"Error" was the second issue of Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor, a four-issue TOS comic book miniseries written and drawn by John Byrne. This story was set in 2271 and published by IDW Publishing in May 2010.
- From solicitations
- Doctor McCoy hates mysterious ailments. He also hates the transporter. Now he finds himself on a world beset with one, where the only means of getting around is the other. John Byrne’s tale set in the period before Star Trek: The Motion Picture continues here with two covers from Byrne.
During a break in the refitting of the USS Enterprise, Montgomery Scott lent a hand upgrading the technology at Gamma Tarses VII, a planet soon to be inducted into the Federation. He asked McCoy to help with a medical problem confounding experts. McCoy was annoyed to find out the only way to get around their city was via transporters, wearing a stabilizer band each time.
Protocol required McCoy and Duncan to abstain from work during a local religious holiday. Considering that so much of the environment and plant life had been modified by genetic engineering, Duncan and Theela wondered about the nature of the Tarseans, who all appeared to be the same age and without children. Meanwhile, McCoy and Scott shared a bottle of Saurian brandy. Frustrated by the medical puzzle, McCoy went for a walk, eventually wandering below the city's hospital into a vast hall full of machinery. He was then stunned and arrested for trespassing. He would be judged when the High Council reconvened in three days.
Before he met with the Council, McCoy recorded a theory about the illness in his medical log. To test it, he took off his stabilizer band before being transported to the Council. When he materialized, he lost all memory of the past week. Transporters were being used as a means of immortality. Each time people beamed, their molecular patterns were reset to a stored base pattern, erasing all passage of time. The stabilizer band saved and restored memories. But over many centuries, a cumulative build-up of non-living atoms would become fatal. While the populace was unaware, the Council had accepted that their choice to live for thousands of years would eventually cause the extinction of their species.
- Cambridge • Than D'Lora • Eela'h • Jon Mikael Duncan • James T. Kirk • Leonard McCoy • Shar M'Sholo • Montgomery Scott • Theela
Starships and vehicles
- Earth (San Francisco • Starfleet Command) • Gamma Tarses VII
- Referenced only
- Antos Veria IX • Earth (Aberdeen • Manhattan • San Francisco Naval Yards • Spacedock) • Mirror Universe • Terran Empire • Wrigley's Pleasure Planet
Races and cultures
States and organizations
Science and technology
- acetylcholine • bexadril • biobed • communicator • genetic engineering • holodeck • phaser • scanner • science • sickbay • stabilizer band • stunner • stylus • technology • time travel • transporter • weapon
Ranks and titles
- admiral • commander • doctor • engineer • Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s) • heretic • Nazi • Ninth Citizen • officer • physician • pilot • Roman • security guard • Seventh Citizen • sh'hab'aba • Starfleet ranks • technician
- Alet Cam Tamo • atom • bacteria • brain • cabin • cell • day • devil • dimension • diplomacy • engineering • evolution • extinction • farm • garden • giant amoeba • god • helm • hologram • hospital • hour • jail • life force • medical log • minute • month • ocean • parallel universe • plant • q'eesava • radiation • religion • Saurian brandy • shore leave • slavery • spaceport • Starfleet uniform (early 2270s) • universe • virus • year
Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor
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- 12 May 2010
- First published by IDW Publishing.
- 9 October 2010
- Reprinted by IDW Publishing in the Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor miniseries omnibus.
- 4 June 2013
- Reprinted in hardcover in The John Byrne Collection omnibus.
- 29 December 2015
- Reprinted in paperback in The John Byrne Collection omnibus.
- 3 January 2019
- Reprinted in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #53 by Eaglemoss.
- This issue was released in three covers, all by John Byrne. The two primary covers were available equally. The third cover, an uncolored version of the B cover, was available as a retail incentive.
- Regarding the Tarsean's city design, author John Byrne wrote: "The vertical farms in this issue were inspired by an article in a recent Scientific American." (Error story conversation at John Byrne's website)
- McCoy retold to Theela the events of TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelization: Mirror, Mirror. She was amazed, but Duncan was uncertain that all of McCoy's fantastic adventures could be true.
- The bridge of the refit Enterprise was simulated in a holodeck-like facility at Starfleet Command.
Duncan half believed incidents McCoy cited from:
- TOS episode & Star Trek 2 novelization: Tomorrow is Yesterday
- TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelizations: Spectre of the Gun, Mirror, Mirror
- TOS episode & Star Trek 7 novelization: Who Mourns for Adonais?
- TOS episode & Star Trek 9 novelization: The Immunity Syndrome
- TOS episode & Star Trek 11 novelization: Bread and Circuses
- TOS episode & Star Trek 12 novelization: Patterns of Force
|Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor stories and publications|
|#1: "Weeds" • #2: "Error" • #3: "Medics" • #4: "Hosts" & "Scalpel"|