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September 1988 Cover Image
By: Diane Duane
"I am Spock . . .
I hold the rank of Commander in the Starfleet
of the United Federation of Planets;
I serve as First Officer of the Starship Enterprise.
I am the son of two worlds.
Of Earth, whose history is an open book . . .
and of Vulcan, whose secrets have lain hidden
beneath its burning sands . . .
Until now . . ."
It is the twendy-third century. On the planet Vulcan,
a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the
convocation of the planet's ruling council - and summoned
the U.S.S. Enterprise from halfway across the galaxy,
to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its
hour of need. As Commander Spock, his father Sarek,
and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve the
very future of the Federation, the innermost secrets
of the planet Vulcan are laid before us, from its
beginnings millions of years ago to its savage prehistory,
from merciless tribal warfare to medieval
court intrigue, from the exploration of space to the
development of c'thia - the ruling ethic of logic.
And Spock - torn between his duty to Starfleet and the
unbreakable ties that bind him to Vulcan - must find a
way to reconcile both his own inner conflict and the
external dilemma his planet faces . . . lest the
Federation itself be ripped asunder.
The very first Star Trek hardcover novel!
I really wish they wouldn't publish these in hardcover
because they're extremely expensive.
(Then a year later you can find them for 8 bucks!)
This novel is actually two stories in one.
You get a chapter of the first story which takes place on Vucan
and then a chapter of the second story which takes place on the Enterprise.
The chapters on Vulcan are very long and slow, but the events
on the Enterprise are paced well and worth reading.