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Vulcan's Glory

(Star Trek: The Original Series #44)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,073 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Years before he came to be known as the best first officer in the fleet, Spock was a conflicted young ensign, serving on the Starship Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike. Struggling to reconcile his many obligations -- those forced on him by his Vulcan heritage, and those chosen by him upon his enrollment in Starfleet Academy -- Spock must also balance the desires of ...more
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
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
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
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
Mae Crowe
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, own
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
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wasn't too impressed by this one.
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
QBook International
Pike era, very good classic Trek.
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 t
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!
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.
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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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