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Trapped in superspace, the Enterprise crew is relentlessly hunted by a terrifying war machine! — "Siege in Superspace" was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1974. It was the 20th story drawn by Alberto Giolitti and the first of two stories written by Gerry Boudreau. In this story, the USS Enterprise is shot through a black hole in the year 2267 into an unexplored region outside of the universe.

Description

What strange and fantastic terrors lie beyond our own infinite universe? Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise uncover the darkest secrets of existence when they are trapped in the void called superspace and they encounter the most feared war machine ever created!

Summary

Captain's log, stardate 36:24.3Our destination is Draconis, a semi-civilized planet on the fringes of distant space. The Draconians seek admission to the Federation, and we are to report on their present social and cultural conditions.

A malfunction forces the Enterprise to shut down warp engines. As repairs are conducted, the ship orbits Nymyn, a nearby neutron star, but the star suddenly experiences a gravitational collapse and turns into a black hole. It drags the starship through a vortex into superspace, a region between universes. The Enterprise is near a planet with a breathable atmosphere, so James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy, and Nyota Uhura beam down to reconnoiter while Spock and Montgomery Scott manage repairs.

The landing party destroys a vegetable metalloid creature to save Rhuna, a citizen of the nearby underground city of Caeminon. Its inhabitants are descendants of a race which built a defensive war machine that malfunctioned and wiped out their civilization. Although the machine itself had been destroyed, its memory core survived. This mind module used genetic engineering to create an army of metalloids to kill the surviving population. Repudiating violence and weaponry, the survivors hid underground and locked away their weapons. Rhuna and her lover Kyr Nostrand were part of a team sent to explore the surface and see if it could be reclaimed, but they were slaughtered by the metalloids. Before her lover died, he gave her a charm bracelet. Rhuna brings the landing party to the underground city.

Captain's log, stardate 36:24.8: The Enterprise has passed through a "black hole" resulting from the gravitational collapse of a neutron star and lies stranded in superspace. Dr. McCoy, Lt. Uhura and myself have been escorted to Caeminion, now besieged by an army of vegetable-metalloid monsters.

The vegetable metalloids have followed them to the city. Without any weapons, the people are defenseless. Hoping to entrap them, Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Rhuna lead the metalloids to underground energy pools, but the creatures are not fooled and start a rock slide. Rhuna suggests they see if ancient weapons locked away might help them, which turn out to be rifles and swords. As metalloids storm the arsenal, Kirk notices Rhuna's bracelet glowing in the dark. He realizes it is being used to track them and destroys it with his phaser. Suddenly the creatures all freeze, paralyzed. Amid the bracelet's debris is the mind module itself. With it deactivated, the people are safe.

Kirk keeps the small device when the landing party beams up. As the Enterprise proceeds at warp four towards a nearby star that is about to go nova, Spock theorizes that the energy from the explosion might be enough to return them home. Kirk suggests that they fire the mind module into the star to speed up the process of gravitational collapse and create an artificial black hole. Their efforts work, transporting the Enterprise back into the universe.

Captain's log, stardate 36:25.2: Safely in our own era, we continue our trek to Draconis. In spite of everything, I don't think I will ever be able to forget being trapped in that void called superspace!

References

Characters

AntharJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyKyr NostrandRhunaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

aircarsUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galactic Space Patrol shipwarships

Locations

CaeminonNymynsuperspace
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Draconis

Races and cultures

HumanVulcanunnamed humanoid racevegetable metalloid
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Draconian

States and organizations

CaeminonFederationGalactic Space PatrolStarfleetStarfleet Academy

Science and technology

computerenginegenetic engineeringlife-support systemmachinemind modulenuclear reactorphaserriflesensortechnologytransportertricordervoidwar machineweapon

Ranks and titles

captaindoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)governorgovernorlieutenantpilotscientistStarfleet ranks

Other references

arsenalasteroidatmosphereblack holebraceletcaverncenturycitadelcitycivilizationflowerglassgravitationhourinfinitylifelogicmazeminuteneutron starnovaorbitpeaceplanetprayerpressure gaugereconnaissance partyspacestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)stoneswordtelepathytimeuniversevegetationwarp four

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Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"

Timeline

Published Order
Previous comic:
#21: The Mummies of Heitius VII
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#23: Child's Play
Previous story:
first Star Trek story
Stories by:
Gerry Boudreau
Next story:
Child's Play
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Operation Con Game
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
See No Evil
Constellations
Previous comic:
Operation Con Game
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
See No Evil
Constellations
Production history
January 1974
First published by Gold Key Comics
August 1976
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 3 (Golden Press)
June2004
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 3 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
August2014
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Gold Key Archives, Volume 4 (IDW)
21 December 2017
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #26 (Eaglemoss)
Translations
25 March 1974
Serbian: In TV 3AБABHИK
1974
Finnish: As "Voitto Superavaruudessa" in Avaruusmatka Star Trek #2 (Apulehti)
1976
German: Abridged in the omnibus "Stadt der Letzten Hoffnung" in Zack Comic Box #22: Enterprise (Koralle-Verlag)
March 1978
Portuguese: As "Aprisionados no Super Espaço" in the omnibus Jornada Nas Estrelas Special (Abril)
2006
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 6 (Free Books)

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