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A Mirror for Futility was the seventh of 11 TOS stories produced by Peter Pan Records. It was initially released in 1975 as an audio production along with three other stories. It was subsequently released along with a seven-page comic book. This was the last of seven stories set during Captain James T. Kirk's first five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise and the fourth of six with an associated comic book.

In this story, the Enterprise encounters two ancient warships.


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Captain's log, stardate 5470 : The Enterprise is on routine patrol on the outer fringes of Federation territory facing the intergalactic gulf. We are preparing to terminate the patrol. Nothing unusual has been encountered. Log concluded.



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StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Nax EmpireUnified Dray Peoples

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Published Order
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The Logistics of Stampede
Peter Pan Records Next story:
The Robot Masters
Previous story:
The Logistics of Stampede
Stories by:
Alan Dean Foster
Next story:
Log Six

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