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Author(s): James Blish
Publisher: Bantam Books
Series: Bantam TOS
Published: April 1969
Pages: 118
Stardate: Various (2267 - 2268)
Reference(s): ISBN 0553123122 (paperback)
For the third movie in the Star Trek franchise, please see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. For the in-development third film of the rebooted series, please see Star Trek XIII.

Short story adaptations of seven Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, third collection in the series.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
An extraordinary journey into the supernatural! Seven chilling stories into the bizarre and unexpected with the crew of the starship Enterprise. Travel to the unknown regions of outer space, to worlds where unearthly powers can control human beings and where unspeakable horror becomes normal. Unimaginable new galaxies of strange beings, bizarre customs, unknown dangers and awesome excitement. A world threatened by tribbles, small and furry with no eyes or faces – only a mouth. A killer planet where time and place change by telepathy. A monster robot that smashes planets and digests them. An alien being who comes to Earth to start World War III. A galactic ticket to infinite adventure.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

Contents Edit

Preface
Blish discusses reader reaction to the first two collections.
The Trouble with Tribbles
A 17 page adaptation of TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles". As David Gerrold notes in The Trouble with Tribbles, Sulu is restored to his original place in the episode.
The Last Gunfight
A 20 page adaptation of TOS: "Spectre of the Gun".
The Doomsday Machine
A 16 page adaptation of TOS: "The Doomsday Machine". Decker does not fly a shuttlecraft into the planet-killer, and does not die. His first name is Brand instead of Matt.
Assignment
Earth: A 12 page adaptation of TOS: "Assignment: Earth". Blish changed the Enterprise's arrival date from 1968 to 1969.
Mirror, Mirror
An 18 page adaptation of TOS: "Mirror, Mirror".
Friday's Child
A 21 page adaptation of TOS: "Friday's Child". Includes the original "Friday's Child" poem from Harper's Weekly, as well as the first draft script ending in which Eleen is killed.
Amok Time
A 14 page adaptation of TOS: "Amok Time".

Background information Edit

  • The stories in this volume were based on early draft scripts, and there are some significant differences between the printed version and what actually appeared on screen. Due to the lead times required for publication of print books such as these, James Blish was forced to use the only scripts available from Desilu promotions, which were draft scripts that had been discarded. [1]
  • This was the first Star Trek book that Ronald D. Moore ever owned. Years later, he commented, "I [...] vividly remember spotting [this book] [...] in a Weekly Reader list in 4th grade, and being amazed that anyone else even knew about 'my' show, much less that anyone would be writing books about it." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 1, p. 112)

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