Wikia

Memory Alpha

The Price of the Phoenix

Discuss0
37,575pages on
this wiki
Revision as of 18:05, March 12, 2011 by SulfBot (Talk | contribs)

Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)
Priceofthephoenixcover.jpg

Cover image

Author(s): Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Publisher: Bantam Books
Titan Books
Spectra
Series: Bantam TOS
Star Trek Adventures (Titan Books reprint)
Published: July 1977
1 November 1993
(Titan Books reprint)
Pages: 182
Stardate: Unknown (2268)
Reference(s): ISBN 0553246356
ISBN 1852865040 (Titan Books reprint)

The incredible saga of death, destiny and rebirth on a madman's planet.

Summary

From the book jacket
CAPTAIN KIRK IS DEAD. LONG LIVE CAPTAIN KIRK.
Spock, Doctor McCoy and the other crewmen of the Starship Enterprise experience a stunning double-shock. The first, painful blow is Captain Kirk's tragic death. Then, Captain Kirk's miraculous rebirth reveals the most awesome force the Enterprise has ever encountered. Spock is forced into a desperate gamble for Kirk's human soul against Omne - the ultrahuman emperor of life beyond life, and death beyond hell...

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


Omne, a genius megalomaniac who seeks immortality, has discovered a way to create a perfect duplicate of a sentient creature. As part of a plot against the Federation, he lures the Enterprise to his highly-protected planet, where Captain Kirk is apparently killed while breaking the Prime Directive. When Spock returns to the planet to confront Omne about Kirk's death, he is met with not one but two living, breathing Kirks - the original and a very convincing duplicate. Aided by the unnamed Romulan Commander from "The Enterprise Incident", Spock and the two Kirks attempt to shut down Omne and protect the balance of power. The extra Kirk later receives extensive cosmetic surgery to live as a Romulan companion to the Commander.

Background Information

  • The book heavily references the events of "The Enterprise Incident", in which a Romulan commander attempted to lure Spock to her crew. It is not established how she went from being a prisoner at the end of that episode to being in command of a ship and a representative of the Romulan Empire again. While it is revealed that her name means "dawn of springtime", the actual name is not given.
  • This story is continued in the 1979 book The Fate of the Phoenix.

Characters

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.
James T. Kirk 
Captain of the Enterprise. In this book, the real Kirk is referred to as "Jim," while the duplicate is called "James."
Spock 
First officer and science officer of the Enterprise.
Leonard McCoy 
Ship's surgeon and Chief Medical Officer of the Enterprise.
Montgomery Scott 
Chief Engineer of the Enterprise, in command of the ship while Spock and Kirk are on the planet.
Uhura 
Chief communications officer of the Enterprise.
M'Benga 
A doctor aboard the Enterprise.
Romulan Commander 
A female Romulan commander who helped Spock rescue both Kirks and defeat Omne. She became enamored of the duplicate Kirk and took him to live with her aboard her ship.
Omne 
A mysterious figure who was strongly opposed to Kirk, Spock, and the Federation they represent. He developed technology to resurrect himself in case of death. He staged the death of Captain Kirk, which forced Spock to ally with the Romulan Commander. Omne used his technology to create identical copies of Kirk, and had threatened to use this technology to cause chaos within the Federation. He committed suicide after a mind-link and struggle with Spock. A second Omne returned and boarded the Enterprise, only to be killed by Kirk.
Omne makes another appearance in The Fate of the Phoenix, also by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath.

References

Prime Directive 
Kirk is "killed" while attempting to rescue a woman and her child from a fatal fire that is part of a cultural immolation ritual, breaking the non-interference policy of the Prime Directive. This test is arranged by Omne to showcase Kirk's attitude toward the Prime Directive.
Queen to King's level four, Captain.  
A reference to three-dimensional chess used as an identification verification between Montgomery Scott and Captain Kirk, similar to the one used by the Enterprise crew in "Whom Gods Destroy". The Captain's correct response was, "Knight takes Queen, Mate."
Romulan Neutral Zone 
Omne's unnamed planet is a free port situated very near the Neutral Zone.
Subcommander S'Tal 
Mentioned as being second in command to the unnamed female Romulan commander. He is also referred to as 'Tal, which could be a reference to Subcommander Tal from "The Enterprise Incident".
Vulcan mind meld 
Spock utilizes the Vulcan mind meld and his previously established telepathic link with Kirk to track him in Omne's maze-like fortress.

External link


Previous novel: Series Next novel:
Spock, Messiah! Bantam TOS Planet of Judgment
The Galactic Whirlpool Star Trek Adventures The Starless World

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki