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August 1977 Cover Image
By: Joe Haldeman
(Text taken from the August 1977 edition)
Never before had the Enterprise been betrayed
by its own technology. Never before had their
systems, instruments and weapons failed to respond.
And never before had Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the
rest of the crew faced a total breakdown
of science and sanity . . . until they stumbled
on the mysterious world that couldn't exist . . .
A world orbited by a black hole and ruled by chaos -
where man was a helpless plaything for a race
of beings more powerful than the laws of the universe.
(Text taken from the June 1984 edition)
Captain's Log, Stardate 6133.4
On a routine diplomatic mission to Starfleet
Academy, our sensors detected the presence of a
rogue planet in space, orbited by a sun no larger
than a pea - a circumstance impossible to explain
by any known scientific law. Assuming the star to be
an artificial construct, a landing party was dispatched
to the planet's surface, where I am now recording
this log: where we are now trapped.
Two of my crewmen are dead, victims of this savage
planet Spock has named Anomaly, a planet where
none of our equipment works and none of our
science applies . . . a planet that cannot exist.
An OK story but typical of early Trek novels;
they're written by science fiction writers who don't
really know the characters.