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Spock's World

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,923 ratings  ·  206 reviews
It is the twenty-third century. On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet's ruling council -- and summoned the U.S.S. "Enterprise(TM) " from halfway across the galaxy to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its hour of need. As Commander Spock, his father, Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve Vulc ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published September 1988)
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Let me start by saying Vulcans are my most favorite species in StarTrek universe and Spock is my most favorite character. That said, I really really enjoyed reading this book. It was an amazing read!

Spock's World revolves around a movement on the planet Vulcan to secede from the United Federation of Planets. A plot that nearly gave me a heart attack. All the while reading this book, I had to remind myself that there's no way for that to happen! A scary notion indeed.

The book alternates chapters
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stuff here...but nowhere near as epic as it could have been.

EDIT: This was actually better than I remembered! Maybe more familiarity with the Trek universe helped me to appreciate it better the second time around.
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
Firstly I'd like to thank my GR friend, F. William Davis, for his spot on review that kindled my interest in this book. What can I say? Diane Duane is excellent. Not only for the detailed lore of the book, but the wonderful writing style which attempts to use as much real science as is possible in this sci-fi setting.

Set during the time of the STOS period, this is a tale of Captain Kirk and his crew. The Vulcan's have decided to hold a referendum on their Federation membership. Ambassador Sarek
King Haddock
Absolutely nothing wrong in being a Trekkie. Absolutely nothing wrong with a Trekkie novel. However, whenever I pick up a book that is basically fanfiction off of some other media, I watch myself warily. Reputation of such novels tends to be that they are crap or poorly written. This book was not so poorly as written as that. Furthermore, it entertained. Trekkies, this book is safe from painful divergence - I caught only a few minor tweaks from the canon, and overall even the minor details held ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, trek
Well written history of Vulcan. The chapters alternate between the present day "Enterprise" story of Spock, Kirk & McCoy being called to testify at hearings to decide on Vulcan's succession from the Federation and the pre-history/history of Vulcan.

The Enterprise chapters were delightful, and true to the characters - especially McCoy who surprisingly takes the main stage by being the most fleshed out and in relation to plot, the most important of the trio. Duane must really like the character of
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I started reading ST novels when the Destiny trilogy came out, so i'm kinda new to the books even though I'm 35 & have loved everything ST ever since TNG started airing in the late 80's . I have enjoyed the recently published ST novels so much it made me want to go back & check out some of the older more popular/higher rated novels of times past & this book was on my list,....& I'm glad it was! This book gives the reader a ton of insight into Vulcan culture & history. Dianne Duane is really in a ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is a loving ode to Spock's World. There is very little action but the work is still compelling. We find out a lot about the evolution of Vulcan and Vulcans, and get some fascinating insights into the Vulcan people. We learn a lot more about Sarek and how he got together with Amanda, and how Spock was born. It was also beautifully written with a lot of poetry in it. I much enjoyed it. ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another great example of the books giving you so much more to feel for the character.
Timothy Boyd
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fantastic Star Trek book. Everything you could ever want to know about the Vulcans and their history. Very recommended
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not a Trekker, having seen a bare handful of episodes across all the extant series and only a few movies, most lately Nemesis around the time it came out. I still call myself a Star Trek fan, though, since I've have read dozens of Star Trek novels and spent hours at work browsing Memory Alpha/Beta looking up various articles. And of all the reading I've done, the book that sticks out most for me is this one.

Spock's World is about a Vulcan vote on secession from the Federation and the argume
Vulcan debates seceding the Federation; the narrative takes a deep dive into the planet and the people's origins. Both of the Duane Star Trek spinoffs I've read impress me with their minutiae and scope, things the source material lacks as a matter of course. (It works as often as not--it doesn't feel particularly like Star Trek, but expands on things I wish the series could have explored.) It's a natural fit to an ethnography of Vulcan, although in combination with a political/low-action A-plot ...more
I actually read this from 9 July to 13 July, but didn't have internet access at those times. Anyway, on with the review.

I didn't remember reading this when I was young, but certain passages were familiar as I read them, so I must have read this at least once before.... Anyway, the re-read was interesting. Some of the author's similes and metaphors don't really all. It makes her attempts at lyrical, descriptive writing seem laughable instead. Also there were some minor errors at logic a
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Vulcan Brexit! Seriously. This is about a divided Vulcan society seriously in an uproar about leaving the Federation. Scheming, lies and deceptions ensue. Just like the real Brexit. Quite a bit of interesting history on Vulcan itself, as well as Sarek, Amanda and Spock and their family roots. However, not all of it jibes with the canon I'm familiar with from the various television series, so beware ye faithful trekkers. ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, e-books, tos
An excellent entry into the panoply of Star Trek fiction, and one that should be a must-read for every fan of Star Trek novels. Diane Duane writes the characters pitch-perfect, and her presentation of the history of Vulcan is every bit as fascinating as the page-turning "contemporary" events of the novel.

