Spock's World (Star Trek: the Original Series) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1989
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About the Author
Diane Duane is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, amongst them the fan-favourite Star Trek titles DARK MIRROR and the 5-volume Rihannsu series of novels exploring the world of the Romulans (the first four volumes of which are now available as the omnibus THE BLOODWING VOYAGES 1416525777) released together with the fifth volume (THE EMPTY CHAIR 1416508910) in January 2007. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This novel is a grafting-in of the original series, with Spock, Kirk and McCoy as primary characters, along with the rest of the usual crew of the Enterprise. It seems there is a Federation-threatening crisis on Vulcan, and the planet is in the process of a referendum, to decide whether or not to remain as part of the Federation with the humans of earth and other constituent planets. Entering in the situation is a formidible character from the original series episode Amok Time, the Vulcan mating time -- T'Pau, remarked by Kirk as being the only person to ever turn down a seat on the Federation council. Does this speak of a mistrust that could lead the Vulcans out of the Federation? The referendum is not merely a breaking of alliances, but rather an isolationism -- all Vulcans will be required to return home, or permanently exiled. All diplomatic, trade, and military ties will be severed.
The psychological and political make-up of the Vulcan world is explored from the very outset of Vulcan civilisation through different historical periods that would have made up the equivalent of classical, medieval and reformation times.Read more ›
The story is set in the years between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Duane makes references to her own previous novels (published by Titan Books in the UK) of #4: The Romulan Way, #19: The Wounded Sky and #21: My Enemy My Ally. Although it's not critical to read these beforehand, it does give the ending away to #19 if you haven't read it yet.
Kirk, McCoy and Spock are all summoned by T'Pau to come to Vulcan. The Planetary Council has been called to vote upon the point of whether Vulcan should remain part of the Federation, or secede and remove the illogical and emotional influences of others, particularly humans, from their midst.
As the story unfolds, the depths of political manoeuvring and duplicity that have occurred in forcing this agenda into the Vulcan public consciousness are both shocking and satisfying to any fan of Classic Trek. The reintroduction of characters from the show and Duane's novels is very welcome and adds to the richness of the plot.
Alternate chapters in the story deal with important events in Vulcan's past, from the creation of the very planet itself through to Sarek's appointment as Ambassdor to Earth. These give an insight into Vulcan's past, those people who made the biggest impacts on the species and how those events rippled out to the current day.
This is not an action novel, it is all about Vulcan and reads like a well crafted political thriller, something of a departure for Trek fiction. That said, I found it to be one of the most satisfying Classic Trek novels I've read and certainly one of Duane's best. The ending was very well done and her use of McCoy as a detective was brilliant.Read more ›
Diane Duane's books have always been hard-going for me; I find her over-use of description trying to say the least and this book is no exception. In fact in my opinion she surpasses herself with pages upon pages of, quite frankly, useless description. At the risk of spoiling this for others, she dedicates an entire chapter to how the physical planet of Vulcan was created. This is great for astronomy/astrophysics students, perhaps, but not for a work of fiction that is supposed to be entertainment! Then there is the silly 'mixer' party that is supposed to be a way for all crew to catch up with each other before a new mission. To be blunt this is pointless and lends nothing to the story. Or as my dear, late, grandfather would call it - padding!
I also found her characterization all wrong. Most TOG fans have loved the love/hate relationship that goes on between Spock and McCoy and most of the Trek authors have been able transfer that to the books with no bother at all. But Ms Duane has McCoy all but openly antagonizing Spock during an officer's briefing, and as for Kirk - she has him positively gushing at his crew.
In a nutshell by the time I got to page 88 I'd found only about 6 pages that were actually related to the story itself. It was at this point I could take no more and gave up. I couldn't finish the book which is incredibly rare for me and needess to say I will not be keeping it.
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This book show how easy it is to be narrow minded and be afraid of strangers and your reaction to them.Published on 3 April 2014 by Kindle Customer
This was a book I misssed when it first came out in paperback, so I jumped at the chance of reading it when it came out in Kindle form. Do I like the story, yes. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by MR DAVID SIMPSON
This book is not only a deeply creative expansion of the Star Trek universe, but is fantastically written. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2012 by Mazaroonie
The vulcans are one of the favorite races for many Star Trek fans. This books provides so much insight into their history, which is only hinted about in many of the series' shows,... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2001
Of course, this is only one person's biased opinion. At a time when the Star Trek novelization universe was dying on its feet (for this reader,) this hardcover came along. Read morePublished on 17 May 1999
I have read about 50 Trek novels, and this is by far the best. Not only is it a compelling story, but great history of Vulcan, and Spock's bloodline. A wonderful read! Read morePublished on 29 April 1999
Please, help me! I am a Star Trek fan and I have to read three books for school. They are very interesting, but I have to sum up them in English. Read morePublished on 13 April 1999
Spock's World by Diane Duane is the best Star Trek novel ever written, bar-none. Duane's anecdotal history of the planet Vulcan is juxtaposed with a framing sequence wherein the... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 1999