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September 1978 Cover Image
By: Kathleen Sky
(Text taken from the September 1978 edition)
Spock: Beamed down to a murderous planet
in a dangerously shifting universe . . .
A universe where a series of freak ion storms
has changed the boundaries of space . . . where
Arachne IV, inhabited by a strange race,
may be lost forever to the Federation . . . where
Spock is sent on a death defying assignment
into a war of ant-types along with a brilliant,
beautiful, bigoted scientist who hates Vulcans!
(Text taken from the 1998 edition)
CAPTAINS LOG, 6454.4
Due to a series of freak ion storms, the Neutral Zone
separating the Federation from the Romulan Empire
will soon shift--and the planet Arachnae will fall entirely
within Romulan space. Our mission: seek out intelligent life
there and, if it exists, offer full Federation protection.
To help us complete the necessary surveys, Dr. Katalya Tremain
was assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise. She is the
Federation's foremost expert on the exobiology
of this region -- and, as I have just discovered,
has a fanatical hatred of any and all things Vulcan...
including my first officer.I have logged an official
protest with Starfleet Command. Her behavior towards
Mr. Spock is not only a disgrace to both her
uniform and the Federation but also threatens
the success of our mission...a threat we cannot
afford when the fate of an entire civilization
may rest upon our actions in the coming hours.
The cover art reminds me of a low budget sci-fi movie
like "Attack of the Giant Killer Ants" or something similar.
And having a scientist that hates Vulcans seems
a bit silly to me. It was only done to provide
Spock with some sort of conflict.
A very typical example of early Star Trek novels.