In 2030, Bonner the Stochastic wrote a classic using the theme "Let me help", recommending these words over "I love you." In 2268, James T. Kirk recalled these words when Spock began exhibiting strange behavior after a meeting with Albar Exar. (TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever", TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Ni Var")
In an alternate timeline, Jonathan Archer recommended this work to T'Pol, who then referred to it in order to convince a Romulan Commander to defect from the Romulan Star Empire. (Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)
- Bonner the Stochastic was a character who appeared in several novels by James Blish, in addition to his novelization of "City".
- In the shooting script for The City on the Edge of Forever, the writer was named Patrick Ko-lu-u-u-nah-meh-eh-eh Taj-na-ah-me.