The immortal... There was no place for Humans in his scheme of life! — "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" was the 47th issue of Gold Key Comics' 1967 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by George Kashdan & Doug Drexler and illustrated by Alden McWilliams.


On course to New Paris colony, three plant-like pods are detected near the Enterprise, registering on Mister Spock's sensors as lifeforms of pure energy and considerable intelligence. When Captain James T. Kirk orders investigation, the pods ignore communications hailing frequencies. When Kirk orders Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu to pilot the ship closer, an energy discharge from the pods shuts down all shipboard power. Scotty's engineering station reports damage to circuitry. The pod restored the ships power only after distancing themselves. The pods change course to Beta Niobe III, and Kirk orders the ship to follow. In order to safeguard the technologically-advanced civilization on that planet, a landing party of Kirk, Spock and Doctor Leonard McCoy beams down. Three humanoid-shaped beings made of energy emerge from the pods, disintegrating everything in their path as they move about. McCoy asserts the lifeforms are using osmosis to process the vaporized material. Kirk fires a phaser stun at one of the beings, but it destroys his phaser pistol. The beings feed for a while, but do not kill any inhabitants or harm their dwellings, and quickly depart for space.

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Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZhyophaunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel)

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Beta Niobe III (Beta Niobe star system; the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants) • uncharted planetoids (Gamma Cygnet region)
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Memory AlphaNew Paris colony (New Paris)

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanspace beings
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Science and technologyEdit

computercircuitengineeringengineering stationevolutionhailing frequencyintercomosmosisphaserphaser pistolpistolsensorSestra phaser IIspacecraftstarshiptechnologytimetransportertricordertype-2 phaser

States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division) • Starfleet Command

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorpilotengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerhelmsmanhorticulturistlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical practitionernavigatorofficerscience officermistertactical officerweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

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stardate 67:32.4, 2269 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages
Enterprise changes course for Beta Niobe.



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