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Author(s): James Blish
Artist(s): Kazuhiko Sano (reprint)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Series: Bantam TOS
Published: January 1970
June 1999 (reprint)
Pages: 118
Stardate: 4011.9 - 4205.5 (2268)
Reference(s): ISBN 0553107976
ISBN 0553246348 (reprint)

An exciting new story of interplanetary adventure!

SummaryEdit

From the original book jacket
Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves in the middle of an undeclared war waged by the Klingon Empire...
The Organians should be consulted about the war but their entire planet has disappeared – or been destroyed...
Mr. Spock entered the transporter chamber. His image would be flashed to Organia by the huge machine's faster-than-light tachyons. But the experiment failed. Suddenly there were two Mr. Spocks. One of them had to be destroyed...
BUT WHICH ONE?
From the April 1985 reprint book jacket
"Captain's log, stardate 4181.4. We are at war with the Klingon Empire."
Launching an unprovoked attack upon the Federation, the Klingons have broken the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty – leaving the Enterprise stranded deep in uncharted space, cut off from the rest of the Federation fleet.
To find out what happened to the Organians, Commander Scott rigged an experimental modification of our transportation system designed to enable a tachyon replica of Mr. Spock to travel faster-than-light to Organia. But the experiment failed, and incredibly, left us with two identical Spocks: one of whom is a replica in every way the opposite of our first officer, a traitor whose continued existence poses a grave threat to the Enterprise and quite possibly the entire Federation.
One of the Spocks must die. But which one...

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Background InformationEdit

  • This was the first original Trek novel published by Bantam Books. It was a sequel to TOS: "Errand of Mercy", the original script by Gene L. Coon and the novelization by James Blish, author of the popular Star Trek 1 and continuing series of TOS novelizations.
  • The Bantam novel series have a plethora of different cover images: the English version of this novel has been released with at least three different covers, a new one for each subsequent printing. There have been three US cover printings by Bantam (February 1970, April 1985, and June 1999). The 1990s edition cover is credited to artist Kazuhiko Sano.
  • "Spock must die" was a subliminal message suggested to Captain Kirk in the sixth story arc of the UK Star Trek comics.
  • The concept of transporter duplication was addressed in other canonical productions, TOS: "The Enemy Within" and TNG: "Second Chances". "Second Chances", in particular, is a later occasion of the transporter being used to create an identical duplicate.
  • An editor at Bantam copyedited Kirk's reference to McCoy from "Bones" to "Doc", apparently being unfamiliar with the reference to McCoy's oft-used on-screen nickname. Author James Blish wrote a piece about the error in the introduction of a later novelization.

Cover GalleryEdit

CharactersEdit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Bantam TOS characters.
Leonard McCoy, 2267

"Bones" McCoy

James T. Kirk 
Enterprise captain.
Spock 
Enterprise science officer and exec.
Leonard McCoy 
Enterprise CMO.
Montgomery Scott, 2267

Scotty

Montgomery Scott 
Enterprise engineer.
Uhura 
Enterprise communications officer. She was considering spending a couple of weeks teaching a language to Lt. Purdy.
Hikaru Sulu 
Enterprise helmsman.
Ayelborne 
Organian.
Claymare 
Organian.
Trefayne 
Organian.
Purdy 
Starfleet lieutenant stationed at Starbase 16, who wanted to be taught how to speak Eurish.

ReferencesEdit

Klingons
Klingon Empire
Organia
Organians
Starbase 16 
Federation starbase.
transporter

TimelineEdit

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