Spock faces a deadly foe from his past!

TOS #056 Cover

  • Stardate 5258.7
  • Released August 1991

A routine survey of the planet Alpha Octavius Four turns disastrous as Spock is attacked and poisoned by a huge creature and Kirk‘s landing party is trapped underground by a violent earthquake. As Spock fights for his life in sickbay, Scotty organizes a search for Kirk and his men. However, rescue efforts must cease when the U.S.S. Enterprise is called away to the Beta Cabrini system where a mining colony is under attack.

At Beta Cabrini, the U.S.S. Enterprise faces off against a Marauder named Dreen—a man that Spock had watched his former captain Christopher Pike defeat years before. Fighting the effects of the poison, Spock struggles to his feet and takes command of the ship. Soon, Spock and Dreen are locked into a deadly game of cat and mouse—a game driven by mad revenge that can have only one survivor!

Written by: Michael Jan Friedman


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Spock was in the grip of some terrible convulsion. He looked flushed—feverish—his eyes wide. And he was breathing much too quickly, as evidenced by the rapid rise and fall of his chest. The captain had expected some fractured ribs, maybe internal bleeding. But not this.

“Bones,” Kirk breathed. “What’s happening to him?”

McCoy scowled. “Something’s gotten into his bloodstream—some kind of poison I can’t identify. It’s accelerating Spock’s vital processes.”

Abruptly, the captain flashed back to the sight of the creature’s tentacle brushing Spock’s shoulder. He cursed, drawing McCoy’s attention. “Bones, I saw the thing touch him with one of its tentacles… there…” He pointed to the juncture of Spock’s neck and shoulder.

Pulling the material of the first officer’s tunic aside, McCoy exposed three tiny puncture marks, still green with clotting blood. “Damn,” he said. “Jim, I’ve got to get him up to sickbay…”

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 Books, Early Voyages, Logs, Original Series

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