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Author Kathleen Sky
Country United States
Language English
Subject Star Trek
Genre Science fiction
Published 1978
Pages 175[1]
ISBN 0-553-12137-5
Preceded by Planet of Judgment
Followed by The Starless World

Vulcan! (1978) is a Star Trek novel by Kathleen Sky. The plot of the book was developed from an undeveloped script outline that Sky had submitted for Star Trek: The Original Series that was positively received by Gene Roddenberry but went unused because of the cancellation of the series.

Plot summary[edit]

Ion storms have caused the boundaries of the Neutral Zone between the Federation and Romulans to shift. The planet Arachne IV, inhabited by a strange ant-like race, could be lost to the Federation due to the changes in space. However, Mr. Spock goes on a death-defying assignment into a war of ant-like creatures along with a scientist who dislikes Vulcans.


Writer Kathleen Sky submitted a script outline via her agent to Gene Roddenberry during the third season of Star Trek: The Original Series. It was warmly received and Sky was informed that it might be used for an episode during the following season. However, a fourth season did not go ahead following the cancellation of the series and the script outline was subsequently placed on file.[2]

In the 1970s, Bantam Books were looking for writers with stories to be published as Star Trek novels,[2] having started producing original novels in 1970.[3] They contacted Sky to find out if she would be interesting in writing a Star Trek novel, and she used the plot from the script outline in the novel.[2] David Gerrold, the writer of the episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", provided a foreword to the novel.[4] Sky's husband, Stephen Goldin, also wrote a Star Trek novel, entitled Trek to Madworld.[1] By 2008, an original paperback edition of Vulcan! was valued at between $18 and $22.[5]


The review by Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review magazine said that "Sky ascribes more emotion to Spock than is logical under the circumstances [of the plot]".[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Barron (2006): p. 153
  2. ^ a b c Ayer (2006): p. 19
  3. ^ Ashley (2007): p. 214
  4. ^ "Trek Writer David Gerrold Looks Back - Part 1". Star January 24, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kelley (2006): p. 55


  • Ashley, Michael (2007). Gateways to Forever. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 978-184631-3172. 
  • Ayers, Jeff (2006). Voyages of Imagination. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-141650-3491. 
  • Barron, Neil; Reginald, Robert, eds. (2006). Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review, The Complete Series 1979–80. San Bernardino, CA: Borgo Press. 
  • Kelley, Steve (2008). Star Trek The Collectibles. Iola, WI: Krause Publications. ISBN 978-089689-6376. 

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