The Starship Trap En route to an important diplomatic reception the U.S.S. Enterprisesuddenly is set upon by a Klingon warship. The unprovoked assault, Kirk discovers, is in response to what the Klingon ship's captain claims are recent Federation attacks on several Klingon vessels which have disappeared. Managing to secure a truce, Captain Kirk reaches the reception only to find out it is not just Klingon ships that are disappearing, but Federation vessels, Romulan Birds of Prey, and ships from almost every known race are vanishing without a trace. Now, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must determine the fate of the missing ships before the entire known galaxy is drawn into a deadly conflict.
Mel Gilden is the author of numerous children's books. His multi-part stories for children appeared frequently in the Los Angeles Times. He has also written multiple Star Trek tie-in novels. His short stories have appeared in many original and reprint anthologies. He lives in Los Angeles, California.