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Aberration on Abaris is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It is the fifth story in the US Comic Strips series, published by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. The story was set after TOS movie: The Motion Picture, depicting events from Captain Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the refurbished USS Enterprise (NCC-1701).

In this story, The Enterprise is sent to rescue two archeologists on a doomed planet.


Captain James T. Kirk receives an urgent message from a commodore at Starbase 15. Abaris is due to collide with another planet in three days, and the Enterprise, the only ship in rescue range, needs to rescue two archeologists stationed there. Arriving at warp 11, hails are met with a rude reply from the archeologists. Mentioning that Abaris' climate is "similar to Kitui Province in the African Confederacy," Nyota Uhura joins Kirk and Leonard McCoy to beam down. However, a sudden transporter malfunction makes it unclear whether the landing party has been killed.

Leaving Montgomery Scott in command, Spock takes Hikaru Sulu and Native American Ensign Greywolf in a travel pod to the archeologists' camp, a pair of prefabricated domes on the tropical surface. The camp is deserted, but they follow three sets of tracks at the beam-down point to a three-meter-tall, multi-ton pyramid within one of the domes. Noting a misalignment in the surface, Spock opens a hidden door in the pyramid, leading to a smooth ramp downward. Exploring, they see an image that looks like an atomic bomb and other carvings that seem familiar. Greywolf notes marks in the dust indicating the landing party had come this way, but feels uneasy, a sensation Spock says could "have a logical basis, such as the surfacing of subliminal data." Spock thinks he hears a noise. Unknown to them, they are being followed by a masked pirate armed with a laser rifle and a second holstered weapon.

Ensign Greywolf tracked the landing party.

Janice Rand locates a mechanical cause for the transporter malfunction, and repairs begin. Meanwhile, Spock, Sulu and Greywolf walk into a mammoth hall filled with carvings several stories high, as well as several species of enormous fungi which Sulu recognizes. There the Hoffs welcome them, but claim not to have seen Kirk, Uhura or McCoy. The Hoffs apologize for their rude behavior over the communicator and offer tea to Spock. But Sulu catches sight of Uhura's earring on the floor and kicks Spock's tea before he can drink it. Kirk, Uhura and McCoy pop out of a hidden wall panel, saying they've been drugged by the Hoffs, but are okay.

Sulu kicks away Spock's teacup.

Complaining about Starfleet interference in their previous work on Lakh VII, they refuse to heed Kirk's plea to leave the planet immediately. McCoy realizes they are being irrational. The Hoffs show them Rosetta Stone-like inscriptions in three languages: Abaris hieroglyphs, an unknown language, and the ancient Earth language of the Sumerians, which facilitate translation. They lead the Enterprise party through the halls, a timeline of the planet's culture, ending at a 5,000 year-old marble carving of a starship.

5,000 year-old starship carving.

Overhearing talk about a stone's incalculable value, the masked pirate emerges, weapon drawn, demanding the stone, but, after seeing it, says it looks unremarkable. Paul Hoff becomes enraged, pointing out its value is only to archeologists, and dives at the pirate, who unintentionally fires at the ceiling and causes a cave-in. Separated from everyone else, the pirate flees back through the tunnels. Trapped and unable to leave without the transporter, Spock hears Scott report it is repaired. Before they can beam up, the Hoffs say they have to also rescue the remaining inhabitants of the planet: 2,000 green, tiny fungal-type Abaris natives. Kirk says Starbase 11 is twenty light-days away, and they'll find room for the aliens.

2,000 alien refugees.

The destruction of Abaris is witnessed on the bridge and in the recreation room. McCoy, observing the aliens, suspects their fungal biochemistry make them "serene," and realizes that their biology was abnormally influencing the Hoff's behavior. Questioning how the aliens anticipated their arrival 5,000 years ago, Spock offers the possibility of precognition. Meanwhile, Uhura picks up a small spacecraft escaping: the unmasked Abaris pirate, who lives to fight another day.



Abaris pirateMarcella DiFalcoGreywolfElsa HoffPaul HoffJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyJanice RandMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
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C.S. ForesterGarth of IzarGoldsmithHoratio Hornblower

Starships and vehicles

USS EnterpriseFederation travel pod
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Ceti system (Abaris)
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Earth (African ConfederacyKitui Province) • Lakh VII (Crystal cities of Lakh) • Starbase 11Starbase 15Vulcan

Races and cultures

Abaris nativeHuman (Native AmericanSumerian) • VulcanZaranite
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Lakh VII cyborg

States and organizations

African ConfederacyStarfleet

Science and technology

astronomyatomic bombbook-tapecyborgdata transfer unitdrugflashlightlight speedphaser rifleradiotransportertricorderwrist communicator

Ranks and titles

archeologistastronomercaptainchiefchief engineercommandercommodorecriminaldoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s)first officerlieutenant commandermycologistpsychochemistscholartransporter chief

Other references

Amanita muscariaAmanita pantherinaanimalAntarian foxbatarcheologybioluminescencebridgeearringenergyGarth of Izar on Tacticsgeosynchronous orbitgossamer mousegranitehangar deckhieroglyphshornetkilometerlanding partylanguagelifeformlimericklogicmatterparking orbitmushroompineal glandplanetplanetoidpokerprecognitionprefabricated domePholiotina cyanopusPsilocybe baeocystisPsilocybe pelliculosaPsilocybe silvaticapumpkinpyramidradiationrecreation deckRosetta StoneStarfleet uniform (early 2270s)stonesurgeryteatransporter roomwallabywarp 10warp 11


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  • Mark Rice, Wendy Yang, and Ron Harris are credited with art assists. Wendy Yang was actually Warkentin himself, playing a joke. (Checklist at Hasslein Books website)
  • Rice's credit appears with Warkentin's on July 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 27, and August 3. Yang's credit appears with Warkentin's on July 17, July 21, August 10, and August 17. Harris' credit appears with Warkentin's from August 25-30.


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