It is the twenty-third century. On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet's ruling council -- and summoned the U.S.S. Enterprise(tm) from halfway across the galaxy, to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its hour of need. As Commander Spock, his father Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve Vulcan's future, the planet's innermost secrets are laid before us, from its beginnings millions of years ago to its savage prehistory, from merciless tribal warfare to medieval court intrigue, from the exploration of space to the the development of o'thia -- the ruling ethic of logic. And Spock -- torn between his duty to Starfleet and the unbreakable ties that bind him to Vulcan -- must find a way to reconcile both his own inner conflict and the external dilemma his planet faces...lest the Federation itself be ripped asunder. Diane Duane, author of three previous bestselling STAR TREK novels and an episode of the new STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION® television series, as well as countless other bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels, has crafted a tale of unprecedented scope and imagination, at once a generations-spanning historical novel and a thrilling science fiction adventure.… (more)
The spear in the Other's heart is the spear in your own; you are he.
There is no other wisdom, and no other hope for us, but that we grow wise.
~ attributed to Surak of Vulcan
For Kim and Nic Farey, remembering U.F.P. Con 1986:
with thanks for the Klingon noisemaker that made me late for all those panels.
The joke in Starfleet is that the only thing that can travel faster than warp 10 is news.
Position yourself in the right place - on the surface of the moon, say, somewhere near the slow-moving dayline, or in one of the L5 habitats swinging in peaceful captivity around the world - and you can see it without trouble: the old Earth in the new Earth's arms.
Spock looked at him, a steady gaze. "I have not yet decided," he said. "Logic must dictate my stance."
There was a long silence at this. "So after the debates," McCoy said, "come the votes. And if the vote is to stay in the Federation?"
"Then we go back on patrol," Jim said.
"And if Vulcan votes to secede?"
"Then all the trade and military agreements lapse.All Vulcan bases and vessels in Federation service will be withdrawn; all Vulcan diplomatic personnel, starships and starship personnel will be recalled." Spock said. "Those who disobey the order will be stripped of their Vulcan citizen status and exiled. The Federation will cease to exist for Vulcan."