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February 1979 Cover Image
By: Joe Haldeman
(Text taken from the February 1979 edition)
Chatalia . . . a fantastic artificial world,
inhabited by furry winged creatures with
awesome powers. Here Kirk, Spock and
their Enterprise mates, trapped, face
terrifying death. And if by some miracle
they escape, they will confront the roving
killers and the dread Klingon Empire!
(Text taken from the January 1985 edition)
Captain's Log, Stardate 7505.6
This is being recorded by Science Officer Spock,
temporarily in command.
The Enterprise is currently in orbit around an alien
'Starship' (actually an artificial planetoid approximately
217.352 kilometers in diameter) of unknown origin,
aboard which Captain Kirk and a landing party of four
are stranded. They are currently detained in a
prison cell, awaiting interrogation.
Far more immediate is the condition of the Enterprise.
The ship has been 'snared' by wires apparently
composed of the same material as the alien craft
(a substance harder than any known to Federation science) -
wires which are draining off our power reserves at
an alarming rate. We appear to have the choice of
remaining on board the Enterprise (and crashing
to the surface of the planetoid once our power
is gone), or joining the Captain inside the alien
spacecraft. A fascinating dilemma.
The "wires" that snare the Enterprise sound
a lot like the "Tholian Web" don't you think?
An unremarkable book, but worth reading if you
like the early novels. They were written in a time
before "The Next Generation" had any influence on Trek.