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Giant in the Universe
This is a rather unimpressive pop-up book. There are only four popups, the art is okay at best, and the story is not very good, even for a children's book. Since the book has been out of print for quite a few years, here's the full text of the story:
popup: the Enterprise above a planet
The starship USS Enterprise was whizzing through space on an urgent mission. Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Lieutenant Scott were going to explore a gigantic unidentified planet. They did not know who lived there. But their mission was to find out.
The three crewmen hurried into the transporter room and got ready to beam down on the surface of the planet.
"Let's stick together, crew," said Captain Kirk. "This giant planet may be dangerous!"
popup: the giant behind the crew who are under glasses on a lab table with giant caged rats and a beaker
No sooner had the crew beamed down than a tremendous giant captured them. They were trapped under three huge glass jars! "Ha-ha-ha-ha," roared the giant in a booming voice. "Now I have three little spacemen to use for my experiments. Maybe I'll turn you into giants -- or feed you to my rats!"
Captain Kirk tried to argue with the giant. "Let us go at once!" he said. "We did not come here to harm you. We came to explore this planet!" The giant could not hear Kirk's voice through the thick glass jar. But Captain Kirk could speak to his men through his communicator. "Listen carefully, crew," said the captain. "Here's what we have to do. Our only hope for escape is to melt these glass jars with our phasers. Then we'll run across the table in different directions. We must get back to the ship on the double. This giant means business!"
popup: Kirk, Spock, and Scotty with their phasers drawn, moving in different directions in front of the rat cage and the giant, whose hand is reaching for them
The crew melted the glass jars with their phasers. Captain Kirk, Spock, and Scotty scattered across the table -- all running in different directions. The giant tried to catch them, but he didn't know which man to grab first. They were too fast for him.
"STOP!" roared the giant. "You're harder to catch than mosquitoes!"
Mr. Spock shouted into his communicator: "Enterprise! Emergency! Beam us back to the ship at once."
popup: Kirk, Spock, and Scotty on transporter pads with Uhura and possibly McCoy and Sulu in the background
A moment later the crew appeared in the transporter room of the starship.
"That was a close one, Captain," said Scotty. "I don't think I would have liked being fed to a giant rat!"
Captain Kirk told Mr. Spock to put the gigantic planet on the starmap. "And inform Headquarters about the giant, Mr. Spock," said the captain. "They'll take care of him. We don't want any other starships to lose crew members in his laboratory."
Once again, the Enterprise went speeding through space.
Letters to Star Trek
Introduction by Gene Roddenberry
The Universal Appeal
The Stars and Their Characters
A Fan is Born
STAR TREK and Education
The Big Screen
Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How Come?
Dreams for a Future
The Inside Scoop
In this exclusive book Gene Roddenberry -- often referred to as the Great Bird of the Galaxy -- answers his fan mail and shares with you the best of the thousands and thousands of letters he and all the gang have received since Star Trek went on the air.
Have you wondered...
What's the latest on the Star Trek movie?
Where you can get a genuine pair of Spock ears?
How to write to all the stars?
Whatever happened to Grace Lee Whitney?
What does NASA think about Star Trek?
Are they really teaching Star Trek in College?
What does Gene Roddenberry think about the future?
Who, What, Where, When, Why -- and How Come?
Everything you have ever wanted to know about Star Trek is revealed in this information-packed book!
Despite the breathless promise in the blurb, this book is pretty much just what the title indicates, and not a great source of information. Most of the text consists of letters from a wide variety of fans, on a wide variety of topics. Sometimes the letters are quite funny (and not always intentionally so); occasionally they're more serious in tone. Ultimately the book is a snapshot of Star Trek fandom through the mid-1970s. There are also a number of black and white photos scattered throughout the book, mainly candid shots of the show's creators and stars at conventions, in their offices, and on the sets. The book is entertaining, but not essential.
