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Distress Call! is a TOS interactive young adult novel, the first of two published in the 1980s by Wanderer Books. The book was written by William Rotsler, with the reader making choices to affect the outcome of the story.


The USS Enterprise has just received a frantic call for help from the vicinity of the unknown planet of Varda III. An archeological team from Luna University has disappeared without a trace. Lost? Trapped? Hurt? Their fading call offers no clues.
Join Admiral Kirk and Mr. Spock, along with your other favorite Star Trek II characters, on a fantastic rescue mission to an alien planet. Plot your own journey through eerie passages, incredible dangers and bizarre happenings.
This is an adventure with as many twists and turns as your imagination allows. And it's up to you to determine how the story ends. YOU are in command!


Captain's log, stardate 8001.4 
The USS Enterprise, on routine patrol, has received a distress call from the vicinity of Varda III and we are responding as interplanetary law requires. Admiral James T. Kirk, commanding.
Captain's log, stardate 8001.5 
We have rescued the archaeologists from a stasis trap on Varda III and are proceeding to Starbase Six. Also recovered were a number of space travelers, including a real live Thrix, which Doctor McCoy says is a living fossil.

Visiting the surface led to the discovery of millennia-old Vardan buildings. Exploration of the ruins led to five encounters, either with an automated organic healer that placed intruders into stasis, a programmed guardian that could duplicate living matter, an ancient illusion-generating device, a Klingon task force operating a biological weapon factory, or the planet's last surviving native.



AliciaAbdullahCastoraPavel ChekovFi'lakasHealerLydia GottliebJames T. KirkKlaarLarekLeonard McCoyNarva MoktarLex NakashimaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluGalen TrippNyota UhuraWhite RabbitZaarek
Referenced only 
Attila the HunWalt DisneyMaster Computer (Shore Leave Planet)J.R.R. TolkienV'Ger

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterpriseshuttlecraftunnamed Klingon starships
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Varda III (Vardan buildings)
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Earth (KalilingradKremlinLeningoráMoscowRed StarRed SquareRussiaSpirit of TomorrowSt. Basil's Cathedral) • Omicron Delta region (Amusement Park Planet) • Orwell IVStarbase 6Vulcan

Races and cultures[]


States and organizations[]

Klingon High CommandLuna UniversityStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of Africa (Liberia)

Science and classification[]

archeologycommunicationscommunicatorcomputercoordinatesflashlightfusion torchgenetic engineeringintercomlight yearmuseumneuroallozinephaserriflesensorspacesuitstasisswordturbolifttricorderVardan illusion machineviewscreenwarp drivewatchweapon

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptaincommandercrewmandoctorensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s)guardlieutenantlieutenant commandermedicofficerorderlyqueenrankscience officerscientistsecurity officersergeantslaveStarfleet ranks


Literature and publications[]

A Thousand and One NightsAlice in WonderlandDoon-par-tak-norDungeons & Dragons

Other references[]

20th centuryacidarcheological structureairalert status (yellow alert) • alienanimalantibodyarchaeologyartassignment patchatombacteriabaseballbeambiological machinebloodbrainbridgebushcactuscaverncemeterycourt martialdaydesertdiseasedistress signaldolphindragonecologyelectrical fieldelectricityextinctionfactoryflowergrassguinea pigVardanhelmethistoryhorsehourhumanoidice creaminsectInterplanetary EnglishIQjunglekittenlanding partylanguagelawlibrarylichenlifeformlight yearlogicmagnetismmetalmind meldmind sporemoleculemuralmusicoceanorbitOrganian Peace TreatyOrwellian ratpetplanetplantplasticpoisonprisonrabbitradiationrenegadesreplicarobotsecondsectorShetland ponyshore leavesickbaysnailspacesports and gamesstarStar of VardanstarbaseStarfleet General Orders and RegulationsStarfleet uniformstoneteleportationtimetombtransporter roomtreatytreetribbleuniformvaultvenomwater



Although the Pocket Books Timeline places this story after Star Trek II Short Stories, this was explicitly Lex Nakashima's first visit to an alien planet, which establishes the story as taking place prior to events in the short story collection, in which he visited Macedon III and Omicron Theta V.

25,000 to 40,000 years ago 


Related media[]





Published Order
Previous book:
first book
Plot-Your-Own Adventure Stories Next book:
The Vulcan Treasure
Previous story:
first work
Stories by:
William Rotsler
Next story:
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
To Wherever
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
The Vulcan Treasure
Previous adventure:
Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update
Operation Armageddon
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Blaze of Glory

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