Star Trek: Time for Yesterday (1988) – A.C. Crispin

The Human Adventure continues…

I settled into another Trek novel (there are a lot of them, and I would like to get through as many as possible, to see the kinds of stories and adventures that others have dreamed up for the stalwart crew of the USS Enterprise.

This one is a bit of a favorite, and while I had read A.C. Crispin’s first Star Trek book, Yesterday’s Son, I hadn’t read this one. In fact I’ve learned I haven’t read near as many as I thought, and we’re coming across more and more stories I haven’t encountered before.

Serving as a sequel to Yesterday’s Son, the events in Time for Yesterday are set just before Admiral James T. Kirk’s birthday, and the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The novel ties in events from The Original Series, specifically All Our Yesterdays and The City on the Edge of Forever.

While Kirk begins to realize he’s getting older, and he should reach out and make contact with his son David, he, Captain Spock, and Doctor McCoy are summoned to Starfleet Command, where they are briefed on something with the potential to disrupt and destroy the universe!


The time-space portal known as the Guardian of Forever seems to be breaking down, and time waves are threatening all life. The trio, and the crew of the refitted Enterprise are called into service; they plan to telepathically link to the Guardian, and hope to restore it, but before they can, things go sideways putting lives at risk, and their first plan falls to pieces.

But with the Guardian many such journeys are possible, and the answer to their problem may be in the past, with the strongest telepathic skills they crew has ever encountered… Spock’s son, five thousand years in the past…

Our trio travels back in time to the planet of Sarpeidon, and meet a grown Zar (Spock’s son) who is having troubles of his own, and through a plethora of adventures that include space rescues, medieval battles, and an encounter with the originating species of the Guardian, the group is going to save the galaxy (again).

Crispin keeps the story moving, and has a solid understanding of her characters, and the universe in which they exist – she handles the nods to the things of the past and the future of the characters very well, and makes the story a nice cohesive whole.

Paired with Yesterday’s Son, this is a great adventure, and I like the fact that the story deals with the characters aging, their regrets, and the actions they take.

This one was a lot of fun, and shows how strongly the book series has grown since its somewhat shaky beginnings.

The series will continue to boldly go…



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