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These stories are set between the events of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and slightly beyond Star Trek: The Final Frontier. The primary crewmembers from the first and second missions under Kirk's command are reunited for a series of adventures which end with a return to Vulcan for the Enterprise and Sulu's subsequent departure for the captaincy of the science ship Cooper. These stories feature Admiral Kirk, Captain Spock, Doctor McCoy, Captain Sulu, Lieutenant Commanders Chekov and Uhura, assorted cadets, Admiral Morrow, Sybok, Captain Esteban, David Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik.

Click here to see the Crew List of the Starship Enterprise during this timeframe. Click here to see a listing of other starship and Starfleet personnel.

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"Muffle Me Night, a While"

written by Linda McInnis; set in 2283/19
available in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes3
first published in 1988: Beyond the Farthest Star 3

Saavik faces becoming a prisoner of a Klingon commander with designs on her...

"The Wrath of Khan"

written by Jack B. Sowards & Harve Bennett; set in 2283/20
available from Paramount Home Video

During a cadet training cruise, Admiral Kirk takes command of the Enterprise to prevent the Genesis device from falling into an old enemy's hands.

"My Gift"

written by Cathy German; set in 2283/21
available in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 2001: Antares 7

Spock's final recollections as he succumbs to death in the reactor room.

"No Refuge"

written by Cathy German; set at the end of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (2283/21)
available in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 2002: Antares 10

Uhura comes to a sudden realization that things may never be the same again.

"Intermezzo"

written by Ann Zewen; set at the end of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (2283/21)
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1992: Idylls 8

Jim Kirk and Carol Marcus come to an understanding following the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Note: Sexual themes.

"The Listening Stranger"

written by Mary Lee Boyance; set in 2283/22
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1994: Orion 34

While the Enterprise undergoes makeshift repairs, James T. Kirk encounters a rather unique listener on the surface of Pacifica.

"You Are Not Alone"

written by Chris Dickenson ; set in 2283/22
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1989: Orion 28

A Saavik story set between Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek: The Search for Spock which explains the changes in the character. A masterful examination of Saavik, her motivations, and her stormy relationship with David. Note: Sexual themes.

"Contempt of Council"

written by Selek; set in 2283/23
available in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 2001: Antares 7

Sarek's point of view of the events relating to Spock's death, the return of his katra to his body and the trial of his friends before the Federation.

"His Was the Most Human"

written by Nomad; set in 2283/24
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1984: Stardate 21

McCoy's comes to realize that Spock's death has affected him profoundly.

"Russian Winter" 

written by Patricia Wright; set in 2283/25
available in print in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 2006: Antares 15

Following the return of the Enterprise to Earth from the Genesis planet, Chekov finds himself under scrutiny from his old mentor at Starfleet Academy, his friends like Sulu, and most importantly, himself...

"All That He Was...All That He Knew"

written by Linda McInnis; set in 2283/27
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1985: Orion 22

McCoy's dysfunctionality grows as he tries to come to grip with Spock's katra.

"The Search for Spock"

written by Harve Bennett; set in 2283/30
available from Paramount Home Video

Discovering that McCoy is suffering from a Vulcan mind meld, Kirk and his command crew commandeer the Enterprise and set off for the planet the Genesis torpedo created.

The Day They All Came Home

written by Linda McInnis; set in 2283/33
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1987: Orion 25

A sequel to Star Trek: The Search for Spock. Following Spock's fal-tor-pan, the crew of the now-destroyed Enterprise finds waiting on Vulcan an enlightening experience as the friend they risked their careers for slowly recovers.

"The Decision"

written by Marnita Howald; set in 2283/34
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1989: Idylls 3

With his forces depleted and his strategy failing, Admiral Kirk faces a tough decision...

"Choices"

written by Nomad; set in 2283/36
available in Antares 17
first published in 2008: Antares 17

Kirk and Chekov discuss what led them to their exile on Vulcan.

"The Wounding"

written by Linda McInnis; set in 2283/40
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1985: Orion 22

Set during the novella, "The Day They All Came Home." David Marcus has died, and James Kirk knows he has to be the one to tell Carol, even if it means going to Earth undercover and risking capture.

"Friendship's Song"

written by Valerie A. Phillips; frame set in 2283/41
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1992: Orion 31

As Spock recovers from fal-tor-pan, Uhura seeks him out to return an old favor. 

"The Voyage Home"

written by Leonard Nimoy & Harve Bennett; set in 2283/55
available from Paramount Home Video

Facing a court-martial, the senior officers of the now-destroyed Enterprise decide to return to Earth to face the consequences for their actions. Along the way, they run into some difficulties...

"The Difference"

written by Chris Dickenson; framing section set in 2283/57 (or, actually, 1986)
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1990: Orion 30

While in 1986, Doctor McCoy comes across a terminal patient who prompts a particularly tragic memory.

"Gillian Weep Not"

written by Linda McInnis; set in 2283/60
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1990: Orion 30

Doctor Gillian Taylor finds herself wishing to see her friends, George and Gracie again. Captain Spock, now recovered, offers her a unique method and opportunity to fulfill her wish.

