Abode of Life (Star Trek: The Original Series #6)
The citizens of Mercan cannot conceive of worlds beyond their own. Their sun, Mercaniad, is prone to deadly, radioactive flare-ups, and the Mercans have organized their life around the need to survive The Ordeal -- until a strange visitor appears from out of nowhere...
The Enterprise, badly crippled and in d...more
Lost in a void is a bad opening heading tediously to a dull end. Planet of gun-toting, totally isolated jerks think they're the 'center of the universe' Americans... sorry MERCANS. They must face the truth when Enterprise shows up. Spock fires torpedos into their sun to stabilize it's periodically deadly rays, with a 1 in 5 chance of causing a nova. REALLY? 20% chance of killing a planet and that's what y ...more
While not as stunning as the previous novel, this was quite a satisfactory Star Trek novel. On a 'routine' scientific mission, the Enterprise is sent flying outside one of the arms of the Milky Way galaxy. Severely damaged, the ship happens upon a single star and one planet alone in the black. On beaming down, they find a society that revolves around a dangerously unstable star, strange legends about the 'Ribbon of Night' and a belief that their planet is the only Abode of L ...more
While reading I was a little peeved with the overuse of "insofar" and "wanted to know". There was some repetition and the pace didn't pic ...more
And I can't believe that a planet that has been caught off from the rest of the galaxy with no stars or anything could produce energy enough to constantly use transporters. Also there is the fact that they apparently have genetic engineering and so are not freaked out when the landing party arrives. They just think they are some new creation of ...more
I can't leave these things alone. I just can't stand to NOT finish a book once I've started. Even if it's painful. Even if I can only do it 2 or 3 pages at a time.
This story never improved even at the finish. UGH Steer clear.
Reasonably well-written, although the author does overuse the word 'snapped' in lieu of said/replied/ordered/etc. Unremarkable story. It wasn't terrible -- I didn't feel I'd completely wasted my time reading it -- but there's nothing about it that urges me to recommend it as worth reading, either.