Star Trek Expanded Universe

Star Trek: Kirk vs Picard (or "KvP") was an online fan fiction screenwriting contest at, and was officially sponsored by CBS Interactive. Writer-Producer Andre Bormanis and actors George Takei and Wil Wheaton participated in the event, which took place from June 13 to July 20, 2007.

The contest consisted of four one-week rounds in which writers submitted an act based on Bormanis' "scene missions." Readers and other writers commented and rated the submissions, and four were chosen in each round as finalists to be voted on by the public. The winning submission for each week was made part of the final Kirk vs Picard script, and the winning writers each received an Apple MacBook and a gift certificate for a writing store. One reviewer and one random participant also received prizes each week. At the end of the contest, one of the weekly winners was chosen at random to receive the grand prize of a trip to the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Story premises[]

Before the contest began, Andre Bormanis created four story premises for a crossover between James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard to use as a starting point, and these concepts were voted on in the forums. The four choices were:

  • "The Return of Khan" - Picard learns that history has been altered, and Khan was not killed in his battle with Kirk. The USS Enterprise-D goes back in time to fix the timeline.
  • "History Lesson" - Kirk is on a top-secret mission to (our) present-day Earth to stop someone from altering the past, but Picard is also present and is trying to track down Kirk.
  • "Prisoner of Time" - After discovering an apparently delusional Kirk in an escape pod, Picard refuses to listen to him and cross into the Romulan Neutral Zone. Kirk takes over the battle bridge and separates from the saucer section, so Picard has no choice but to follow him into the neutral zone.
  • "The Guardian of Forever" - Kirk and the original USS Enterprise crew investigate a malfunctioning Guardian of Forever and become trapped in a temporal eddy. They are pulled to safety by a tractor beam and discover the ship that saved them is the Enterprise-D. Kirk and Picard clash over how to deal with the Guardian's malfunction.

The winning premise, with 47% of the vote, was "The Guardian of Forever." "Prisoner of Time" was a distant second with 21%, just barely ahead of "The Return of Khan" with 20%.

Winning entries[]

  • "The Guardians of Forever" by Eric D. Webb (salacious scribe)
  • "Too Little, Too Late" by Eugene Ramos (esr960) - also the grand prize winner
  • "The End of Eternity" by Christopher J. Valin (cvalin)
  • "A Good Day to Die" by Michelle (mitchelledax)

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