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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.

SummaryEdit

Captain James T. Kirk received an urgent message from a commodore at Starbase 15. Abaris was due to collide with another planet in three days, and the Enterprise, the only ship in rescue range, needed to rescue two archeologists stationed there. Arriving at warp 11, hails were met with a rude reply from the archeologists. Mentioning that Abaris' climate was “similar to Kitui Province in the African Confederacy,” Nyota Uhura joined Kirk and Leonard McCoy to beam down. But a sudden transporter malfunction made it unclear whether the landing party had been killed.

Leaving Montgomery Scott in command, Spock took 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 was deserted, but they followed 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 opened a hidden door in the pyramid, leading to a smooth ramp downward. Exploring, they saw an image that looked like an atomic bomb and other carvings that seemed familiar. Greywolf noted marks in the dust indicating the landing party had come this way, but felt uneasy, a sensation Spock said could “have a logical basis, such as the surfacing of subliminal data.” Spock thought he heard a noise. Unknown to them, they were being followed by a masked pirate armed with a laser rifle and a second holstered weapon.

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Ensign Greywolf tracked the landing party.

Janice Rand located a mechanical cause for the transporter malfunction, and repairs began. Meanwhile, Spock, Sulu and Greywolf walked into a mammoth hall filled with carvings several stories high, as well as several species of enormous fungi which Sulu recognized. There the Hoffs welcomed them, but claimed not to have seen Kirk, Uhura or McCoy. The Hoffs apologized for their rude behavior over the communicator and offered tea to Spock. But Sulu caught sight of Uhura's earring on the floor and kicked Spock's tea before he could drink it. Kirk, Uhura and McCoy popped out of a hidden wall panel, saying they'd been drugged by the Hoffs, but were okay.
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Sulu kicks away Spock's teacup.

Complaining about Starfleet interference in their previous work on Lakh VII, they refused to heed Kirk's plea to leave the planet immediately. McCoy realized they were being irrational. The Hoffs showed them Rosetta Stone-like inscriptions in three languages: Abaris hieroglyphs, an unknown language, and the ancient Earth language of the Sumerians, which facilitated translation. They led 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.
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5,000 year-old starship carving.

Overhearing talk about a stone's incalculable value, the masked pirate emerged, weapon drawn, demanding the stone, but, after seeing it, said it looked unremarkable. Paul Hoff became enraged, pointing out its value was only to archeologists, and dove at the pirate, who unintentionally fired at the ceiling and caused a cave-in. Separated from everyone else, the pirate fled back through the tunnels. Trapped and unable to leave without the transporter, Spock heard Scott report it was repaired. Before they could beam up, the Hoffs said they'd have to also rescue the remaining inhabitants of the planet: 2,000 green, tiny fungal-type Abaris natives. Kirk said Starbase 11 was 20 light-days away, and they'd find room for the aliens.
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2,000 alien refugees.

The destruction of Abaris was witnessed on the bridge and in the recreation room. McCoy, observing the aliens, suspected their fungal biochemistry made them “serene,” and realized that their biology was abnormally influencing the Hoff's behavior. Questioning how the aliens anticipated their arrival 5,000 years ago, Spock offered the possibility of precognition. Meanwhile, Uhura picked up a small spacecraft escaping: the unmasked Abaris pirate, who lived to fight another day.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

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

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS EnterpriseFederation travel pod
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spacecraft

LocationsEdit

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

Races and culturesEdit

Abaris nativeHuman (Native AmericanSumerian) • VulcanZaranite
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Lakh VII cyborg

States and organizationsEdit

African ConfederacyStarfleet

Science and technologyEdit

astronomyatomic bombbook-tapecyborgdata transfer unitdrugflashlightlight speedphaser rifleradiotransportertricorderwrist communicator

Ranks and titlesEdit

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

Other referencesEdit

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

TimelineEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
#4: "Double Bluff"
Star Trek: The Original Series
(US Comic Strips)
Next comic:
#6: "Husian Gambit"
Previous story:
"Double Bluff"
Stories by:
Thomas Warkentin
Next story:
"Husian Gambit"
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
"Double Bluff"
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"Experiment in Vengeance!"

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InformationEdit

Background Edit

  • 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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