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How Much for Just the Planet? was a Star Trek novel written by John M. Ford.


In crystalline form, the most valuable mineral in the galaxy. It powers the Federation's starships...and the Klingon Empire's battlecruisers. Now on a small, out-of-the-way planet named Direidi, the greatest fortune in dilithium crystals ever seen has been found.
Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, the planet will go to the best side able to develop the planet and its resources. Each side will contest the prize with the prime of its fleet. For the Federation - Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise. For the Klingons - Captain Kaden vestai-Oparai and the Fire Blossom.
Only the Diredians are writing their own script for the contest - a script that propels the crew of the Enterprise into their strangest adventure yet!


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In Space, No One Can Fry an Egg[]

The novel opens with three separate instances of breakfasts on board three different starships, each with it's own minor replicator malfunction. On board the Enterprise, Kirk discusses the testing of the new Deployable Practice Target over blue orange juice with Spock, Scotty, and Bones. Elsewhere, on board the Imperial Klingon cruiser Fire Blossom, the captain and his crew are breakfasting on green battertoast when they detect a small vessel. On board the Exploratory Vessel the Jefferson Randolph Smith, the small crew of human Captain Trofimov, bird-like First Officer Tellihu, and Science Officer T'Vau (a rare instance of a sloppy Vulcan) also breakfast over blue orange juice and ponder the dullness of their tour and the possibility that the ship's computer has gone mad when they detect a high amount of Hecht radiation, indicating they've found a large quantity of dilithium.

Educational Short Subject: Useful Facts about Dilithium[]

An educational short subject on the nature of Dilithium from the Deneva Mining Consortium, featuring Dr. Wallace Thaumazein of "Dr. Wally's Kitchen of Wonders".

The Dilithium Crystal as Big as the Ritz[]

Historical Interlude[]

Organian Jumpball[]


All's Fair in Love and Dilithium[]

The Dawn Patrol[]

Afternoon Matinee[]

All Through the Night[]

Come Up and See Me Sometime[]

Dilithium Split[]



AperokeiArizhelAskadeChristine ChapelPavel ChekovDee DeeRoss FlyterIlen the MagianKaden vestai-OparaiJames T. KirkMaglusLeonard McCoyOrvyOwensCharlotte SanchezMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTellihuTheddTatyana TrofimovT'VauUhuraEsther Vicinanzo
Referenced only
Ralph Meeker

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Fire Blossom (D7C-class battle cruiser) • USS Jefferson Randolph Smith (Sulek-class surveyor)
Referenced only
USS Dawson City (mining ship) • escape podUSS Robert Moses (planetformer) • Sopwith Camelunnamed Klingon starships (Kaden's B5-class destroyer) • unnamed Klingon starships (light attack cruiser) • unnamed starships (Tellarite freighters) • warship


Direidi HotelMiskatonic University

Shipboard areas[]

USS Enterprise
bridgeofficer's mess
IKS Fire Blossom
bridgeofficer's mess
USS Smith
bridgeofficer's mess

Stations and outposts[]

Starbase 1

Planets and planetoids[]

Referenced only
Reynaud II

Stars and systems[]

Pi PharosiSol
Referenced only

Astronomical regions[]

Cygnus-Carina Fringethe galaxyOrganian Treaty Zone

Races and cultures[]

Referenced only

States and organizations[]

Black FleetFederationKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleet (Starfleet CommandStarfleet Exploration CommandStarfleet Psychological DivisionStarfleet Resources Division)

Science and classification[]

computerdeployable practice targetdisposal cubiclefood synthesizermagnetic bottlestarshipwarp drive

Substances and energies[]

antimatterchromiumdilithiumHecht radiationliquidmetaloilpolymerrubbersugar



Food and beverages[]

baconbattertoastbirdseedbutterCanadian baconcoffeecream cheeseeggsEnglish muffinfried fishfruit juicegrapegrape juicegrapefruitgrapefruit juicegrilled cheesegritshamkelpkipperlivermayonnaisemilkmilkshakemushroomn'gaanoatcakeomeletorange juiceRomulan alesandwichsoya saladsoya waferspinachsteakstrawberry jam (strawberry) • sugarsyruptoastvinegarwaffle conewatercress sandwichwheat toast

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerensignfirst officerforce leaderhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandernavigatorprincessscience officertactical officerzan

Other references[]

animalArt Decoastronomybeveragechesscislunar orbitcreditenergyfoodgovernmenthull • "I Got Plenty o' Nothing" • Klingon language (cha'pujg'day'tiraltu cha'puj) • lifeformMacmainThe Maltese Falconmoonnation-statenewsfaxorbitphotospherePlan CplanetplantspacestarstarbaseStarfleet Institute Proceedingsstar systemtechnologyWars of Internal Dissensionweapon





published order
Previous novel:
Rihannsu, Book 2:
The Romulan Way
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Spock's Brain
Pocket Next Adventure:
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
Previous Adventure:
Spock's Brain
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Is There In Truth No Beauty?

German : Was kostet dieser Planet?, translated by Andreas Brandhorst. (Heyne)

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