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Series: The Original Series, No. 72
Author(s): Howard Weinstein
Publication information
Published: Paperback - December 1994
Pages: 268
ISBN: ISBN 0671869124
Date: Stardate 7591.4 (2275)



From the book jacket
When the planet Empyrea, a colony of genetically perfected human beings, demands that the Federation remove a science station which has been in place for nearly twenty years, the starship Enterprise is assigned to transport to the planet the Federation ambassador who negotiated with the Empyreans long ago - an ambassador who was once Dr. McCoy's closest friend, but is now a bitter rival.
On Empyrea, McCoy discovers Anna, a daughter he never knew he had. McCoy soon realizes that the isolationalist Empyreans must not learn her father is an off-worlder, and that her genes are less than "perfect". As relations with the Empyreans collapse around him, McCoy must find a way to save his newfound daughter from the harshest penalty her planet can impose!




AlexeiCalvinChristine ChapelKara ChoudhuryPavel ChekovClementsEleniEthanJames T. KirkLiftigAnna MarchElizabeth MarchLeonard McCoyKatrina OrtegaRamon OrtegaPaoloLisa PutmanErica RousseauMark RousseauMontgomery ScottJacob SimonLinden SkloffSpock • Ibrahim Tamiya • Nyota Uhura
Referenced only 
DevilGodSherlock HolmesGeorge Samuel Kirk Sr.Joanna McCoyJocelyn McCoy • Gregor Mendel • Wolfgang Amadeus MozartChristopher PikeChristopher RousseauKhan Noonien SinghV'Ger

Starships and Vehicles

USS ManhattanUSS Richard FeynmanUSS HoodUSS LexingtonUSS KoopUSS RepublicUSS EnterpriseSS Botany BayAreian freighter


Stellar locations
Alpha Kratonii systemCampan sectorMutara sector
Planetary bodies
Donatu 5EarthNova Empyrea
Planetary locations
Savannah, GeorgiaMount Placidus • Isolation Center • Iowa
Starbase 86


Areian • AugmentEmpyreanHumanKlingon • Luddite • Vulcan

Governments and Organizations

Boy Scouts of AmericaEmpyrean CouncilEmpyrean Liberation FrontFrench Foreign Legion

United Federation of Planets

StarfleetFederation Diplomatic CorpsStarfleet Academy • Starfleet Cosmology and Astrophisics • Starfleet Science Academy


african • alligator • bairn • bear • bee • birth control • bread • canary • cancercellochickencorncowdogdollardoughnutduckEnglishEugenics WarsfrogGaelicgoose • gothic • Great Empyrean Experiment • Great Wall of China • Greekguitarhaggishorsehyposprayjazz • leech • NaziNickelPADDphantomPianopistolPlomeek souppokerpon farrPrime DirectiveRussianscotch • snake • Starfleet uniformSternn Fusion CoreswordSword of Damocles • Syringe 112-B • tea • Ten Commandments • wine



Related stories

  • TOS episode: "Amok Time"-Spock's plomeek soup throwing incident is referenced by both Kirk and McCoy.


published order
Previous novel:
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Spock's World
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Covenant of the Crown
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2275.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in four other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapter 1, Section 4
Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
The Counter-Clock Incident
Chapter 1, Section 1
Chapter 1, Section 6
Next Adventure:
The Kobayashi Maru
Chapter 8
Previous Adventure:
Where Sea Meets Sky (Backstory)
2254 Next Adventure:
A Test of Character
Previous Adventure:
Summon the Thunder
Chapter 7, Section 2
Next Adventure:
The Kobayashi Maru
Chapter 4

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