The Making of the Trek Conventions
Doubleday hardcover 1977
Playboy Press paperback 1979
254 pages (Playboy edition), plus 32 pages of photos
The What-Is-It Chapter
The Cast of "Characters"
A Follow-Up on the First Convention; or, What Have We Gotten Ourselves Into?
Masochists, Inc., Rides Again; or, He Says Who Might Be Coming?
On Writing a Book; or, Bewitched, Bothered, and Befuddled
Straitjackets Are In, And I'll Have Mine in Pale Blue, Please; or, "Star Trek" Meets the Fire Marshals
On Selling a Book; or, How I Learned to Love My Padded Cell
What Little Breakdowns Are Made Of; or, The Captain's Coming, Double the Guard
Other Star Trek Conventions; or, Yes, Virginia, There Are People Out There As Crazy As We Are!
We Finally Got It Right, And We're Gonna Quit While We're Ahead!
The Convention Explosion; or, What Do You Mean, It's All Our Fault?
Appendix: Answers to Trivia Contests
"Joan Winston writes the way humorist Erma Bombeck would if she were a Star Trek fan. The book is a must." Minneapolis Twin Cities Reader
How Leonard Nimoy was spirited out of a hotel -- and William Shatner in -- past thousands of clamoring fans. Why Nichelle Nichols made Joan Winston cry. The Saturday Night riot. Jimmy Doohan giving security guards cardiac arrest. "Losing" George Takei, finding him, losing him. Needing three fans to bring DeForest Kelley a quart of orange juice...
Here it is! The story behind the Star Trek conventions -- complete with catastrophes, calamities, hilarious adventures and heartwarming anecdotes. It's everything you always wanted to know about your favorite show and stars -- and how a dedicated handful of fans created the worldwide phenomena of the conventions. Joan Winston was there from the very beginning and she chronicles it all in a fast and funny account!
This book is an entertaining read for anyone interested in the early days of Star Trek, as it transformed from a canceled TV show into a pop culture phenomenon. Joan Winston contributed some chapters to the earlier book Star Trek Lives!
Contents, cover, and blurb information taken from 1979 paperback edition.
Meaning in Star Trek
Anima Books hardcover 1977
Warner Books paperback 1979
208 pages (Warner edition)
In Celebration of the Alien
The Archetypal Enterprise
McCoy: Distillation of the Past
Spock: Catalyst for the Future
Kirk: Solution for the Present
The Disposable Female
The Monstrous Mother
We Are All Spock
The Archetypal as Enterprise
Index of Episodes
Why did Star Trek spawn an entire subculture of "trekkies" with their own conventions, publications and lifestyle? Why now, years after the series was produced, do the reruns continue to enchant a new and different generation? Karin Blair explores our inner space for the answers and returns from the journey with fresh and original insights.
Using specific episodes as examples, she shows the personal relevancy Star Trek has for us, how Spock, Kirk, McCoy and the others reflect our fears, dreams and aspirations. She calls Star Trek a modern myth and demonstrates why we are all travelers aboard the Enterprise, aliens in time and space, seeking a new land within and outside ourselves in a troubled world.
Meaning in Star Trek analyzes the original Star Trek from a Jungian perspective. Blair draws heavily upon the work of the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, interpreting the series in terms of archetypes. Every episode is covered, some more than once. Intriguing but not essential, except for completists and Jungians.
Contents and blurb information taken from 1979 paperback edition.
Planet of Judgment
An all-new Star Trek experience
Had the Enterprise been betrayed by its own technology. Never before had their systems, instruments and weapons failed to respond. And never before had Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the crew faced a total breakdown of science and sanity... until they stumbled on the mysterious world that couldn't exist.
A world orbited by a black hole and ruled by chaos -- where man was a helpless plaything for a race of beings more powerful than the laws of the universe.
A brain-bending voyage into the unknown with the Starship Enterprise
By the time this book appeared, Joe Haldeman had already made a big splash in science fiction circles. His first book, The Forever War, won the two most prestigious awards in science fiction, the Hugo and the Nebula. Haldeman was, to an extent, slumming by writing a Star Trek novel; he wrote it quickly and mainly for the money. Still, the book is not mere hackwork; Haldeman was either familiar with the show or had done some research. He also paid tribute to James Blish, writer of the episode adaptations, by naming a character James Atheling (Blish used the pseudonym William Atheling, Jr. for his literary criticism).
Haldeman's second Trek novel, World Without End, included a contest. The goal: find the mistake on the first page of Planet of Judgment, involving a word that sounded like his name. Fans have been puzzled for years. (Well, I know I have.) Recently Jeffrey Contompasis, one of the regulars on Pocket's Star Trek Books bulletin board, emailed Haldeman and asked him for the answer. Haldeman replied that the error was not on page 1, but on the first page: the dedication. He had mistakenly attributed a quote by J.B.S. Haldane to Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington. "Haldane" is the word similar to Haldeman, of course. Thanks to Jeffrey for asking, and Joe Haldeman for answering.
The Price of the Phoenix
Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Captain Kirk is dead -- long live Captain Kirk!
Spock, Doctor McCoy and the other crewmen of the Starship Enterprise experience a stunning double shock. The first, painful blow is Captain Kirk's tragic death. Then, Captain Kirk's miraculous rebirth reveals the most awesome force the Enterprise has ever encountered. Spock is forced into a desperate gamble for Kirk's human soul against Omne -- the ultrahuman emperor of life beyond life, and death beyond hell.
A nerve-shattering voyage into unknown terror with the Starship Enterprise
The first Star Trek novel by Marshak and Culbreath, who had previously edited the first New Voyages book, this was followed by a direct sequel, 1979's The Fate of the Phoenix. The authors also edited a second New Voyages anthology and later wrote two novels for the Pocket Books Star Trek line (The Prometheus Design and Triangle), making them the only writers to have written Trek novels for Bantam and Pocket. Their novels tend to stir a certain amount of controversy among fans, because of their philosophical concerns and their apparent eagerness to distort the characters of Kirk and Spock to make a point.
The Prisoner of Vega
Sharon Lerner and Christopher Cerf, illustrated by Robert Swanson
This is a children's storybook, reasonably well-illustrated, with a rather uninteresting story about Klingons who have taken Queen Vanadala of Vega III prisoner and taken over her planet. The last two pages of the book offer "a star-gazing tip from Mr. Spock," with information about the star Vega, and an illustration of a smiling Mr. Spock.
This book and The Truth Machine (by the same authors; see below) are aimed at a slightly older reader than the two pop-up books Random House published this year, but a considerably younger reader than Mission to Horatius or the more recent Pocket young adult books.
Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual
Eileen Palestine, editor
Medical Time Line
Periodic Table of the Elements
Classification of Burns
Dislocation of the Superior Cortex
Foreign Body Obstruction of the Airway
Opening the Mouth
Vulcan Cardiac Arrest
Sickbay Diagnostic Scanner
Like 1975's Technical Manual, this was an attempt at creating the sort of reference book that would actually be used in the Star Trek universe. I've read that the Ballantine version was a reprint of a fan publication, but can't confirm that.
The book was originally packaged as a large paperback with a silver card over the front cover, identifying it as a Star Trek book; the whole thing was wrapped in plastic. The cover of the book itself has only the words Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual and a picture of a stylized caduceus. No blurb, no author information, no mention of Star Trek. (To see the silver card, hold your mouse over the book cover.)
Perhaps most interesting to fans today is the fact that one of the people involved in creating this book is Doug Drexler, who went on to work for Star Trek years later.
Star Trek 12
James Blish and J.A. Lawrence
Patterns of Force
The Gamesters of Triskelion
And the Children Shall Lead
The Corbomite Maneuver
-- in a universe gone mad
A universe where worlds are ruled by neo-Nazi dictators... A universe that immunizes children to the wholesale slaughter of their parents... A universe where the slightest thought unleashes total terror...
Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and the crew of the Starship Enterprise enter the darkest dimensions of existence -- on their newest exploration of unknown worlds.
See Star Trek 1, published in 1967, for comments.
Star Trek Annual 1978
See the first volume of Star Trek Annual, published in 1969, for comments.
Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City on the Edge of Forever
Encounter With an Ellison by Sandra Cawson
The City on the Edge of Forever
Star Trek Quiz
A gateway back through time threatens the future of Earth!!! Spock and Captain Kirk to the rescue!
[Kirk:] What are you? Machine or Being?
[Guardian:] I am both -- and neither. I am my own Beginning and my own Ending.
[Spock:] I see no reason for answers to be couched in riddles.
The authentic re-creation of a fateful voyage of the starship Enterprise
... Over 300 action photographs from the episode City on the Edge of Forever
In the television series created by Gene Roddenberry
An entertaining reminder of a time when very few people had VCRs, the photonovel is the next best thing to having a show on tape. It's a cross between a TV show, a comic book, and a paperback book, as it's made up of 300 full color photos from an episode, with dialogue and captions printed comic book style (word balloons, etc.), in standard paperback format. Only twelve were published for the original series (Pocket produced photonovels for the first two movies) before Mandala Productions decided to form a new paperback company, Fotonovel Publications. Unfortunately, the photonovel craze only lasted from around 1978, when Mandala and Richard Anobile started adapting movies and TV shows like Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to 1982, by which time Fotonovel Publications had disappeared and Pocket's Wrath of Khan photonovel was published in black and white. Fotonovel Publications, in the meantime, had published photonovels of the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Ralph Bakshi's animated Lord of the Rings, and a number of other movies that didn't necessarily lend themselves well to the format, like Ice Castles and Grease, before going out of business. Increasing paper costs and the growth of the videocassette industry combined to make the photonovel no longer feasible. An effort was made to revive the format in recent years, with titles including The Blair Witch Project, but it didn't seem to catch on.
About the blurbs: the back covers, like the front, include a scene with comic book captions, typical of the contents of the book. I've included the captions from the back cover as part of the blurbs.
Star Trek Fotonovel 2: Where No Man Has Gone Before
Letter from Shelley Katz
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Star Trek Quiz
The life of Captain Kirk is imperiled!!! Two starship crew members are suddenly endowed with superhuman powers to create... and destroy!
[Kirk:] Is he dying?
[Spock:] No. Fighting the forcefield has temporarily drained his strength. He can be handled now.
The authentic re-creation of a thrilling voyage of the starship Enterprise
... Over 300 action photographs from the episode Where No Man Has Gone Before
In the television series created by Gene Roddenberry
See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, above, for comments
Star Trek Fotonovel 3: The Trouble With Tribbles
A Conversation With Scotty by Caryl Eagle
The Trouble With Tribbles
Star Trek Quiz
The Klingons unleash a strange and deadly plan to take over Sherman's Planet... and are thwarted by the sweetest creature known to man!!!
[Uhura:] I'd just love to have one as a pet. Are you selling them?
[Chekov:] He won't bite... will he?
The authentic re-creation of a suspenseful voyage of the starship Enterprise
... Over 300 action photographs from the episode The Trouble With Tribbles
In the television series created by Gene Roddenberry
See Star Trek Fotonovel 1: City On the Edge of Forever, above, for comments
Star Trek Intragalactic Puzzles
Gathered from all over the galaxy -- spaced-out puzzles to mystify, amuse and enlighten Star Trek fans.
Including the most baffling of all... Spock challenges you to solve the incredibly difficult Vulcan interlocking puzzle, a most pleasing and perplexing test of concentration and mind skills.
Like Razzi's earlier Star Trek Puzzle Manual, this is a collection of crossword puzzles, mazes, logic puzzles, and trivia. Aside from the mass market reprint of the earlier book, this would be the last book of its kind from a major licensed Star Trek book publisher for several years. Pocket issued a few slimmer books in 1986 for younger readers, as well as several volumes of crossword puzzles starting in 2003.
