June 2009 Cover Image
- 289 Pages
By: Dave Galanter
| First contact becomes an interstellar
incident when the Starship Enterprise responds to a distress call from an
unknown ship and saves the life of a man left to die by his own people.
Berlis, member of a telepathic species calling themselves the Isitri, claims
not to know why those from his homeworld want him dead. Captain James
T. Kirk wants to believe him, but the damage is done: the Enterprise can
neither leave the stranger to die nor turn him over to those who would kill
Berlis seems harmless, but his people say he cannot live among them: his
telepathy is so strong that their wills are subsumed to his. The same
fear that compels the Isitri to seek the death of one of their own drives
the neighboring Odib people toward genocide. For every time a "troublesome
mind" dominates the Isitri, the Odib pay the price in their own blood.
With Spock becoming erratic under Berlis's influence, and the Isitri begging
Kirk to allow them to destroy the man who threatens their existence, matters
take a disastrous turn when Berlis makes his way back to Isitra . . . and
an entire world falls to his whims.
First contact stories are always troublesome (see what I did
as the author usually puts Kirk and company in the role of
Galactic Police or somesuch and the new species always does some
sort of evil deed that the Federation disapproves of but is quite
normal for them and they don't understand why the Federation
objects to their behaviour.
That's the typical senario of a lot of
first contact stories and while this story has some of that,
the author handles it with a decent plot and good characters.
I enjoyed this one, you should give it a try.