February 2013 Cover Image
By: David R. George III
| A beautiful green world, rich in fertile
soil and temperate climate . . . a textbook Class -M planet that should be
teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined
meetals, including those associated with a space-faring race . . . and a
lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James
T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some
The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft
of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis
- it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel
lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport . . . a graveyard of ships that
have clearly been sabotaged.
With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires,
the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this?
And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?
This story focuses on Mr. Sulu the most.
It's a decent, well written story but it jumps forward
several times like a movie where it shows on the screen "6 months later"
and I found that annoying.
Kirk obsesses about the end of his 5-year mission quite a bit
and I also found that annoying
However, I was still very interested in finding out who the bad guys were
so I kept reading . . . and when I found out it was kind of . . . underwhelming.