New Earth, Book Five: Thin Air

Kirk must hold New Earth at any cost!

Cover (TOS #093)

  • Stardate Unknown
  • Released Aug 2000

Many light-years away from the safety of the Federation, the Starship Enterprise stands guard over an alien world whose unique natural resources could change the balance of power throughout the galaxy. The ship’s crucial assignment: to maintain a Federation presence on the planet below, to defend the world’s newly arrived inhabitants from hostile aliens, and to fight a solitary battle against all who would claim the planet’s riches for their own.

Against all odds, Kirk and his crew have preserved the struggling Federation colony on Belle Terre, but their heroic efforts may have been in vain. In a last-ditch attempt to drive the entrenched settlers off their new home, the alien Kauld have contaminated the planet’s atmosphere with a destructive biochemical agent that will soon render the entire world inimical to human life. With only weeks to spare, Spock races to find a scientific solution to their dire predicament, while Kirk takes the battle to the enemy, determined to wrest the secret of their salvation from the very forces out to destroy the future of this new Earth!

Written by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
New Earth concept by Diane Carey and John Ordover


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“Captain,” Scott said, “They’ve stripped the Conestogas down.”

“How long to get one ready for inhabitants?”

“Three, maybe four days,” Scotty said. “And that’s without me doin’ a full check of the environmental systems. How many ships are ya gonna be needin’ again?”

“All the Conestogas,” Kirk said. “And we have less than three days to get people to safety.”

“Not possible, sir,” Scott said. “Even if we found all the environmental equipment in one piece, it would take us weeks to get it all working again.”

“It’s going to have to be possible, Mr. Scott. Sixty thousand colonists may have no other choice. Kirk out.”

Sulu frowned as Scott just shook his head.

Around Scott, the giant ship seemed even emptier than it had a moment before. This was one miracle he didn’t think he could pull off for the captain.

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