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400 pages, Paperback
First published September 1, 1988
But for now the Earth keeps the moonlight and the romance to herself, slowly turning, shimmering faint and lovely like a promise made and kept a long time ago. Darkness scattered with diamonds, and the darkness never whole; there she lies, and turns in her sleep...are like catnip.
" 'Standard orbit,' Sulu announced. 'Fourteen thousand miles, hephaistosynchronous.' ""Hephaistosynchronous"? Well, of course. They're not in orbit around Earth, after all. Even if a separate term for every planet in the Federation would be linguistically untenable, I can well understand coming up with a term for the homeworld of one of the earliest member species. And speaking of species, they are much more widely varied in Spock's World, when there isn't a need to make everyone a Rubber Forehead Alien to keep the budget down. There's a Horta crew member, and a crystalline radially-symmetrical spider and a pillar of eyes and tentacles and a arrangement of crystal that would shatter if touched by anyone but is kept safe with inertia dampers. None of them are major characters, though K's't'lk rises to the level of minor one, but I love their inclusion. It shows the breadth of species that make up the Federation far more effectively when these characters are simply there without much comment.