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"The Patient Parasites" was the third short story collected in the TOS anthology The New Voyages 2 in 1978. Written by Russell Bates in script form, it was based on his first story submission for TAS.

Summary[edit | edit source]

A USS Enterprise landing party is held hostage by a robot probe.

Log entries[edit | edit source]

Captain's log, stardate 5459.4. 
The fifth planet in an uncharted and uninhabited star system has produced a mystery. Our sensor scan detected an intense energy source moving rapidly over the surface. But all efforts to identify it have failed. First Officer Spock has ordered up a landing party to investigate.
Captain's log, stardate 5459.6. 
Despite careful and exhaustive analysis, our challenges for Finder remain dangerously few. With most of our time gone, I have reluctantly ordered five planet-wrecker missiles placed on standby, with my First Officer's concurrence. But I refuse to accept Finder's invulnerability.

References[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

FinderJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (sciences division crew, security officers, transporter chief, ensign)
Referenced only 
Pablo Picasso

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations[edit | edit source]

unnamed planet
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EarthStarbase 6Zeta Geminorum system

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanTullvanVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

United Federation of Planets

Science and classification[edit | edit source]

carrier missilecommand chaircommunicatorcomputercoordinatescryomemory cubeFeinbergerforce fieldimpulsemachinemedical tricordermemory bankphaserphoton torpedoplanet-wrecker missilerobottractor beamtransportertricorderviewscreenwarp drivewarp power

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captaindoctorensignfirst officerlieutenantmedical officer

Other references[edit | edit source]

alloyatmosphereauto destructbeambirdbridgebridge crewbriefing roomcaptain's logcatcosmosdeserteclipseelectricityextinctionflygravityhelmhourionjellyfishkilometerlanding partylightlogicorbitrocksecondshore leavesnakespiderstarsuicidetechnologytransporter roomuniversevegetationwateryear

Chronology[edit | edit source]

459
The Tullvan species died out. (Referenced)
Stardate 5459.4
A USS Enterprise landing party encounters an artificial construct that calls itself Finder on a remote planet. Finder wants warp technology for its creators, the Tullvans. (In-story)
Stardate 5459.6
James T. Kirk considers his options against Finder. The ship and crew prepare to free their associates. (In-story)
Stardate 5459.7
Kirk and crew launch an all-out offensive against Finder, but without much progress. Then Spock learns that Finder's masters might have been Tullvans, and that they are extinct. Finder, forced to face that it is an artifact serving no masters, is defeated by information and logic and releases Kirk's crew before destroying itself. (In-story)

Timeline[edit | edit source]

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]

Intelligent probes were also encountered in:

Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous story:
Snake Pit!
The New Voyages 2
NewVoyages2.jpg
Next story:
In the Maze
Previous story:
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth
Stories by:
Russell Bates
Next story:
last story
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Slaver Weapon
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Intersection Point
Previous Adventure:
The Slaver Weapon
Pocket Next Adventure:
Intersection Point
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