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Author(s): Peter David
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TOS #57
Titan Books #52
Published: 1 November 1991
Pages: 274
Stardate: Unknown (2254/2287)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671747967 (paperback)
ISBN 074342008X (eBook)
ASIN B000FC0TH2 (Kindle)

A mission of peace could trap Spock halfway across the galaxy, forever...

Summary

From the back cover
Every fifty years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away – much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time that the rift will be open.
It seems that some editions say "thirty-three" years, and others say "fifty" - see below for clarification
Mr. Spock leads the Federation party as they travel by shuttle through the rift just as a group of the aliens arrive in Federation space. The meetings go smoothly until the Calligar take Spock's party hostage and Kirk discovers that the aliens are keeping a deadly secret. With angry Tellarite and Andorian fleets ready to attack the Calligar, Kirk must save Spock and the others before war breaks out and the rift closes for another fifty years.

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Memorable Quotes

"You carry around in your head the findings of all ships in any given sector for the past three years, Lieutenant?"
"No, sir. The past five years."

- Captain Pike and Number One


"Someday, you'll pull a hypo out of there and give me a heart attack."

- Captain Pike, to Dr. Boyce, who is mixing drinks from his medical bag


"You appear puzzled. This is the correct Earth greeting, is it not?"
"It is one of the better-known ones. They taught us at the academy, however, not to be presumptuous. There are at least five known planets where a handshake is considered an obscene gesture, and one where it's a declaration of war."

- Master Builder Zyo and Captain Pike, shaking hands at their first face-to-face meeting


"Should I be concerned about my command future, Number One, vis à vis your ambitions?"
"No, sir."
"Good."
"I'll be wanting a bigger ship, sir."

- Captain Pike and Number One, after Number One explains that she programmed the ship's computer with her own voice because she wanted it to have a voice that commanded respect


"There is an old saying in the field of diplomacy."
"And that is?"
"The entire key to diplomacy is sincerity. Once that can be faked, the rest is simple."

- Spock and Kirk, discussing Ambassador Fox's new attitude


"Did you attempt to insult me, Andorian?"
"No, I succeeded."

- Shondar Dorkin and Thak

Background Information

  • Like many back-cover summaries, this one is inaccurate. Despite what the second paragraph says, only one Calligar comes through the rift; there are no Andorian and Tellarite fleets, only single ships; only the Tellarite are ready to attack; and the rift's cycle is 33 years as opposed to the "fifty" mentioned.
  • Chapters 1-7 take place about 2254, a few days after the events of TOS: "The Cage". Chapters 8-26 take place about 2287, between the events of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  • Introduces a new (non-canon) Gamma Quadrant race, the Calligar, who are technologically more advanced than the Federation, but not as advanced as the Borg.
  • Offers a (non-canon) look at the crew of Pike's Enterprise.

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 Pocket TOS characters.

Regular and recurring characters

James T. Kirk
Spock
José Tyler

Tyler

José Tyler 
Starfleet commodore. Was a lieutenant and the Enterprise's navigator at the time of first contact with the Calligar. Falls in love with a Calligarian woman, Ecma, during first contact, and insists on being aboard the Enterprise during the second contact.
Christopher Pike
Number One
Robert Fox

Ambassador Robert Fox (2267)

Robert Fox
Ambassador assigned to the second contact with the Calligar; seems to have learned a few lessons in humility since Eminiar VII.
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott
Richard Daystrom
Inventor of the duotronic computer and the failed M-5 computer; has recovered from the nervous breakdown he had subsequent to the failure of the M-5 but is still emotionally fragile.

Other characters

Zyo
Calligarian Master Builder; father of Ecma and Macro.
Alt
Calligarian Master of the Status.
Ecma
Zyo's daughter and successor as Master Builder.
Macro
Zyo's son and Ecma's husband (Calligarians do not have problems with recessive genes and brother-sister marriages are accepted, if not encouraged, among them).
Regger
Ecma and Macro's son, the next Master Builder.
Shondar Dorkin
Described as a "top Tellarite expert in societal development." Assigned to the second contact with the Calligar. "Shondar" is his title. He is as much of a blowhard as any Tellarite.
Thak
Andorian chargé d'affaires and scientist assigned to the second contact with the Calligar. Cannot resist needling Shondar Dorkin.
Enterprise crewman 1, The Cage

Valdini

Valdini 
Long-time Enterprise crewman. Tyler asked Spock what had become of Valdini, whom he remembered as standing next to the turbolift door, looking out of place. Spock informed Tyler that Valdini was one of many crewmembers slaughtered by the cloud creature encountered at Argus X.

References

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