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By: Howard Weinstein
A routine diplomatic visit to the
water-world of Akkalla becomes a
nightmarish search for a missing
Spock and Chekov, a search that plunges
Admiral Kirk headlong into a corrupt
government's desperate struggle to retain power.
For both a Federation Science outpost
and Akkalla's valiant freedom fighters
have begun uncovering the ancient secrets
hidden beneath her trainquil oceans.
Secrets whose exposure may mean civil war
for the people of Akkalla - and death for
the crew of the Enterprise.
Another routine mission turns sour, this time on a water world.
It's amazing how alien planets usually have only one type of terrain.
That's very different than what we have here on Earth.
We have oceans, deserts, tropical rainforests, frozen tundras etc.,
but alien planets are almost always described as having only one.
Strange eh? I guess it's just easier.
It's a decent story written by one of the few male Trek authors.
Have you noticed that most of the authors are female?