The character of Starfleet special agent Erin Esurance who
appears briefly in this novel is borrowed from the 2009
online Flash video game Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice
Planet, which was a cross-promotion for the Star
Trek movie and the
car insurance company. Erin Esurance is the name of the
animated female spy/insurance agent who appears in some
Esurance television commercials.
Page 2 mentions the Tal Shiar intelligence agency of the
Romulan Star Empire. The Tal Shiar was first mentioned in
the ST-TNG episode "Face of the Enemy".
Page 3 mentions the Romulan humiliation at Cheron nearly 100
years ago. This is a reference to the Battle of Cheron,
which effectively ended the Earth-Romulan War in 2160
according to the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In
a Mirror, Darkly" Part 2.
The page 4 statement from Senator Tashal that only one agent of
the Gemini Project may be activated should clue the reader
in that the project involves twins, as "Gemini" is Latin for
"twin". (Notice also that the book's title "The Gemini
Agent" is mirror-duplicated underneath itself on the cover.)
Chapter 2.13 is titled "Wunderkinder", which is German for
"wonder child". Here, in this chapter, it is a reference
to both Uhura and Chekov.
Page 8 reveals that London, England was the target of a
Romulan attack in 2159, during the Earth-Romulan War.
On page 9, Spock remarks that a renewed war with the Romulan
Empire could result in mutual, assured destruction. This is
likely a reference by the author to the 20th Century national security
policy of Mutual Assured Destruction, a theory that the
enemy will not attack to annihilate you with weapons of mass
destruction if they believe you will be able to annihilate
them as well before you're destroyed.
Page 9 reveals that Uhura's father's name is Njuktu.
Page 11 reveals that Chekov (Pavel Andreievich) is only 14
years old during his first year at Starfleet Academy.
On page 12, a Starfleet cadet mentions a subscription to the
Chronicle being delivered to his room and jokingly
refers to the young Chekov as the paperboy. Presumably the
Chronicle refers to the
Chronicle, the largest circulation newspaper in the
San Francisco area, founded in 1865. It's hard to believe
that such periodicals would still be hand-delivered in paper
form in the 23rd Century though; most likely it would be a
digital delivery, which is already becoming more and more
prevalent even today for most newspapers.
Page 13 reveals that Chekov's Russian home town is Saint
Page 13 also reveals that Chekov is the second-youngest
cadet in Starfleet Academy history. The first-youngest is
Page 14 refers to the week before final exams at the Academy
as "dead week". This is a slang term used even in current
times by many students of U.S. universities.
Page 15 mentions that, after the freshmen class' final
exams, poor performers are encouraged to explore options
outside of Starfleet, such as the Global Guard. This appears
to be the first mention of the Global Guard organization.
Pages 16-17 describe the Zeta Fleet
Training Exercise conducted in the Academy Flight Range near
Saturn, led by the two Constitution-class starships
Farragut and Valiant. The U.S.S.
Farragut was Kirk's first deep space assignment, as a
lieutenant under Captain Garrovick, in the original
timeline, as seen in the original series episode
"Obsession". This is the first appearance of a
Constitution-class ship called the Valiant,
though there were a couple other types of ships named
Valiant in the original timeline.
Page 21 reveals that the Command College of the Academy has
just acquired a bridge simulator of the Enterprise
(still under construction at the shipyards in Riverside,
Kirk tells McCoy that the real Enterprise will be complete
in 3 years and swears to him that he will be on board for
its maiden voyage if he has to sneak aboard as a galley
cook. He does wind up sneaking aboard for it's maiden voyage
(though not as a galley cook) in The Vengeance of Nero.
On page 24, Uhura reminisces on having attended the Nairobi
Girls Academy. This is a real world youth support community
initiative founded in January 2007, offering educational
services to disadvantaged girls in Nairobi, the capital city
of Kenya. There has been no evidence that Uhura's family was
disadvantaged (in fact, poverty is said to have been
eliminated on the Earth of the 23rd Century of the Star
Trek universe), so the Nairobi
Girls Academy may have expanded by this time.
On page 26, T'Laya mentions Romulan Talon-class
scout ships. This appears to be the first mention of such
craft in the ST universe.
Page 29 suggests that Spock is a growing legend among his
generation on Vulcan for having turned down the chance to
attend the Vulcan Science Academy and enlist in Starfleet
instead. His example has led more and more young Vulcans to
enlist in Starfleet for the last four years.
