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Vulcan's Glory (Star Trek: The Original Series #44)

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A never-before -told story of a very young Mr. Spock, on his first mission aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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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
Mike Crate
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
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
Charles
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
Cathy (cathepsut)
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
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Jerry
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wasn't too impressed by this one.
Hope
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans, zenophiles, SF romance fans
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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
Mh430
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
Brayden Raymond
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.
Thomas
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
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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 t
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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
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Finka
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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Simon
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hmmm...on the up side I remembered little of the story from my multiple readings while in Vietnam although maybe that it not so much a good thing: possibly I didn't think it was that memorable to start with or this aversion therapy stuff really works.

Apart from the novelty of Spock's first mission on the Enterprise, this story doesn't have too much going for it: it's not bad but it's not that great either. It has two separate plot lines that touch only in the most tenuous manner and neither work
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Terry
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
At its heart, Vulcan’s Glory is a murder mystery. A good one too, since the likely suspects are highly improbable. And the Glory itself, a relic of Vulcan’s warlike past, works as an intergalactic Maltese Falcon.

Intersecting with the central mystery are recently promoted Lieutenant Spock, whose promotion to the Enterprise causes his father to remind him of his failings as a Vulcan, Captain Pike’s mission to open trade routes on a developing world, and Lieutenant (j.g.) Scott’s amusing attempt to
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Tobias
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lieutenant Spock tritt seinen Dienst als 2 Offizier auf der Enterprise an. Kapitän ist Christopher Pike. Während einer Routinemission entdeckt die Enterprise Crew Hinweise auf "Vulkans Ruhm" einen riesengroßen, lange verschollenen Smaragden. Auf dem Planeten Areta werden Spock und sein Team fündig. Sie können den Smaragden bergen und an Bord des Raumschiffs bringen. Nach der erfolgreichen Bergung begibt sich Pike auf den Planeten um seine diplomatische Mission zu erfüllen. Kaum ist er von Bord g ...more
Robert
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly want to like this book more than I do, but it's hard to do so.

First there is the immorality of the Spock-T'Pris relationship. Then there is the wink-wink of the "everybody looks the other way and indulges by the way" surrounding the still in engineering. And while the person "who done it" ends up being a total surprise, it is rather painful the way Fontana creates motive for his passion. And last of all, the Vulcan's Glory ends up being rather unimportant to the story as a whole.

On the g
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Pashi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. D.C. Fontana has amazing prediction skills - Reed the security officer! Also the Vulcans in this book really feel like they could have developed from the Vulcans in Enterprise, I spotted some great connections (considering Enterprise was still 11 years away from when this book was published). It was good to see the first USS Enterprise crew in an adventure prior to "The Cage" and see Fontana develop a lot of the characters. The inclusion of a young Scotty was written with much love, ...more
Rich Meyer
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was actually one of the better Star Trek novels I've read, covering the hitherto unexplored period of Mr. Spock joining the Enterprise crew (under Captain Christopher Pike). It's well-written and there are a couple of interesting mysteries and some exploration of Spock's off-duty life. All of this is great, particularly coming from Dorothy Fontana, one of the people responsible for so much in the original series.

The problem I have with the novel is that all of the interesting mysteries are
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Cheryl
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm no historian, but something about a lot of the details in this didn't seem canon to me. Given my moderate degree of fandom I shouldn't care, but the intrusion of Spock's love-life was very distracting. And the Pike story wasn't all that much, either... without the ST frame it wouldn't have held together enough to be interesting, imo. And the title mystery, well, the reader had no chance of solving it as we didn't have access to information, so that wasn't fun either.

But why bother to review
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DW
Was looking for something Star Trek to read and this was one of the books at the library. I wasn't impressed. The writing was ham-fisted and both plot lines (Pike dressing as a native and trying to encourage different groups to trade with each other, and the murders around the Glory) stretched credulity. Particularly because the murder investigation immediately discounted non-Vulcan suspects on very flimsy evidence. Overall, the book came off as amateur. Really surprising considering the author ...more
Dark-Draco
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was fascinated when I first saw the ST pilot and thought it was a shame there were no more adventures under Captain Pike. Now I can read them instead. I really enjoyed reading this early adventure - especially as, very strangely, I had just watched the classic Trek episode ''Amok Time'' featuring Spock's wife - so this gave some interesting background to that. I also think the young Scotty character was brilliant - just who'd you expect to grow up into the Chief Engineer we all know and love!!
Amie
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Chronicles Spock's very first mission aboard the Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike. Provides more evidence of T'Pring being a god damn bitch ass cheating whore. Introduces a really awesome, but short-lived love interest for Spock, T'Pris. Was really sad she got the red shirt treatment even though she was a science officer.
Kreg
Jan 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek-tos
Murder/mystery involving Spock's first assignment on the Enterprise. A few nice surprises, and sideline with a young (and talented) Lt. Scott getting into trouble.

Decent story. There were a few items that didn't quite fit too well (including the antagonist's history), but overall it held my interest.
Gabe
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Came across this book recently and I remember reading at is a teenager. I remember it as being one of the better Trek novels out there. As it's written by DC Fontana, one of the TV series writers, its fairly true to Trek cannon. It's a great back story about the early days of the Enterprise before Kirk when Pike was captain. I think I'm going to give it another read when I get a change.
Emilie
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
It seems like it's an unpopular opinion, but I actually didn't enjoy this book very much. The plot was sloppy, consisting of a few disconnected storylines that had only a loose thematic relation. Overall, it just wasn't really a well constructed story.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
After seeing this at a library booksale, I felt like re-reading it. Though it's a tie-in novel, it's almost strong enough to stand be a standalone work. If you enjoyed the reimagining of Spock in the recent Star Trek movie, you should definitely give this a look.
John Parungao
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book because like many of the Star Trek novels it expands on the characters back stories. In this case Mr. Spock and Captain Pike. I always enjoy books which feature expanded stories of my favorite characters.
Bill
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Pike and Spock together again!

Enjoyable.
Adam
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read but not spectacular. Above average for a Star Trek novel.
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Dorothy Catherine "D. C." Fontana (born March 25, 1939) is 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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