Page 1 reveals that, as Kirk's first year at Starfleet
Academy begins, it is the year 2255.
On page 2, the first year cadets are assembled to run a
marathon through the Mojave Desert. The
Mojave Desert is a large portion of the southwestern United
States, mostly in the state of California, but also
encompassing portions of Arizona and Nevada.
Page 2 reveals that Kirk was considered the town screw-up
as he grew up in Iowa.
Page 2 mentions Andorians and Zaranites. Andorians are a
well-known alien species in the Star Trek universe,
blue-skinned with white hair and antennae on their heads, first
seen in the original series episode "Journey to Babel". Zaranites
are non-oxygen-breathing aliens first seen in Star Trek:
The Motion Picture.
On pages 15-16, Kirk is climbing down a cliff, which makes
him reminisce about the time he sent a vintage Chevrolet
Sting Ray careening down to the bottom of one when he was a
just a kid. This is a reference to his stepfather's car
which he ditched over a cliff in
Page 20 reveals that Kirk's fellow cadet Monica Lynne has
promised herself she will graduate from the Academy in three
years instead of four, just as he has.
On page 22, Thanas mentions the planet Risa to Uhura. Risa
is part of the Federation, known as a pleasure planet and
for its open sexuality. It first appeared in the ST-TNG
episode "Captain's Holiday".
Page 36 should still be within the new cadets' first week at
the Academy according to what has been set up and continues
to unfold, yet the page mistakenly states that Kirk's "first
few months at Starfleet Academy had been more than he'd
Page 36 mentions that Lynne is on her way to Exochemistry
class. Exochemistry is the study of chemical reactions in
Page 38 reveals that Kirk feels that his stepfather has
pretty much burned all his (Kirk's) bridges back to home in Iowa.
Page 41 suggests that Dr. McCoy attended medical school at
Ole Miss. "Ole Miss" is the nickname of the
Page 41 reveals that McCoy has aviophobia. Aviophobia is the
fear of flying.
Page 48 reveals that, with modern medical technology, Dr.
McCoy considers it barbaric to slice open the human body.
This references back to a scene in the original timeline in
Star Trek: The Voyage Home, in which he chastises a
20th Century San Francisco doctor for planning to cut into
Chekov's skull due to a head injury he has sustained.
On page 54, Uhura is studying for her Interspecies Protocol
class and tries to remember details of Glakota and Narudian
IV. These do not appear to be worlds previously seen in the
Page 57 reveals that Spock has just graduated from Starfleet
Academy and received a faculty position there.
Page 59 reveals that the dean of Starfleet Academy at this
time is Admiral Robert Bennett. This is a reference to Harve
Bennett, who was the producer and co-writer of the original
Star Trek movies II-V, and he played Admiral Robert
Bennett in ST V.
Page 70 seems to suggest that Spock created the
Kobayashi Maru scenario during his senior year at the
During combat training on page 89, the cadets are engaged in
Rigelian martial arts. The Rigelians were first mentioned in
the original series episode "Journey
On page 108, Kirk tells McCoy he is meeting Lynne at some
place on Marina. This is probably referring to Marina
Boulevard in San Francisco.
On page 111, Kirk discovers the place Lynne has asked him to
meet at is a small restaurant called Suraya Bay. This was
also the name of a resort on the planet Risa mentioned in
the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Desert
Kirk and Lynne drink Risian Rainbows at the Suraya Bay
restaurant. Presumably the Risian Rainbow originated on the
On page 129, Lynne tells Kirk that her grandfather was
serving on the starship Coronado when it
disappeared on one of the early deep space expeditions. The
Coronado does not appear to have been referenced in
any original timeline sources.
On page 135, Lynne takes Kirk to the top of Mount Davidson.
This is the highest hill in San Francisco.
On page 141, Captain Warde is drinking masala chai. This is
a hot spiced tea drink which originated in India.
On page 152, Uhura is surprised to learn that Spock is
half-human. But earlier, on page 57, it's mentioned that she
had already heard he was half-human!
On pages 155-156, Spock tells Uhura that his given name is
unpronounceable to most humans. This is a callback to a
similar line of his in the original series episode "This
Side of Paradise".
On page 183, Kirk remarks that eugenics has caused wars in
the past. This is a reference to the Eugenics Wars of Earth
that took place in Earth's past as first mentioned in the
original series episode "Space Seed".
Page 192 mentions the Presidio. This is a former fort and
grounds in San Francisco first established in 1776 by the
Spanish, then used by the Mexicans, followed by the United
States. Since 1994 it has been a U.S. National Park.
Page 212 reveals that Starfleet uses the same 4F designation
for applicants who had a medical condition that made them
unfit for duty as was used by the United States Armed Forces
in earlier centuries.
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