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.

Summary[edit | edit source]

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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Characters[edit | edit source]

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

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations[edit | edit source]

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 cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanVulcanspace beings
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OrganianZetarian

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

computercircuitengineeringengineering stationevolutionhailing frequencyintercomosmosisphaserphaser pistolpistolsensorSestra phaser IIspacecraftstarshiptechnologytimetransportertricordertype-2 phaser

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

FederationStarfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division) • Starfleet Command

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

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

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Chronology[edit | edit source]

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

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Background[edit | edit source]

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Connections[edit | edit source]

Published Order
Previous comic:
Mr. Oracle
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
Murder on the Enterprise
Previous story:
The Mimicking Menace
Stories by:
George Kashdan
Next story:
A Warp in Space
Previous story:
Star Trek Poster Books
magazine series
Stories by:
Doug Drexler
Next story:
Sweet Smell of Evil
Gold Key Comics
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
All of Me
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Patrian Transgression

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