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Series: The Original Series
Author(s): J.M. Dillard
Publication information
Published: Hardcover - October 1989
Pages: 307
ISBN: ISBN 0671682938
Date: 2270 and 2271
Stardate: 6987.31


Introduction (blurb)

"The Lost Years" tells the story of Captain Kirk's final hours in command of the USS Enterprise, and how he, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy stuggle to establish new lives apart from each other and the starship.

We see the newly promoted Admiral Kirk, in charge of a specially created Starfleet division, as he attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who in the midst of a teaching assignment on Vulcan, finds the one thing he least expected; and Dr. McCoy, whose unerring instinct for trouble lands him smack in the middle of an incident that could trigger an interstellar bloodbath...


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This is the first in the Lost Years series. In the Acknowledgments, J.M. Dillard mentions two other books: A Flag Full of Stars, which was published, and another novel, The War Virus which was cancelled. Instead, Traitor Winds was published, and the series ended with Recovery.

Related Stories

Dreadnought! - The events of this novel are referred to as the Rittenhouse Scandal.



The Lost Years Novels
The Lost Years | Traitor Winds | A Flag Full of Stars | Recovery
published order
Previous novel:
Spock's World
TOS hardcovers Next novel:
Prime Directive
Previous novel:
The Cry of the Onlies
TOS novels Next novel:
The Kobayashi Maru
Previous novel:
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Novels by:
J.M. Dillard
Next novel:
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Captain's Daughter
Chapters 5-12
Pocket Next Adventure:
Traitor Winds
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2271.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Romulan Way
Chapter 4
300 AD
Next Adventure:
Chapters 21, 23 & 25
Previous Adventure:
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Chapter 1 & 2
Next Adventure:
The End of Night
First and Last sections

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