Twilight’s End

Scotty faces the ultimate engineering challenge: to spin a planet!

TOS #077 Cover

  • Stardate Unknown
  • Released January 1996

Unlike most planets, Rimillia does not spin upon its axis, so its day and night sides are subjected to perpetual extremes of hot and cold. Habitation has only been possible on a thin band of the planet’s surface… until now.

Using gigantic impulse engines of unimaginable power, the alien Dumada intend to start Rimillia rotating, rendering the entire world fit for colonization. Yet some fear the enormous stresses involved may instead tear the planet apart.

Assigned to assist the Dumada, Captain Kirk must rescue a kidnapped scientist vital to the rotation project. But, once the giant engines are activated, can even Scotty save Rimillia—and the U.S.S. Enterprise—from total destruction?

Written by Jerry Oltion


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A flicker of motion drew Chekov’s attention to his navigation console. The short-range scanner had picked up an object leaving the sunlit face of the planet under heavy acceleration—and heading straight for the Enterprise. The intense brightness of the missile left no doubt as to its identity: someone had launched a photon torpedo.

Instinct, or academy training, instantly took over. “Incoming!” Chekov shouted, and he jabbed at the switch that activated the defensive shields.

“Red alert!” Kirk said. “Lock phasers on that tor—”

But there was no time to shoot it down. The ship rocked as the intense matter-antimatter detonation knocked the Enterprise off course…

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