Doctor's Orders (novel)

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Doctor's Orders
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Author Diane Duane
Country United States
Language English
Series Star Trek: The Original Series
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Pocket Books
Publication date
June 1990
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 291 pp
ISBN 0-671-66189-2 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC 21696545
Preceded by The Pandora Principle
Followed by Enemy Unseen

Doctor's Orders is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Diane Duane.[1]


In response to good-natured complaints about his command style, Captain Kirk leaves Doctor McCoy in command of the Enterprise. Kirk beams down to the planet 'Flyspeck' in order to facilitate its acceptance into the Federation. Kirk soon vanishes, leaving McCoy stuck with the ship against his will; regulations forbid him from passing on command to Commander Spock.

Kirk is nowhere to be found and to complicate matters, the Klingons show up, claiming to have a stake in 'Flyspeck' as well. It is later found that Kirk had been lost in the time stream, as one of Flyspeck's races do not fully live in linear time.


  1. ^ Cheeseman-Meyer, Ellen (Apr 3, 2013). "Rock, Bushes, Legos, Epidemiologist, Pirates: Diane Duane's Doctor's Orders". TOR. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 

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