Full review:
F. William Davis
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Duane's Trek. Diane knows our crew very well, always places them in spectacular stories and writes them as interesting human beings who happen also to be living heroes. The characterisations are near perfect and the dialogue is really good, the sense of humour feels natural.

"Jim shook his head, feeling sorry for this Engineering crew, all doomed to be turned into mechanical geniuses like their mad teacher." - This quote follows a scene where Scotty explains the rigour under whi
Drew Perron
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interestingly different take on Spock, Vulcan, and the Star Trek universe. I don't know if I'd want it to be "full canon", but I respect it a lot.

Diane Duane wrote this one, and it's very steeped in her style of writing - down to the idea that Vulcans have a constant sense of the immanent presence of God. She does the deep dive, building up not only Vulcan history and culture, but day-to-day life on the Enterprise and even 23rd century Earth itself. And it's good stuff, treating Vulca
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Diane Duane is really good at alien races. She gets it that with the written word the sky's the limit for creating weird body shapes and bizarre worldviews. She gets it that even the ones who do look kind of like us would still be incredibly different from us. And she gets it that even though there are all of these beings with crazy bodies and crazier ideas, they're all people. She just plain gets it, and runs with it, better than any other Star Trek author I've ever read.

Spock's World explores
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathi
Shelves: ebooks
Just like Uhura’s Song this book is as perfect as it gets, regarding writing a wonderful story and keeping everyone completely in character.

At least, how I think the characters should be.

I don’t know if the “Holy Trinity” is perceived like they’re written in Spock’s World by everybody or just by me, but THIS is how I’ve always imagined Kirk, Spock & McCoy to be: bright, well-considered, logical, sneaky, brave and capable of surprising not only Sarek and T’Pau but also the entire population of
Mary JL
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Star Trek fans but especially if you like Vulcans
This book begins with Spock and the Enterprise being called to Vulcan. A political situation has arisen on Vulcan, and the subject to be handled in a formal, public debate--a Vulcan custom--is whether Vulcan should cut off all contact with all other worlds.

The sections in Spock's modern time alternate with various historical events in Vulcan's history. Although well written, I sometimes read some of the historical chapters and thought "Vulcans would not do that". Of course, this is just one auth
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-other
I have liked Star Trek for over ten years by now, and have loved and even been a little bit nerdy about it for almost three years. So when I came across this book, about not only my favorite character from The Original Series - Spock - but also about a species that is so very central to Star Trek, I knew I wanted to read it. And I was not disappointed.

I liked that the book is divided into two really good stories that we get to follow in different chapters. One about the possible secession of Vul
Eric Mccann
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying I'm not a "trekkie." I couldn't tell you the difference between a tribble and kibble, and really don't care which captain is "best" or anything like that. I usually am not fond of TV or movie tie-in novels - especially ones that make up a library of such size as those tied to the various Star Treks.

That said, this one hit me on all the right levels. I do enjoy getting into backstory, and you get to see the development of Spock's planet, culture and people intersper
I am not a Star Trek fan (I don't mean I dislike Star Trek; I just mean I have no exposure, beyond a couple of the recent reboot movies). I am, however, a Diane Duane fan. I picked this up because her name was on the cover, and as a Diane Duane book, it did not disappoint. The historical sections are basically Young Wizards/Star Trek crossover fic, to the point where I wonder how much sense moments like Surak making the Choice for his species made to people not familiar with Young Wizards metaph ...more
Tommy Verhaegen
I found that this book was much anticipated but i really cannot see why. Possibly because it gives some insight in both the history of Spock and his family as in Vulcan.
Mostly boring and psychologicial, chapters are switched with historical flashbacks that contain action and/or impartant events though often with dramatic endings.
Dr. McCoy steals the show while the title would insinuate otherwise. Some loose ends get cleaned up, for the rest a story to quickly forget. In my pile of over 500 Star
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a big fan of Star Trek books (though a huge fan of the original show, TNG, and some of the movies), but Diane Duane's writing is so beautiful and so tactile that this book has become one of my favorites. ...more
Arthur Sperry
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while, I relax by reading a Star Trek book, since I am a lifelong fan. I got this one at a library book sale for five cents. I chose it because I heard it was one of the better ones, and it was not bad at all. I read it in a day.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book brilliantly intertwines vulcan history with Spock's experiences, I've read it any times over. ...more
R.J. Evanovich
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book about the first season characters. read many years ago andf
recently reread.
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Star Trek novel from Diane Duane. A must read for fans of Spock and the Vulcan culture. Also for fans of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triumvirate, which I totally am.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than forty years.

Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and an

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“The spear in the Other's heart
is the spear in your own:
you are he.

There is no other wisdom,
and no other hope for us
but that we grow wise.

-attributed to Surak”
“Sarek looked up with something like hope in his eyes. “I must say,” he said, “I am impressed. You are quite a detective, Doctor.” “All doctors are detectives. All the ones worth their salt, anyway. . . .” “I will get you as much salt as you want, Doctor,” Sarek said,” 3 likes
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