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Vulcan's Glory

(Star Trek: The Original Series #44)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,159 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Here is a very special STAR TREK novel—from the woman consistently voted by the fans as their favorite writer from the original STAR TREK television series!

D.C. Fontana, writer of such classic STAR TREK episodes as "Journey to Babel" and "This Side of Paradise," here brings the never-before-told story of a very young Mr. Spock, on his first mission aboard the U.S.S. Enterp
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Pocket Books
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John Kirk
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This is one of the "old school" Star Trek novels (published in 1989), i.e. it's independent of all the other Trek novels, but you're expected to be familiar with the TV episodes. This book is about Spock's first mission on the Enterprise (under Captain Pike), and it's a decent enough story. It's been a while since I've seen any of Fontana's episodes, but I remember seeing her name in the credits for some good ones, so I was willing to try out one of her novels, and I think she did a good job wit ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In my Star Trek reading hayday I had over 100 ST paperbacks crowding my shelf. I read everything I could lay my hands on. I started losing interest somewhere in the mid to late 90s, so there is a good chance I've read this before. Not sure.

The first 100 pages are mostly set-up, getting all the main characters introduced and in place. The style feels pretty dated. Women are first defined through their looks and they are all beautiful, obviously. Which is a little annoying, especially when written
Mike Crate
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, scifi
In Vulcan's Glory D.C. Fontana takes us back to the time when Spock first joined the crew of the USS Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike. This era has not been a focus of the franchise well maybe the Kelvan Universe of the recent movies but this is written within the original framework of the series. Spock is very much a more relaxed individual (as seen in The Cage) and is quickly accepted by the crew of the Starship and more importantly by Pike and Number 1 however it's not all pla ...more
Mae Crowe
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I get into this review, I simply want to say this: bless D.C. Fontana. Bless her for her work, bless her for the person she is, and bless her for the role she played in the Star Trek fandom. All my love to this incredible, amazing woman. Bless her.

Now, the Trek fandom as a whole generally agrees that each space-faring Starfleet officer - assuming they're on active duty long enough - faces a turning point where they're forced to acknowledge the sheer danger of their career for the first ti
Ian G
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it

Read this a very long time ago. I recall I liked the Vulcan elements to the plot but some of the others (murder mystery) I thought got in the way. I do recall that it had a genuine Star Trek feel to it, not like some of the other novels set in the Trek universe.
But of course this was written by the late, great D C Fontana who penned some of the best original episodes. Good for fans, for general science fiction readers, just so-so.
I almost always enjoy Star Trek and did enjoy this. I also like many of the episodes of the original series that D. C. Fontana wrote, so I was expecting to like this novel. It was pretty good but it only featured Spock and Scotty of the original series. Pike was the captain in this one, and Number 1 was in it, who was played by Majel Barrett in the Star Trek pilot. That may have made it somewhat less enjoyable to me, but overall I thought the story was a bit too diffuse. There were two major plo ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading the rare Star Trek novels written by writers from the original series, as well as ones set during Pike's tenure as captain of the Enterprise. In this respect D.C. Fontana's book is a double treat, as she lends her considerable experience as a writer and script editor for the show to tell the story of Spock's first mission aboard the starship. Her characterization is assured, as she adds to the existing base of characters from the original pilot several new creations that p ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
Good story - Spock's first mission aboard the Enterprise with Captain Pike and Number One featured prominently. Read it in memory of author Dorothy Fontana who died earlier this year. My last book read in 2019.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wasn't too impressed by this one.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, tos
Vulcan's Glory was a fun look at the "Pike years" of the Enterprise, especially now that we have Anson Mount's interpretation of the character on Discovery. A fascinating adventure set during Spock's first mission aboard the Enterprise, this novel establishes much about the character going forward. Spock is quite different in later Star Trek, and we see the beginning of that path for him. Definitely very enjoyable, this is a novel that I could see myself revisiting in the future. It does make me ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans, zenophiles, SF romance fans
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Benn Allen
Dorothy Catherine Fontana died on December 2, 2019. Her primary claim to fame was her work and association with STAR TREK, especially the original series. "Vulcan's Glory" was not only one of two books she wrote (an adaptation of the TV-movie, "The Questor Tapes" was the other), it was her only STAR TREK novel.

Fontana was famous among Trekkies for stories that focused on Vulcans and U.S S. Enterprise science officer Mr. Spock. In particular, the episodes "This Side of Paradise", "Journey to Bab
Oleta Blaylock
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting and informative story. I have read very little about Spock when he was first assigned to the Enterprise with Christopher Pike in command. Spock has just been promoted to Lieutenant and third officer. While on leave Spock receives an order from his father to come home. This is during the eighteen years estrangement between Spock and his father. Sarek wants to remind Spock of his responsibilities to his family and his estate. (I really do think that Sarek is more to blame f ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is the work of D. C. (Dorothy) Fontana who also wrote some of the very best episodes of both the original Star Trek television series and its follow up animated show. So, she knows the characters and the setting of the Trek Universe very well. That familiarity, that comfortability, is very much on display here in this small scale Enterprise adventure. The existence of the Federation is not at stake here, nor a planet, or even the Enterprise herself. But there is a crime to be solved a ...more
Richard Guion
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
DC Fontana was one of the best writers for the original Star Trek series. Her animated episode Yesteryear featured a story of a young Spock undergoing a Vulcan rite of passage. This novel takes place on the Enterprise under the command of Christoper Pike and the first chapter opens on Spock visiting Earth, preparing for his first tour of duty. Viewers who remember the classic episode Amok Time will be rewarded by a detour to Vulcan, where Spock deals with his arranged marriage. We get to see bot ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a total soft spot for both Spock and D.C. Fontana so I was excited when I spotted this book at a used book sale. I enjoyed getting to see an earlier mission from Spock's time with Captain Pike and Number One. I also liked the inclusion of a promising engineer named Montgomery Scott. :P

There were two major plotlines to the book. One was related to Pike trying to create trade agreements between three races on one planet. The other was a whodunit/murder mystery. Not surprisingly, I was more
Patrick Hayes
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Three story threads combine to capture the feel of classic Star Trek.

