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Burning Dreams

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While Christopher Pike looks back at his life and time as Captain of the Enterprise, he is called out of retirement for one final mission!


From the book jacket
Before James T. Kirk, another captain stood on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise™, spearheading its mission of exploration into the uncharted reaches of the galaxy. He was a man driven to perfection, a brooding soul whose haunted eyes reflected the burden of the impossible standards he set for himself, and for whom his longtime science officer, Spock, one day would risk everything. Yet, little is truly known about the enigmatic Christopher Pike, the events that defined him... or the secrets that consumed him.
From the embers of his early childhood among Earth's blossoming interstellar colonies, to the terrifying conflagration that led him back to the world of his birth; from the mentor who would ignite young Chris's desire to return to the stars, to the career he blazed in Starfleet that would end in supreme sacrifice – the path of Pike's astonishing life leads through fire again and again. But even amid the ashes of Talos IV, the forbidden world on which he would live out the remainder of his days, the dreams smoldering still within his aging, radiation-ravaged breast fan the flames of Pike's spirit to accomplish one final task....

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Background Information

  • This is the first Star Trek novel where the familiar Paramount Pictures mountain logo has been replaced by the CBS television logo.
  • In the novel's inner title page, the fifth city listed under Pocket Books is Elysium, the planet Pike lived at as a child.
  • Moves-With-Burning-Grace was previously depicted as the Enterprise's chief engineer during Pike's tenure as captain in the comic series Star Trek: Early Voyages.


Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Pocket TOS characters.

Regular and recurring characters

Christopher Pike
"Number One"
Philip Boyce 
José Tyler
J.M. Colt

Other characters

Chee Wee Chua
Chief Engineer


USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Rigel VII
Starbase 11
Talos IV
USS Aldrin 

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