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Twilight's End (Star Trek: The Original Series #77)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  272 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In Twilight's End, inhabitants of the planet Rimillia are forced to live within a thin band of surface because their planet doesn't revolve on an axis. It's up to Kirk, Scotty, and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise to make sure a risky rotation project doesn't spin out of control.
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Ashly Lynn
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Recommended to Ashly by: Found at thrift store.
5/5 Stars

In this Star Trek book, the crew finds themselves at the planet Rimillia. The people who occupy this planet are forced to live on a small, thin portion of the planet – the only part that is habitable. Since the planet doesn’t revolve on it’s axis (spin), there are only two other extreme temperatures: deadly hot and deadly cold. Kirk and the crew quickly learn that their help is wanted by some, but repelled by most. Once Kirk is taken captive by a rebel alliance, will Scotty be able to w
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Bryan
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, sf
I enjoyed this book. Reading other reviews, it seems like most people found it to be a weaker addition to the Star Trek novel collection.

But perhaps I'm not the usual Star Trek reader. I fondly remember the original series, but I'm certainly not a Trek fan to any significant degree. I do, however, enjoy the characters, and I do read the Star Trek books by authors whose original SF writings I enjoy.

And I really enjoy Jerry Oltion. He's a great (and sadly underappreciated) SF author! He takes biza
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Stephen
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, st-tos
Somewhere in space lies a planet that's not spinning, and that just shouldn't be so. Tidally locked, it poses a great inconvenience to the colonists who occupy the permanent perimeter between frozen wastelands and scorched deserts. Their swelling population of 2 billion has destroyed what fragile biosphere there was, and rather than deciding to stop with the whole being-fruitful-and-multiplying business, they have decided instead to litter the planet with great big engines and then turn them on. ...more
Conan Tigard
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twilight's End takes place on a world where the planet does not spin. This means that most of the planet is inhabitable: either being in fulltime darkness and quite frozen, or in the sun all the time and burring hot. The inhabitants of the Rimillia live in the small band of twilight between the two extreme regions. The issue is that they would like to expand further around the planet, but cannot because of the extreme temperatures on the light and dark sides. So, they have come up with an ingeni ...more
David King
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
“Twilight's End” by Jerry Oltion is a Star Trek Original Series adventure in which the Enterprise comes to the aid of a tidally locked world whose inhabitants occupy a single thin strip of land. The ever increasing population has destroyed what fragile biosphere there was, and is now attempting to save their home by implementing an audacious plan to start the planet spinning by using a vast array of impulse engines spread across the planet.

I have to admit that I found the plot to be rather sill
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Kreg
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek-tos
The main idea of this book I had to roll my eyes at. Nice thought, but there are just too many things wrong with it. Using 30,000 impulse engines to rotate an inhabited planet tidally locked to it's sun is complete stupidity! At least the author does agree with some points - that the stress involved would cause major seismic activity which nearly caused the planet to break up, and of course the only thing that prevented it was the Enterprise coming through at the last hour (with great damage to ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
When the novel's crisis moment finally arrives, it becomes an action-packed, compelling read. Up until that point, however, it's merely a pleasant diversion...when it could be so much more. It's a novel where the author is too enamored with the science plot, and leaves the character drama on a rather mild simmer...which is rather astonishing, considering the massive planetary peril involved. There's also a very odd side-track into the world of beer which borders on the surreal. A case of somethi ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
An energetic and fun book with some great political undertones and keen characterization.
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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It is a novel set in the Star Trek Universe. Back in the day, they were terrific. If you are a fan of the series, you will enjoy the books.
J.D.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oh, I've loved this book, really in spirit of TOS. Almost 5 stars.
Joseph Stiles
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is incredibly silly.
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