Many fans of STAR TREK would like the next series to feature Captain Sulu
of the Starship Excelsior, as seen in STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country. Although that
project does not yet exist, there are several Captain Sulu tales that can be enjoyed while waiting for Paramount
Collected below are all of the
Captain Sulu publications to date along with some information about them. The stories are roughly arranged in
order of their occurance in the STAR TREK Universe, not in publication order. I have not read them all, but
place them in proper chronological order as I do so. I am among those who hope that in the
future there could be a Captain Sulu TV project and I would like this site to be one of the first chroniclers of
adventures. The book cover images are links to the respective page within Amazon.com, the online bookseller, to
facilitate purchase of these books.
||Tests Of Courage. (Graphic novel). Created by Howard Weinstein and Gordon Purcell,
Rod Whigham, Arne Starr, Pablo Marcos. Published in 1994.
Synopsis: Hikaru Sulu, newly installed as captain of the
U.S.S. Excelsior, has his baptism of fire in this adventure. Joining him to solve the
mystery of a vanished cache of dangerous weaponry are his old compatriots on the
||STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country. (Theatrical Film). Story by Leonard Nimoy and Lawrence Konner
& Mark Rosenthal. Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer & Denny Martin Flinn. Directed by
Nicholas Meyer. Original Theatrical Release: December 6, 1991.
Synopsis: Internal pressures, enormous military expenditures, and the
destruction of their primary energy source have brought the Klingon Empire to the verge of catastrophic
collapse. To avert disaster, Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council,
proposes negotiations between the Federation and Klingon Empire,
negotiations that will put an end to the years of hostility between the
two powers, and herald a new era of peace and cooperation. Captain
James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to escort the
Chancellor safely into Federation space. But a treacherous assassination brings negotiations to
a sudden halt and places Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy in the hands of the Federation's greatest
enemy. With time running out, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise work to
uncover the deadly secret that threatens to propel the galaxy into the
most destructive conflict it has ever known.
||Flashback. (STAR TREK: VOYAGER episode). Written by Brannon Braga. Directed
by David Livingston. First Aired: September 11, 1996.
Synopsis: When Lieutenant Tuvok begins to suffer from bouts of
repressed memory - which can cause brain damage in a Vulcan - the solution is a mind meld between
Tuvok and Captain Kathryn Janeway. It's a remedy that takes them back to Tuvok's first assignment
aboard the U.S.S. Excelsior commanded by Captain Hikaru Sulu. The Klingon moon Praxis has
just exploded, and the key memory seems to be the death of a crew member during a skirmish with
||Fearful Summons. (Novel). Written by Denny Martin Flinn. Published in 1995.
Synopsis: Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Excelsior
and his crew are kidnapped, and when negotiations lead nowhere, Captain Kirk and the other former
officers of the Enterprise reunite to rescue their
old comrade. The kidnappers, a little-known race called the Thraxians, prove more difficult
to deal with than Kirk and his team had expected, for they demand powerful weapons in exchange
for the hostages, and it seems that there's no other way to save the Excelsior crew.
But Kirk cannot give in to their demands, since that would put countless other lives in danger,
and violate the Prime Directive. [A dreadful book. Sulu is a hostage in most of the story.
Read it at your own risk.]
||The Captain's Daughter. (Novel). Written by Peter David. Published in 1995.
Synopsis: Demora Sulu, an exemplary young Starfleet officer,
suddenly attacks her commanding officer, who kills her in self-defense, leaving everyone stunned.
No one is more grief-stricken than her father, Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Excelsior.
Determined to learn the truth behind his daughter's bizarre death, Sulu goes to the planet where
she was killed, and finds himself confronted by an old enemy eager to destroy Sulu's reputation
and his life. [AN EXCELLENT BOOK! A must-read for all Sulu fans.]
||Cacophony. (Audio novel). Written by J. J. Molloy. Read by George Takei, Simon Jones,
Maryann Plunkett, Lynne Thigpen and Lee Wilkof. Published in 1994.
Synopsis: On the planet Stentor, silence is not only golden;
it is the key to maintaining peace in world devastated by a great war. But that calm is shattered
when a group known as the Ghazi create a new technology that intercepts old Earth radio signals
and rebroadcasts them across the planet. Each day the din grows more deafening. When Captain
Hikaru Sulu and the crew of the U.S.S. Excelsior are summoned to investigate sub-space
interference emanating from Stentor, Sulu and his communications officer Terra Spiro discover
that the Ghazi actually believe the signals are the voices of the gods, and Sulu must disabuse
them of this belief before the noise drives Stentor to war.
||Envoy. (Audio novel). Written by L. A. Graf. Read by George Takei, Essene R., Jenifer Lewis,
Nan Martin, Howard McGillin and Meredith Monk. Published in 1995.
Synopsis: While on the U.S.S. Excelsior, Captain
Hikaru Sulu receives top priority orders to proceed by shuttlecraft to Starbase Three.
