- For other uses, see Firestorm.
Summary[edit | edit source]
From the back cover: When a covert Elasian mining operation interferes with a Federation geological expedition, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are dispatched to the planet Rakatan to mediate between the rival parties. The Elasian Dohlman claims that the planet and its dilithium deposits are hers. But the geologists warn that if Rakatan Mons - the galaxy's largest stratovolcano - should erupt while the Elasians are mining its flanks, no amount of dilithium will save them.
While Lt. Commander Uhura and a landing party struggle to determine if the Dohlman's claim is true, Captain Kirk puts his ship on the line to keep the two sides from each other's throats. Soon, however, concerns over the planet's ownership are overshadowed by the arrival of a hostile Elasian armada and a cataclysmic volcanic explosion on the surface that threatens all parties with a deadly shower of destruction...
References[edit | edit source]
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Ashcraft • Florence Bascomb • Bhutto • Christine Chapel • Pavel Chekov • Howard • Israi • James T. Kirk • John Kyle • Lemieux • Leonard McCoy • Wendy Metcalfe • Scott Mutchler • Murphy • Oben • Montgomery Scott • Spock • Hikaru Sulu • Takcas • Nyota Uhura • Zhirnen
- Referenced only
- Alais • Bejas • Lance Cartwright • Elaan • Kiyaan • Kutath • Petri • Skuah • Teslah • Wywras
Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
- the galaxy • Johnston Observatory • Mazama Mons • Rakatan • Rakatan Mons • Seismic Station Three • Skaftar
- Referenced only
- Australia • Earth • Elas • Japan • Mount Everest • San Francisco • Starfleet Headquarters • Troyius
Races and cultures[edit | edit source]
States and organizations[edit | edit source]
Science and technology[edit | edit source]
- airlock • air • atmosphere • blood • cloud • communicator • dilithium • environmental suit • galaxy • helmet lamp • hour • keypad • kilometer • lamp • light • lightning • magma • mining • minute • phaser • pistol • power conduit • space • starship • stratovolcano • suit comm • time • tooth • tricorder • visual display • volcano • warp nacelle • water vapor
Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]
Other references[edit | edit source]
- access code • belt • bucket • century • corridor • day • emergency blanket • equipment belt • faceplate • glove • helmet • holster • landing party • month • planet • sentient • shuttle bay • transparent aluminum • uniform • water • weapon • year
Information[edit | edit source]
There are several references to volcanoes and vulcanologists in this novel
- Rakatan, the name of both the planet and the large volcano on the planet, is a reference to Rakata, the largest surviving piece of Krakatoa after the eruption of 1883.
- Skaftar, the name of Rakatan's moon, is a reference to the Skaftar Fires, the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki in 1783.
- Mazama Mons, another volcano on Rakatan, is named after Mt Mazama, a volcano in Oregon, USA.
- Johnston Observatory is a reference to David A. Johnston, a USGS vulcanologist killed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens in the USA. Scott Mutchler's final words "Enterprise! Enterprise! This is it-" is a reference to Johnston's final words "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it-"
Timeline[edit | edit source]
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