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How Much for Just the Planet? by John M.…
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This was more a script of mixing comedy with science fiction. I found myself rushing to the end, not because it was a cliffhanger but because I wanted to finish it. The comedy, I'm afraid, didn't carry me off as a reader. ( )
  FirstWord | Jun 16, 2017 |
John Ford is poking fun at Star Trek ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
Some of the humor is growing obscure with age, but it's still the cleverest fan-fiction out there and a good laugh for anyone who enjoyed the fourth original series movie (same pace, perhaps even more hijinks).
  Nialle | Jun 18, 2013 |
Omigod. It's a perfectly mad farce, and a musical. I long for an audiobook version, but they'd never be able to afford the rights to the tunes for all the songs. I hunted this book down because of Teresa Nielsen Hayden's review, and she hit the nail on the head perfectly:

  mulliner | Nov 13, 2010 |
If you have a fondness for black and white movies, farce and slapstick commedy, then this book may appeal to you.

Otherwise, it probably won't. It was dragging for me by the end, but farce isn't my cup of tea. ( )
  JudithProctor | Oct 5, 2010 |
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This book is dedicated, with affection,
 to its Special Guest Stars...
Pamela & David, Diane & Peter, Janet & Ricky,

and Neil, who wanted a walk on.

And acknowledgment is also gratefully made to...

W. Shakespeare, G. Feydeau, W. S. Gilbert, and the silent comedians named in verse 2 of "Monochrome"

...without whose work there would have been no tradition to steal from.
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The Officers' Mess of the starship USS Enterprise was a small, rather cozy room, with comfortable chairs, moderately bright lighting, and a food-service wall with four delivery slots, no waiting.
What's the matter, Jim? Haven't y'ever seen a man eat grits before?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671629980, Paperback)

Dilithium. In crystalline form, the most valuable mineral in the galaxy. It powers the Federation's starships...and the Klingon Empire's battlecruisers. Now on a small, out-of-the-way planet named Direidi, the greatest fortune in dilithium crystals ever seen has been found.

Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, the planet will go to the side best able to develop the planet and its resourses. Each side will contest the prize with the prime of its fleet. For the Federation -- Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise . For the Klingons -- Captain Kaden vestai-Oparai and the "Fire Blossom."

Only the Direidians are writing their own script for this contest -- script that propels the crew of the "Starship Enterprise" into their strangest adventure yet!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:50 -0400)

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Both the Federation and the Klingons are in a contest for the right to develop the planet Direidi for dilithium crystals. Captain Kirk represents the Federation.

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