He is to act as the Federation's envoy to a historic peace ceremony between the Krikiki
and the Den-Kai -- the two dominant, warring races in that sector. Sulu's role is to
hand over a young Krikiki prince to the Den-Kai as a symbol of peace, but once Sulu learns
of the physical hardships and isolated life that are to befall the prince, he is faced with
one of the most difficult choices of his career: carry out his orders and protect another
being's life only to see it taken away, or interfere and risk destroying the fragile peace,
and violate the Prime Directive in the process.
||Transformations. (Audio novel). Written by Dave Stern. Read by George Takei, Dana Ivey
and Daniel Gerroll. Published in 1994.
Synopsis: Starfleet diplomat Captain Hikaru Sulu is transported
by powerful, frightening dreams to the desolate desert world of Sigma Cameron Four. It was there,
as Commander of the U.S.S. Excelsior 20 years earlier, that he discovered traces of the
ancient Shalakai -- a ruthless culture who, legend held, had once uncovered the secret to
eternal life. Driven to find that secret, Sulu's brilliant science officer, Commander Flynn
Konner, launched a fateful mission whose outcome would forever haunt the Excelsior crew.
Now, 20 years later, as the distinguished archeologist Dr. Constance Allenwood moves closer to
uncovering the Shalakai's secrets on Sigma Cameron Four, Sulu must race to stop her before she
unleashes a disastrous chain of events.
||Starfleet Academy. (Novel). Written by Diane Carey. Based on the Interplay Productions
CD-ROM "Starfleet Academy." Published in June 1997.
Synopsis: Cadet David Forester has made it to Starfleet Academy's
Command School, where the starship captain's of the future are trained on mission simulators that
make you feel as if you are really on the bridge of a Federation starship. But there's trouble at the
Academy - sabotage, conflict, and a series of "accidents" throw Forester's team of cadets into a scramble
for their very lives.
Determined to save his crew, Forester rushes to stop a plot to destroy the Academy itself, and is thrust
into a mission with Starfleet legends Captain james T. Kirk, Captain Hikaru Sulu, and Commander Pavel Chekov.
Together they must find the cause behind a series of ever deadlier raids on Federation outposts by an
||Captain's Table #1: War Dragons. (Novel). Written by L. A. Graf. Published in June 1998.
Synopsis: There's a bar called "The Captain's Table,"
where those who have
commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and
share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a
brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just
remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a
story...even beyond the final frontier.
Captain James T. Kirk must join forces with Captain Hikaru Sulu, new
commander of the U.S.S. Excelsior, to resolve a simmering political
situation in a distant star system. For more than twenty years, the
ancient enmity between Nykkus and Anjiri has resisted the best efforts
of Federation diplomats. Now Kirk and Sulu have one last chance to end
the bloodshed -- before it erupts into a full-scale interstellar war!
||STAR TREK: The Ashes of Eden. (Novel). Written by William Shatner. Published in 1995.
Synopsis: At 62, Captain James T. Kirk is a disgruntled hero when his
first love, the Enterprise, is reduced to war-game maneuvers by his
diabolical archenemy, Androvar Drake, now commander in chief. Kirk
resigns his commission to help the seductive young Teilani. The fact
that her world needs saving and that she can purchase the Enterprise
for Kirk makes her all the more alluring. Suspicious of Kirk's
motives, Spock and McCoy join the rest of Kirk's original crew aboard
the Captain Sulu's Excelsior, which is traveling to the Klingon-Romulan world of
Chal. There Kirk has abandoned common sense to chase the illusion of
youth: a mission, a purpose in life, and an invigorating love life with
Teilani. Their age difference doesn't matter because exposure to the
planet's atmosphere reverses the aging process.
||The Sundered : The Lost Era 2298. (Novel). Written by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels. Published in 2003.
Five years after the presumed death of Captain James T.
Kirk, the U.S.S. Excelsior, commanded by Captain
Hikaru Sulu, is at the forefront of exploration, diplomacy,
and the defense of the Federation. Unprecedented peace
talks with the violently xenophobic Tholian Assembly
trigger a deadly confrontation aboard the Excelsior. Now
Sulu and his crew -- including Chekov, Rand, Chapel,
Tuvok, and Akaar -- are thrust into an unexpected conflict
between the Tholians and a mysterious new enemy, the
Neyel...whose origins, if revealed, could lead to war
with Earth itself. As the Tholians weave a web of
vengeance, the Excelsior is flung beyond the
galaxy to discover the hidden truth about the alien
Neyel, forcing Sulu to question where his
responsibilities lie -- with the fragile peace he must
preserve, or with the victims of his own world's
||STAR TREK Excelsior - Forged in Fire . (Novel). Written by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels. To be published in 2008.
Plot details have yet to be released, but at conventions and online, editor Marco Palmieri has confirmed that in addition to the crew of the Excelsior, some familiar faces will return: Kor, Koloth and Kang. . . and Trill ambassador Curzon Dax... all versus the albino Klingon seen many years later on STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine!