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Spock, Messiah! is a 1976 Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Theodore R. Cogswell & Charles A. Spano, Jr.. It was the second original Star Trek novel published by Bantam Books, and the third book in their line of original Star Trek fiction (following the short story anthology The New Voyages).


A boldly different Star Trek experience.
A defective mind link turns the logical Mr. Spock into a fiery revolutionary who sets out to convert the planet Kryos with fire, sword and a forbidden philosophy. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew must summon all their skill and cunning in a race against time on a hostile planet. Can they destroy the fiendish mind that holds Spock captive before it destroys them?


The USS Enterprise is conducting operations using the planet Kyros to test a new device. This telescan cephalic implant gives the Starfleet officers complete access to the knowledge and instincts of pre-scanned and selected members of the local populace. The local hill people have a taboo against showing their faces in public, much the way it was taboo for a woman to go topless in public "two hundred years ago". Evidently, this is now considered quite normal by Federation standards. It is soon realized that there is something wrong when Ensign Sara George becomes a trampy sex-pot. This is uncharacteristic of George, as she normally is one of the few women in Starfleet who still hold to the anachronistic idea that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad thing. It is soon realized that much more is amiss when Spock refuses to return to the ship and declares himself to be the Messiah.

Spock holds the ship hostage by threatening to destroy the much needed trilithium modulator crystals. Upon further investigation, it is discovered that Spock's alternate personality was brought about by his mental connection with a local fanatic named Chag Gara. Psychologically, Chag appears to be a mentally disturbed fanatic with low intelligence and an inability to order his thoughts.

A radiation surge in surrounding space highlights the necessity of the Enterprise's departure from the local area. The ship cannot leave without those crystals that Spock made off with, so a landing party is arranged. George is discovered to have been the reason Spock's implant was at fault, but after her own is repaired, she is selected for the landing party in case any seduction of the locals becomes necessary. When the Messiah recognizes George, he takes flight for other parts of town with his supporters. The landing party tracks him to his hovel, only to find that Spock and Chag have both changed living accommodations. Here, James T. Kirk befriends a local drunkard named Ker Kaseme. They quickly learn that Ker was a physician until his license was revoked due to his inappropriate sexual relations with young girls. Kirk determines that the best way to track Spock without violating the Prime Directive is to forge local currency in order to bribe the medical board into re-instating Ker as a doctor. They then use forged funds to rent Ker an office building from which he can resume his practice as they collect data.

The Messiah organizes a demonstration of his theology by signaling the Enterprise to enter a low orbit. It is unknown how he accomplished this without a communicator, as he had disposed of his to prevent capture. The first attempt to subdue the Messiah is a complete failure, resulting in many injuries among the Starfleet crew. An emergency evacuation of their offices results in Ker being beamed aboard the ship. Spock and Chag flee to the hills with their followers. James T. Kirk's next attempt at reaching Spock involves dressing as a gypsy and following him into the hills. Montgomery Scott and Pavel Chekov are also selected for this mission. George is also included on this mission, despite recent injury, as she is considered to be the only seductive officer on board the ship. The caravan encounters trouble early on, as the Messiah had his cohorts cut an important bridge to prevent access to his area of operation. Kirk decides to ford a local river with his caravan and, in appreciation of this, George goes skinny dipping. The landing party is captured by Spock's followers, but allowed to live after demonstrating their healing abilities. Chekov causes trouble with the Chief's oldest son. George dances a strip tease to get the Chief on their side.

The Messiah again contacts the ship without a communicator to demand another 'miracle' from the Enterprise. At the big gathering of the Messiah's forces, George does her strip tease again. At the end of the dance, Kirk and company are unmasked and held prisoner. While engaging in intimate relations with the Messiah, George realizes that this man is Chag, and not Spock. Spock's ears were pointed the last time they had sexual relations, and the Messiah's are not. George knocks him unconscious which revives Spock from his comatose state. They make their getaway and beam back to the ship in time to avoid a radioactive death.

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AltTram BirChristine ChapelPavel Chekov/HikifDawsonDobshanskyElkinsChag GaraSara GeorgeGrethHelmanJenkinsKer KasemeJames T. Kirk/HirgaEd LeslieJabilo M'BengaLeonard McCoy/MakaiPetersPulaskiRogersMontgomery ScottShafferSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraVitali
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Dante AlighieriAzrathCyrusDevilGodGreat Lord of SpaceHeidelbergAdolf HitlerMohammedNeridSturXenophon

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprisefarming combinewagon


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AfterblissAlpha Mensa VEnglandGeorgiaHellSol 3MissouriRussiaVulcan

Races and cultures

BeshwaHuman (BantuCossackEnglishFrenchmanGermanGreekGypsyJapaneseMongolOrientalPersianRussianScotsman) • Kyrosian (Androsian) • OrionVulcan

States and organizations

Healer's GuildHill Clan TaraStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Cultural Survey BureauThirty TribesUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

Anabasisanabolic protoplaserAnchors AweighbagpipebairnBattle of Cunaxabelly danceberserkerbridgeThe Charge of the Light Brigadecommand chaircontact lenscotCrimean WarDelusional QuotientdemondicedopplegangerDoppler shiftdrumEmotional QuotientG5 starGeneral Order Number Onehoof-and-mouth diseaseInfernoIntelligence QuotientIslamjack-in-the-boxJeffries tubekazatskiLatinLogic Quotientmag-cardmedikitmermaidmicrotapemind-meldminilazenaiadparsecpipesplasmapon farrprimary hullradiation frontrepressorrepressor fieldRichter Cultural ScaleSt. James Infirmary BluesscalpelSensuality Quotientsign languagesirenspectrographspiritsub-space radiotelescan cephalic implantthree-dimensional chesstingler circuittransistortricorderturbolifttype two protoplaservabushkaYear of Blood

Animals and plants

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Elements, substances, and materials

ataracticbrassdermolasticdilithium crystalgoldhyperpyroxineironneo-chlorprothixenepirotolinesilversteeltrilithium modulator crystaluniversal antibioticwool

Food and drink

beefsteakbreadbutterCanopian brandycoffeeegghaggismilksakiSaurian brandyScotchvriswine


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Year of Blood
Stur of the Thirty Tribes is born on Vulcan. (Referenced in library computer)
Mohammed founds Islam on Sol 3. (Referenced in library computer)
Chag Gara is born on the planet Kyros. (Referenced in library computer)
Stardate 2124.5
The Enterprise crew encounter Trelane. (Referenced in conversation)
Stardate 4011.9
A transporter accident results in the creation of Spock One. (Referenced in conversation)
Stardate 6718.1
Spock pens a letter to James T. Kirk to explain his actions. (In-story)
Stardate 6720.8
The USS Enterprise conducts operations over the planet Kyros. (In-story)
Stardate 6721.3
James T. Kirk attempts to recover Spock from Kyros. (In-story)
Stardate 6724.2
James T. Kirk attempts for a second time to recover Spock, this time dressed as a Beshwa. (In-story)
Stardate 6725.1
Hikaru Sulu obeys a request from Spock to lift dead bodies into the sky, thus providing a 'miracle'. (In-story)


Related media




Published Order
Previous novel:
Spock Must Die!
TOS unnumbered novels Next novel:
The Price of the Phoenix
Previous book:
The New Voyages
Bantam TOS Next book:
The Price of the Phoenix
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Spock Must Die!
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
Planet of Judgment
Previous adventure:
Spock Must Die!
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Planet of Judgment
Publication history
September 1976
First published by Bantam Books. (ISBN 0-553-10159-5)
First printed in Great Britain by Corgi Books. (ISBN 0-552-10281-4)
Reprinted by Corgi Books, cover by Chris Moore. (ISBN 0-552-10281-4)
October 1984
Fifth printing by Bantam Books, cover by Enric Torres-Prat. (ISBN 0-553-24674-7)
October 1993
Seventh printing by Bantam Books, cover by Kazuhiko Sano. (ISBN 0-553-24674-7)
10 January 1978
German: As Der falsche Prophet, #296 in Terra series, translated by Leni Sobez, cover by Eddie Jones. (Erich Pabel)
July 1980
Japanese: As スター・トレック 救世主の反乱, translated by Hanzan Hiroshi. (Hayakawa bunko)
April 1988
Italian: As Messia degli spazi, translated by Annarita Guarnieri, cover by Marilena Maiocco. (Garden Editoriale)
German: As Spock, Messias, Raumschiff Enterprise #17, translated by Leni Sobez. (Goldmann, ISBN 9783442236190)
26 April 1993
French: As Spock Messie, translated by Gilles Dupreux. (Fleuve Noir, ISBN 9782265047853)
Hebrew: As ספוק משיח!, translated by David Enoch. (Maariv Book Guild)

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