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Another exciting episode from television's most popular science fiction series.
Complete in this volume.
It seemed like such a simple request.
The Pandronians had petitioned to send a representative to observe a Federation crew carrying out a survey mission... precisely the type of mission the Enterprise had just been assigned.
What could go wrong?
So Commander Ari bn Bem joined Captain Kirk and his crew to evaluate aboriginal lifeforms of undetermined intelligence and accomplishment on the planet Delta Theta III.
And that's when the trouble began…

Summary[edit | edit source]

Before and during the mission to Delta Theta III, Ari bn Bem is generally disagreeable, haughty, and disdainful of all other sentient races and cultures. He surreptitiously substitutes fakes for a landing party's phasers and communicators, with the result that they are easily captured by the planet's natives. After an encounter with the planet's ruling intelligence, however, he is greatly humbled, and becomes much more cooperative.

Following the events of the original episode, Bem receives a message from Pandro, one so shocking that he faints. After his upper and lower torsos dissociate and revive his head, he explains the import of the message: the Tam Paupa, which has been the source of peace and justice on Pandro for many generations, has been stolen, the Pandronian premier is dying, and Pandronian society is slipping into total chaos.

The USS Enterprise is immediately diverted to Pandro, and a landing party is sent down to assist bn Bem in recovering the Tam Paupa. What follows is a travelogue of Pandro, leading to a confrontation with a Klingon expedition seeking to exploit the weapons potential of Pandro's uniquely modular animal wildlife, and ultimately to a series of surprises from the Tam Paupa itself.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Episode characters[edit | edit source]

Arex Na EthAri bn BemJames T. KirkJohn KyleShiboline M'RessMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraDelta Theta III entityDelta Theta III aborigines

Novelization characters[edit | edit source]

ab AfArex Na EthAri bn BemCamusChristine ChapelDav pn HonKau afdel KaunJames T. KirkKor, son of RynarMonty KunjollyJohn KyleShiboline M'RessMarkhamLeonard McCoyNamuraLud eb RissMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraDelta Theta III entityDelta Theta III aboriginescoryatdiccobTam Paupazintar

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Delta Theta IIIUrsa Major Lacus

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

CaitianDelta Theta III aborigineHumanKlingonPandronianEdosian or TriexianVulcan
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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other references[edit | edit source]

Brownian movement

Appendices[edit | edit source]

This is the ninth of Alan Dean Foster's TAS adaptation collections which have been reprinted a number of times, often in omnibuses with other Star Trek Log books. Most recently in 2006 by Del Rey Books, an imprint of the original Ballantine Books publishers, as part of Star Trek's 40th Anniversary celebrations.

In fact, this was the last of the Star Trek logs to be published under the Ballantine imprint before the Del Rey imprint was created.

This was also the first book in the series to feature the new cover art style with an image of the Enterprise rather than an image from the adapted episode. The last book in the series would also have this style of cover as would the following reprints of the earlier books.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous novelization:
Log Eight
Star Trek Logs Next novelization:
Log Ten
Previous episode:
Once Upon a Planet
TAS episode produced Next episode:
Previous episode:
The Pirates of Orion
TAS episode aired Next episode:
The Practical Joker
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Eye of the Beholder
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Slaver Weapon

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