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"Marginal Existence" was the sixth short story collected in the TOS anthology The New Voyages 2 in 1978. It was written by Connie Faddis, who also contributed "Snake Pit!" for the collection.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Marginal Existence" raises some rather chilling questions about fixed purposes which can get out of hand, pleasures which can turn into pain, and savagery which can rise out of the marginal remains of a once-flourishing civilization.

Summary[edit | edit source]

An Enterprise landing party discovers a centuries-old city of sleeping humanoids.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Christine ChapelPavel ChekovGorshim HorstJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockNyota UhuraElva Vigelandunnamed characters (natives)
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Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Discovery (shuttlecraft) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • unnamed Federation shuttlecraft (rescue shuttle)
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SS Botany Bayunnamed Klingon starship

Locations[edit | edit source]

unnamed planet
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GehennaStarbase 6

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanKlingonVulcanunnamed races and cultures
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Science and classification[edit | edit source]

A'YOR'IKanthropologyantidotecentral computercommunicatorcomputercoordinateshyposprayIBM 360interlocklife supportmedical tricorderphaserrecognition beamrobotsedativesensorsleeper unitstimulantsuspended animationtricorderwire

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

astrophysicistcaptainchief engineerdoctorensigngeologistlieutenantofficer

Other references[edit | edit source]

animalAntares cymbalbarbed wirebeltbriefing roomcanyoncenturychemicalcityclubcomacommunicationsconcreteengineeringglasshallucinationheadachehourhumanoidinsectjunglekilometerlanding partylanguagelogicmetalmind meldminuteorbitpeaceplaguePrime Directivesign languagesoilsplintstunsunsupernovatelepathytombyear

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Chronology[edit | edit source]

c. 1650 

Publication history[edit | edit source]

January 1978
First published by Bantam Books. (ISBN 0-553-11392-5)
February 2000
13th printing by Bantam Spectra. (ISBN 0-553-27933-5)

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Related stories[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous story:
Star Trek: The New Voyages 2
Next story:
The Procrustean Petard
Previous story:
Snake Pit!
Stories by:
Connie Faddis
Next story:
last story
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Enchanted Pool
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
A Piece of the Action
Previous Adventure:
The Enchanted Pool
Pocket Next Adventure:
A Piece of the Action

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