On page 33, Senator Tashal uses the Romulan phrase, "Jolan
tru." This is a Romulan salutation meaning both "greetings"
and "goodbye". It was first heard in the ST-TNG episode
"Unification" Part 1.
Page 34 reveals that Nverrin's research center in located in
the Valley of Chula on Romulus. The Valley of Chula was
first glimpsed as a holodeck scene of Romulan Admiral
Jarok's home region in the ST-TNG episode "The Defector".
On page 35, Senator Tashal and Nverrin drink a blue liquid
at their lunch together, which is later referred to as ale.
The evidence indicates it is Romulan Ale, seen a number of
times in Star Trek episodes and movies, despite its
illegality in the Federation. During this same lunch, the
two are served jumbo Romulan mollusks; Quark's Bar, Grill,
Gaming House and Holosuite Arcade served jumbo Romulan
mollusks in episodes of ST-DS9.
On page 37, Nverrin tells Tashal that
his serving girl is named Majal. The name may be an homage
by author Barba to Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who also played
a number of rolls on the various series of the original
On page 37, Nverrin describes Vulcans using synaptic pattern
displacement to transfer their consciousnesses. This is a
reference to the katra mind meld as seen when Spock
transfers his katra to Dr. McCoy's mind in Star Trek:
The Wrath of Khan.
On page 42, Kirk awakens in an ICU with an IV needle in his
arm. ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit and IV stands for
On page 45, Kirk wonders if someone slipped him a Mickey.
This is a reference to a "Mickey Finn" (or just "Mickey"), a
beverage that has been drugged to render the victim
On page 47, Kirk dreams of his brother, Sam. According to
Memory Alpha, "Samuel" is the middle name of Jim Kirk's
Page 51 suggests that McCoy is 26 years old at the time of
this story. This contradicts the information at
Memory Alpha which states that he was born in 2227,
making him 28 or 29 at this time. (This story must take
place in 2256 since it is the end of our cadet crew's first
year at the Academy, which is said to have started in 2255
in The Edge.)
On pages 47-55 it seems a bit odd that Dr. McCoy refuses to
give Lieutenant Caan information about Kirk's medical status
due to doctor-patient confidentiality, but then makes a deal
to give her the information anyway in exchange for learning
Starfleet Intelligence's interest in Kirk. Shouldn't he at
least wait for Kirk to wake up and give permission before
giving her his medical information?
On page 55, Kirk has a vision of his childhood, with him and
his brother pedaling two-speed Photonic bikes. As far as I
can tell, Photonic is a future brand name of the 23rd
Century and not one that currently exists.
On page 57, Chekov is humming a Prokofiev strain. Sergei
Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a Russian composer, considered one
of the greats of the 20th Century.
On page 58, Robo-Maid seems to be another brand name in the
Page 66 tells us that Yi Sun-Sin Hall is Kirk's dorm at the
Academy. This conflicts with the statement in
The Delta Anomaly
that Farragut Hall was his dorm. Maybe he just changed dorms
for some reason at some later point in the school year.
Yi Sun-Sin (1545-1598) was a renowned Korean naval commander
who was undefeated for all of his 23 naval battles, even
with many being against overwhelming odds.
Page 66 introduces us to a cadet nicknamed Beeker, a
Betelgeusian. The avian Betelgeusians
were first seen in the original timeline as science
department crewmembers on the Enterprise in
Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Page 69 mentions Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz. Monterey Bay
is south of San Francisco and Santa Cruz lies on its
Page 69 reveals that the cadets' communicators have a video
display on them, much like modern cell phones.
On page 70, Chekov uses his Red Army knife to pry open a
wall panel in his malfunctioning dorm room. The Red Army has
been the popular name of the Russian Army since the Russian
Civil War of 1918-1922, named for the traditional color of
the workers' movement in Russia at the time.
Page 73 introduces Salla, an Andorian zhen, the closest to a
human female of the four Andorian genders. The four genders
concept for Andorians was invented in the non-canonical ST
novels published by Pocket Books for the original timeline,
but a few hints have appeared in episodes of ST-TNG and
ST: Enterprise that this has been accepted by canon
On page 79, T'Laya describes the Tarahumara people of the
Copper Canyon region of northern Mexico. These are a real
tribe of Native Americans known as outstanding
long-distance runners, just as described in the book. The
Colorado ultramarathon (any marathon over the traditional
limit of 26.2188 miles) mentioned by T'Laya on page 80 is
probably the Leadville Trail 100, in which Tarahumara
runners have competed and won more than once.
