A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities was an historical novel written by the Earth novelist Charles Dickens in the 19th century.

The opening line of the novel was "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; DS9: "Extreme Measures")

Spock gave his friend James T. Kirk an antique hardbound copy of the novel for the latter's 52nd birthday on March 22, 2285. Although Spock claimed that there was no implicit message in the gift, Kirk took special meaning from the final words of the book: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

A Tale of Two Cities was the favorite book of Miles O'Brien's mother. In 2375, Ezri Dax loaned Julian Bashir Jadzia's old copy of the novel. Bashir was only part-way through the novel when he was trapped in Luther Sloan's mind; he became aware of this fact when he went to read more of the book, and found the remaining content missing. (DS9: "Extreme Measures")

In an early revision of the final draft script of "Extreme Measures" (when the episode was titled "Night Tremors"), the book that was featured in that episode was Moby Dick, not A Tale of Two Cities.
According to an (unused) pawn shown ticket prop, Kirk used the name of the character "Sydney Carton" as an alias when pawning his glasses in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

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