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The novelization of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is an adaptation of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, written by J.M. Dillard. Published by Pocket Books, the novel was first published in paperback in January 1992.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Internal pressures, enormous military expenditures, and the destruction of their primary energy source have brought the Klingon Empire to the verge of catastrophic collapse.
To avert disaster, Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, proposes negotiations between the Federation and Klingon Empire, negotiations that will put an end to the years of hostility between the two powers, and herald a new era of peace and cooperation. Captain James T. Kirk and the USS Enterprise-A are dispatched to escort the Chancellor safely into Federation space.
But a treacherous assassination brings negotiations to a sudden halt and places Kirk and Dr. McCoy in the hands of the Federation's greatest enemy. With time running out, Spock and the Enterprise crew work to uncover the deadly secret that threatens to propel the galaxy into the most destructive conflict it has ever known.

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Background informationEdit

  • The audio version was abridged by George Truett.
  • Denny Martin Flinn, a co-writer of the screenplay for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, was initially asked to write the film's novelization but he declined the opportunity, feeling that he didn't want to revisit the story so soon after having worked on the film. (audio commentary, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Edition) DVD)
  • The novel gives the stardate as 8979.3, but the stardate from the film takes precedence.
  • The Efrosian Federation President is named Ra-ghoratreii in the book, and it states his species as Deltan. However, none of these details are stated in the movie. More recent novels resolve the conundrum to suggest he comes from the planet Efros Delta.
  • The Starfleet C-in-C called Bill in the film is given the last name Smillie in the novel.
  • General Chang's advanced Bird-of-Prey is named the IKS Dakronh in the novel.
  • At the beginning of the novel, Carol Marcus is on planet Themis, visiting the family of one of her colleagues killed on Regula I, when Themis is attacked by Klingons – presumably General Chang – using the prototype Bird-of-Prey. She is severely injured and on life support, news which affects Kirk deeply; over the years, he and Carol had healed the rift over David's death and became friends again, and they were planning on making a life together after his retirement. For this reason, his hatred of Klingons is even more extreme in the novel than in the movie – not only did they kill his son, they may have also killed his future life partner.
  • The UK edition was from Grafton Books.

CharactersEdit

James T Kirk, 2293

James T. Kirk

Leonard McCoy, 2293

Leonard McCoy

Valeris

Valeris

James T. Kirk
Captain.
Spock
Captain
Leonard McCoy
CMO.
Hikaru Sulu
Captain.
Montgomery Scott
Uhura
Pavel Chekov
Gorkon
Chang
Valeris
Vulcan lieutenant.
Martia
Kamarag
Klingon Ambassador.
Sarek
Vulcan Ambassador.
Henry Mulwray
Civilian businessman

ReferencesEdit

Praxis exploding

Praxis exploding

Camp Khitomer
Praxis
Qo'noS

External links Edit


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