DC Comics covers the time period during their second Trek run. Peter David was the writer for the first nineteen issues, including "The Trial of James T. Kirk" in issues #10-12.
Not only in those issues -- pretty much every issue of the 1989 relaunch (with the new issue #1) is set post-TFF, leading up to the events of TUC, including Captain Sulu's first major mission after taking command of the Excelsior
The NCC-1701-A article at Memory Beta lays out virtually every last mission undertaken by the starship from 2286 to 2293:
To answer the original poster's question, the types of missions performed by the Enterprise
-A spanned the entire gamut, from routine exploration, to intervention in numerous interstellar wars, planetary evacuations, ferrying diplomats, border-peacekeeping duties, and things like covert extraction missions in non-friendly space (including that of the Romulans).
The vast majority of known stories set aboard the Enterprise
-A were actually told in the pages of the two DC Comics series, from early 1987 to 1988, and then from 1989 to 1996.
Chronologically speaking, the series covered much of that vessel's eight-year service history, from early 2286 (immediately post-ST IV) to at least 2290 (we see Sulu's commmand-taking of the Excelsior
during the series, and him leaving the Enterprise-
A behind forever), but it appeared to end maybe a year or two prior to the events of Star Trek VI
(though still working characters like Admiral Cartwright and Valeris into those pre-movie storylines).
By contrast, we actually received very, very few original prose stories set aboard the Enterprise
-A in the Pocket novel series, not counting the movie novelizations themselves.
Greg Cox wrote:
Interesting topic. I've been flirting with the idea of setting a book in that period . . .
Please do. I'd love to read it. In any case, I'd guess that the Enterprise
still had its share of missions, though nothing approaching their original five-year mission during TOS. Sulu would have left by 2290 to command Excelsior
. The rest of the crew would likely have stayed aboard during the intervening years, as they're all in their normal places by the time TUC rolls around.
Same here. It's one of the most fascinating time periods in Star Trek
from a characterization standpoint, occurring as it does in the aftermath of the rather traumatic "Genesis trilogy" (Spock's death and resurrection, Kirk's son murdered, the first Enterprise
destroyed, Earth threatened, Kirk demoted, and a brand-new Enterprise
commissioned, plus deteriorating galactic relations with the Klingon Empire), which could allow for a great deal of emotional depth to be mined.
Indeed, Dayton Ward proved this to be the case with his post-Star Trek V
novel (In the Name of Honor)
, which is set in a time period that not many novel authors have ventured into.
One request (as a longtime fan), Greg: If you do
decide to write this book, please spit in the eye of decades of former Paramount policy, and work in as many references to the DC Comics run as you possibly can...the children will thank you.