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"Roads Not Taken" is a six-part fanfiction short story by the pseudonymous Gildir. It is set in 2287 (with flashbacks to 2242), sometime after the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Montgomery Scott is assaulted by a vengeful alien in London and made to continuously relive a painful memory.



Montgomery ScottJames T. KirkSpockLeonard McCoyNyota UhuraHikaru SuluPavel ChekovFrumpBradyKeenserKovLeenserLuskPowellLord RogersSyed
Referenced only: Jonathan ArcherGlynnis CampbellKodosDavid MarcusOlsonPingilPeter PrestonSurakCharles Tucker III

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)SS Mayweather
Referenced only: Enterprise (NX-01)


Earth (London) • Deep Space Station K-7Fomalhaut III
Referenced only: Alpha CentauriBuenos AiresDenebiaDubaiEdinburghGlasgowKronosLinlithgowNewcastleRomulusSan FranciscoVulcanYosemite National Park

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only: BreenDeltanKlingonOrion

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineercommanderdetective inspectordoctorengineer

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets


  • Various elements of this story were subsequently contradicted by the IDW comic books. According to IDW Star Trek, Issue 14, Keenser's people are known as the Roylans, not the Sinjossians. First contact with the Roylans was made by the USS Kelvin; Keenser decided to join Starfleet as a result, and he was at Starfleet Academy when the Kelvin was destroyed. Since the prime and alternate timelines are supposed to be identical before the Kelvin incident, this necessarily contradicts the account in "Roads Not Taken", in which Keenser has not yet joined Starfleet in the prime timeline nine years after the Kelvin was destroyed in the alternate reality. IDW Star Trek, Issue 14 also depicts Scotty meeting Keenser for the first time on Delta Vega, whereas the intent of the author of "Roads Not Taken" was to suggest that Scotty and Keenser met on the Mayweather under more or less the same circumstances in both timelines, but that events subsequently unfolded differently for them in the alternate reality as an indirect result of the destruction of the Kelvin. (See the passage at the beginning of Act Three.) According to IDW Star Trek, Issue 19, Scotty's full name is "Montgomery Christopher Jorgensen Scott", not "Montgomery Edward Scott".

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