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Series: The Original Series, No. 16
Worlds Apart, No. 1
Author(s): John M. Ford
Publication information
Published: May 1984 - Paperback
Pages: 253
ISBN: ISBN 0671473883
Omnibus: The Hand of Kahless
Date: 8405.15
circa 2283 (Framing Story)


Introduction (blurb)

Klingon Captain Krenn is a ruthless war strategist. But on a mission to Earth, Krenn learns a lesson in peace.

Suddenly he must fight a secret battle of his own. His Empire has a covert plan to shatter the Federation. Only Krenn can prevent a war - at the risk of his own life!


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James T. KirkLeonard McCoyJanice RandSpock
Akhil • Akten • Ankhisek • Antaan • Atro • Auloh • Amos Blakeslee • Dezhe • Wallace Duquesne • Graade • Maxwell Grandisson III • Amanda Grayson • Kadi • Kafter • Kagga • Kalim • KandelKang • Kelag • Kelly (Klingon) • Kepool • Keppa • Kessum • Kethas (Kethas epetai-Khemara) • Kev • Kezhke (Kezhke zantai-Adion) • Khidri (Khidri tai-Gensa) • Kian • Kirtann • Klimor • Kodon (Kodon vestai-Karum) • Koll • Konli • KothKotkheKovar • Kreg • Krenn (aka Vrenn, Vrenn Khemara, Krenn sutai-Rustazh) • Kurrozh • Samuel Landers • LucyMabli (Mabli vestai-Galann) • Maida • Maktai • MaraMargon • Marks • Maskan • Thomas Jackson McCoy • Merzhan • Meth • Muros • Nesheim • Odise • Takashi Onoda • Sally Parker • Jael Rabinowich • RaggaRogaineRokisRuzheSarekSegon • Douglas Tancred Shepherd • Sinon • SovinSudok • Emanuel Tagore • Tatell • Tirian • T'tain • Marcus van Diemen • Voloh • Luther Whitetree • Carter Winston • Isoroku Yamamoto • Zharn • Zhoka
Adion • Galann • Gensa • Karum • Khemara • Rustazh

Starships and vehicles

Klingon Defense Force
IKS Blue FireIKS Death HandIKV DevisorIKV FencerIKV FuryIKS MirrorIKS Two FingersD4 classD5 class
USS AveburyUSS Flying FortressUSS GlasgowUSS HokkaidoUSS SavannahUSS Savannah IIUSS SentryBaton Rouge classMann classRickenbacker class


Alshanai RiftAtlantaAviskieCibolaDenevaEarth • Federa-Terra • FloridaGeorgia • Juarez-El Paso Station • KlinzhaiRigel • Serkash II • Starbase 6Starbase 12Triskelion • White Sands

Races and cultures

HumanKinshayaKlingonOrion • Rigellian (furred) • RomulanVulcan • Willall • Withiki

States and organizations

Akademgorodok • Atlanta ConstitutionBack-to-Earth Movement • Emory Medical Center • Imperial Intelligence • Klingon Contacts Branch • Klingon EmpireMakropyriosRomulan Star EmpireTerra-Return LeagueUnited Federation of Planets • University of New Bombay • University of Chicago • University of Edinburgh • University of the Ocean of Storms


anemone • apple juice • Argelian nine-layer cocktailBabel ConferencesBattlecruiser Vengeancebrandychess • Dinartian Poison • gel pastry • grape juice • kafeiklin zhalatrunculo • orange juice • pineapple juice • prune juice • salt fish • whitefang • whitefang steak


  • In August 1999, this novel was reprinted as Book 1 of the Worlds Apart miniseries along with How Much for Just the Planet? In 2004, it was reprinted with the TNG novel Kahless as the Signature Edition book The Hand of Kahless.
  • It is stated in the novel that at least ten years have passed since the signing of the Organian Peace Treaty, placing the framing story sometime later than 2277. If the dating relative to the Sentry/Devisor incident is accurate, the framing story is in 2283 or 2284. However, the situations presented in the framing story do not match other events of 2277, 2283, or 2284.
  • Published in 1984, this makes use of the timeline, events, and ships of the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology and predates much material developed for later movies and series, which leads to some difficulties in adapting it to the now-canon chronology. For example, the relative ages of Spock and McCoy, with Spock about eight years older, stem from the best estimates of the time, but have since been superseded by later canon references.
  • Establishes that in its "current year" (see above for that debate), a book was published called The Final Reflection, by an author called J.M. Ford. This device was used in similar ways in Mudd's Angels, Strangers from the Sky and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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