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Captain Calhoun and Commander Shelby face their greatest ally... or most formidable enemy!

Into the Void is a Star Trek: New Frontier novella – the second book in the series – written by Peter David. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in July 1997.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Roll Call: The crew of the USS Excalibur:
Captain Mackenzie Calhoun: An unorthodox, decisive young captain who loves his crew and his ship, and loves testing their limits even more.
Commander Shelby: A woman of strong opinions and strong values, Shelby never hesitated to tell her captains when she thought they were wrong, and Mackenzie Calhoun won't be any exception.
Burgoyne 172: The chief engineer of the Excalibur, with the decisiveness of Calhoun, the strength of Shelby, and the gender of both. Burgoyne is a Hermat, and when s/he sets his/her sights on you, s/he isn't an easy... person... to refuse.
As the Thallonian Empire succumbs to violence and insurrection, the USS Excalibur prepares to launch on her humanitarian mission of mercy. But her departure is destined to be a memorable one, as Calhoun contends with an unexpected stowaway, a stormy relationship with his crew, and – light years away – frightened refugees aboard a dying ship.

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Background information Edit

  • The novella's title does not appear on its cover, where it is identified merely as Book Two. Into the Void appears only on the inside title page, and identifies the book in Pocket's backlist.
  • The novella was later collected in the Star Trek: New Frontier Omnibus.
  • Combined with the other three novellas in this serialized release, Into the Void reached number nine on the New York Times Best Seller List for 3 August 1997, the serial novel's third week on the list. [1] The serial remained on the list for four weeks.

Characters Edit

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 New Frontier characters.

Main cast and recurring characters Edit

Mackenzie Calhoun
Elizabeth Shelby
Burgoyne 172

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