Spock joins the crew of the Enterprise under Captain Pike just as a search for Vulcan's Glory, a historically important Vulcan jewel begins. Before discovering the gem, Spock becomes very intimate with T'Pris, a Vulcan widower who also serves aboard the ship. Meanwhile, Pike has gone solo to a planet to reconnect with a group of people and see how they are continuing to interact with others. Unfortunately, he comes upon a Rome
Christine Margosian Foster
To Trekkies everywhere who love a good romance: this enjoyable tale of earlier, younger days in the life of Mr. Spock under the command of Captain Pike helped me fill in some of the gaps in my understanding of this enigmatic, and emblematic, sci-fi character. Mr. Spock has always been my favourite among The Original Series personnel aboard the SS Enterprise. I couldn't pass up the chance of getting to know Mr. Spock a bit better by being allowed to explore the landscape of his complex, Vulcanise ...more
Emé Savage
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DC Fontana is amazing. She has moved SciFi storytelling forward for us all. You can see it in the details she incorporates into the worldbuilding. There is equal representation between men and women on board the Enterprise. While her vision might not have been translated on the original series, it is abundantly clear in this novel.

Vulcan's Glory gives depth and interest to the Vulcan culture and gives deeper insight into Pike/Spocks relationship. There are several storylines that seem unrelated
Kieran McAndrew
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A promotion to lieutenant has given Spock the position of Science Officer and Second Officer aboard the 'U.S.S. Enterprise'. On his first mission under Captain Pike, Spock locates and recovers the fabled Vulcan's Glory - an emerald of historical renown.

When the Glory is stolen and a crewman murdered, the hunt begins to find the thief and recover the stone once again.

Fontana's novel reads like an episode of 'Star Trek' that never was, providing a glimpse of how the episodic series could have run
Ronald Wilcox
The first mission for Spock after he joins the crew of the Enterprise as a lieutenant and science officer

Four storylines - two entwined and two basically completely separate.

1. Spock’s first love
2. Vulcan’s Glory is a huge emerald from Vulcan’s past that re-surfaces; people will kill for it
3. Pike must assist with recovery of two kidnapped teens on a planet to keep peace there
4. Someone is brewing a powerful “hooch” on the Enterprise

Each decent stories but they don’t mesh too well as a cohesive
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
well once i finally got a chance to actually read it after being torn away from reading for most of my summer.... Id say it was definitely worth the wait. I have become quite the fan of Christopher Pike and am so inclined to read stories that include him and this one did not dissapoint at all. Add in a much younger and new enterprise crew and a good story is not hard to find.
Rob Cook
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Published in 1989 this was a (then) rare chance to experience an adventure of the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Pike. The book captures the characters and era well although the plot feels more like two stories stitched together. The whodunnit plot kept me gripped until the end.
Rodney Haydon
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I learned of her passing earlier this month, I decided to read something Dorothy had written, and this looked interesting. I enjoyed it a lot, and wonder what she would have done had she had the opportunity to pursue a Star Trek series revolving around Christopher Pike and Number One.
Michelle Hanson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Star Trek books.. this one is before Captain Kirk..
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A comfortable re-visit to the OG universe. A good story about Scotty and Spock joining the Enterprise and it was nice to learn more about Christopher Pike.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
D.C. Fontana is one of the original architects of Trek, she knows her away around it and this book is no exception. Some great back story of Spock that does set up a lot of what we see later (a bit of ret-conning but it works) and the whole things gives me the idea of "What if this were a series episode if The Cage had been picked up for Trek instead of a new pilot?" Some of the plot is a little predictable but it really works regardless. This very much feels like Classic Trek.
I have come to en
David King
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Vulcan’s Glory” by DC Fontana is the latest novel in my Star Trek Reading Challenge which involves trying to read the novels in chronological order. This story follows both Spock & Scotty’s first ever voyage on the Enterprise which at the time is under the command of Christopher Pike as seen in the original Star Trek pilot episode, “The Cage”.

At its heart the story is a murder mystery surrounding the search for a Vulcan relic known as the Vulcan’s Glory. However, there are other elements to th
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
After a quite slow start, where we get to know the sources of Spock's many frustrations (and a nice allusion to the Animated Series), this book concerns us with three basic plots. All are compelling and all are flawed.
The first is that of the diplomatic mission to a primitive planet. Though the history of the world and its people is interesting enough, one has to wonder why Starfleet would bother meddling in the affairs of a non-space faring world. Any Star Trek fan knows about the Prime Directi
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I must say, I was disappointed. I read only one ST novel before, Duane's "Doctor's Orders". I really enjoyed it and I expected "Vulcan's Glory" to be even better. I hoped that since it was Fontana who wrote it, the novel would be very good in describing characters as they are in the series and having an interesting plot.
I didn't like the characters. They were sort of out of place, especially Spock. Moreover, as I think about it now, most of them were... the same. They used the same language, wer
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Dorothy Catherine "D. C." Fontana (born March 25, 1939) was an American television script writer and story editor, best known for her work on the original Star Trek franchise and several western television series. After she attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, she moved to New York City briefly to work for Screen Gems as a secretary, but soon moved to Los Angeles where she worked in the typing ...more

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