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Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
Artist(s): Boris Vallejo
Jerry Vanderstelt (re-release)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TOS
Published: 15 September 1987
25 July 2006 (re-release)
Pages: 310
320 (re-release)
Stardate: Unknown (2284 (Book 1)[1]
2265 (Book 2))
Reference(s): ISBN 0671640496
ISBN 1416524630 (re-release)
Audiobook
Narrator: George Takei with Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Spock
Running Time: 90 Minutes
(1 Cassette)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audioworks
Published: 15 September 1987
1 November 1999 (re-release)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671647180
ISBN 0671037986 (re-release)

The epic novel of first contact between man and Vulcan!

SummaryEdit

Strangers from the Sky is a 1987 book by author Margaret Wander Bonanno detailing the first contact between Humans and Vulcans.

From the book jacket
James Kirk didn't normally pay much attention to this thing – a best-selling book, and a controversial one at that. But Strangers From the Sky had piqued his interest – and everyone else's, it seemed. For the book disputed a fact well known to every Federation schoolboy: That Earth's first encounter with alien life had occurred when the UNSS Icarus came upon the humanoid people of Alpha Centauri in 2048.
Strangers claimed that history was wrong... that humanity's First Contact with another sapient species had taken place years earlier. And that when the two races met, something happened. Something so climactic, so dangerous, that it had been wiped from the records and kept secret by both worlds for almost two centuries.
But when Kirk read the book, it triggered strange dreams... nightmares that threatened first his health, then his sanity. It was only when he discovered that Spock also shared those dreams that the Admiral began to wonder: Could there be more to this book than he or anyone guessed...?

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Background InformationEdit

Cover galleryEdit

CharactersEdit

James T. Kirk
Spock
Leonard McCoy
Nyota Uhura 
Kirk met Uhura in Earth Spacedock who was in company with Cleante al-Faisal.
Dr. Krista Sivertsen 
A former student of McCoy's who attended his lectures when he was still married. McCoy visited the psychiatrist to talk about Admiral Kirk with her. Krista was also the roommate of Elizabeth Dehner during their internship and exchanged letters until Dehner's first space mission after Aldebaran.
Purdi 
The Troyian Purdi owns a bookstore on Earth where Kirk bought Strangers from the Sky.
Cleante al-Faisal 
Kirk met her in Earth Spacedock. She was the decisive factor why Kirk bought Strangers from the Sky as she claimed a character from the novel was an ancestor of her.
Cleante is a character from the author's novel Dwellers in the Crucible.
T'Shael 
Vulcan with a blood disease who needs to consult Dr. M'Benga on a regular basis.
T'Shael is a character from the author's novel Dwellers in the Crucible.

Vulcan crewEdit

T'Lera 
Commander of the mission. She had no contact with her son's father Sotir for a long time. Together with her son, she is one of two survivors of the crash-landing in 2045.
T'Preth 
Helmsman and linguist.
Savar 
Prefect Savar established the rules of interstellar exploration and was the father of Commander T'Lera. He observed the last two major wars on Earth. In 2045, he died at the age of 221.4 years.
Sorahl 
Navigator aboard the Vulcan explorer and son of T'Lera.
Selik 
Astrocartographer of the mission. Selik was a member of the Vulcan High Command and would act as representative if contact was established with Earth.
T'Syra 
T'Syra monitored Earth's radio signals and acted as the healer and xenobiology expert on the mission. She was Selik's partner and accompanied Commander T'Lera in all but their first mission.
Stell 
Sociologist and musician, who also worked as a technician.

Argo III inhabitantsEdit

Yoshi
Tatya Bilash 
A "full-figured" woman of Ukrainian descent.

USS Enterprise crew (2284)Edit

Tran Van Ky 
Communications officer who received three commendations during Spock's training missions.
Mathee 
Lieutenant

USS Enterprise crew (2265)Edit

Gary Mitchell
Elizabeth Dehner 
Psychiatrist aboard the Enterprise who died after in the first year under Kirk's command. Elizabeth Dehner was a student of McCoy's and was once the roommate of Krista Sivertsen during her internship. Until her posting aboard Enterprise, she worked at Aldebaran.
Lee Kelso

Delphinus crewEdit

Jason Nyere 
Captain
Melody Sawyer 
First Officer
Henry Moy 
Ensign
Reeta Patel 
Lieutenant

ReferencesEdit

AeroNav 
The military arm of United Earth for a period of time after the Third World War. It is a partially combined military service embracing all aerospace and naval forces (with Ground Forces apparently having a separate command), and is identified as an organization that, eventually, evolved into (or provided an inspiration for) Starfleet. The Delphinus was one of its combat/patrol ships, which operated out of an AeroNav base at Norfolk Island, an Australian territory in the South Pacific. (Note: Norfolk Island is not to be confused with Norfolk, Virginia, the location of several American air and naval stations, including the headquarters of the US Atlantic Fleet.)
M-155
Argo III 
Tang farm in the Pacific Ocean.
Kiev 
Capital city of Ukraine. Tatya has an aunt working as a news correspondent in Kiev.
Starbase 6 
McCoy visited Starbase 6 in 2265, with Dr. Piper taking his position as chief medical officer aboard the Enterprise during this trip.
Carl Sagan 
Melody jokingly speculated Carl Sagan once said aliens look like petunias.
T'Sri 
T'Sri is a healer specializing in psychology. She was the only expert close enough to Earth, but was on a 17-day remote to Rigel XII.
T'sai 
The Vulcan master who guided Spock through kolinahr.
The name was taken from the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Commander Kyle 
Former transporter chief of the Enterprise originating from Australia. Kirk had not seen him since Kyle's transfer to the Reliant.

TimelineEdit

Note
The timeline of this book was originally based on the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology.
1823 
Savar is born.
2028 
Melody Sawyer participates in the tennis finals on Goddard Moonbase and finishes second.
2045 
The Vulcan scoutship crash-lands on Earth.
2048 
The Icarus arrives in the Alpha Centauri system.
2055 
Major breakthrough in warp technology research.
2065 
The Amity rescues the crew of a disabled Vulcan ship in the Solar system. This marks the official first contact.
2265 
Kirk, Spock, Kelso, Mitchell, and Dehner beam down to M-155.
2284 
The novel Strangers from the Sky is published.

FootnotesEdit

  1. The time difference between "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is originally given as 15 years, because that was the same time used in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Voyages of Imagination therefore sets the first part of the book a year before the events of Star Trek II.

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