Starfleet seems to use a number of military terms originally
associated with the United States military. Page 83 mentions
a couple more. There are real Punitive Articles of the
Uniform Code of Military Justice as mentioned here. And the JAG (Judge Advocate
General), is a real world term for a military lawyer who
works with the U.S. Armed Forces of the Air Force, Army,
Coast Guard, and Navy.
On page 84, Ensign Collins suggests he and Kirk could talk
about the Giants. This is a reference to the
San Francisco Giants professional baseball team. From
Kirk's remarks, the Giants are apparently not having a good
All of the volumes of this Starfleet Academy series of
books, but particularly this book, seem to depict Spock as
more willing to show emotion than the Spock of the original
timeline did. He is frequently described as smiling at some
remark made by those with whom he is speaking.
Page 91 reveals that there is a statue of Admiral David
Farragut, a famous Civil War Naval flag officer who became
the first Rear Admiral in U.S. history, on the Academy
grounds. Farragut was an
actual U.S. Naval officer.
On page 93, Kirk briefly discusses
with Lt. Commander Renfield,
dispersal strategy at the Battle of Midway during WWII. Yamamoto (1884-1943) was a Japanese
Admiral who played a major role in the attack on Pearl
Harbor and the Battle of Midway.
On page 94, Kirk mentions the catalog card number of a book at
the Library of Congress. The Library
of Congress is the national library of the United States and
is, at the current time, the largest library in the world by
number of books (over 22 million).
On page 102, Spock is partaking of plomeek broth at the
faculty dining hall on the Academy grounds. He tells Uhura
it is the only native Vulcan dish he finds edible at the
dining hall. Plomeek soup was first mentioned in the
original series episode "Amok Time" when Nurse Chapel
prepared for some Spock.
On page 103, Uhura and Spock discuss the theory that all
Humanoid life in the galaxy may trace back to a single
genetic code. This is a reference to the Preserver (or
Progenitor) theory that has appeared in many episodes of the
various Star Trek series, first mentioned in the
original series episode "The Paradise Syndrome".
When Uhura asks Spock why his father married an Earth woman,
he answers that his father once told him that, given his
position as Vulcan ambassador to Earth, "marrying an Earth
Human was the logical thing to do." We saw this interchange
between the young Spock and his father, Sarek, in
On page 106, Spock tells Uhura about some radical factions
on Vulcan who think a kinship link with the Romulans is
significant and who advocate a reunification with them. The
term "reunification" is one used by Spock in the original
timeline to describe his work to make peace with the
Romulans in the 24th Century.
Pages 111-112 reveal that the student center of the Academy
grounds is called Alpha Centauri.
Alpha Centauri is a star system about 4.37 light years from
Earth, making it the closest system to our own.
Page 112 reveals that the pub on the Academy campus is
called the Perihelion. "Perihelion" is
the term used to describe the closest approach of the Earth
to the sun.
Page 112 mentions a drink called a Cardassian Sunrise. This
same drink was ordered by Uhura in
Page 112 also suggests that Uhura actually told Kirk her
first name the night before, but he has forgotten due to the
infection that caused him to act drunk.
Page 117 tells us that the first name of Starfleet
Intelligence agent Lt. Caan is Samarra. Possibly this name
is borrowed from the ST role-playing game produced by FASA
in the 1980s, when Uhura's first name was unknown and
was said to be Samara within the game.
On page 118, McCoy tells Kirk, "Jim, after the marriage I
had, I'd rather date a hairless yellow Aaamazzarite than
another Human woman." The
Aaamazzarites (also known as Therbians) were first seen in
Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Page 118 reveals that Chekov's screen name as a white knight
against cyber-crime is MisterCleanUp.
Page 121 reveals that Sulu is attending the Academy in this
year and has been scoring the top place in his Astrosciences
class. This is likely intended as a reference to the
original series' second pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone
Before", where Sulu was depicted as the head of the astrosciences
department on the Enterprise instead of the
character's revised position of helmsman in all other
Page 124 reveals that Kirk was kicked off his high school
basketball team for undisclosed reasons during his senior
year. Kirk comments cryptically, "Those were great days."
On page 126, Kirk gives Tikhonov a bottle of Stolichnaya
is a famous Russian brand of vodka. Tikhonov calls it
a luxury variety of Stolichnaya.
