Star Trek: The Vulcan Academy Murders

{5/5} “James T. Kirk could no longer count the number of planets he had visited in his lifetime of careening about the galaxy, but he knew of very few with any size of human population that did not have an Italian restaurant.”

Star Trek: The Vulcan Academy Murders by Jean Lorrah, published in 1984

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are on Vulcan. They have brought a seriously injured crew member for an experimental treatment in a stasis chamber. Amanda, Spock’s mother, is also receiving this treatment. The third person who was receiving it has died from a power failure — but the Vulcan engineers can find no source of the failure.

If you’re fond of Vulcans, this is the book for you. Sarek is a main character, and T’Pau also shows up. It’s an unusual novel in the series, in that it almost totally takes place on Vulcan with most of the crew off doing other things.

The description of computers is naive, but it was in the show too. Kirk makes 1 or 2 mistakes, but he’s only human.

It’s about love between husband and wife, and love between father and son. The murderer was obvious, but it was still a hugely enjoyable story.

Oddly, the cover scene doesn’t appear in the book.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

I’ve read all 4 of Lorrah’s Star Trek books.

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