Characters: Star Trek: New Frontier

Given that the New Frontier stories are all written by Peter David, it should come as no surprise that every single character on this list is a Deadpan Snarker.

Mackenzie Calhoun

Captain of the USS Excalibur. The first and, so far, only Xenexian in Starfleet. Born M'k'n'zy of Calhoun, he watched his father die at the hands of Danteri oppressors at a young age and eventually led his people to their liberation...all before the age of twenty. A chance encounter with one Captain Jean-Luc Picard set his path in motion to Starfleet, moving up through the ranks until the Grissom incident caused him to resign his commission (though he continued to work for Starfleet Intelligence on the DL). His nomination to command the Excalibur was met with much resistance, particularly with Admiral Jellico, but so far it seems to have worked out pretty well.

Elizabeth Shelby

Elizabeth Paula Shelby first came to the attention of Starfleet higher-ups with her quick expertise on the Borg. After consulting with the Enterprise through the Locutus incident and the Battle of Wolf 359, she became first officer of the Chekov under Captain Morgan Korsmo, whom she would follow onto the Excalibur. When Korsmo was killed during the second Borg attack on Earth (in the events of Star Trek: First Contact), she was ready to move on to a captaincy when Admiral Jellico requested that she remain first officer so she could ride herd on Mackenzie Calhoun, with whom she had a relationship at the Academy. She eventually gets her own command in the Trident, then becomes an Admiral in charge of Bravo Station.

  • Battle Couple: With Calhoun.
  • The Captain
  • Girl of My Dreams: Calhoun first sees her in a near-death hallucinatory vision long before he enrolls in Starfleet Academy. (He also first sees Jean-Luc Picard this way, thus pretty much affirming his visions).
  • Happily Married: To Calhoun.

Burgoyne 172

Burgoyne 172 is a Hermat, a hermaphroditic species, and chief engineer of the Excalibur. S/he is uninhibited in hir sexuality, and generally has affairs with several crew members at a time. When Selar became the CMO, s/he pursued her, but was rebuffed many times, until her pon farr reignited and she finally gave in to hir charms. This resulted in a son, named Xy after the captain's son (who was at the time missing and presumed dead). A short custodial battle ensued, after which the pair decided to raise him together. Promoted to first officer when Shelby gained command of the Trident.


Dr. Selar was a medical officer aboard the Enterprise for many years. During that time, she experienced pon farr, and returned home to mate with her chosen one...only to have him die of a heart attack while still in its throes. She covered her shock reasonably well, but her urges returned when she became CMO of the Excalibur two years later. After rebuffing Burgoyne's advances for a time, she finally gave into hir, and produced a son. A few years later, she became obsessed with finding a cure for her son's condition, to the point of kidnapping. She would eventually die trying to save the child she kidnapped from the Bretheren, while in the process uncovering a cure for her son's condition.

Robin Lefler

Operations officer of the Excalibur and special liaison to Si Cwan after a tour on the Enterprise. Bright and cheerful; best known for her "Lefler's Laws" she started to impress her mother. Seems like the Only Sane Man...until her mother, whom she thought was dead, turns up alive in Thallonian space. Eventually falls in love with and marries Si Cwan, and serves as a Starfleet liaison to the New Thallonian Protectorate until she resigns her commission after her husband was murdered by opposition forces. He did leave her Someone to Remember Him By, but that caused her even more trouble, sending her to Bravo Station for refuge.

Zak Kebron

Chief security officer of the Excalibur. A member of the Brikar species. Known for his mighty strength and his Deadpan Snarker least until he molts; then he becomes quite a bit more verbose (and doubles as Excalibur's counselor).

Mark McHenry

The helmsman of the U.S.S Excalibur.


The half-Romulan/half-Vulcan science officer of the ship. Soleta is the secondary protagonist of the series and one of the most important characters in the series. She would eventually leave Starfleet after her Romulan heritage was uncovered, and rise to prominence in the Romulan hierarchy, getting a ship right around the time of Star Trek: Nemesis.

Si Cwan

The last remaining prince of the Thollonian royal family. He, alone, amongst them wasn't a complete scumbag. He attempts, throughout the series, to try and rebuild the Thollonian provinces into something resembling a functioning government. He succeeds.

Edward Jellico

The Starfleet Admiral of Deep Space Five and one of the direct supervisors of Captain Calhoun's mission.


Security officer under Kebron. A genetically-bred mutant (who looks quite a bit like a mugato). He reverts to mindlessness in Stone and Anvil.

Kat Mueller

Originally the Executive Officer of the Grissom (she worked the night shift where Calhoun and the captain worked the day shift); was imported to the same position on the Excalibur. She would later become Shelby's first officer on the Trident, then promoted to captain when Shelby was promoted to admiral.


One of two alien crew members from Star Trek: The Animated Series imported to the novels.

Shiboline M'Ress

The other alien character from Star Trek: The Animated Series.


The sister of Ci Cwan and one of the last remaining members of the Thollian royal family.


Son of a mother on Yakaba, a dry planet where Calhoun crash lands after the Excalibur is destroyed. Calhoun adopts him as his own after his mother is killed. He later learns that his father is the All-Father (Woden, Odin, and Santa Claus) and has inherited weather-related powers from him.


A mysterious starship captain working in Thallonian space.


The son of Selar and Burgoyne. Because of the conflict between his parents' genetics, he grows up extremely quickly; the three year time-skip between Stone and Anvil and After the Fall is long enough for him to grow up and become a Starfleet science officer. It's intimated he'll die just as quickly, thus causing Selar's parental conflict and would lead to her betrayal and death...and his possible salvation

Morgan Primus

An immortal citizen of Earth who has a striking similarity to a number of Starfleet characters.


A blonde Asian with a southern drawl. Works ops on the Grissom and later the Trident.

Mick Gold

Worked the conn on the Grissom and later on the Trident. His sister Leanne went to the Academy with Calhoun and Shelby. Died at the hands of the Bretheren.

Tania Tobias

The conn replacement for McHenry and a former subject of the Worlds Within Worlds project. The project left her with terrifying psychic visions she'd rather not have.

D'n'dai of Calhoun

M'k'n'zy's older brother. Was the far more political savvy of the two, and helped solidify Xenex's standing in space after his brother got the Danteri off the world. Unfortunately, one of his first decisions was to trade with their former oppressors, which put a strain on his relationship with his brother. Died at the hands of the Bretheren.


A Danteri nobleman. Calhoun rescued him at the behest of a Thallonian mercenary, where he then discovered that as a young soldier in the Danteri army, Lodec was the whipman in the torture and execution of Calhoun's father. Although he tried several times to get revenge, Lodec escaped and returned to Danter, where he helped negotiate for ambrosia with the Beings, and the Danteri became their first willing subjects.