Kirk refers to his gift of vodka to Tikhonov as a "Molotov
cocktail". A Molotov cocktail is an improvised incendiary
device, usually made from a glass bottle. It is caustically
named after Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs, Vyacheslav
On page 130, Dr. McCoy tells Kirk that his thyroxines are
sky-high. Thyroxines are major hormones of the thyroid
On page 141, Kirk looks up at the night sky stars of Gliese
251, Mekbuda, and Castor and Pollux. These are all stars in
the constellation Gemini.
On page 145, Nverrin whispers "Farr Jolan, Mr. Kirk." Farr
Jolan is a greeting used by the Jolan Movement within the Romulan
Empire, a peace movement depicted in the
original timeline novel Captain's Blood by
William Shatner and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.
Page 152 mentions an elaborate underground maintenance
system connecting the buildings of the Presidio some time
after its attainment by the U.S. military from Spain. I have
been unable to confirm the existence of these tunnels,
although there are some underground culverts for creeks in
Page 152 also mentions the Great Earthquake of 1906. This
was a real quake in the San Francisco area, measuring 8.0 on
the Richter scale. This page also reveals that another Great
Earthquake occurred here in 2182.
Dr. McCoy scans Kirk's Heschl's Gyrus on page 153.
Heschl's Gyrus (named after Richard Heschl [1824-1881], an
Austrian anatomist), processes auditory input in the human
brain, just as explained by Dr. McCoy.
On page 161, T'Laya is wearing Kirk's XXL Iowa Hawkeye
t-shirt as a nightshirt. The
Hawkeyes are the athletic teams of the
Page 169 describes the U.S.S. Farragut as having
the registration number of NCC-1647. This matches its
registration number as listed in the Star Trek
Encyclopedia by Michael and Denise Okuda.
Also mentioned on page 169, as part of the
Zeta Fleet Training Exercise
are Saladin-class destroyers, Hermes-class
scouts, Tornado-class training fighters, an
Antares-type cargo vessel, and an assortment of other
vessels, including Class-F shuttles. All of these types of
ships have appeared in various Star Trek series in the
original timeline except for the Tornado-class,
which seems to be a first mention in this novel.
On page 170, Cadet Hannity is revealed as the Operations
officer of the Farragut for the Zeta Exercise. She
will later appear in the same position on the Enterprise
under Captain Pike in the Star Trek movie.
Page 171 reveals that Starbase 1 orbits Earth.
The details of Saturn's moon, Titan, on page 172 are roughly
accurate, but only roughly.
Page 172 mentions Nausicaan pirates in the Zeta Excercise.
Nausicaans first appeared in the ST-TNG episode "Tapestry".
The Nausicaan Raiders mentioned on page 176 are the
preferred ships of the pirates and were first seen in the
Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Fortunate Son".
Page 179 introduces a Saladin-class destroyer called the
Hannibal. This seems to be the first appearance of the
vessel in the ST universe.
Page 179 also introduces helmsman McKenna on the
Farragut. McKenna is mentioned in the Star Trek
movie as being assigned as the helmsman of the
Enterprise on it maiden voyage, but comes down with
lungworm and is replaced by Cadet Sulu.
Chapter 13.13 implies that the Romulan Praetor at this time
is secretly a member of Jolan Farr, the previously mentioned
Romulan peace movement.
On page 192, McCoy invites Kirk to a sushi place on
Divisadero with Lt. Caan. Divisadero is a street in San
Page 192 implies that McCoy is from Mississippi.
On page 195, Chekov says, "Oy, horosho." This basically
means, "Oh, great," in Russian. He's saying it
sarcastically, feeling dejected about his lack of romantic
experience with females.
The stars and constellations mentioned by Kirk to Chekov on
page 192 are all real ones visible from Earth.
It seems slightly odd that there is
absolutely no mention of Hannah, Kirk's new girlfriend in
The Delta Anomaly
considering she seemed to be more than just a conquest and
the book was written by the same author!
Who is T'Laya's (and her sister's) father? T'Laya claims he
worked for the Vulcan embassy on Earth until he died of an
embolism. The Romulan Nverrin implies he was actually a
Vulcan ambassador. And after her father's death, T'Laya claims
she was placed with a Vulcan family in Marin County (near
San Francisco). Nverrin also remarks that the Vulcan
ambassador was a friend and ally to the cause of the Jolan
Movement. Is it possible
that her father is actually Sarek? If so, who is the mother?
Is T'Laya half Vulcan and half Romulan? Is there any
connection with one (or both) of Spock's protégés in the
original timeline, Saavik and Valeris?
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