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Star Trek: Vanguard
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherPocket Books
Media typePrint (Paperback)
No. of books9
Followed byStar Trek: Seekers

Star Trek: Vanguard is a series of Star Trek tie-in fiction novels set during the 2260s, or the time period concurrent with Star Trek: The Original Series. The series is written by Kevin Dilmore, David Mack, and Dayton Ward.

Distant Early Warning (2006), a Star Trek: Corps of Engineers novella by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, is a prequel to Vanguard, introducing the setting and several characters. Star Trek: Seekers (2014–15), also written by Dilmore, Mack, and Ward, is sequel series.


The books largely take place on board the Federation space station Starbase 47, also known as "Vanguard", which serves as a support facility for a colonization push by the United Federation of Planets into an interstellar expanse called the Taurus Reach. While the station does in fact help colonies across the area, its true mission (known only to a few people) is to study a mystery that began with the discovery of genetically engineered DNA millions of times more complex than any previously encountered, known as the Taurus Meta-Genome.

In its effort to understand the Meta-Genome, Starbase 47 has three vessels permanently assigned to it, the Constitution-class cruiser USS Endeavour, the tiny Archer-class scout USS Sagittarius, and the Daedalus-class Starfleet Corps of Engineers starship USS Lovell. Another starship, the USS Bombay, was destroyed during the events of Harbinger. In addition to the mission, those who know of Vanguard's true nature must also prevent others from becoming aware of the situation, especially the Klingon Empire and the Tholian Assembly, both of whom have interests in the region and are suspicious of the Federation's presence.

While the majority of the characters featured in the first novels are original to this series, the Vulcan lieutenant commander T'Prynn appeared in two other Star Trek novels—the Lost Era novel The Art of the Impossible by Keith DeCandido, and Deep Space Nine novels Lesser Evil, by Robert Simpson, and Unity, by S. D. Perry. In addition, petty officer Razka (from the third novel Reap the Whirlwind) first appears in the Next Generation novel A Time to Kill by David Mack, and Carol Marcus from The Wrath of Khan appears at the end of the same novel.


Declassified (2011) is an anthology of four novellas. In Tempest's Wake (2012) was published as an ebook exclusive.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
1 Harbinger David Mack 26 July 2005 1-4165-0774-4
2 Summon the Thunder Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore 27 June 2006 1-4165-2400-2
3 Reap the Whirlwind David Mack 22 May 2007 978-1-4165-3414-3
4 Open Secrets Dayton Ward 28 April 2009 978-1-4165-4792-1
5 Precipice David Mack 24 November 2009 978-1-4391-3011-7
6 Declassified (anthology) Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Marco Palmieri,
  and David Mack.
28 June 2011 978-1-4516-0691-1
7 What Judgements Come Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore 27 September 2011 978-1-4516-0863-2
8 Storming Heaven David Mack 27 March 2012 978-1-4516-5070-9
In Tempest's Wake (ebook) Dayton Ward 2 October 2012 978-1-4516-9589-2

Seekers (2014–15)

Star Trek: Seekers is a continuation of Vanguard.

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
1 Second Nature David Mack 22 July 2014[1] 978-1-4767-5307-2
2 Point of Divergence Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore 26 August 2014[2] 978-1-4767-5726-1
3 Long Shot David Mack 28 July 2015 978-1-4767-5309-6
4 All That's Left Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore 27 October 2015 978-1-4767-9860-8

Related novels

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
The Wrath of Khan (novelization)
  (Star Trek Book 7)
Vonda N. McIntyre July 1982 0-671-45610-5
Lesser Evil
  (Deep Space Nine – Mission Gamma, Book 4)
Robert Simpson October 29, 2002 0-7434-1024-6
The Art of the Impossible
  (The Lost Era, Book 3)
Keith DeCandido September 30, 2003 0-7434-6405-2
  (Deep Space Nine)
S.D. Perry November 18, 2003 0-7434-4840-5
A Time to Kill
  (The Next Generation – A Time to…, Book 7)
David Mack July 27, 2004 0-7434-9177-7
Distant Early Warning
  (Corps of Engineers, Book 64 – What's Past, Book 4)
Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore June 1, 2006 1-4165-3309-5

See also


  1. ^ "Star Trek Star Trek: Seekers - Inspired By Fan Art". CBS Entertainment. 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  2. ^ "Star Trek Ward & Dilmore Team Up For Seekers 2: Point of Divergence". CBS Entertainment. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-08.