Star Trek Log Nine
Alan Dean Foster
Another exciting episode from television's most popular science fiction series
Complete in this volume
It seemed like such a simple request.
The Pandronians had petitioned to send a representative to observe a Federation crew carrying out a survey mission... precisely the type of mission the Enterprise had just been assigned.
What could go wrong?
So Commander Ari bn Bem joined Captain Kirk and his crew to evaluate aboriginal life forms of undetermined intelligence and accomplishment on the planet Delta Theta Three.
And that's when the trouble began...
See Star Trek Log One, published in 1974, for comments on this series.
Like the other late books in the series, this uses a single animated episode (by David Gerrold, in this case) as the basis for a full-length novel.
Star Trek Log Nine was the last book in the series to be published under the Ballantine imprint and the first to be issued in a new cover style. The previous volumes were reissued with similar covers, replacing the episode stills with new images of the Enterprise in a variety of angles against different-coloured backdrops. Star Trek Log Ten, the last book of the series, was the first to appear under Ballantine's then-new Del Rey science fiction imprint.
Star Trek Postcard Book
48 Full Color Star Trek Postcards!
Detachable And Ready To Use!
Not seen. According to bookstore listings, there were 48 postcards and a list of original series episodes.
Thanks to Randy Brower for the cover scan and back cover text.
Star Trek Puzzle Manual
An abridged version of the 1976 trade paperback, this is a very thin mass-market paperback.
Star Trek Quiz Book
Bart Andrews with Brad Dunning
Travel to the planet Vulcan or to Antares or to the very heart of the Klingon Empire!
All it takes to earn your ticket for a round-trip passage on the U.S.S. Enterprise is a little imagination, a good memory, and a top score on the 100 quizzes in the Star Trek Quiz Book. Test your interplanetary expertise on questions like:
What is the difference between a detector and a nullifier?
How many crew members does the Enterprise carry?
How can you tell a Romulan from a Klingon?
What terran religion parallels that of the sun worshippers on Planet 892-IV?
Got them all right? Then pack your bags for a voyage on which you will "boldly go where no man has gone before," into the fascinating realm of the Star Trek Quiz Book.
This was the first Star Trek trivia quiz book from a major publisher. James Razzi's books included trivia quizzes, but only as a small part of the book. Andrews and Dunning's was the first of many books devoted solely to trivia questions.
The Star Trek Reader II
Charlie's Law (a.k.a Charlie X)
Dagger of the Mind
The Unreal McCoy (a.k.a. The Man Trap)
Balance of Terror
The Naked Time
The Conscience of the King
All Our Yesterdays
The Devil in the Dark
Journey to Babel
The Enterprise Incident
A Piece of the Action
Return to Tomorrow
The Ultimate Computer
That Which Survives
The Return of the Archons
The Immunity Syndrome
See entry for the first Star Trek Reader, published in 1976, for general comments. This volume includes the contents of the Bantam books Star Trek 1, Star Trek 4, and Star Trek 9.
Cover scan provided by Jason Odom.
The Star Trek Reader III
Whom Gods Destroy
The Tholian Web
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
This Side of Paradise
Requiem for Methuselah
The Way to Eden
The Savage Curtain
The Lights of Zetar
By Any Other Name
The Cloud Minders
The Mark of Gideon
Who Mourns for Adonais?
The Paradise Syndrome
The Deadly Years
Elaan of Troyius
See entry for the first Star Trek Reader, published in 1976, for general comments. This volume includes the contents of the Bantam books Star Trek 5, Star Trek 6, and Star Trek 7.
Cover scan provided by Jason Odom.