"Questions"

written by Nomad; set in 2283/70
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1992: Orion 32

Maltz has been imprisoned at the Starfleet Maximum Security Detention Center on Alcatraz. He is thinking about his life in captivity, and finds himself wishing for death. That is, until xenophile Security Officer Stacey Saint James arrives on the scene to make life a bit more interesting for him. Note: Strong sexual themes.

"Where or When"

written by Michelle Arvizu; set in 2283/75
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1996: Interludes 1

An exploration of the relationship between Jim Kirk and Gillian Taylor, while taking a somewhat more serious look at other emotional issues confronting the former admiral. If you like a good, old-fashioned romance combined with an in-depth character study, then this one is for you! Note: Strong sexual situations.

"The Return"

written by Steven K. Dixon; set in 2283/79
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1992: Orion 32

Father Robert Welton, a heretic who aided Khan during the Eugenics War was cast into deep space as punishment for his crimes against Humanity. Now, awakened by an advanced life form, he finds a way of revenge on those who banished him from Earth: interference on the planet 892-IV in a way that shakes that planet's religion to its very core. Can the Enterprise crew stop this madman in time?

"Rapids"

written by CarolMel Ambassador; set in 2283/91
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1992: Tantalus 4

Following the events of "The Return," Jim Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise are diverted to Betazed. An investigation into the disappearance of one of Captain Kirk's old friends place both Kirk and Spock in jeopardy. But their escape leads to even more potentially serious consequences and the discovery of a betrayal.

"Let Me Help"

written by Ann Zewen; set in 2283/93
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1987: Idylls 2

After the missions to Tellus and Betazed, Jim Kirk has suddenly realized just what he is he has lost. Grieving for his son, his command performance is ebbing, and it's because of help from an old friend that he suddenly realizes that he is not alone. Note: Sexual situations.

"A Christmas Gift"

written by Nomad; set in 2283/93
first published in December 2012 as an on-line exclusive

Spock returns to the Grayson estate of Mountainview to spend Christmas in the home of his late aunt Roberta. A touching short story!

"On My Mind"

written by Chris Dickenson; set in 2284/19
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1990: Idylls 4

A sequel to Ann Zewen's "The Music Box." It's a nice look at how the Chapel-Spock relationship has changed over the years.

"The Final Frontier"

written by William Shatner, Harve Bennett & David Loughery; set in 2284/20
available from Paramount Home Video

The U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-A, has returned to Earth in dire need of repairs. The brand-new starship is literally falling apart, having been rushed into construction. On Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace,  a Vulcan madman has seized three hostages, and Admiral Bob Bennett needs James T. Kirk for this mission.

"The Bonding"

written by Nomad; set in 2284/24, at the end of "The Final Frontier"
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes3
first published in 1989: Beyond the Farthest Star 4

Bored by the reception aboard the Enterprise-A, Klaa and Vixis seek a private little corner to entertain themselves...

"That's What Friends Are for"

written by Ann Zewen; story frame set in 2284/24
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes1
first published in 1990: Orion 29

Uhura recalls the personal tragedy she faced prior to the refit of the Enterprise, and to whom she turned in her time of need: Montgomery Scott. The story is meant to explain the hitherto unseen relationship between Scott and Uhura that we find in Star Trek: The Final Frontier. Note: Adult themes.

Keeper of the Katra

written by Chris Dickenson; set in 2284/28
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2284 Keeper of the Katra
first published in 1990: Orion 29

A sequel to Star Trek: The Final Frontier which introduces us to Spock's bondmate, T'Liba, and explains why the name of Sybok has not been spoken in decades. The Vulcan political intrigue, Kirk's anger toward Spock, McCoy's mediation skills, and Sarek's family history are all fully explored so that the readers can actually read this story and make sense of what we see in Star Trek V. Note: Sexual themes.

"Captain's Bars"

written by Nomad; set in 2284/34
available in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 2001: Antares 7

Hikaru Sulu finds himself receiving the captaincy he has long since deserved. Unfortunately, it's not quite what he expected...

"The Trainer"

written by Jim Ausfahl; set in 2284/36
available in ORION ARCHIVES -- 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 2002: Antares 10

The senior officers of the Enterprise find themselves evaluating a new teaching tool under less than academic surroundings.

Valley of the Shadow

written by Donna S. Frelick; set in 2284/39
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2284 Valley of the Shadow
first published in 1997: Valley of the Shadow

The Enterprise is ready for its first assignment following the events of The Final Frontier: a diplomatic mission to a war-torn planet with a most attractive Federation ambassador aboard to mediate the dispute. Unfortunately, a plague seems to be sweeping through the area, and one side is blaming the other for using biological weapons while the other side insists there is no plague at all!

Blindside

written by Carol Kummer; set in 2284/45
available in ORION ARCHIVES 2283-2284 Interludes2
first published in 1997: Valley of the Shadow

The Enterprise is sent to the Edam star system which is ending its ties with the Federation. But soon Kirk and Spock learn from the expelled ambassador Carlysle and her son of that that there's more to the situation than the Federation suspects!

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