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Vulcan's Glory

(Star Trek: The Original Series #44)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,313 ratings  ·  92 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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Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written and wholly authentic feeling Trek novel from one of the original and most revered TOS writers. The main story concerns the discovery of the long lost Vulcan Glory, an invaluable gem of great symbolic importance to Vulcans, after its mysterious disappearance ages ago somewhere in unexplored space. There's intrigue in the form of murder, a kidnapping, a theft, and quite a few sub-plots involving Spock, Captain Pike, Number One and Scotty. These offer interesting looks at a young Spo ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't too impressed by this one.

EDIT: I enjoyed this one more the second time around; maybe it’s because I’m more familiar with the characters than I was when I first read it.
Louie Matos The Mustache
On the blog I share with my best friend of over 37 years, themustacheandthebeard.com, our 100th post was a 2-hour video special where some followers asked us to list our top 50 must-read, geek milestone books. That video was three years ago, but on the Beard's list was this book, which I had never read. I feel inclined to seek out some of his books to see if there are any of his 50, which should replace one of my 50. This one comes close. This is a background Spock story from his initial meeting ...more
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
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
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
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
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story of Mr. Spock's first voyage aboard the Enterprise by the woman who invented much of Spock's backstory. It feels very much like an episode of Star Trek from the Captain Pike era would feel and expands on ideas D.C. Fontana introduced in her television episodes. In the novel, the Enterprise finds a long lost Vulcan artifact on its way to follow up on a contact made by Captain Pike some years earlier. While Pike is on his mission, someone aboard the ship steals the artifact and murders on ...more
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
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
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
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
D.C. Fontana remains one of the best writers to ever bring Star Trek to life. It's always odd to read about Spock with emotions, but Fontana also knows that Trek canon has Spock smiling more often than we remember - especially in "The Cage." To that end, this book tells the story of Spock's first mission as a member of the Enterprise crew under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. You also enjoy deep dives into the lives of Pike and Number One, as well as a fun introduction to a young Montgo ...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. ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tos, star-trek
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
David Agranoff
The night after the first episode of Star Trek aired the woman who opened the production office and started answering the phone was a secretary named Dorothy Fontana, She had worked with Gene Roddenberry in this role typing up memos, answering calls getting coffee on the previous show The Lieutenant. In her mid-20s the young woman would go home and in her off hours would pull the typewriter and bang-out story treatments and scripts. By the time Star Trek aired D.C. Fontana had solid scripts for ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: media-tie-in
Vulcan's Glory is a prequel sort of novel that takes place on Pike's Enterprise. There's a lot of enjoyable action but also so many plot threads happening the result seems kind of unevenly paced. I found the first half of the book with all the set up to be kind of slow and then everything happened in the last twentyish pages or so.

I liked the worldbuilding bits where Spock was on Vulcan in the beginning and then when Number One and the Chief Engineer were playing some antigravity ball game. The
This was a reread by an old favorite author, who not only helped write the original series but follows the timeline and plot as laid out in that genre.

The story begins with the introduction of a young Spock (age 24) and a very young Scotty (age ?) to the Enterprise, serving under Captain Christopher Pike. We also see the people who were on the ship then, including many who are mentioned later but not really shown. We see Number One, who was never really named, serving with Pike and Spock, and w
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
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: startrek
Lots things to enjoy about this book that were fascinating (yes that was on purpose) and yet parts of it felt just a little disappointing.
The writing was smooth and easy to follow along, and all of the characters felt authentic to what we know of them already from the TV show. What was interesting were things I learned from this book that I have never seen anywhere else.
Captain Pike's Number One is a genetically engineered "perfect" being. Spock's mother is from Colorado Springs, CO (my home!).
Mar 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
Well written and I really did enjoy the back stories of Spock, Pike, Number One and Scotty. This felt like a TV episode at times. I've read T'Prin in other TOS novels and she's essentially the same conniving character, once introduced, her story is left hanging not brought up again other than hindsight when T'Pris is brought into the story.
We see Spock, Amanda and Sarek interact. I understand Sarek hasn't spoken to Spock since Spock decided on Starfleet and not the Vulcan Science Academy is use
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
May 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
This book seemed to be a little unfocused and scattershot without knowing what it wanted to focus on. There were about five separate plots that sort of interacted with each other at points and there was a point where I was wondering why the book was called Vulcan's Glory in the first place. I think the book would have been best served if it stuck to the A Plot and the B Plot stronger as Scotty and his still seemed to be there to pad the length of the story as played a very minimal part to the ac ...more
Very fun adventure following Spock's first mission aboard the Enterprise with Captain Pike. It read like an episode of Star Trek-entertaining, with two separate plots. One plot involving a murder on board the Enterprise over a historical Vulcan gem the Enterprise recovered, and the other plot involving Pike on an away mission on a planet.

It was fun to see a younger version of Spock, and Scotty! Very easy reading-it only took me a couple of hours to finish it. I liked that the Chief Engineer befo
A multi-faceted story about Spock's early years as a Lt under Christopher Pike. All the characters are softened, even the Vulcans. (One of the Vulcans gasps in astonishment) . They are seeking an ancient gem called the Glory. They find it but the desire for the Glory results in multiple murders. Spock falls in love with another Vulcan named T'Pris (he addresses her as "mistress of my heart") and alas, she is one of the victims. He sobs with grief and becomes enraged and determined to find the mu ...more
Paul Bennett
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Revisiting old Star Trek novels is becoming depressing. Few of them hold up at all, and many--such as this--are sadly kind of terrible. Pike is the most non-character character imaginable, as bland and uninteresting as vanilla toast. He's interfering with a planet's development for some reason, all by himself, while the crew deal with murders on board. Pike's plot is absolutely void of interesting things to say or see while the murder mystery is slightly more engaging.

It's hard to believe this w
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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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