Star Trek: The Enterprise Logs Volume 3
Lt. Commdr. Spock: Psycho-file
The Hijacked Planet
The Haunted Asteroid
A World Gone Mad
The Mummies of Heitius VII
Siege in Superspace
The Trial of Captain Kirk
The Perfect Dream
United Federation of Planets
Star Fleet Command
James T. Kirk, Captain
TO: Commander, Records Section
Star Fleet Archives, Bldg. C
Lt. Uhura just sent through to my quarters the last batch of material you are currently assembling for Star Fleet Command. Many thanks for forwarding me the data. I know it comes from here originally, but it's something else to re-read it all.
I showed Spock the log entries and vidi-fax on the Mila XA episode and if I didn't know better I'd think that he actually hid a grin. Certainly in retrospect the incident seems a lot more humorous than terrifying, as it did then. I remember how my knees were knocking when we first saw those apparitions, but no one else noticed, at least no one kidded me about it later. It's incredible to think that that woman lived alone in a mausoleum for all those centuries.
One of the most bizarre and touching experiences I've had on this overgrown glider was with those "kids" on Argylos. I don't think I've faced a more painful decision than when I had to fire at Yago, the leader of the "rebels". When the gun went "pop", I was shocked. We all were. Spock of course thinks the outcome was entirely logical, but we both know that his adrenaline response must be pretty alien if he didn't feel the tension that had built up.
We all had a bad shock, but I think Sulu felt it more than the rest of us, when we discovered the Imperial City of Shondo Ho on what we thought was a rogue planet. Someone on the crew called Shondo Ho the perfect dream, out of some ancient Samurai legend, but it turned out to be more of a nightmare once we found out the truth.
As regards your quip about how long was I going to run around the Galaxy with an enormous machine as a wife, and a 400-odd person crew as a family -- well, I guess as long as Star Fleet is willing to pay me for what I've wanted to do ever since I can remember. I still get the same adolescent shivers when I stare out of the observation deck into the Milky Way and beyond.
Bones and I are looking forward to being with you soon; give my love to Janet and the kids. By the way, if there's any way I can help in Thad's behalf re the Academy, let me know.
James T. Kirk
Nine more issues of Gold Key's Star Trek comics, printed in paperback form on cheap paper.
Star Trek[: The Enterprise Logs] Volume 4
From Sputnik to Warp Drive
The Mimicking Menace
Death of a Star
The Final Truth
The Animal People
A Bomb in Time
One of Our Captains Is Missing
Star Fleet Command
Star Fleet Headquarters
United Federation of Planets
TO: James T. Kirk, Captain Stardate 6273.52
FROM: Star Fleet Command
Mission Review Staff Hdqtrs.
I thought I'd take a moment to let you know we have received nearly all the information regarding review of your mission. Let me say at the outset, although informally, that HQ is very pleased with the Enterprise under your command and that the mission is deemed an unqualified success. Jim, you've certainly earned my respect and the respect of the staff here. Formal evaluation is still processing and will be forwarded to you ASAP.
Just some questions re the latest batch of data received:
1. Can you speculate on the nature of the being you called Isis? The explanation in the logs seems to have some gaps. For example, are there others of her "race" or was (is) she a unique phenomenon. You may wish to discuss this with Spock before you reply. It must have been some shock to come across this "being" even for such an experienced explorer as you.
2. Professor Andres has been responding to rehabilitation and neurological treatment. We believe his future is promising. However, we are concerned that another incident should not occur, especially in light of the experimental time travel experiments we are conducting. What we need is a detailed report of the physical surrounding you encountered in Hollywood 1975 A.D. to check for temporal displacement. I suggest hypnopharmacological assists to your memory. I must stress that any and all details are urgently needed.
3. Finally we have received encouraging results from Hercula. The two species seem to be integrating but a long distance must still be traveled before there is true equality. Can you make any contribution in the way of documentation on genetics and intelligence indices? Perhaps Dr. McCoy has data that was not included in your initial report.
I look forward to greeting you at HQ.
