TekWar is a series of science fiction novels created by Canadian actor William Shatner and ghost-written by American writer Ron Goulart,[1] published by Putnam. The novels gave rise to a comic book series, video game, and later television movies and a series, both of the latter featuring Shatner.

Created byWilliam Shatner
Original workTekWar (1989)
Print publications
Novel(s)See text.
Films and television
Film(s)See TekWar (TV series)
Television seriesSee above
Video game(s)William Shatner's TekWar


The 22nd century universe is centered on "tek"—an illegal, addictive, mind-altering digital drug in the form of a microchip.[2][3] The drug has the effect of simulated reality (as shown in the films and series), and taps into "the matrix" hyperspace. The protagonist, Jake Cardigan, is a former police officer who is framed for dealing in the drug four years before the start of the story. Having been sentenced to 15 years' cryo-imprisonment, he is released early. After discovering that Walt Bascom, the powerful head of a private security firm, arranged for the early release, Jake goes to work for Bascom as an investigator dedicated to tracking down the real Tek lords.


Shatner began to write notes that would become the novels on the set of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and has been quoted as saying that the original book was an attempt to blend elements from Star Trek and T. J. Hooker.[4][5][6]


  1. TekWar (1989) ISBN 0-399-13495-6
  2. TekLords (1991) ISBN 0-399-13616-9
  3. TekLab (1991) ISBN 0-399-13736-X
  4. Tek Vengeance (1993) ISBN 0-399-13788-2
  5. Tek Secret (1993) ISBN 0-399-13892-7
  6. Tek Power (1994) ISBN 0-399-13997-4
  7. Tek Money (1995) ISBN 0-399-14109-X
  8. Tek Kill (1996) ISBN 0-399-14202-9
  9. Tek Net (1997) ISBN 0-399-14339-4

Comic book series

In 1992, Tekwar was adapted in to a comic book series.

A new Tekwar comic book adaptation, entitled Tek War Chronicles, by Shatner and comic book writer Scott Davis was released by Bluewater Productions on June 24, 2009.[7] As of 2010, Tek War Chronicles is available digitally exclusively through Devil's Due Digital.

Trading cards

Trading cards with comic book artwork were published by Cardz in 1993.[8][9]

Television films and series

The Tekwar novels became a television franchise with TV movies in 1994 then a series.

TV movies
Title[10] USA Release Running Time
TekWar January 17, 1994 97 minutes
TekLords 20 February 1994 96 minutes
TekWar: TekLab 27 February 1994 105 minutes
TekWar: TekJustice 14 May 1994 100 minutes

The first three were adaptations of the books, while TekJustice was an original movie.[11]

TekWar TV series
Episode Episode Title USA Release
1 Sellout 22 December 1994
2 Unknown Soldier 29 December 1994
3 Tek Posse 5 January 1995
4 Promises to Keep 12 January 1995
5 Stay of Execution 19 January 1995
6 Alter Ego 2 March 1995
7 Killer Instinct 9 March 1995
8 Chill Factor 30 March 1995
9 Deadline 6 April 1995
10 Carlotta's Room 13 April 1995
11 Deep Cover 10 June 1995
12 Cyberhunt 17 June 1995
13 Zero Tolerance 24 June 1995
14 Forget Me Not 1 July 1995
15 The Gate 20 January 1996
16 Skin Deep 27 January 1996
17 Redemption 2 February 1996
18 Betrayal 19 February 1996

Video game

Tekwar was also made into a 1995 computer game by Capstone Software using the Build engine.


  1. ^ Shatner, William; Fisher, David. (2008). Up Till Now: The Autobiography. Thomas Dunne. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-312-37265-1.
  2. ^ "Chemicals, Drugs & Potions > Tek (TekWar)". Tv Acres. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  3. ^ "Tek Headz". Net.saipan.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  4. ^ [1] Archived June 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "www.retrovisionmag.com". www.retrovisionmag.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  6. ^ "Tekheadz". Net.saipan.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  7. ^ ""Tekwar Chronicles" Hits Stores This Week". Sliceofscifi.com. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  8. ^ "LEE SULLIVAN ART comics". Leesullivanart.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  9. ^ "William Shatner's Tek World Trading Cards". Shatner-store.stores.yahoo.net. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  10. ^ Benson, Jim (January 20, 1994). "'Action' packs wallop, gives markets a boost". Variety. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Garcia, Frank; Phillips, Mark (March 28, 2012). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990–2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland. p. 326. ISBN 9780786491834. Retrieved June 9, 2017.

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Capstone Software

Capstone Software was a subsidiary of IntraCorp, a Miami-based computer and video game company. Founded in 1984, Capstone created first-person games such as Corridor 7: Alien Invasion, William Shatner's TekWar and Witchaven, and is also known for releasing games based on movie/TV licenses. Capstone's first-person games used the Wolfenstein 3D engine, and later, the Build engine.

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List of TekWar episodes

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Tek may refer to:

Tektronix, or Tek, American company

TEC-9 9mm firearm

Tek (rapper) (born 1973), a member of the hip-hop group Smif-N-Wessun

Tek (drug), a fictional substance in the TekWar universe

Jason Varitek, a former baseball catcher for the Boston Red Sox

Chris 'Tek' O'Ryan, a Grammy Award-winning Australian music producer and sound engineerTEK can refer to:

Terrorelhárítási Központ (TEK, Counter Terrorism Centre), Hungarian counter-terrorism & SWAT state agency

Tekniikan Akateemiset (TEK), the Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers

Társadalomelméleti Kollégium, College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory, a college in Hungary

Test of Economic Knowledge (TEK), a standardized test of economics

Traditional ecological knowledge or Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK), aboriginal, indigenous, or other forms of traditional knowledges regarding sustainability of local resources

Traffic encryption key

TEK tyrosine kinase

TEK search engine ("Time Equals Knowledge"), an email-based search engine

Teen Evil King


TekWar: TekLords is a 1994 TV movie, based on a series of books by William Shatner. It is the second TV movie made from the series of books. It aired on 20 February 1994 and is preceded by TekWar (23 January 1994). It precedes TekWar: TekLab (27 February 1994) and TekWar: TekJustice (14 May 1994).

TekWar (TV series)

TekWar is a North American television series, based on the TekWar novels ghost-written by Ron Goulart from outlines by William Shatner and developed for television by Stephen Roloff. The series follows Jake Cardigan, a former police officer turned private investigator working for Cosmos, a private security firm owned and operated by Walter Bascom.

The series was broadcast in Canada on CTV and in the United States on USA Network and the Sci Fi Channel. The series, which was a co-production between Atlantis Films and Universal Television premiered on January 17, 1994 and ended on February 9, 1996.

TekWar (novel)

TekWar is a science fiction novel written by William Shatner and (uncredited) science fiction author Ron Goulart. It was first published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in October 1989. TekWar is the first of nine novels, which spawned a comic book and television series, a video game, and a TV movie.


William Shatner's TekWorld (or Tek World) was a comic book series published by Epic Comics/Marvel, from 1992 to 1995. It is based on the TekWar novels.

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Sarah Victoria "Torri" Higginson is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in the TekWar movies and series, and for portraying Dr. Elizabeth Weir in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis (2004–2008), Dr. Jordan Hampton in NCIS (2007–2009), and Commander Delaney Truffault in Dark Matter (2015–2017). She is also a theatre actress and has appeared in Three Tall Women, Weldon Rising, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

William Shatner

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William Shatner's TekWar

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