Time for Yesterday (Star Trek) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 15 Feb 2000
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The author references Deep Domain, The Romulan Way, The I.D.I.C. Epidemic, The Vulcan Academy Murders, The Wounded Sky, My Enemy My Ally, The Tears Of The Singers and Crisis On Centaurus. She also uses characters and events from those books in her own work so if you're a completist then you should read those first.
The story opens with a dramatic rescue near Alpha Centuari. Admiral Morrow contacts Kirk and Spock to help personally but will not disclose why. Once a certain person has been rescued from a stricken ship he explains that pockets of time around stars has begun to accelerate, forcing the stars to progress through their life cycles at rapid rates with disastrous consequences. The source of all the temporal anomalies is sector 90.4 - home of Gateway and The Guardian Of Forever. The archaeological team have been unable to get the Guardian to respond at all and Spock believes the only chance is for his son, Zar, to telepathically communicate with it. The problem is, Zar died on Sarpeidon 5000 years ago.
They use another telepath, a rather intriguing Marishal but she falls into a catatonic state when the Guardian's consciousness overwhelms her.
The only option is for Kirk, Spock and McCoy to go back into the past and retrieve Zar. When they jump through, they appear in the Lakreo Valley and find themselves in the middle of troops preparing for war. Although only 12.Read more ›
The Enterprise's Five Year Mission is a matter of memory now and Kirk and Spock are working at Star Fleet Command when they are notified that the universe is serious danger of falling to pieces as stars inexplicably age and explode.
It appears that the Guardian of Forever has gone on the blink in a big way, sending out waves of energy that's causing the universe to warp.
Desperate to do something about the impending catastrrophe, Spock admits to his son, starting the head of starfleet and totally dumbfounding him when they admit that Zar was in the far past...
but Zar was almost their only hope and whatever happened, they had to go to the Guardian's planet so with the only other powerful telepath aboard - a pregnant furry alien - the Enterprise threads her way to the Guardian. but their hope is shattered when their passenger is lost under the effort she makes to contact the Guardian.
They're left with only Zar's abilkities to rescue time and space but the Guardian's not working properly and Spock is refused permission to travel through it. But Spock's not one to let mere orders stop him when he reckons the needs of the many are most important.
Kirk and McCoy are wise to him, though and travel back with him to beg the aid of his son. But Zar's not merely the advisor they had thought to find, but the ruler of a pressed state.
Will the Universe be saved? Will Zar's city?
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Excellent read for the Star Trek fan, and probably worthwhile for the casual reader, as well.
In the Star Trek episode that inspired Yesterday's Son, half-Vulcan Starfleet science officer Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy pass through a time portal - the Guardian of Forever - into the past of a planet about to be destroyed. The people of that planet, Sarpeidon, have already fled into their past, where it was once their custom to exile those they might otherwise have imprisoned. In Sarpeidon's great ice age, Spock and McCoy are rescued from the killing cold by Zarabeth, a banished political prisoner from a far later era. Going backward 5,000 years in time causes Spock to regress to what the Vulcans of that period were like. In Yesterday's Son, Spock learns that he fathered a son with Zarabeth, and that this son - Zar - has grown up marooned in the ice age with only his mother's companionship. With Zarabeth dead, Spock decides to bring Zar forward in time and give him a chance at life. Zar chooses, at the book's end, to return to Sarpeidon's past after seeing evidence in the planet's history that his leadership is destined to guide that world's warring tribes through their first steps toward civilization.
It's 20 years later from Zar's viewpoint, although less time than that has passed for Spock. The Guardian of Forever is malfunctioning, and sending out time waves that cause stars to age at incredible rates. As Starfleet races to evacuate populated planets in stricken systems, Admiral James T. Kirk and his two closest friends reunite aboard an Enterprise now captained by Spock. Their mission: to pass through the Guardian's portal again, find Zar, and bring him forward in time to repeat what he did once that no one else has done successfully. Mind meld with the Guardian, to find out what's wrong and set it right. Hopefully before more worlds, star systems, and lives are lost.
In Zar, A.C. Crispin has created an original character who fits into the Trek universe as if he'd always been part of it. Her Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are exactly the men we knew and loved in the original TV series; and the secondary characters, including Scotty, Uhura, and Sulu, are also spot on in their portrayals. Sarpeidon and its people have enough similarities to Earth and to humans so that identifying with them is easy, but they're also alien enough to make them believable. Reading this book is like watching a long forgotten episode.