Colonel, Mission Review
United Space Services
Date of Transmission 9/19
The fourth and last collection of Gold Key comics in paperback form, this one drops the "Enterprise Logs" from the title for reasons unknown. There are several more Gold Key comics that were not reprinted in these volumes, but they may yet be reprinted in the series of Checker reprints starting in 2004.
Trek or Treat
Terry Flanagan and Eleanor Ehrhardt
What's so funny about outer space? Thumb -- and giggle -- your way through these Star Trek ticklers and find out -- as Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Sulu, Uhura and the rest of the Earthlings, Vulcans, Klingons and outworlders cut up and cavort through a universe of fun!
Slightly larger than the average paperback, this book consists of a number of photographs from various Star Trek episodes, with humorous captions. At its best, it isn't all that funny, and its worst, it's badly dated, with gags referring to Fonzie from Happy Days, the Waltons, and CB radio.
Trillions of Trilligs
Like Giant in the Universe (above), this is a rather unimpressive pop-up book by an unnamed writer and artist. There are only four pop-ups, the art is okay at best, though this story is marginally better than Giant in the Universe. Since the book has been out of print for quite a few years, here's the full text of the story:
pop-up: Spock and Scotty, standing, and Kirk and Uhura, seated, look at the viewscreen
The crew members of the starship Enterprise were at their places in the control room. The starship was speeding through space. Suddenly Lieutenant Uhura called to her commander: "Captain Kirk! Look at the screen! The people of planet Ynobe II are in trouble!"
The frightened voices of the Ynobe II people filled the room: OUR PLANET IS BEING TAKEN OVER! THE TRILLIG ROBOTS ARE EVERYWHERE! HELP US!
Captain Kirk called Scotty and Mr. Spock. "Emergency! Get ready to beam down double quick!"
pop-up: Kirk, Spock, and Scotty being captured by robots in front of a burning building
The Enterprise crew beamed down. There were Trillig robots everywhere. Trillions of them! They grabbed the crew.
"I don't think these Trillig robots have brains of their own," said Mr. Spock. "They won't know what to do with us. So they will take us to their leader."
"Keep your phasers under your shirts, crew," said Captain Kirk. "But be ready... we may need to use them!"
pop-up: in the robot factory, an odd-looking man on a throne watches as Kirk and the others point their phasers at a robot operating the robot assembly line
The Trillig robots carried the crew to a huge factory where new Trilligs popped out of the machine every few seconds.
The Mad Robot Maker laughed. "I can take over the whole universe with my Trilligs to help me!" he cried.
"We'll never let you get away with that!" shouted Scotty.
"Crew! set your phasers on full effect," Captain Kirk ordered. "We'll blast that Robot-Making Machine to bits!"
pop-up: Kirk leads Robot Maker to a small spaceship as Spock and Scott disintegrate the robots.
Scotty and Mr. Spock aimed their phasers at the machine and it disappeared in a puff of smoke. Instantly, Trillig robots began falling to the floor. They would never bother the people of planet Ynobe II again.
Captain Kirk led the Mad Robot Maker to a satellite. "We are sending you into orbit in outer space for one Ynobe year," said the captain. "That should make you think twice about trying to take over the universe."
Now that the Trillig trouble was over, the Enterprise crew beamed back aboard the starship and continued on their mission in space.
The Truth Machine
Sharon Lerner and Christopher Cerf, illustrated by Jane Clark
This is a children's book in the same format as Prisoner of Vega, though illustrated by a different artist. The Enterprise crew encounter an alien race that has developed a fleet of powerful warships and seeks the secret of warp drive, so they can conquer the galaxy. Despite their use of a "truth machine", Spock is able to defeat their plan. (One of the alien vessels bears a resemblance to the SkyDiver craft from Gerry Anderson's UFO TV series..)
Like Prisoner of Vega, The Truth Machine has another "star-gazing tip from Mr. Spock" page at the end of the book, this time about the star Fomalhaut, showing how to find it in the night sky.