage to her. Shelby accepted after verifying that this individual was, indeed, Mackenzie Calhoun. The two were married in a ceremony officiated by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. They honeymooned on Xenex. (NF novels: Dark Allies, Restoration; NF - No Limits short story: "A Little Getaway")

The USS Excalibur-A

Calhoun commanded the Excalibur-A for several years during such events as the Gateways Crisis, the conflict with the entities known as the Beings, and the brief war with the Selelvians and the Tholian Assembly. (ST - Gateways novel: Cold Wars; NF novel: After the Fall)

By 2379, after the Selevian war and the establishment of the New Thallonian Protectorate, the Excalibur was attached to Space Station Bravo under Calhoun's newly-promoted wife, Admiral Elizabeth Shelby.

Acting on a hunch as to the whereabouts of the missing Princess Kalinda of New Thallon, Calhoun brought the ship to the planet Priatia, where the Excalbur encountered the Priatians' allies, the extradimensional race known as the Teuthis. (NF novel: After the Fall)

The Teuthis sent the Excalibur to their own realm, an enclosed gelatinous environment similar to the Fluidic space of Species 8472. There, Calhoun "negotiated" a deal with the native species, the Teuthis and the Bolgar, that allowed the Excalibur to return home. (NF novel: Missing in Action)

During the Borg attack on Earth in 2380, Calhoun marshaled nearly a dozen starships under his flag and intercepted the Enterprise-E on its way to Earth, transferring the command of the fleet to Captain Picard before they engaged the USS EinsteinBorg super-cube. (TNG novel: Before Dishonor)

Several months later, a full-scale invasion by the Borg led to the decimation of several Federation and Klingon worlds. During one engagement, Calhoun and the Excalibur crew attempted to use their vessel as a projectile against a Borg cube, to no avail. However, they were nonetheless successful in destroying the cube and saving a Federation colony. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)

Personal life


Elizabeth Shelby

While attending Starfleet Academy, Calhoun first met and became romantically involved with cadet Elizabeth Shelby, and the two became engaged to be married. Calhoun would later claim that he had first seen Shelby in a dream years before ever meeting her.

Calhoun and Shelby ended their relationship after Shelby decided to repeat her fourth year at the Academy. (NF novel: Stone and Anvil)

Kat Mueller



Commanding Officers of the Starships Excalibur
USS Excalibur (NCC-1664): Harris
USS Excalibur (NCC-2004):
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517): Shastakovich | Morgen | Korsmo | Calhoun | Riker
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A): Calhoun
USS Excalibur personnel
USS Excalibur (2240s) R. Bannock Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Excalibur (NCC-1664) T. Haleakala-LoBruttoHarrisJ.T. Kirk • H. Ogden • ThonenM. Walsh
USS Excalibur II Preye
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517) Argyle • R. Beth • BoyajianBurgoyne 172M. Calhoun • M. Christiano • HowardM. Gold • Hecht • M. Houle • JanosZ. KebronM. KorsmoKothari • K. Kurdziel • G. La ForgeR. LeflerLoweMartins • Maxwell • M. McHenryMeyerC. MitchellMorgen • W. Morrison • K. MuellerRamirezW.T. Riker • Scannel • SelarShastakovichE.P. ShelbySoletaR. Takahashi • Torelli • T'ShanikD. Voyskunsky • P. Watson • M. Wilkarah • Yates
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A) Burgoyne 172M. CalhounCandidoDreyfussJanosZ. KebronR. LeflerM. McHenrySelarE.P. ShelbySoletaT. TobiasXy

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Mackenzie Calhoun (formerly known as M'k'n'zy of Calhoun) was a male Xenexian Starfleet officer who served in the late 24th century. (Star Trek: New Frontier novels)


Early life

M'k'n'zy was born in 2334 on Xenex, during the height of the Danteri occupation. When he was fourteen, he killed his first Danteri and began the rebellion that eventually freed his people by the time he was nineteen.

When the Federation sent a relief mission to Xenex in 2353, he met Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who likened him to Alexander the Great, and encouraged him to join Starfleet. (NF: House of Cards)

The following year, he fathered a son by the widow Catrine, in accordance with Xenexian customs. (NF: Dark Allies)


M'k'n'zy entered Starfleet Academy in 2355, taking the name "Mackenzie Calhoun," since most humanoids could not properly pronounce his Xenexian name. While there, he began a romance with fellow cadet Elizabeth Shelby. They became engaged, but eventually called it off. (NF: Stone and Anvil)

Calhoun rose to the rank of Commander by 2368, and was assigned to the USS Grissom as first officer under Captain Norman Kenyon. Aboard the Grissom he became romantically involved with Katerina Mueller.

Calhoun resigned from Starfleet a year later, following a disastrous mission when Captain Kenyon committed suicide. As part of his "resignation," he punched Admiral Edward Jellico. (The Captain's Table novel: Once Burned)

Starfleet Intelligence

After wandering for a year, Calhoun was located by Admiral Alynna Nechayev who recruited him as an unofficial agent for Starfleet Intelligence. From 2370 to 2373, his numerous misisons included the destruction of the interphasic cloak designed by Admiral Erik Pressman, which had been turned over to the Romulans. He also took part in an undercover investigation of crimelord Zolon Darg. (NF short story: "Loose Ends"; TNG novel: Double Helix: Double or Nothing)

Return to Starfleet

After the collapse of the Thallonian Empire, Calhoun returned to Starfleet at the request of Jean-Luc Picard. He took command of the USS Excalibur (NCC-26517), assigned to Sector 221-G. Commander Shelby served as his first officer. (NF: House of Cards, Into the Void)

After the Excalibur was destroyed in 2376, Calhoun was presumed killed in action, though in fact he had been transported to the planet Yakaba and spent several months there. He eventually returned to the Fleet with his adopted son, Moke, was awarded command of the USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A), and married Shelby. (NF: Excalibur: Restoration)

While in command of the Excalibur-A, Calhoun participated in the Gateways crisis, conflicts with the entities known as the Beings, and the Selelvian War. In 2379, he took the Excalibur to the Priatia and encountered the Teuthis. (Gateways novel: Cold Wars; NF: After the Fall, Missing in Action)

Fan continuities

Star Trek: Pendragon

Mackenzie Calhoun in the Pendragon timeline

While working covertly for Admiral Alynna Nechayev in the early 2370s, Mackenzie Calhoun became involved in numerous intelligence operations during the Federation Civil War (2372-2374).

After the war, Nechayev offered to reinstate Calhoun in Starfleet proper, but he declined, stating that he prefered "a life in the shadows." He became one of Nechayev's "secret weapons" against Section 31, and often worked with Toby Moore and Elias Vaughn.

In the early 2380s, several assignments brought him into contact with his old associate Timothy Sinclair, now Captain of the USS Pendragon.

Star Trek: Hidden Frontier

In episode 605, "Vigil" - the character of Captain MacKenzie Calhoun is played by James Cawley (known for his fandom role of Kirk on Star Trek: New Voyages).


  • Mackenzie Calhoun was created by Peter David and John Ordover for the Pocket Books novel series, Star Trek: New Frontier.
  • The alternate version of Calhoun, featured in Star Trek: Pendragon, is "played" in photomanipulations by Joe Flanigan, famous as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard on the sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis.

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